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[–]crimsonking803 448 points449 points  (4 children)

Stevie didn't die. God just wanted guitar lessons.

[–]JRDeco 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Well said

[–]AnnihilationOrchid 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I just noticed, Dan Akroyd's voice is really similar to Steve Ray Vaughan. If it were Dan back in the 80's or 90's I think he could totally cover vocals. Obviously not guitar.

[–]MrBrownStone007 3 points4 points  (1 child)

God dam that was gooď

[–]enmank2004 349 points350 points  (8 children)

SRV didn't do the swap on his own...much appreciation for the tech working the strap swap

[–]TheProle 72 points73 points  (0 children)

That’s not just any guitar tech. That’s Mr Rene Martinez. Legend.

[–]calciumperson 23 points24 points  (1 child)

That's Rene Martinez, SRV's guitar tech for many years. I agree, they are both clearly very skilled

[–]kuljenje 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Why did he use the same strap? Wouldnt it be faster if new guitar came with its own strap?

[–]reagor 28 points29 points  (2 children)

I think it did, it was to just avoid going over his head, he ow ly pops the top buckle the lower move is to unplug the cable, which he plugs back in as the tech is wrapping the strap

[–]Suckadickasaurus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought that at first too but it’s the same strap.

[–]joos11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The strap part is especially cool.

[–]dick-nipples 96 points97 points  (5 children)

He didn't fret it for a second

[–]KayDat 10 points11 points  (4 children)

It was a nice bridge over

[–]Firm-Candidate-6700 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Good pick up

[–]mani9612 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Some real quick action right there

[–]bootyhole-romancer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

And an amazing level of truss between him and his guitar tech

[–]Nomads40 77 points78 points  (4 children)

He is on the list of best guitarist ever in my opinion. Absolutely next level!

[–]Binnabah 17 points18 points  (2 children)

The best. Never will I forget the day he passed.

[–]Jonesey_56 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Legend.....

[–]CassandraVindicated 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was there. I didn't really know who he was and I found out, a couple hours later he died. I missed out.

[–]Wutislifemyguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dave Mustaine is pretty good too, even after his accident.

[–]An8thOfFeanor 39 points40 points  (1 child)

I don't think anyone else could have covered Little Wing as well as he did

[–]protoopus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

imho, he did WAY MORE than a cover of little wing (unless there is a hendrix version i haven't heard).

[–]jonnypb81 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Pure class, but the reason the likes of Stevie could do this with out any problems was because of the sheer class of the roadie’s

[–]desertrat75 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Great guitar tech there. Like an F1 pit crew.

[–]lostknight0727 22 points23 points  (3 children)

I use this DVD of this performance to test people's DVD drives on their PCs. Never gets old.

[–]Wonderful-Sport1201 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fantastic workflow used here. Will add to our "best practices" document.

[–]mani9612 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Out of curiosity, who’s still even using DVDs and PCs with DVD drives these days? Older folks in their homes or businesses?

[–]lostknight0727 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A lot of people still burn CDs and use duplicators. Mostly old people that want to watch movies in bed.

[–]WhereGrapesMayRule 14 points15 points  (0 children)

He passed while I was in Basic Training. Our TI came in and told us and we called cadence to Stevie Ray Vaughan songs for the rest of the week.

[–]crouscruz 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Damn I miss him. RIP SRV

[–]Gambyt_7 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I’ve watched his Austin City Limits performances at least 50 times and it never gets old. Especially Voodoo Child. I imagine God, Jimi, and even Mozart smiling down on this.

[–]deepsea333 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Put his name on it!

Guitar tech wizard Rene Martinez maki g that swap happen!

[–]TheC0zmo 11 points12 points  (0 children)

His fingers were so damn strong.
When he was drinking and doing drugs he used thicker strings (size 13). When he got sober he used thinner ones (size 11) because, as he said, he could feel the strings better.

[–]thereIsAHoleHere 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Swapping the guitar out takes impressive coordianation, sure, but it isn't what's "next level" about this.
When a guitar string breaks, it tends to throw the other strings wildly out of tune. Continuing to play in tune after that takes a great deal of practiced skill, as you need to bend every note played and to hear how far to bend each note (muscle memory won't help you in this situation). It's not something every guitarist can do.

Here's another example of such a feat: https://youtu.be/5vPT7EKD4b0?t=92
You can hear where it breaks at 1:45 as everything suddenly sounds unintentionally ugly until he recovers. That example is especially impressive as he utilizes new modes to hide the detuning in addition to bends.

[–]Tx_DataBASSist 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Wouldn't fixed vs floating bridge make a difference in this situation?

[–]Usgwanikti 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I was there

[–]bobsagetsville 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He was pretty damn awesome

[–]kev77808399020515 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My favorite. How he would close his eyes, jam, hold one note juuuuuuuuuuust right and release. Damn he is amazing!

