|Stevie Ray Vaughan|
|Also known as||SRV|
|Born||October 3, 1954|
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Died||August 27, 1990 (aged 35)|
East Troy, Wisconsin
|Genre(s)||Electric blues, blues-rock, Texas blues|
|Associated acts||Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan, David Bowie|
|See SRV guitars|
Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues-rock guitarist, whose broad appeal made him an influential electric blues guitarist. Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) East Troy is a village in Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other The electric blues is a type of Blues music distinguished by the amplification of the Guitar, the Bass guitar, and/or the Harmonica Blues-rock is a hybrid musical genre combining Bluesy improvisations over the 12-bar blues and extended Boogie jams with Rock Texas Blues is a subgenre of the Blues, and of course is not limited to Texas-based musicians A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. James Lawrence "Jimmie Lee" Vaughan (born on March 20, 1951 in Dallas Texas) is an American Blues Guitarist and David Bowie (ˈboʊiː born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 is an English Musician, actor producer, and arranger. This is a list and description of the guitars played by musician Stevie Ray Vaughan. Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Blues-rock is a hybrid musical genre combining Bluesy improvisations over the 12-bar blues and extended Boogie jams with Rock A guitarist is a Musician who plays the Guitar. Guitarists may perform solo pieces or play with ensembles and bands of a wide variety of genres The electric blues is a type of Blues music distinguished by the amplification of the Guitar, the Bass guitar, and/or the Harmonica  Known for his warm blues rock tone, Vaughan characteristically used very heavy strings on his guitar ranging from 11 to 56-gauge sets to give a fuller sound which he tuned down a half-step to the key of E flat. American wire gauge ( AWG) also known as the Brown & Sharpe wire gauge, is a standardized Wire gauge system used since 1857 predominantly In Music, a step is a linear or successive interval between two pitches which are consecutive Scale degrees Any larger interval is called a In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007. Rolling Stone is a United States -based Magazine devoted to Music, Politics, and Popular culture that is published Classic Rock is a Magazine dedicated to the radio format of Classic rock, published by Future Publishing, who are also responsible for its Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. He was the younger brother of Jimmie Vaughan, born 1951. James Lawrence "Jimmie Lee" Vaughan (born on March 20, 1951 in Dallas Texas) is an American Blues Guitarist and Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January
Vaughan was born at 05:13 am on Saturday, October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas and was raised in the city's Oak Cliff neighborhood. Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. Oak Cliff Dallas (formerly city of Oak Cliff was a town located in Dallas County, Texas ( USA) that was annexed by the neighboring city of Neither of his parents had any strong musical talent but were avid music fans. They would take Vaughan and his older brother Jimmie to concerts to see Fats Domino, Johnny Williamson III, Jimmy Reed, and Bob Wills. Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino (born February 26, 1928 in New Orleans Louisiana) is a classic R&B and Rock and roll Mathis James "Jimmy" Reed ( September 6 1925 - August 29 1976) was an American Blues Singer notable James Robert (Bob Wills ( March 6, 1905 &ndash May 13, 1975) was an American Western swing musician Songwriter
Even though Vaughan initially wanted to play the drums as his primary instrument, Michael Quinn gave him a guitar when he was seven years old. A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells Michael Quinn may refer to Mick Quinn (writer (born 1962 Irish author Mick Quinn (born 1969 English musician Micky Vaughan's brother, Jimmie Vaughan, gave him his first guitar lessons. James Lawrence "Jimmie Lee" Vaughan (born on March 20, 1951 in Dallas Texas) is an American Blues Guitarist and Vaughan was later quoted in Guitar Player as saying, "My brother Jimmie actually was one of the biggest influences on my playing. Guitar Player is a popular magazine for Guitarists It contains articles interviews reviews and lessons of an eclectic collection of artists genres and products He really was the reason I started to play, watching him and seeing what could be done. " He played entirely by ear and never learned how to read sheet music. By the time he was thirteen years old he was playing in clubs where he met many of his blues idols. A few years later he dropped out of Justin F. Kimball High School in Oak Cliff and moved to Austin to pursue music. Vaughan's talent caught the attention of guitarist Johnny Winter and blues-club owner Clifford Antone. John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III (born on 23 February, 1944 in Beaumont Texas, USA is an American Blues guitarist Clifford Antone ( October 27, 1949 in Port Arthur, Texas &ndash May 23, 2006 in Austin, Texas) was
