DescriptionNumber One (also known as Vaughan's 'First Wife') was a Fender Stratocaster used by Vaughan for most of his career. It was originally claimed to be a 1959 model, but when making the Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Number One Tribute Stratocaster, the Fender Custom Shop discovered the body was dated 1963. Therefore, it can rightly be called a 1963 Stratocaster. After purchasing the instrument in 1973 from Ray Henning's Heart of Texas music shop in Austin, Texas, it was his main performing instrument and companion. Vaughan made heavy use of the guitar on all five of his studio albums and on 'Family Style' - an album recorded with his brother Jimmie shortly before his death in 1990.Soon after he got the guitar, Vaughan tried to change the guitar over to a 'left-handed' tremolo to imitate one of his idols, Jimi Hendrix. Because the quality of his 'transformation' was so poor, he went to a truckstop to find something to cover the giant hole he chopped in the body, hence the 'CUSTOM' sticker across the bottom of the bridge. He also found some large, prismatic stickers to spell his initials 'SRV' on and applied those to the guitar for a little extra flash. His use of the stickers make Number One one of the most recognizable guitars in the history of modern music.'Number One' had a neck relief of .012' at the 7th and 9th frets, and leveled out through the remainder of the fingerboard. The fingerboard radius is 10' and used Dunlop 6100 fretwire.
Eric Dee, Boulder Colorado Member Since June 2008 Artist Statement I started painting in the late 70's but would paint typically 2 or so paintings a year. I experimented with everything from portraits and nudes to landscapes. But I was a Rambler, and a bit of an adventurer who suddenly found himself far from his Canadian home and Married with Children and living and starting a career in the corp. world in the mid 80's.
My oil paints and brushes and tools went into a box and wasn't opened again for almost 20 years in late 2007. They had all melted together from years in 100+ degree garage heat and rendered useless other than to stir up old emotions
So I restocked. I had a vision to attack the subject of celebrity portraits in basic monochrome and focus on trying to capture the essence of the character. And so I start with a blank canvas and I paint until all I can hear is the artist perform ( in the case of the musicians at least ) in my head. Then it's time for another. I can't stop this time. I feel like I need to make up for 20 years.
The kids have grown, the Wife is gone and I intend to take this art thing as far as it will go. Welcome to my new adventure. Please feel free to ride along with me. I will do my best to update often. There will be some pieces off on temporary tangents but I have so many artists and talent to pay tribute to and I hope to stay focused on the intended format for the most part.
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