When iconic Texas bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan was younger, he would keep borrowing his brother Jimmie’s guitar. Jimmie got so fed up he eventually carved the word "Jimbo" in the back of the body of the 1951 Fender No-caster and gave it to Stevie.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan would go on to use that guitar for much of his career, until he modified it and sold it for a red Epiphone, according to guitar lore. However, while "Jimbo" was in Vaughan’s possession, he hardly let it out of his sight, and he used it to cut his teeth on the club circuit as a young musician and alter used it on his first studio recordings.
For years, the guitar was lost until it resurfaced after Vaughan’s death in 1990. And now, "Jimbo" is about to go up for auction in Dallas.
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According to a news release, Heritage Auction’s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction in Dallas April 15 will feature "Jimbo" front-and-center.
"One need look no further than Stevie's own words to see how important this guitar is," Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins is quoted as saying in the news release. "In a 1989 interview with Timothy White, 18 years after he traded it away, and despite countless guitars in between, Stevie said 'I ended up letting someone talk me into selling and I'm still kicking myself! Still looking for it …' One of the best guitarists of all time valued 'Jimbo' very highly."
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"The history of this guitar runs deep and it was particularly important to Stevie for several reasons," said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions.
"Jimbo" is believed to be one of only two of Vaughan’s primary stage guitars to be offered for sale. The other one sold for $623,000 14 years ago, and "Jimbo" is expected to fetch at least $400,000, according to the Dallas Observer.
Anyway, if you want to own a piece of SRV history, head up to Dallas next month. No promises on if owning the guitar will magically make you a guitar god.