Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1957 Gibson ES-125T

This was Stevie’s first electric guitar, which he inherited from his brother Jimmie. The guitar was a 3/4 size model with a single P90 pickup in the neck position.

JIMMIE VAUGHAN: About a year after I started, Daddy bought me a 3/4 Gibson with no cutaway, about as thick as a 335 with one pickup [a 1957 Gibson 125-T hollow body, serial number U142221], and a little brown Gibson amp.

(GARY WILEY, Vaughan cousin:) One time, Steve was listening intently to the radio and playing along on Jim’s guitar, which he had inherited [the Gibson 125-T]. My brother and I were bugging him to jump on our bikes, but he had to nail that part first.

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As far as when exactly Stevie used this guitar, most sources indicate that Jimmie started playing when he was 12, which was in 1963. If his father bought the guitar a year after he started playing, that would obviously be 1964, and probably at least another year passed before Stevie inherited it. So, 1965/66 seems to be the year in which Stevie acquired his first electric guitar – or when he was around 11/12 years old.

Is it likely that Stevie used this guitar from that point until inheriting another guitar from Jimmie – a 1951 Fender Broadcaster.


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