Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar up for auction Sunday


An electric guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan was given as a youth by his brother is expected to sell for about $400,000 at auction Sunday in their hometown of Dallas.

Heritage Auctions will offer the 1951 Fender guitar.

Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins said the guitar has “considerable historical significance,” noting Vaughan “pretty much learned his craft on” the guitar.

It was Vaughan’s first professional-grade guitar, and he played it in his first studio recording and in early performances, Hopkins said Friday. Vaughan moved to Austin in the early 1970s, becoming one of its most notable musicians.

Jimmie Vaughan, founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, gave his brother the guitar in the late 1960s.

“Jimmie carved the word ‘Jimbo’ in the back of the body, but gave it to his brother, who kept borrowing it without permission,” according to Garry Shrum, the director of music memorabilia at Heritage Auctions.

Hopkins said that Stevie Ray Vaughan, who traded the guitar away in 1971, mentioned in a 1989 interview how much he would’ve liked to have it back.

Vaughan died in an Aug. 27, 1990, helicopter crash. He was 35.



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