Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1951 Fender Broadcaster “Jimbo” in the Spotlight

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Anthony Freddura is an experienced technology professional who serves as lead business systems analyst and product owner with Epsilon. A longtime music enthusiast, Anthony Freddura enjoys playing guitar in his free time.

One legendary guitar that rivals B. B. King’s “Lucille” in acclaim is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1951 Fender Broadcaster “Jimbo.” The only guitar owned by the Texas blues legend during his formative years from 1968 to 1971,”Jimbo” originally belonged to Vaughan’s brother Jimmie, who carved “Jimbo,” his nickname, on the back. Stevie would go on to carve his own name into the headstock.

Vaughan played “Jimbo” in his earliest professional gigs with bands such as Liberation and Southern Distributor. The unmistakable sound of the Fender is featured heavily in his 1970 recordings, music that represents Vaughan’s first forays into the studio.

Recently put up for auction, the guitar, valued at $500,000, achieves its heady value in part because it is only the second of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s primary stage guitars to come to the market in nearly three decades. In 2004, a Vaughan Stratocaster sold for $623,500 at auction.

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