Fresh from Fender’s Custom Shop is the Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster Relic. The brand has previously released two signature Strats for SRV – a production-line model and a Custom Shop one – but this edition looks to be the most faithful tribute axe yet.
The Strat is loaded with a trio of Custom Shop, hand-wound Texas Special single-coils. These are wired hot and are touted to serve up searing tone. Fender has also recreated the bridge system on SRV’s Strat that was said to be an homage to Jimi Hendrix. The bridge in question is a left-handed vintage-style synchronised tremolo piece that let SRV “work the tremolo arm with his elbow”, according to Fender.
In terms of tonewoods, this Strat features a two-piece alder body, a 12-inch-radius rosewood fingerboard and a tinted riftsawn maple neck. The last of these boasts an “Oval C” profile that’s intended to be an accurate replication of SRV’s favoured neck profile. It is a touch thinner on the treble side, a feature which facilitates easier string-bending.
Rounding out the instrument’s features are additional vintage-style components – wiring and tuning machines – gold hardware, as well as the iconic three-ply black pickguard etched with the legendary guitarist’s initials.