Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Roy Rogers Six-String Guitar

Stevie’s first guitar ever was a Ray Rogers toy guitar, which he acquired around 1961.

I got my first guitar when I was seven. It was one of those Roy Rogers guitars; it had pictures of cowboys and cows on it, some rope. I had a blanket with the same sh*t on it, too.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

In case you’re unfamiliar with Roy Rogers, he was an American western singer and actor, commonly known as the “King of Cowboys”. During his active years, he had a lot of merchandise with his name on it, including shirts, lunch boxes, watches, and of course, guitars. Most commonly, these were toy guitars made by Jefferson Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, but there were also some more “serious” models available.

Based on the only existing photo of Stevie with the guitar, his was perhaps one of those more serious ones, and one of the more rare ones. If you Google “Roy Rodgers toy guitar” you’ll see numerous designs, but none of them matches Stevie’s guitar exactly.

If you happen to have any knowledge on these Roy Rodgers guitars, and you recognize Stevie’s model, please be sure to leave a comment below.

Young Stevie Ray Vaughan with his first guitar, a Ray Rodgers six-string.
Young Stevie Ray Vaughan with his first guitar, a Ray Rodgers six-string.


GroundGuitar counts on your criticism and feedback. In case you notice anything wrong with the information posted on this page, or you have knowledge of something that you would like to share, be sure to leave a comment below.

In case you want to talk to me directly and privately, please use the Contact Form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. (Dan)

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments