Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1930s Gibson L-1

Stevie was seen using this guitar during an interview that he did in 1983 – watch Stevie Ray Vaughan, acoustic solo 1983, Dallas, Texas. The guitar was also seen sitting behind him during his performance at the MTV Unplugged in January 1990.

Stevie Ray Vaughan playing a Gibson L-1 guitar.
Stevie Ray Vaughan playing a Gibson L-1 guitar.

Specs, Year

Based on the footage available, the guitar was a flat-top model, which means that it was made sometime between 1926 and 1937. It also doesn’t have a pickguard, nor any fingerboard binding, which would suggest that it was made after 1930. Lastly, it has a 12-fret neck (or the part of the neck extending past the body) which would mean that it was made no later than 1932.


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