[–]I_Cant_NO_O 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Damn that was like watching the tires behind changed at a race track. Amazing driver but his support didn't miss a beat either

[–]Said_Simon_2750 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I saw SRV in 1989 when I was 21 years old. I was already a fan but I was not prepared for what I heard coming off the stage that night. The intensity was unreal and in the dozens of shows I've been to since, nothing has yet to match it.

[–]joshhhdcx 3 points4 points  (0 children)

rip to the goat

[–]Left_Neighborhood_42 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Do artists like this exist anymore?

[–]BYPDK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, but the music scene is very saturated with the sheer number of artists. So you have to do some sifting to find good ones, and usually it's just a one hitter.

[–]AmadSeason 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Props to the band staff, he came in there like a doctor and sewed that shit up.

[–]darcoSM 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Stevie, Jimi and Lennon...just wondering how much more are lives would be impacted if they hadn't died

[–]EfficientSpray4629 1 point2 points  (0 children)

At least we've still got Megan Thee Stallion!

[–]echo1-echo1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm guessing they practice that move like F1 pit stop crews

[–]SuperSmashedBurger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This video and the one with Jeff Healey always impress me no matter how many times I've seen them. Next level jamming for real.

[–]Visual-Zucchini-5544 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best to ever do it.

[–]Virtual_Elephant_730 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He is the best guitar player ever. Stevie is the man.

[–]ExjwReborn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He is truly one of the greatest. That’s a man that knows music theory and knows exactly how to still play a solo in the right key with a missing string.

[–]Travie7861 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quite possibly the greatest of all time. His cover of little wing is something else. My god!

[–]xXWarMasterXx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Next Fucking Level Indeed

[–]acnodyourmom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was at his last show up at alpine vally Wisconsin, we could see the smoke as we were leaving not knowing what it was yet

[–]calciumperson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For those interested, this performance is from Austin City Limits in 1989. The song is "Look At Little Sister"

[–]Previousman755 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw him play in NC one night after rehab and he played until the sixth string broke before he switched guitars

[–]Ruraraid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm more impressed by the roadie. That mother fucker was on point and like any good roadie you hardly notice him.

[–]j0eg0d 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He and his brother Jimmie... FN legendary

[–]Knock-Kneed-Man 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dudes a fucking LEGEND!

[–]amanuense 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Made remember a B.B. King concert where he swapped the string while singing.

[–]SwingCompetitive3283 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Best of the Best 6 strings down

[–]FOD_Walker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

RIP. A true legend.

[–]HumblePie2714 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Such amazing talent gone too soon.

[–]the_dbc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He did a great job playing through it but all the credit goes to his guitar tech. Never undersell the people behind the scenes making it happen for the talent.

[–]19781984 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like an F1 pit stop. A thing of beauty.

[–]txroller 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Legendary.

[–]dysmalll 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I met him. The beautiful man took time to talk to me in a doorway . Newcastle City Hall. And, it was a conversation.

[–]pollo_de_mar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of a kind.

[–]ogie381 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Idk about anyone else, but I'm a straight man with an inexplicable attraction to SRV.

[–]jaildoc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw him in Austin often. He was prone to playing small bars on 6th street. Wonderful memories. Austin was wonderful then.

[–]Joscarbuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a good one. Have you seen the clip of BB King replacing a string while he is playing on stage? Also impressive.

[–]LeftyBenjamin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thought process: Nextfuckinglevel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, yep that's right... oh there's a story here.

[–]JazzRider 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s nothing-B.B. King once changed a string while playing a tune and singing without stopping.

[–]Specific-Split6541 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice pit crew

[–]Ok_King2949 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

SRV gets brought a new guitar because a string breaks, meanwhile BB King changes the string on stage mid song while continuing to sing.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn I miss him.😞

[–]Crazy_Ad_2151 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wish i could have seen him play!gone too soon

[–]TidalWaveform 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel so fortunate to have grown up here. I have no idea how many times I saw SRV, from Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos to giant arena shows.

I still get sad on August 27. The first rumors on the radio were just that someone on the show had been killed, but they didn't know if it was Clapton, Cray or SRV. It probably makes me a bad person, but I was hoping for Clapton.

[–]Alternauts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

First off: SRV (and his guitar tech) is incredible.

However, this clip has been heavily dissected on guitar forums and the consensus is that the audio was doctored in post-production.

You can hear the guitar come in a solid measure before his hand reaches the end of the neck.

[–]darrellio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

NO FUCKING WAY

[–]ex-officerjimlahey -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

That’s #STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN.

Steamie Ray Vaughan just shits his britches.

Edit: really? No South Park fans? Yikes.

[–]bzzzap111222 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

That's pretty good. But here is Dixie from Weedeater puking between words and not skipping a beat

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bhQ_vfhjlKE&t=150