The Black Fender Stratocaster
The guitar Steve is holding in the photo below is a Fender Stratocaster built circa 1978 – 1981. It’s a “Made In USA” model, with a fast maple neck, Kahler flat mount tremolo system, 2 Fender US Standard single coil pick-ups and the bridge pick-up is a Seymour Duncan Hot Strat Stack – for high output & sustain… so you could say he had this one “hot-rodded”. One would assume that this was a guitar that he used either in the studio or for personal use. It has the larger 70’s headstock.
To the left side of the photo you can see some of the collection of guitars that Steve had built up. If you look closely you may spot his Gibson Les Paul XR-1 between two black Les Paul Customs. Note that here (post Pyromania tour) the XR-1 has had a Kahler tremolo unit fitted.