While Stevie used dozens of other guitars and pieces of equipment, this page is not meant to be a complete history of his gear.In the 1960's, Stevie went through a number of guitars, many being hand-me-downs from Jimmie: Gibson Messenger, 1952 Fender Broadcaster, 1954 Gibson Les Paul T.

Laying a metal rule on the frets, the bridge pickup touched the rule, the middle pickup almost touched it, and the neck pickup was 1/16" from the rule.

On the bass side, bridge 1/32", middle 1/16", and 1/32" neck.?

Prior to July 1990, the original neck from Number One was retired because it couldn't take another refret job.

The strings were also run through a small piece of plastic tubing from inside the tremolo block hole beyond the saddle contact point, also to reduce string breakage.

The block/bridge top plate is also ground to elminate the sharp edge where the string contacts the metal.

In photos from 1983-85 one can see a much heavier guage tremolo bar on Number One. Some were straight (as in the photos from the In Session recording with Albert King) and some were bent (as used at the El Mocambo in 1983).

Approximately ten of these custom bars were made either to reduce the number of broken tremolo arms (Stevie still broke them), or merely because the threads in the left-hand trem block were stripped and retapped requiring the larger gauge.: on the treble side - very high.

The first two secrets to Stevie's tone are his soul and hands, so you are defeated before you begin in your quest for his tone.

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