A man and his guitar



Photo by Scooter Brown

According to music legend, guitarist Chet Atkins was in a Nashville studio warming up for a session. A young technician came into the studio and stood watching open-mouthed until Atkins finished.

”Gee, Mr. Atkins, that guitar sure sounds fabulous,” the tech exclaimed.

Atkins placed the guitar on its stand, smiled at the tech and said, “Well, son, how does it sound now?”

In 1975, Norman’s Rare Guitars opened in Reseda, California.  It was a small, word-of-mouth shop specializing in vintage instruments known among musicians as the go-to location for the finest guitars available in the United States. In 1978, Tulsa blues musician Steve Pryor walked in to Norman’s, knowing he wanted to buy an L-series black Stratocaster. The only specification he wasn’t sure about was the year. After a bit of discussion, ten black 1964 Stratocasters were brought out for Pryor to inspect. He spent his entire day there, trying each guitar with equal interest. By the end of the day, he walked out with the black Stratocaster he still plays today. It cost him $200 and a Music Man amplifier, which the store agreed to take in trade.

Since that time, Pryor and his guitar have traveled many miles, played thousands of venues, and shared the stage with the likes of such blues greats as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Bugs Henderson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The guitar has accompanied him to his 2006 induction into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame and his 2009 induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame as a blues inductee.

The first Fender Stratocaster appeared in 1954. The body of the Stratocaster was more sleek and contoured than any other guitar that preceded it. The guitar’s build allowed the musician to move more freely and allowed for greater showmanship on stage. Once it was embraced by rock icons such as Buddy Holly, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, the guitar’s popularity soared. Simply put, the Stratocaster looked “cool.”

Interestingly, this is one of the reasons, aside from sound, that Pryor went into Norman’s Rare Guitars that day way back in 1978 and requested a black Strat. Pryor’s guitar needed to be black for one reason and one reason only: Jimi Hendrix’s last guitar, a 1968 Stratocaster, was black, and photographed with his black Strat, Hendrix looked very cool.

Pryor has made some unique modifications to his instrument, thanks in good part to the expertise of Tulsa Guitar and Electronic’s own Steve Hickerson, known affectionately among musicians as “Doc.” Pryor explains the modifications, which involve terminology such as “bridge pickup,” “saddles,” and “open string harmonics.” Suffice it to say, the modifications have made the guitar sound better—in fact, the modifications have made the guitar sound like no other.

Photo by Seth Lee JonesWhile many musicians have given their guitars nicknames—Willie Nelson and “Trigger;” B. B. King and “Lucille;” Stevie Ray Vaughan and “Number One”—Pryor’s Strat has never had a name. But this does not mean the guitar isn’t treated well. When at home and not in its case, the guitar rests high up off the floor on a soft pallet. And only once did the beloved guitar get mistreated by its owner. In a frantic and hurried restringing session, Pryor lost his temper and threw the guitar across a concrete dressing room floor. The guitar did indeed suffer an injury, which Pryor repaired himself with a vial of super glue. Fortunately, it did not change the sound.

So, has Pryor been asked to sell his guitar? Absolutely. Has any offer tempted him to date? Nope. Pryor predicts his Strat will always be repairable, though he does occasionally toy with the idea of retiring it and getting a new one.

Has anyone else ever played Steve Pryor’s Stratocaster? Pryor hesitates, and has to think about that for just a moment. “Well, yes, sometimes, but only if I’m standing there," he says. "There’s no borrowing.”

So, now for the big question. Is it the guitar that makes the musician, or is it the musician that makes the guitar, or is it a combination of both? On this question, Pryor does not hesitate. With complete humility, he asserts that the guitar does not make the musician. What does help is a level of familiarity with the instrument. “It is really more a matter of personal comfort,” he says.

In other words, harkening back to 1978, Pryor could have walked out with any one of those ten Stratocasters that day and the results would have been the same.

Thirty four years and five albums later, thousands of live performances, and Pryor would still be the guitar virtuoso that he is today. As the world renowned Andres Segovia once explained, “Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.”


More on Pryor's Stratocaster

Entering the serial number printed on Steve’s guitar into a database called “The Guitar Dater Project” produces the following information: “Your guitar was made at the Fullerton Plant (Fender - Pre CBS Era), USA in the Year(s): 1964.” Leo Fender sold his company to CBS in 1965 and pre-CBS Era guitars are highly sought after by collectors.

If you place Steve’s guitar next to Strats owned by Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Mayer, the scuff marks above the pickguards on all three guitars would line-up almost exactly, reflecting similar styles of playing and hand movements. 

Pryor’s black Strat, upon closer inspection, has an undercoat of Sherwood Green. Fender frequently painted its guitars with two layers, sometimes to hide flaws, and sometimes to meet customer demand for a particular color. The colors chosen for undercoats were used by Fender based on availability, and combinations of primers and finishes are inconsistent. Fender custom colors were highly influenced by the colors of the most popular automobiles of the day.


Famous Stratocasters and the musicians who played them

Bill Carson

Oklahoma born country and western swing artist Bill Carson (1926-2007) is known as the test pilot of the Stratocaster. Leo Fender himself actually employed Carson as a field tester for his evolving guitar design and made suggestions to Mr. Fender, particularly regarding the contoured body shape. By 1957, he was employed by Fender on a full-time basis, rising to the head of Fender’s artist relations offices in Nashville. In 2006, one of Carson’s strats, a 1959 Fiesta Red model, sold at Christie’s Auction House for $66,000.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton’s Stratocaster, nicknamed “Blackie,” was a composite of three models built between 1956 and 1957. Blackie first appeared publicly in the early ‘70s and was retired in 1985. To raise funds for Crossroads, Clapton’s alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, the Strat was auctioned in 2004. Blackie fetched a record $959,500.

