Stevie Ray Vaughan Plays Solo Acoustic Guitar in 1983 — Rare Video

Most videos of Stevie Ray Vaughan show him performing on the electric guitar. There are fewer examples of him playing acoustic, and the video shown here is certainly among the earliest in existence.

In it, Stevie is playing alone on a battered vintage Gibson acoustic guitar, giving the instrument a solid workout as he burns through an improvised 12-bar blues.

This video appears to be a clip from a 1983 interview on a Dallas, Texas, radio station. Vaughan was still new to audiences at the time (his debut, Texas Flood, came out in June of that year), and the clip begins with a snippet of him telling the radio audience a bit about himself and his background.

“Been playing for about 21, 22 years, professionally for 16,” he says. “I’ve done the best I can with carrying on a flame with rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Many many bar gigs, you know. Slept in ’em, lived in ’em, literally. And it’s paid off. Here we are.”

The clip then cuts to about three minutes of Stevie playing solo. Enjoy.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.