Since Stevie Ray Vaughan's first album came out in 1983, I'm
addicted to his sound. To reproduce Stevie's tone, I did everything
possible. I modified amps and pedals, winded pickups and did much more. I
played the Fender SRV Strat and the Custom Vibroverb. And of course the
TS 808 and TS 909. I always was very close, but I never really reached
this goal. For sure, the inimitable playing style of Stevie is one
of the keys for this sound. However I noticed, when Stevie played
sessions with other musician's guitars his sound is awsome too, but more
"regular". The guess is obvious that his own guitars are modified. This
sweet sparkling sound must have its source in the guitar.
Many years I researched until I finally nailed it. My long search has an
Even the pickups are not too important. Any quality single coil does it.
It's the same with amps. A good Fender combo is enough. No need for an
expensive Dumble or Vibroverb. I have equipped all my guitars with it
and since then I am happy with my tone. But for all active circuits a
9Volts battery is required. I know, that many guitarists do not want to
have batteries in their instruments. But wait!!! What about the
guitarists who play EMGs? Or the countless bass players who are used to
have active electronics on board? Well, the good news is: An alkaline
battery will last 2000 hours. If you are playing for two hours
every day, one battery would last two years!
And how the installation is done?
The S.R.Visionizer has only four solder connections. In addition, the
output jack must be replaced with a stereo jack, so that the battery can
only draw power when the cable is plugged in. Fortunately the battery
can be packed very easy into a Strat. A detailed guide for the
conversion you'll find here:
If you have no experience with the soldering iron, there are two
- You hand over the conversion to the technician of your trust.
- I take over the conversion.
And the price? The next good news is: Not more expensive than a brand
pickup! Only 99,00 €
Conclusion: It has never been easier and cheaper to faithfully reproduce
the SRV sound. Hearing is believing! Please check out these videos. A
standard Strat played dirctly into a Fender Deluxe Amp. and miked with a