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"It all started with the Strat because I was reading an article with Stevie Ray Vaughn a long time ago and the number 1959 stuck out to me for some reason. So I started searching those out as the band got more popular and I could actually afford one, and I found [this] one in Los Angeles. That is what introduced me to the whole world, the 1959s. My first '59 I got it because I had read somewhere an article with Stevie Ray Vaughn and he was into '59 Strats, and I was - was and still am - very much into his playing. Luckily I got to see Stevie four times when he was alive, in Seattle. He played at a crazy place in Everett. He played there, he played the Paramount and then the Gorge twice so I got to see him all four times... But that's why I got this guitar. I've used it on Even Flow consistently for years - over 10 years, 15 years probably. I've been mixing it up a little bit lately, but this one's the one I use mostly. I use this on 'Yellow Ledbetter', I use this I think for the Star Spangled Banner when I do it. I use it on a lot of stuff. It's one of my go-to guitars, though, for sure. For leads, it's really easy to play. And it's worn in and the neck is totally amazing. It's just trashed - in a good way! That's the beauty of it. That's what I love about it."more
In 1961 he got his first Fender Stratocaster the guitar he has been identified with for most of his career. His infatuation with the Strat was directly inspired by his idol, Ritchie Valens: "I saw the picture on the cover of his first album, and he had a Stratocaster. I didn't know what it was, but I knew I had to have one."more