Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Tokai TST-50 (Rosewood, Black Pickguard)

Stevie was photographed with this guitar on a promotional poster for Tokai guitars. The same guitar was auctioned in 2004, and labeled as “owned and used by Stevie Ray Vaughan on stage and in the studio”. Unfortunately, the auction house did not provide any specifics, at least not publically, so very little is actually known about this guitar. (STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN OWNED AND USED TOKAI GUITAR – Christie’s)

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Tokai Stratocaster, as seen on the auction. SRV is seen playing the guitar in the bottom right.

From what can be concluded from the photos, the guitar is a cherry sunburst model with a non-typical black colored pickguard – perhaps pointing towards the possibility that it was made specifically for SRV, and was based on his Number 1 Strat.

Tokai TST-50 SRV

Recently, around 2016, Tokai released a model called TST-50 SRV, which was based on the guitar sold at auction in 2004. The model features a 2 piece alder body, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, and three Seymour Duncan STK-S7 pickups.

Tokai TST-50 SRV
Tokai TST-50 SRV


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