About the Guitar:
Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborated with Fender to produce a signature Stratocaster guitar shortly before his untimely passing in 1990. It features an alder body and an early ’60s oval neck profile, pau ferro fingerboard with jumbo frets, three Fender Texas Special™ single-coil pickups, gold-plated hardware and a reversed left-hand vintage tremolo unit.
The SRV Strat debuted at the Los Angeles NAMM show in January 1992 and started hitting music stores by March. It is not a limited edition guitar, and is readily available today.
neck: maple - special neck shape (bolt-on)
machine heads: vintage style - goldplated
Fretboard: brazilian rosewood (12" radius - 304.8mm
frets: 21 [6105 fretwire]
pickups: three "texas special" vintage-style single coil
Controls: master volume, tone (neck), tone (mid)
tremolo: left-hand vintage-style - goldplated
pickup switching: 5-position blade switch
scale lenght: 25.5" (648mm)
neck width @ nut: 1.685" (42mm)
colors: 800 - 3-color sunburst
other: black-white-black pickguard with white knobs and pickup covers; "srv" initials in pickguard
Only a relatively few SRV's actually had Brazilian rosewood fingerboards as specified in the original Fender promotional literature, due in large part to environmental protection issues regarding use of rainforest wood in mass production. Pau ferro, also known as Bolivian rosewood or ironwood, is used on all but some of the earliest SRV Strats. Pau ferro may come from any number of places - Brazil, Bolivia, Africa, etc.