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RIP, SRV
A roughly 1:6 scale model of the blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan.
About this creation
Although he has been gone for almost a quarter century, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan is still felt very much today. His brand of high-energy, Texas-style blues breathed life back into into a musical genre that was starting to stagnate, as synthesizer-based music began to dominate in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Like many blues musicians, Stevie Ray Vaughan was self-taught. He never learned to read music. At the age of 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin, TX to pursue a musical career. After playing with a number of different groups, he eventually formed his own band, Double Trouble, and the rest, as they say, is history. In the next twelve years, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble went on to release half a dozen albums and garnered just as many Grammies.

Stevie Ray played his last concert on 7 August 1990 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin. Shortly after finishing his set, a performance that many critics considered to be the best of his career, he boarded a Bell 206 Jet Ranger to make the short flight to Meigs Field in Chicago. A few minutes after taking off, the helicopter crashed into the side of hill in heavy fog conditions, killing everyone on board instantly, including several members of Eric Clapton's crew.

Although his career was rather short-lived, Stevie Ray definitely got plenty of attention from many of the most prominent musicians of his day. Eric Clapton was quoted once as saying, "I don't think anyone has commanded my respect more, to this day." Clapton later described how he was "fascinated by the fact that he [Vaughan] never, ever seemed to be...lost in any way...It was as though he never took a breather...or took a pause to think where he was gonna go next, it just flowed out of him. It's going to be a long time before anyone that brilliant will come along again."

I've shown him here playing his favorite guitar -- a black Fender Stratocaster built from the parts of several late 50s and early 60s Strats. As I worked on this MOC, I couldn't help but to hear the hard-hitting riffs from songs like "Pride and Joy", "Couldn't Stand the Weather", and "Crossfire" rattling around in my head.

Rest in peace, Stevie Ray, and by "peace", I certainly don't mean quiet, because there is little doubt that Stevie Ray was most at peace when the blues were pouring forth from his guitar.