Drug addiction and alcoholism took a toll on Vaughan by mid-1986. Drug addiction is widely considered a pathological state. The disorder of addiction involves the progression of acute Drug use to the development of drug-seeking Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions Cocaine and Crown Royal whiskey were his drugs of choice. Cocaine ( benzoylmethyl ecgonine) is a Crystalline Tropane Alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the Coca plant Crown Royal is a blended Canadian whisky, 40% alcohol by volume 80 proof. Vaughan would dissolve cocaine in his whiskey for a morning "pick-me-up", which doctors later discovered was causing severe ulceration of the stomach lining. After becoming acutely ill in Germany while on tour, Vaughan managed to struggle through three more shows, but was soon admitted into a hospital in London. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Dr. Victor Bloom, who had helped Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend with their addictions, told Vaughan if he hadn't come to the hospital he would have died in a month. Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945 is an English Blues-rock Guitarist, singer Songwriter and Composer Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock Guitarist, Singer, After a struggle to get sober in London, he then flew to Atlanta, Georgia to a rehabilitation center. Drug rehabilitation (often drug rehab or just rehab) is an umbrella term for the processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency He eventually recovered fully from his addictions in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Upon his return from rehab, Vaughan worked with a number of artists including Dick Dale (making a cameo appearance as himself performing a duet of "Pipeline" in the movie Back to the Beach, which was then released as a single), Jennifer Warnes, and Stevie Wonder (playing "Superstition" on the MTV special "Stevie Wonder's Characters"). Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4, 1937, in Boston, Massachusetts) is a Surf rock guitarist, Back to the Beach is a 1987 Comedy film starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, directed by Lyndall Hobbs. Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an
In 1988, Vaughan continued to tour with Double Trouble throughout Scandinavia. Terminology and usage As a cultural term "Scandinavia" has no official definition and is subject to usage by those who identify with the culture in question as well Vaughan and Double Trouble recorded In Step in February 1989, which was their fourth studio album and praised by some as the band's best work since Texas Flood. In Step is a blues-rock Album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released in 1989 The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album has been awarded since 1988 Vaughan shared a headline tour with guitarist Jeff Beck in the fall of 1989. Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, England) is an English In his beloved Austin, the city he made the "Live Music Capital of the World", Vaughan was presented with a proclamation from the mayor declaring November 26, 1989 Stevie Ray Vaughan Day.
On January 3, 1990, Vaughan gave a speech and addressed the Aquarius Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous. Events 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) Alcoholics Anonymous ( AA) is an informal meeting society for recovering and recovered alcoholics, with the stated purpose to help its members "to stay sober and On January 30, Vaughan made his first appearance on MTV Unplugged in New York City. Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing popular musical artists playing Acoustic instruments It was produced by Viacom and was directed by Beth The City of New York It was originally scheduled for Vaughan to do a closing jam with Joe Satriani, but Vaughan said he had to leave right away. Joseph "Satch" Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury New York, U
Vaughan spoke two years earlier about wanting to help produce an album with his brother, Jimmie Vaughan. That time came in March 1990, when the Vaughan Brothers went to work at the Dallas Sound Lab, the same studio used to record Soul to Soul.
Around this time, Vaughan said that singing was becoming painful for him due to a condition he called "hamburger throat". He received acupuncture to his neck, but still had to take cortisone shots to relieve the pain, which caused his face to swell. Cortisone (ˈkɔrtɨsoʊn or /ˈkɔrtɨzoʊn/ (ˈkôrtəˌsōn or -zōn (17-hydroxy-11-dehydrocorticosterone is a Steroid Hormone.
On August 26 and 27, 1990, Vaughan and Double Trouble finished the summer portion of the In Step Tour with shows at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, just outside of East Troy, Wisconsin. Events 1071 - Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1990 ( MCMXC) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar) The "In Step Tour" of SRV and Double Trouble proved to be a success as Stevie and bass player Tommy Shannon have overcome their addictions with The Alpine Valley Music Theatre is a 40000 capacity Amphitheatre in East Troy Wisconsin. East Troy is a village in Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States. The show also featured Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton, who played the closing set. Robert Cray (born August 1, 1953) is an American Blues musician Guitarist, and Singer. Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945 is an English Blues-rock Guitarist, singer Songwriter and Composer At the end of the show, as fog settled over the audience in the arena, Clapton introduced Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan. George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American Blues and rock Guitarist Robert Cray (born August 1, 1953) is an American Blues musician Guitarist, and Singer. The musicians chose the appropriately titled "Sweet Home Chicago", a blues classic written by Robert Johnson. " Sweet Home Chicago " is a popular Blues standard in the twelve bar form. Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8 1911 – August 16 1938 is among the most famous of Delta blues musicians After the twenty-minute jam, the lights went up and the musicians went backstage to trade compliments. Clapton and Vaughan talked about future dates in London to pay a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter
Double Trouble drummer, Chris Layton, recalls his last conversation with Vaughan backstage. He then remembers Vaughan saying he had to call his girlfriend, Janna Lapidus, in Chicago, before heading out the door to the helicopters, which had been arranged for flight (through Omni Flights) by Skip Rickert, Double Trouble's tour manager.
