One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

The Texas Story Project.

After years of repairing guitars for friends in and around Waco, Texas, Ray Hennig opened Heart of Texas Music in the early 1960s. His success selling and trading new and used guitars led to a relocation to Austin in 1973. The city's burgeoning live music scene guaranteed continued success. But when he traded for a beat up 1959 Fender Stratocaster he had no idea that it would become the muse of a now legendary blues guitarist.

In this Texas Story Project video, Hennig tells the tale of the fateful day when Stevie Ray Vaughan walked into his store, picked up that old guitar and found the instrument that would lead him in new creative directions. In later years, Vaughan would tell Henning that he wouldn't have played the way he did without having found that particular Stratocaster.

That instrument, dubbed "Number One" by Stevie Ray, has become an iconic object. It has been featured in two Bullock Museum exhibitions , Pride and Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan in 2017, and Texas Music Roadtrip in 2012. You can view images of Number One and learn more about its history on its Bullock web site artifact page.

Editor's note: This video was produced by Ray Hennig's son, Steve Hennig. All rights reserved.

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