Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Danelectro Longhorn 4623

Stevie was seen playing this guitar on a few occasions, including on September 27, 1985, at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in February 1986.

From the photos taken at Hill Auditorium, it is obvious that Stevie used the guitar only for a specific part of a song, at least on that occasion, because he had his number one Strat on his back at the same time while playing the Danelectro. The photos are available on Getty images, but we cannot show them here due to copyright restraints.

On other occasions, Stevie used the guitar to play the song “Tuff Enough”, as can be seen in a gig he played with The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1986 (photo below).

Stevie with a Danelectro Longhorn 6-string bass guitar.
Stevie with a Danelectro Longhorn 6-string bass guitar.


The Danelectro Longhorn that Stevie used was actually a 6-string bass guitar, similar to the better-known Fender Bass VI. It was introduced in 1958, and it featured a masonite and pine body finished in bronze color, a poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, and two Danelectro “lipstick tube” pickups.


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