Stevie Ray Vaughan played various Fender Stratocasters during his career, one of which, a 1959 body and a late 1962 rosewood (curved fingerboard) neck, became "the most famous battered Strat in rock history." This becae known as "Number One". Vaughan collaborated with Fender for an Artist Signature model, based on Number One. This model was already in the works at the time of Vaughan's death, his brother Jimmie asked for the process to be sped up and the guitar became available in 1992. To achieve the sound Vaughan wanted, builder Larry Brooks put 600 windings on the pickups. Besides adding to the number of windings, the polarity of the middle pickup was reversed to eliminate hum.
The signature Strat has an alder body with a maple neck and pau ferro fingerboard, and comes equipped with .010-.046 strings (lighter than Vaughan's); it was praised by Guitar Player for its neck and "juicy tone": "the SRV is one of the coolest Strats we've ever played." Other fectures include a left handed vintage-style vibrato on the right handed guitar (Stevie's tribute to Jimi Hendrix) and a black pickguard with "SRV" logo.