"Number One" Fender Stratocaster
Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy"
This Fender Stratocaster was used by Stevie Ray Vaughan for much of his career. Dubbed "Number One" and "First Wife" by Stevie, the guitar was used on all of Double Trouble's studio albums.
Stevie Ray acquired the guitar from the owner of an Austin, Texas music shop in 1973. The guitar was "rebuilt more times than a custom Chevy," according to a 1983 Dallas Morning News article written about Stevie as he was breaking onto the national music scene. At the time of his death in 1990, Stevie was working with Fender Musical Instruments to create a reproduction "signature model" of Number One. The reproduction became commercially available in 1992.
"Number One" was exhibited for the first time since Vaughan's death in the Bullock Museum's 2012 original exhibtion, Texas Music Roadtrip. It is currently on display in the exhibition Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan through July 23rd, 2017.
Courtesy of the Jimmie Vaughan Collection
Time Period: 1946 - 1970
Exhibit: Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan
This artifact is currently on view.