When people talk about the greatest guitarists of all time, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s name often comes up near the top. So what would you do if you had a chance to use a guitar used by the musical virtuoso?
Heritage Auctions in Dallas is set to auction off a 1951 Fender Broadcaster guitar that was gifted to Vaughan by his older brother Jimmie. Jimmie originally owned the guitar, but supposedly Stevie would borrow it often without asking. So their mutual friend told Jimmie he should just give it to Stevie so he wouldn’t mess with his guitars anymore. In fact, you can still see the name “Jimbo” carved into the back of the guitar from before Stevie owned it.
The Jimbo guitar was used by Vaughan throughout the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and was eventually displayed in the Grammy Museum alongside some of his other guitars.
A representative from Heritage Auctions says the bidding will open at $200,000 for the guitar, and they expect the final price to be over $400,000. Heritage was recently involved in an auction for a acoustic guitar that belonged to Bob Dylan that went for nearly $400,000.
Not often you get to say you can own a piece of Rock n’ Roll history.