Stevie Ray Vaughan is delighted to have his first professional guitar, which he names Jimbo. It does not leave him to the point that his friends say that he carries the instrument glued to his hands. Stevie Ray rebuilds Jimbo to find new tones suited to the blues. He is a musical prodigy highly inspired by Jimi Hendrix.
Stevie Ray uses Jimbo in his first recording in 1969. He is 15 years old. Jimbo does not however accompany him into his fame.
In 1971 the young musician did not appreciate that he is already the best blues guitarist. He wants to imitate his idols, Freddie King and B. B. King, who had chosen the Epiphone make. Stevie Ray is still short of money: he trades the Fender for an Epiphone. He soon understands his mistake but it was too late: the music teacher with whom he made the deal has already got rid of Jimbo.
After a few difficult years Stevie Ray Vaughan comes back to the top in 1989. He would give anything to find Jimbo. He was not to see it again : he was killed in a helicopter crash in the following year when returning from a show where he had co-starred with Eric Clapton.
Jimbo is estimated $ 400K for sale by Julien's in New York on May 21, lot 389.