1997-1998 Fender Jimmie Vaughn Tex-Mex Stratocaster - 2 Color Sunburst

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One of the great families in music- Jimmie Vaughan right alongside his brother defined the sound of blues and gave it (yet another) renaissance in the late 70s and early 80s. Many people have signature models, but Fender has been happy to offer Jimmie's for almost 25 years now.

Much like a hot-rodded '57, the guitar features a 2-tone burst finish with 1-ply 7-screw white guard, and white plastic pickup covers and knobs. The maple neck has a glorious soft 'V' shape, which offers a beautiful rock point for the thumb while playing leads, but also comfortably fills the hand for barre chords. Similarly, the Tex Mex pickups offer a mid-focused and clear cut for leads, but a gentle roll back on the volume knob yields warm, clean chording with a chewy 50s snarl. The guitar shows some honest wear throughout on the body, and medium-light fret wear below the 9th fret.

You don't have to be a blues fan to appreciate this guitar! Eric Johnson plays a very similar model, but his US made models often go for over twice the price. If you're looking for mid-late 50s Strat features on a budget, you'll find everything you're looking for right here!


Year: 1997-1998

Brand: Fender

Model: Jimmie Vaughn Signature Stratocaster

Case: Fender Hard Bag

Weight: 7.7 lbs



  • Body Wood: Alder
  • Color: 2 Tone Sunburst
  • Finish: Gloss Poly
  • Pickguard: 1 Ply White
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster
  • Body Style: Solid Body
  • Backplate: No 


  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Joint: 4 Bolt
  • Neck Shape: Soft V Shape
  • Finish: Satin Tinted
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Nut Width/Material: 1-11/16"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Frets: 21
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Action: 0.10"
  • Strings: 10-46



  • Pickups: Hot Tex Mex Bridge Pickup, Standard Tex Mex Neck and Middle Pickups
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, Tone



  • Bridge/Tailpiece: American Vintage Big Block Tremolo
  • Tuners: Gotoh Japan Vintage Tuners
  • Knobs: White Plastic
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  • 5
    97 Fender Strat

    Posted by Nathan Shadley on Feb 21st 2023

    Back in 2003, I bought a 96 Jimmie Vaughan strat from my then local guitar shop... life happened and I made some poor decisions and sold the guitar in in 2005... I've regretted that since .. damn near 20 years later, I decided I decided I'm going to replace my dream guitar with a similar model... I initially found this on Reverb, and called the shop... The guy I talked to confirmed this 97 model was still in stock and we had a good conversation over the phone...I ordered as soon as I got off the phone... This shipped quickly and was perfectly set up... I replaced the pickguard before plugging this in for the first time... This played better than my original one... The action is low, the strings are new, the shipping was quick as hell... Nothing but positive things to say about El Diablo... Cool crew to work with. I've worked in the shipping department of a couple of industrial companies for years and I have to applaud their packaging. This was packed, arrived in the shape as described (, couple chips missing along the bottom And as scratched along the body'... This was better packed than the few items I bought from Musicians Friend during the pandemic.... These guys are fucking great and have a new fan in Columbus Ohio