“I loved Hendrix – he was my first guitar hero... But seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan was transcendent. He made me understand Hendrix better”: Mike McCready says SRV helped him make sense of this Hendrix technique

(from left) Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mike McCready and Jimi Hendrix
(Image credit: Clayton Call / Jim Bennett / David Redfern / Getty Images)

Mike McCready has said that it wasn’t until he saw Stevie Ray Vaughan that he truly understood the trademark thumb technique of his first guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix.

The new issue of Guitarist is on sale today and features a cover interview with McCready, in which the Pearl Jam guitarist discusses his new signature Fender Stratocaster – alongside the influence of another Strat legend, SRV.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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