The largest of the fret sizes, jumbo frets are tall and wide, which lets you get a better grip on the strings, enabling more control over them and making bends and vibrato easier. A good choice for players with larger hands and thicker fingers.
As Vaughan himself preferred, his signature model features a thick oval neck profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) that imparts a distinctively comfortable fretting-hand feel, and more mass for improved tone and sustain.
Single-coil Texas Special pickups are over-wound for big Texas-blues tone with dynamically scorching output. With alnico 5 magnets, enamel-coated magnet wire and staggered pole pieces for balanced output across each string, they sing, scream and everything in between with tight bass, focused midrange and crystalline highs.
Surely the most distinctive visual element of this instrument is its black pickguard, engraved with the big, bold initials of the man himself.
A great wood for instrument fingerboards, pau ferro is a South American tonewood with a feel and sonic characteristics similar to rosewood, but lighter in color and harder.
Vaughan is said to have preferred the left-handed (or upside-down) tremolo because its placement on a right-handed guitar was more like the arrangement used by Jimi Hendrix—with the trem arm above the strings rather than below them.
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