If you can use only one amp we recommend one of the Fender blackface amps.
Yes, you need the bigger 40W amps to achieve the same stage volume as Stevie, but for miced gigs (and recordings) you don’t need any volume.
Any loss of tone fatness can partly be compensated for in your pedals and amps – therefore you should use strings that suit fingers with a correct relationship between finger strength and string gauge.
Tune down to Eb and try with 011, 015, 018, and you’ll experience that the SRV and Albert King licks are bouncing out of your left hand.
Neither will we dive into pickup specs and things that are just distracting details.
We will kill some of the myths and make this more simple for you as a player so you can spend more of your time playing the guitar.
You won’t sound like Stevie at all, more like an amateur – you will not be able to make the bends and shakes as precise and quick as they should, all your notes will be flat without nuances, vibrato and touch’n’feel.A valid question is if the audience can tell if you have a small or big amp when they hear the guitar and amp through a PA? You can nail the SRV tone with small Fender amps too.You deserve to try playing Mary had a little lamb with a slightly cranked Princeton Reverb equipped with a Jensen C12n speaker. Just make sure the amps are dialed in correctly with powerful speakers that don’t distort and have lots of punch, both lows and highs. Make sure it is not pushed too hard into distortion, but set nicely at its sweet spot with just s little power amp breakup (think Little Wing intro).Stevie Let there be no doubt – the most significant factor to his tone is the man himself, his playing style and his passion.Broken down even more – it’s what he plays, how he plays it and what equipment he used to support him, that produced his overall SRV signature style and tone.But make sure that the frets and neck together are not too big for your hands.You need to be able to play quickly with lots of bending without getting tired after 3 minutes of Texas Flood.But you can experiment with two, three or maybe four amps that are dialed in differently, some cranked, some clean, some with pedals in front, some that gives you tight and punchy bass response and some that gives you singing lead tone.You will experience a big, compound and complex tone that gets you closer to the SRV feel.The SRV-tone can achieved with many different guitars, amps, pedals and speakers as long as you use them correctly together.But, after having said this – SRV hung on to some specific pieces of gear and ways to use his gear, that made his tone as we know it. Strings It is not just the matter of big strings, it’s the relation between string gauge and the power in your hands and fingers. He had no problems with bending and shaking 013, 015, 019 strings for hours.