He’d have been remarkable in any era, but Stevie Ray Vaughan arrived just at the right time in the long history of the electric blues. Needless to say, there are software emulations of SRV / Fender tone via the likes of AmpliTube if you run a PC-rig for recording, although a lot concentrates on earlier Tweed-era tones. You could call it a guitar lesson, but as his student, you had better have advanced blues chops and a very good ear. Stevie Ray Vaughan set the bar high for guitar players, which is why we had to delve into the SRV playing style. A Squier Classic Vibe 60s model is an even more affordable option, looks-wise, coming in at just over £300. Here’s the detail of his own gear and the more reasonable choices you have…. Django didn’t have any book or anything to borrow from. Im not gonna do it! He incorporated the jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt, Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. The album he’d only just recorded with brother Jimmie, Family Style, was released a few months after, starting a Hendrixian string of posthumous albums that have kept Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music alive for the last 30 years…, “I loved Jimi a lot. Indeed, in a flurry of hairspray and spandex, hair metal was the 80s habitat stalked by many guitarists with cranked amps seeking to summon the spirit of Jimi. SRV died at 35. Mick Jagger was an early admirer – inviting SRV to play a private party – and after a 1982 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, David Bowie was immediately another. I could do some of his stuff by then but actually I’ve been trying to find out what he was doing more so lately than I was then. If you need more class in the tone – pickups are often an area of compromise on budget guitars – a good option to consider is upgrading your pickups on this or your existing Strat-style guitar. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. Stevie Ray was a man of simple tastes, really, with most of his other Fenders being of a similar stripe to Number 1, but each has become iconic and beloved by fans and guitar aficionados in their own way. But, at its heart, his sound on the basics of a good single-coil Strat-alike, a valve combo and a good overdrive pedal. Sometimes he used a slig… Whenever you … Dig In. Read the interview at Guitar Player. From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. Controversially turning down the offer to tour with Bowie, SRV got back with Double Trouble and delivered a trio of outstanding blues albums for a new era: Texas Flood (1983), Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984) and Soul To Soul (1985). This one-off doubleneck guitar was used for the song "Pipeline" by Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie Vaughan, on board the riverboat SS Presidente, at the 1987 Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA. From his gear choices to his playing style, here’s why SRV remains one of the guitar’s true icons. Despite several vaccines on the horizon, is it still apocalypse right now for the UK live music industry? Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. Nope… Nahh…… As he runs through the styles of his idols, Vaughan doesn’t slow down or pause to explain what he’s doing. If you ask Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, a devoted student of the blues, it’s “his timing, his tone, his feel, his vibrato, his phrasing–everything. For just over £2,000, you can still buy it: from 2019 it came in a relic’d version, too.