The musicians had expected a long bus ride back to Chicago. However, Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on one of the helicopters returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, enough for Vaughan, his brother Jimmie, and Jimmie's wife Connie. It turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. At 12:44 am pilot Jeffrey Browne guided the helicopter off the ground. Moments after takeoff the helicopter crashed into a ski slope and all five on board were killed. Although the crash occurred only 0. 6 miles from takeoff, it went unnoticed by those at the concert site.
The search for the wreckage had begun at 5am and had been found at 7am via the help of its locator beacon. In the field of Search and Rescue (SAR distress radio beacons, also collectively known as distress beacons, emergency beacons, or simply beacons  The main cause of the crash was believed to be pilot error.   Vaughan's was the only body found outside of the wreckage, suggesting he may have survived the initial crash.
Chris Layton and Jimmie Vaughan did not find out about the crash until they returned to the motel in Chicago. The following morning Jimmie and Eric Clapton were called to identify the bodies. The coroner's report stated that the cause of death was exsanguination caused by severing of the aorta. Exsanguination (also known colloquially as bleeding out) is the fatal process of total Hypovolemia (blood loss
The media initially stated that Vaughan and his band had been killed in the crash. Layton and Shannon called their families to let them know they were okay.
September 1990 saw the release of Family Style. Family Style is a Blues-rock Album by the Vaughan Brothers released September 1990
The 1991 album The Sky Is Crying was the first of several posthumous Vaughan releases to achieve chart success. The Sky Is Crying is an Electric blues Album containing studio performances spanning most of the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Jimmie Vaughan later co-wrote and recorded a song in tribute to his brother and other deceased blues guitarists, entitled "Six Strings Down". "Six Strings Down" is a song written by Art Neville Eric Kolb Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville Kelsey Smith and Jimmie Vaughan, and which first appeared
Many other artists recorded songs in remembrance of Vaughan, including Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy and Steve Vai ("Jibboom" on the album The Ultra Zone, 1999). Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is a Guitarist and recording artist from Austin Texas. George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American Blues and rock Guitarist Steven "Steve" Siro Vai (born June 6 1960 in Carle Place New York) is an American Instrumental rock Guitarist The Ultra Zone is a 1999 Album from Guitarist Steve Vai. This is his fifth full-length album as Alien Love Secrets
In 1991, Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3, Vaughan's birthday, to be "Stevie Ray Vaughan Day". Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. This article is about the American politician/teacher for the Australian-American actress see Ann Richards (actress. Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Central Texas (a part of which is Texas Hill Country) is a region (and a physiographic section as it pertains to geography in the U 
In 1992, the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation released the Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster, which Vaughan had helped design. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation of Quincy Illinois is a manufacturer of stringed instruments such as solid-body Electric guitars including the The 'Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature' is an Electric guitar made by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. As of 2007, the model is still in production). In 2004, Fender also released a limited edition exact replica of "Number One". 
Stephen King's short story "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" concerns a small town called Rock and Roll Heaven that's populated by late rock musicians, one of which is Vaughan himself when he's referred to as one of the late music legends set to perform at a concert. Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American Author, Screenwriter, Musician, Columnist, You Know They Got a Hell of a Band is a short story by Stephen King.
In 1994, the city of Austin erected the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Statue at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake ( ), the site of a number of Vaughan's concerts. Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) is a reservoir on the Colorado River in downtown Austin, Texas, in the United States It has become one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.