Comments

 I made it 
  June 6, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Wow!!! Excellent figure. A real work of Art like the singer.
Thank you. This figure was my first attempt at building a real person, and, though there are perhaps a few things I would change if I were to do it over again, I'd pretty happy with the way it came out.
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  June 5, 2014
Wow!!! Excellent figure. A real work of Art like the singer.
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  May 23, 2014
Quoting Tom Remy Beautiful build, full of fineness, perfectly reflecting the subject... 5/5!
Thanks! I have found that figure building is pretty difficult to do, but when the details fall into place, like they seem to have on this build, they can really make an impression.
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  May 23, 2014
Beautiful build, full of fineness, perfectly reflecting the subject... 5/5!
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  May 7, 2014
Quoting Spencer D Wonderful job and a great subject. Hard to believe it will be 25 years this August since he was taken from us! It must be true, the star that burns twice as bright burns only half as long… RIP Stevie.
Thanks! Indeed, it seems like it's been just a few years that SRV has been gone -- perhaps because no one has come along since who can even come close to playing like he did.
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  May 7, 2014
Wonderful job and a great subject. Hard to believe it will be 25 years this August since he was taken from us! It must be true, the star that burns twice as bright burns only half as long… RIP Stevie.
 I made it 
  April 19, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful work, full of soul.
Quoting Tom Simon This is just lovely. Impeccably executed. A real treat to look at. Must gather the family around this one. Bravo!
Quoting sinan bitiţik Ver very nice ..
Thanks, guys. I have already figured out the subject for my next figurine-type build (which may or may not be my absolute next build). It is going to be from the world of sports -- one of the greatest of all time at his sport captured in one of the most iconic moments. It will probably involve building at least three figures, plus much of the surrounding scene, so it's likely to take me a little while to complete.
 I like it 
  April 15, 2014
Beautiful work, full of soul.
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  April 14, 2014
This is just lovely. Impeccably executed. A real treat to look at. Must gather the family around this one. Bravo!
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  April 14, 2014
Ver very nice ..
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  April 13, 2014
Quoting Stephan N Absolutely wonderful work matt
Thanks.
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  April 13, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Amazing MOC. The guitar, the strap, the ring on his finger, that sweet Marshall amp, and the mike and stand are all terrific. I love this.
Thanks. I'm pretty happy with the way this came out, too, enough so that I might try something similar in the near future. I'm glad you noticed the ring. SRV often wore silver and turquoise rings, even while he was playing. That one part was the best I could do to capture that detail.
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  April 13, 2014
Absolutely wonderful work matt
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  April 12, 2014
Amazing MOC. The guitar, the strap, the ring on his finger, that sweet Marshall amp, and the mike and stand are all terrific. I love this.
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  April 12, 2014
Quoting Valérie Roche YEEEEEH YEEEEES OH YEH ;o)
Quoting Chris Maxter Great! The guitar looks amazing :D
Thanks, guys. I'm glad you like it.
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  April 12, 2014
Quoting MortalSwordsman . A fantastic moc and tribute. Some very interesting techniques used, I really like his fingers. Great work on the guitar and amp too.
Thanks. I'm pretty satisfied with how all of the those details came out as well, especially the fingers, which I wasn't sure I could represent at this scale.
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  April 12, 2014
Quoting Kenji ! Nice! Great Tribute! I can tell the amp's a Marshall! (I have one!)
Thanks. Yes, indeed, the amp is a Marshall -- SRV preferred their clean sound (that's probably why he was partial to Strats as well).
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  April 12, 2014
YEEEEEH YEEEEES OH YEH ;o)
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  April 12, 2014
Great! The guitar looks amazing :D
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  April 12, 2014
A fantastic moc and tribute. Some very interesting techniques used, I really like his fingers. Great work on the guitar and amp too.
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  April 12, 2014
Nice! Great Tribute! I can tell the amp's a Marshall! (I have one!)
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting TheLegoNoitAll . Amazing work! RIP.
Thanks. While I'm thinking of it, here's a little anecdote about Stevie Ray that I forgot to include earlier: Blues guitarists generally have a love/hate relationship with their guitar strings. They like heavy gauge strings because they produce a nice "bluesy" sound, but lighter gauge strings are easier to bend, and bends and reverse bends are a staple of most blues guitar work. Stevie Ray wouldn't compromise -- He went with extra heavy gauge strings and tuned them down a half step. Even with the detuned strings, he would shred the skin off the fingers of his fretting hand, so he finally came up with a solution -- he put superglue on his fingertips. That's dedication.
 I made it 
  April 11, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Even got the whammy bar in there! Fantastic Strat but I have to say that you captured his character perfectly. I agree about the songs running through my head as well. Definitely in the top ten guitarists ever and way at the top of personal favorites. Can't believe it's been twenty five years now. I remember that day vividly, as much as I remember Zappa's passing. Blues guitar is a lost Art and it was people like Stevie that kept it's soul alive. He still does. Thank you Matt! Exceptional build of an exceptional Artist.
Thanks, matt. I was lucky enough to have seen SRV three times in concert, once at the now-defunct Orpheum Theatre in Boston, a small venue that only had about 3,000 seats. We waited all night long to get tickets in the 9th row, but it was worth it -- we were close enough to see pretty much everything he did. What an amazing show; I'll never forget it.
 I made it 
  April 11, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Fantastic tribute, great pose, the stand out for me though is the fingers!
Thanks. Yeah, I didn't really know how I was going to do the fingers at this scale when I started, but I knew that I wanted it to look like he was really doing something with them. After trying out a bunch of different ideas, this rather simple solution popped into my head. It looked pretty good, so I stuck with it.
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting Frédéric Bouchard Wow!!!
Quoting Marin Stipkovic Excellent!
Thanks, guys.
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  April 11, 2014
Amazing work! RIP.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2014
Even got the whammy bar in there! Fantastic Strat but I have to say that you captured his character perfectly. I agree about the songs running through my head as well. Definitely in the top ten guitarists ever and way at the top of personal favorites. Can't believe it's been twenty five years now. I remember that day vividly, as much as I remember Zappa's passing. Blues guitar is a lost Art and it was people like Stevie that kept it's soul alive. He still does. Thank you Matt! Exceptional build of an exceptional Artist.
  April 11, 2014
Wow!!!
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  April 11, 2014
Fantastic tribute, great pose, the stand out for me though is the fingers!
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  April 11, 2014
Excellent!
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith The posing us perfect.
Thanks. Posing is definitely a difficult thing to get right. His strumming arm was particularly difficult -- I had to play around with the position of the guitar for a while until it looked natural.
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Great figure, I love the little details, especially the guitar strings.
Thanks. The guitar, surprisingly, turned out to be one of the easier things to build. The boots, on the other hand, gave me a real headache, until I realized that the 2x3.5 plate with bows would make the perfect toe for a cowboy boot.
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Brilliant figure. The details you've managed to capture are fantastic. I especially like the guitar. --Blast--
Thanks. The devil, as always, is in the details. I struggled with many of the small details, like the eyes, for instance -- they didn't look right until I finally realized that I should just make them closed. It makes it look like Stevie Ray is channeling some kind of blues energy.
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Amazing tribute Matt! Excellent figure. Love the guitar. Awesome!
Quoting Rolling bricks Agreed, very nice tribute and RIP Stevie Ray.
Thanks. The tribute was both easy and difficult to write. Easy, because I know most of this information by heart, but sad for obvious reasons. The guitar was actually the first thing I built, and it set the scale for the rest of the build (I had to make the neck look right at a one stud width).
 I made it 
  April 11, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Amazing! Purely amazing!
Quoting sam the first Beautiful Matt. Just beautiful.
Quoting XY EZ Great hommage ! 5/5
Thanks, guys. I'm glad you like it. Hopefully I've done my musical good deed for the day -- raising awareness of one the great musicians of our time.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2014
The posing us perfect.
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  April 11, 2014
Great figure, I love the little details, especially the guitar strings.
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  April 11, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Wow - that is very impressive. Very nice of you to make it! Great work Matt.
Thanks, Alex. I've been a big fan of SRV for almost three decades now, and I wanted to create something good enough to do him justice.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2014
Brilliant figure. The details you've managed to capture are fantastic. I especially like the guitar. --Blast--
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  April 11, 2014
Agreed, very nice tribute and RIP Stevie Ray.
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  April 11, 2014
Amazing tribute Matt! Excellent figure. Love the guitar. Awesome!
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  April 11, 2014
Amazing! Purely amazing!
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  April 11, 2014
Beautiful Matt. Just beautiful.
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  April 11, 2014
Great hommage ! 5/5
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  April 11, 2014
Wow - that is very impressive. Very nice of you to make it! Great work Matt.
 
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