David Gilmour

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is the proud owner of Strat #0001, often mistakenly believed to be the first Stratocaster ever made. However, Fender did not use sequential serial numbers, so though this is not truly #1, it was manufactured in 1954. The guitar remains in service today.

George Harrison

In 1965, George Harrison obtained a Sonic Blue Stratocaster which he subsequently hand-painted with day-glo paints and nail polish. He also painted the guitar’s nickname “Rocky” on the headstock. Elsewhere on the guitar, the words “Bebopalula” and “Go Cat Go” also appear. The Strat remains in the custody of the Harrison family.

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, who enjoyed tinkering with instruments, combined a Stratocaster body with parts from Gibson and other guitars. The guitar is known as “Frankenstrat” and was hand-painted by Van Halen in a recognizable black/white/red design featured on the cover of the popular video game “Guitar Hero: Van Halen.” Frankenstrat is currently in retirement from touring, and in 2006, Fender issued a replica of the guitar.

Jimi Hendrix

Being left-handed, Jimi Hendrix chose most often to play a right-handed guitar flipped upside down and played from the opposite side of the body. Hendrix played a 1968 Olympic White Stratocaster when he appeared at Woodstock in 1969.  This guitar is most memorable for Hendrix’s stunning rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Most recently, the white Strat has been on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Hendrix’s hometown.

Frank and Dweezil Zappa

After Jimi Hendrix set fire to a Stratocaster, what was left of it (a scorched body) was gifted to his friend Frank Zappa. Zappa restored the guitar to playable condition in the mid-1970s and played it himself for several years. The guitar disappeared for a while, and reappeared when Frank’s son Dweezil found the guitar stashed under a staircase in a studio. For unknown reasons, the Strat had been dismantled and damaged. Dweezil took the guitar to the Fender custom shop, where it was once again restored and is in service today.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s most recognizable guitar was a 1963 Stratocaster nicknamed “Number One.” It was widely believed that Vaughan was buried with this guitar in 1990. The truth is, Number One belongs to Stevie’s brother, musician Jimmie Vaughan. The guitar was publicly displayed for the first time in 2012 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin. 

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Sponsor: The Alliday Show
Telephone: 918.671.1390
Contact Name: Briana
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Join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for December’s First Friday Art Walk!  We have 2 amazing contemporary Oklahoma artists to celebrate this month. ...

Cost: FREE

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Join us at the beautiful McBirney Mansion for a wonderful time of dancing and dining, all dressed up in your elegant party attire. Your support helps TDP's sex trafficking victims become...

Cost: $150-$250

Where:
McBirney Mansion
, OK


Sponsor: The Demand Project
Telephone: 918-791-8872
Contact Name: Tabatha Will
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Nativity Festival expands in bartlesville for its sixth year Bartlesville, OK, November 2, 2016– The Bartlesville Festival of the Nativity – a multi-faith celebration of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. John Catholic School & Father Lynch Hall
121 West 8th Street
Bartlesville, OK  74006
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Sponsor: Play for Burk Foundation
Telephone: 405-762-1994
Contact Name: Melanie Bayles
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The first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era is now on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Sacred Words: The...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Head to downtown Collinsville for a festive, small town Christmas celebration. This year's parade will make its way down Main Street past favorite Collinsville businesses and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Collinsville, OK
Main Street
Collinsville, OK  74021
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Sponsor: Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 918-371-4703
Contact Name: Megan Edwards
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The Museum Cafe is ready for the holidays!  Leave the cooking to us this holiday season with savory menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether you don’t have time to cook this year...

Cost: Dinner for 2- $89; Dinner for 8- $189

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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In celebration of Tulsa Artist Fellowship’s first full year of existence, the George Kaiser Family Foundation is teaming up with 108 | Contemporary to host the first curated art exhibition of...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Artist Fellowship
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Join us for a good ole vintage family Christmas, at this year's Kringle's Christmas Land. Experience a Holiday event like no other around. Take a guided tour through Santa's workshop,...

Cost: 7.00

Where:
Tulsa Promenade Mall
4107 South Yale Ave
Inside mall, lower level, next to Macy's
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: Kringle's Christmas Land
Telephone: 918-810-5083
Contact Name: Ben Sumner
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ALL KIDS 13 & UNDER – IT’S FREE! All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports for free. This is...

Cost: $9

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
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Join us for an interactive experience to create extraordinary works of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Our teaching artists will provide basic instruction and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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ALL KIDS 13 & UNDER – IT’S FREE! All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports for free. This is strictly a...

Cost: $22 // $17 // $12

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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VICTORY Christian Center Presents “The Secret Gift” Saturday and Sunday December 10th & 11th   Celebrate the Christmas Season with Victory’s broadway style...

Cost: free

Where:
Victory Christian Center
7700 S. Lewis
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for December’s First Friday Art Walk!  We have 2 amazing contemporary Oklahoma artists to celebrate this month. ...

Cost: FREE

Where:
mainline art bar
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: mainline art bar
Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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The Alliday Show is preparing to kick off their 7th annual handmade arts and crafts show!  Featuring 15 of Oklahoma's prime artists and makers, The Alliday Show features a ticketed holiday...

Cost: $5 on Friday/Free on Saturday

Where:
Retro Den Tulsa
1216 S. Harvard
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: The Alliday Show
Telephone: 918.671.1390
Contact Name: Briana
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If the thought of holiday shopping and crowds is making you feel abominable, then join Laughing Matter, Oklahoma's longest-running improve troupe at the PH Community House. Admission is...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
PH Community House
306 South Phoenix
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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