In 2000, Stevie Ray Vaughan was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Musicians such as John Mayer, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Colin James, Jonny Lang, Jason Wayne Loftice, Los Lonely Boys, Mike McCready, Eric Johnson and Doyle Bramhall II have cited Vaughan as an influence. John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16 1977 is an American musician Robert Randolph & The Family Band is a Multicultural American Funk and soul band composed of Robert Randolph Marcus Randolph (drums Kenny Wayne Shepherd (born Kenny Wayne Brobst Jr, on June 12 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American Blues Guitarist See also Colin James (disambiguation Colin James Munn (born August 17, 1964 in Regina Saskatchewan) is a Canadian singer Jonny Lang (born Jon Gordon Langseth Jr, January 29 1981 in Fargo North Dakota) is a Grammy Award -winning American Los Lonely Boys is an American Grammy Award -winning musical rock band from San Angelo Texas. Michael David McCready (born April 5 1966 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American Guitarist and Songwriter. Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is a Guitarist and recording artist from Austin Texas. Doyle Bramhall II (born 24 December, 1968) is a guitarist and vocalist in his band Smokestack and is also the second guitarist in Eric Clapton
The last guitar that Vaughan played prior to his death is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Hard Rock Cafe was founded in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, and their first Hard Rock Cafe opened near Hyde Park Corner in London,
In November 2007, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation released a second tribute to Vaughan, an exact replica of his second beloved guitar: Lenny. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation of Quincy Illinois is a manufacturer of stringed instruments such as solid-body Electric guitars including the This is a list and description of the guitars played by musician Stevie Ray Vaughan. This guitar was given to him by his wife Lennora ("Lenny") on his 26th birthday and Vaughan was very fond of it. According to Fender, the original Lenny was a 1965 Strat that he saw in the window of a pawn shop that he was unable to afford. The guitar is sold with a strap, a case with Vaughan's name embroidered in the fabric lining, a number of brochures and memorabilia and a leather bound certificate of authenticity.
Also in November 2007, Sony BMG, Epic Records, and Legacy Records released the CD Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends: Solos, Sessions & Encores. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is a diverse music and entertainment group Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. Legacy Recordings is Sony Music Entertainment 's catalog division
Stevie Ray Vaughan will become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a Museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland Ohio, United States 
In 2008, residents voted to rename Dallas' Industrial Boulevard, with Vaughan's name being one of the finalists alongside Stanley Marcus, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Cesar Chavez. Harold Stanley Marcus (April 20 1905 &ndash Eddie Bernice Johnson (born December 3, 1935) is a Politician from the state of Texas, currently representing the state's ( César Estrada Chávez ( March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) born in Yuma Arizona, was a Mexican-American farm worker Labor 
Vaughan's blues style was strongly influenced by many blues guitarists. Foremost among them were Albert King, who dubbed himself Stevie's "godfather", Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Jimi Hendrix. Albert King ( April 25 1923 &ndash December 21 1992) was an American Blues Guitarist and Singer Otis Rush (born April 29, 1934 in Philadelphia Mississippi) is a blues Musician, Singer and Guitarist. George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American Blues and rock Guitarist James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter The song "Rude Mood" is a direct derivative (according to SRV himself) of a Lightnin' Hopkins tune called "Lightning Sky Hop". Sam "Lightnin’" Hopkins ( March 15 1912 — January 30 1982 Houston's poet -in-residence for 35 years Hopkins He was also strongly influenced by early blues-rock guitarist Lonnie Mack, who, according to Vaughan himself, "really taught me to play guitar from the heart" (Davis, History of the Blues, DaCapo 2003, p. Blues-rock is a hybrid musical genre combining Bluesy improvisations over the 12-bar blues and extended Boogie jams with Rock Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie McIntosh, 18 July 1941 Dearborn County, Indiana) is a rock and Blues Guitarist. 246). Vaughan, who had idolized Mack since childhood, produced and played on Mack's 1985 Alligator Records album "Strike Like Lightning"  and covered two Mack tunes from the early 1960s, "Wham!" and "Chicken-Pickin'" (which Vaughan renamed "Scuttle Buttin'"). Alligator Records is a Chicago -based independent Blues Record label founded by Bruce Iglauer in 1971.
