Blues Power: An In-Depth Guide to the Amps and Effect Pedals in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Arsenal



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Gone but never forgotten.


here is another article I would like to see sometime....DIY guitar kit review on quality and ease of build.I did a double neck guitar(green one in my fasebook profile pic)and found it to be a great guitar however I'm very skilled at wood working and I'm a electrician by trade so I had no problem building this but others might.


I was just jumping around on youtube and found a amp comparison between a vox ac15 vs mesa/boogie express vs a blackstar ht 40 club( as a guitarist that has played 33 years I found this to be a awesome way to hear these amps side by side.So I can consider a back up amp that sounds close to my mesa 5/50 express However due to a lot of these guys using cheep camera mics you don't get good sound.I think a great new articles you guys could do is a amp vs column and pedal vs column where you compare different amps to each other and pedals to each other.You could even do speakers and cabinets.thanks 25 year long subscriber
Keith D. Hartneck


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Actually, I believe that "garbeaj"'s post is right on target. I've read elsewhere that Stevie DID own one of Hendrix's wah pedals so...I think his post has some merit. I, for one, would love to see the documents and pictures since I'm a HUGE SRV fan.



The SRV gear article was great.Like SRV Jimi was a huge influence on my playing.I have a Leslie Model 16,the alternative of SRV's Fender unit, with a killer JBL-K-120 12" speaker and the V-846 Clyde McCoy non-picture that Jimi and Stevie used.There were 2 types of Clyde McCoy wahs produced,the earlier had a picture of Clyde McCoy on the bottom plate while the 2nd series non picture wah simply had Clyde McCoy written script.The non-picture wah had a tone that wasn't as raw as the wah of the earlier one and had a much broader tonal range and a more pronounced and desirable "vomit" sound as it has affectionately become known as.I also use a mixture of amps to create a full tonal range.After passing through my pedal chain,my signal first goes into a Marshall 4210-JCM-800-1X12 combo and that gets slaved out into a 1969 Fender Bassman with a 2X15 1968 Bassman "driprail" cabinet and the Leslie Model 16,the next amp that it's slaved into is a Marshall 2204-JCM-800 stack with 2-4X12 Celestion loaded Marshall cabinets.

I was lucky enough to see Stevie when he played our local stadium just 2 or 3 months before we lost him,I was actually leaning against the stage and was literally so close I could've nicked his Vox wah-but decided against it since I already had live tone was just incredible and no live or studio recording could do justice to the amazing tones that came from the stage that night.There is something to be said about putting your stage signal through a myriad of amps when playing live as Stevie demonstrated every time that he took the stage.I have found that this approach works wonderfully and broadens the live tone like you wouldn't believe.As with Stevie,each one of my amps is a great stand alone amp but when teamed with other equally great amps the tone becomes sublime.



I've seen the rig rundown of SRV MANY times. I like it cause Stevie Ray is one of my favorite players and it's helped me to get that sound and tone .
However there are other players I've never seen there rig Jimmy Page, or David Gilmore, or Gary Moore or Eric Clapton or....
I like to see those sometime



Great article! One small correction that I would like to add...the Hendrix wah was stolen sometime in 1988 or 1989. The wah was supposedly the one that Hendrix used on "Up From The Skies". Unless Stevie had more than one wah-wah pedal that belonged to Hendrix, this wah was not used on "Telephone Song".

I met Stevie in June of 1990 and asked him specifically about the Hendrix "Up From The Skies" wah and he personally told me it was stolen from him previous to the In Step sessions. For what it is worth, I can provide documentation of my meeting with Stevie, but I have no audio or video record, just photographs.



I don't think that sentence was referring to "thee" Vox wah that Hendrix used, but rather that Vaughan used the Vox wah (in a general sense) on "The Telephone Song" and his Hendrix covers. Right before that it mentions Vaughan using/owning several other Vox wahs, so it could have been any one of them. At least that's what I got from the way it reads.

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