Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster - 3-tone Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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Yes, Now You Can Own and Play SRV's Guitar

Shortly before his tragic death in 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborated with Fender guitars to produce an Artist Series Stratocaster. Few guitarists have had as much impact on popular music as Stevie, except maybe Clapton, Beck, and Hendrix. He seemingly brought blues into the mainstream singlehandedly, just when people began to forget the genre even existed, and this signature Strat is a fitting monument to the man's brilliance. It features an deep, early '60s oval neck shape, a pau ferro fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets, three Texas Special single-coil pickups, a reversed (left-handed) tremolo, and a black 3-ply pickguard engraved with SRV! This is an instrument that's truly as unique as the man who helped design it, and now it can be yours!

Stevie Ray Vaughan Artist Series Stratocaster at a Glance:
  • The guitar SRV helped design
  • A blistering Strat sound
  • Fast-playing maple neck with deep, thick oval shape
The guitar SRV helped design

Much like fellow Strat slinger Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray literally burst upon the music scene and blew everyone away with his fierce, passionate playing style - though he actually paid his dues for years in hundreds of gigs in dark, smoky clubs in and around Austin, Texas. Like Hendrix, his career was tragically cut short. Sadly, he was not able to see the Artist Series Strat he helped Fender design, which was officially introduced in 1992. The special SRV features are immediately recognizable by any fan of Stevie's music and include an alder body with a rich 3-color sunburst polyurethane finish, along with a distinctive black pickguard (with SRV engraved boldly for everyone to see). Just like Stevie's own guitar, this Artist Series Strat has a reversed (left-handed) tremolo and comes with three blistering Texas Special single-coil pickups that deliver all the raw tone and power you'd expect!

A blistering Strat sound

The original Strat had three single-coil pickups, so it was able to produce sounds that no other guitar could deliver - particularly once players discovered they could lodge the 3-position blade switch in those in between positions to access neck, middle and bridge, and middle pickup combinations. These were often erroneously referred to as the out-of-phase settings. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat comes standard with a modern 5-way blade switch, making it easy to access all the pickup combinations. To deliver that signature SRV tone, this guitar comes with a matched set of Texas Special single-coil pickups, so you can go from the classic Strat spank to a screaming, red-hot lead sound with ease.

Fast-playing maple neck with deep, thick oval shape

Leo Fender wasn't afraid to think outside the box when it came to guitar designs - after all, he was an engineer, not a guitar player. In the 1950s and well into the 1970s, the blonde natural maple neck became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster comes with a 1-piece maple neck that sports a special early '60s deep, thick oval shape, and it's the only Strat in the Fender line to come standard with a pau ferro fingerboard. Pau ferro is an exotic type of rosewood that's most often used in bass guitar fretboards. Next, add 21 jumbo Dunlop frets and a special gloss polyurethane finish, which our resident guitar gurus swear makes this one of the fastest-playing Strats in existence (at least in a production guitar), and you have an instrument worthy of the initials SRV!

Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat Features:
  • 3-color sunburst design with polyurethane finish
  • Maple neck with deep, thick oval shape
  • Solid alder body
  • Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners
  • Pao ferro rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 frets
  • Dot inlays
  • 3 Texas Special single-coil pickups
  • Reversed (left-handed) American vintage synchronized tremolo bridge
  • 5-position blade for pickup switching
  • Gold hardware
  • Vintage Tweed case
  • 25.5" scale length

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Urethane
Color 3-color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Thick oval
Fingerboard Material Pau Ferro, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearl dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Synchronized tremolo
Tuners Vintage style tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Texas Special single-coil
Middle Pickup Texas Special single-coil
Bridge Pickup Texas Special single-coil
Controls Master Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0109200800

Customer Reviews

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I bought mine in 1992. Was very lucky to get one with the Brazilian rosewood. Never had a problem and everyone who has played it loves it. An XLNT guitar. It has made me a better player. Still havn't found how far she will go.


I'm a HUGE SRV fan so have been looking at these for a long time. The prices keep going up on them so figured it's now or never.I also own (purchased from Sweetwater) a Gibson Lucille, now signed by Mr King and displayed in my living room. I could wait to get this one and figured I'd enjoy and play it.As usual, it arrived quickly and in perfect condition in a very nice custom Fender hard case. Then I opened the case......OMG, over the top gorgeous Stratocaster with more case candy than I've ever received with any other guitar. The guitar fit snugly, everything you can imagine was included, even a strap.I only had one problem with the guitar......I don't have the heart to play it, it's that perfect. This one will eventually go on the wall too as soon as I find the perfect display case. I do own 9 other American Fenders so I don't "need" to play this. I'd like to say this is an investment piece as the value will never go down (check used prices), it will only appreciate in value. But, I am keeping this one. The attention to detail and finish on this is remarkable.If you're a fan of SRV, you'll love this. I am positive it plays like a dream as Sweetwater always does a great job setting up guitars I purchase from them. Thank you again to my Rep Ryan Holquist, he is the best. If you've never purchased through Sweetwater, you're missing out. They treat every customer as an individual and give personal attention to every customer, unlike some of the other large retailers. Ask for Ryan, you will be glad you did!!!!
Music background: novice getting better by the day, guitar hoarder too

SRV Strat

I cannot believe it! I finally fleabayed my way to be able to buy one of these and am blown away!The tone and harmonics are outstanding and the neck is solid as a rock! None of that yawing out of tune when you put pressure on it. Just grab is an play hard. It likes it and even sounds good on a stock Valve Jr head with 2 10's. I can't wait to get it on something decent. I'm putting the DRRI back together in the morning because I can't handle waiting to hear this guitar. The only thing negative is my lack of skills because this axe does it all right now off the shelf. Might try a .047 cap later on but it is great like it is. And the case is nice also. Good quality!
Music background: Tube amp tech and guitarist


well i just got a 92 SRV strat. it has a verry fast neck feels great and has great sustain. it also sounds great threw my marshal vintage modern 100w powering 4 12s
Music background: musician

My Review of The Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster

I have one of these guitars I bought mine in 95 it is one of the finest musical instrument I have ever owned it plays like a dream and the craftsmanship is second to none. I feel like SRV when I play it the sound is just awesome the three Texas Special pickups just blow me away. If you want Stevie's signature sound this guitar is a must, Well and a lot of practice. But it's worth every penny if not more I'm just glad I bought mine when it was cheaper!!!!
Music background: Producer, Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Musician
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