Vaughan's sound and playing style, which often incorporated simultaneous lead and rhythm parts, drew frequent comparisons to Hendrix; Vaughan covered several Hendrix tunes on his studio albums and in performance, such as "Little Wing", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", and "Third Stone from the Sun". " Little Wing " is a song written by Jimi Hendrix. He first recorded the song on the 1967 album Axis Bold as Love. " Voodoo Child (Slight Return " is the last track on the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland. He was also heavily influenced by Freddie King, another Texas bluesman, mainly in the use of tone and attack; King's heavy vibrato can clearly be heard in Vaughan's playing. Freddie "The Texas Cannonball" King ( September 3 1934 &ndash December 28 1976) was an influential American Blues Vibrato is a musical effect produced in singing and on musical instruments by a regular pulsating change of pitch, and is used to add expression and vocal-like qualities to Another stylistic influence was Albert Collins. Albert Collins ( October 1 1932 — November 24 1993 Career Born in Leona, Texas After falling By utilizing his index finger as a pick a la Albert Collins, he was able to coax various tonal nuances from his amplifiers. Generally an amplifier or simply amp, is any device that changes usually increases the amplitude of a signal. Vaughan's brother Jimmie Vaughan has stated that Johnny "Guitar" Watson was the guitarist he and Vaughan studied the most. Johnny "Guitar" Watson ( February 3, 1935 - May 17, 1996) was an American musician whose long career influenced the development
Vaughan worked with only the support of bass and drums for a long time before Wynans joined the group. He exhibited an amazing command of feedback, volume, and distortion. He could play lead and rhythm simultaneously with the rare ability to rattle out massive chord clusters and piercing barrages of single notes with incredible precision, drenching them in exotic tones produced by pickup switches, wah-wah pedals, and overamplification.
Vaughan is recognized for his distinctive guitar sound, which was partly based on using heavy gauge guitar strings that he tuned down a half-step. This is a list and description of the guitars played by musician Stevie Ray Vaughan. A string is the vibrating element that is the source of vibration in String instruments such as the Guitar, Harp, Piano, and members In Music, a step is a linear or successive interval between two pitches which are consecutive Scale degrees Any larger interval is called a This created a thick, clanging tone which also remained clear and undistorted. Vaughan used a wide range of vacuum tube amplifiers during his career, often using multiple different amplifiers simultaneously, but is usually associated with early Fender amplifiers and amplifiers made by boutique amp-maker Alexander (Howard) Dumble. Dumble is a regional word used in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England to refer to a wood lined stream often in a small His influence is often credited for helping to launch the "vintage gear" movement among guitarists, which turned old musical equipment that could once be had fairly cheaply into expensive collector's items.
Stevie used Fender Mediums played "upside-down", or with the round edge of the pick. Although he tried some Planet Waves Delrin 1. 14mm picks, Dunlop 1. 10mm picks, and Fender Heavies also played upside down. Around 1985-1987, his picks were customized "multi-colored" picks with his name on them. They were equivalent to Fender Mediums.
He also had a Mighty-Mite brass slide that he used for songs like "Give Me Back My Wig" and "Boot Hill".
Strings were always GHS Custom Nickel Rockers: . 013", . 015", . 019", . 028", . 038", . 058". Around 1989, Vaughan's guitar tech told him to move to a lighter gauge on the 1st string to save his fingers. He would then use a . 011" for the 1st string.
As seen in many photos and videos, Stevie had gaffers tape put on the amp grille cloth in front of the speaker cone to eliminate the harsh upper frequencies coming from the center of the cone. Gaffer tape, sometimes shortened to gaff tape (especially by theater and photographic professionals or made possessive as " gaffer's tape" is a strong
Vaughan was known to combine different tube amplifiers to make his sound. Starting with the very early years, in 1980, his primary amplifiers were just two Fender Vibroverbs that both had a JBL E130-8 15" speakers. In 1981, he would have 2 Marshall Club & Country Combo amps onstage: one 2x12" and a 4x10" that had Celestion G12-80 speakers in them. It is most likely that he set these amps with all the controls on "7", because during his Hendrix cover of "Manic Depression", he would run his hand under all the controls, putting the controls on 10. James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter
He traded these in the spring of 1983 and used a Fender 4x10" Super Reverb for clean sounds instead of the Marshalls. Along with the Super Reverb, he had the two Fender Vibroverbs. Settings in this period on the Super Reverb were with the "Bright" switch off, Input 1 in the "Vibrato" channel, Volume on 4-6, Treble on 4 ½, Mid on 4, Bass on 3, and Reverb on 2 ½.
In late 1983, Vaughan ordered an 150-watt Dumble Steel String Singer made by Howard Dumble in California, along with a Dumble 4x12" speaker cabinet and used these with his two Fender Vibroverbs. He also briefly used a Dumble Overdrive Special, but didn't like the sound of it.
In 1984, Vaughan used the same two Fender Vibroverbs and the Dumble SSS and cabinet, along with a newly acquired "Leslie-style" Fender Vibratone cabinet. Simplicity of the vibratone The Vibratone was designed to be used with a regular amplifier It consisted of a 10" speaker with a Styrofoam "drum", or rotor, with two slots in the sides. Styrofoam is a trademark for polystyrene Thermal insulation, a material manufactured by Dow Chemical Company. One of the Vibroverbs was used to drive the Fender Vibratone. Amp settings in the "Vibrato" channel on his Vibroverbs were set with Volume on 5 ½, Treble on 10, and Bass on 5 ½. On his Dumble SSS, he set the Treble and Middle on 6, Bass on 4, Hi and Low-Step Filters on 7, Reverb Send and Return on 6 ½, and Master on 8.
Vaughan upgraded to Electro-Voice EVM speakers in all of his amps around 1984, because of the high tolerance to speakers blowing up and clarity.
On his pedalboard, he used an Ibanez Tube Screamer with a Vox wah pedal. The Ibanez Tube Screamer is an overdrive Effect pedal produced by Ibanez which is named for the fact that its light Distortion is similar to A wah-wah pedal (or just wah pedal) is a type of Guitar Effects pedal that alters the tone of the signal to create a distinctive effect intended to mimic Stevie didn't use a pair of each on stage, but did this in the studio for the "Soul to Soul" recording sessions. Soul to Soul is the third studio album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and was released in 1985 He also had an MXR Loop Selector to bypass any effects. MXR, also known as MXR Innovations, was a manufacturer of Guitar Effects units founded in 1972 by Michael Laiacona Keith Barr and Terry
For Stevie's Japan Tour, Vaughan compiled a rig consisting of 2 Fender Vibroverbs, a Fender Vibratone stacked on top of its road case, a "silverface" Fender Twin Reverb with a Fender Super Reverb on top, and a "blackface" Twin Reverb in the back, set on top of its road case. For a span of five nights Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble went on their first and last Japanese tour in January 1985
The pedalboard had the TS-9 Tube Screamer, the Vox wah-wah, and the MXR Loop Selector.
In mid-1985, Vaughan had more of collection of amps by this time. John Clayton Mayer (; born October 16 1977 is an American musician His amps in this period included the two Fender Vibroverbs (one driving the Fender Vibratone), the Dumble SSS driving a Marshall 8x10" cabinet, and a Fender 4x10" Super Reverb stacked atop a Dumble 4x12" cabinet.
In 1986, he had the a two Vibroverbs (one driving the Vibratone), a Marshall 8x10" cabinet, and a newer "blackface" Dumble SSS.
His effects remained the same except for a briefly used Univox Univibe with the expression pedal in 1986.
Around early 1987, he would just use 2 Fender Vibroverbs and 2 Fender Super Reverbs stacked atop each other, with a Fender Vibratone on the very top. Later in the year, as shown in the photo to the right, he had a blackface Fender Twin Reverb to the very right, 2 Dumble Steel String Singers stacked atop a Fender Super Reverb, a Fender Vibratone on top of a Marshall 8x10" cabinet, and a silverface Fender Twin Reverb to the very left.
In 1988, amps included a 200-watt Marshall Major power head, a Dumble SSS head (each driving a Dumble 4x12" cabinet), and a Fender Vibratone. In this case, the Dumble was used to drive the Vibratone.
The effects were the same throughout this period. The Tube Screamer was upgraded to a TS-10 Classic, used with the Vox wah-wah, and the MXR Loop Selector.
In 1989, he changed his rig around a little, but basically the same sound. He had 2 Fender Super Reverbs, with a Dumble SSS and a Marshall Major atop each, and a Fender Vibroverb driving the Fender Vibratone.
He took a couple of Fender '59 Bassman Reissues on the road in 1990 and used these with a Vibroverb driving the Vibratone. On the '59 Bassman, he plugged a cable into "Normal" Input 1 with the Volume on 8, Treble 8, Middle 7, Bass 6, and Prescence on 8. He used the stock tubes and the EVMs in these as well.
He also added more "Hendrix" effects to his pedalboard, acquiring two Arbiter Fuzz Faces (one "Dallas-Arbiter" and the silver, England version) and a couple of Octavias: one Roger Mayer version, and a Tycobrahe Octavia. He kept the TS-9 Tube Screamer and Vox wah-wah.