From his blistering British Invasion beginnings through his amazingly varied solo career and right up to today, Jeff Beck’s Stratocaster guitar has been an integral part of his signature sound.
Features: I am reviewing a 2006 Jeff Beck Artist Series Stratocaster made in the USA. It’s Olympic White with an alder body, 22 medium jumbo frets (0.103 inches wide and 0.046 inches high), soft-C maple neck with a rose wood fret board, Fender special design dual-coil ceramic Noiseless pickups and straight-ahead five-way switching. It features Fender/Schaller Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking Tuning Machines, American 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with 6 Stainless Steel Saddles, a thinner â€œCâ€ Shape Maple Neck, a contoured Heel for Easier Access to upper frets, LSR Roller Nut, aged knobs and pickup covers. And it comes with a very nice tweed case from G&G and all the usual case candy. It has a neck radius of 9.5″ and the neck is slightly wider which helps keep the high E on the fret board.
When Jeff Beck’s first signature guitar hit the streets a de. … he’d like in his original signature Strat, apart from the big neck Jeff asked … The thick rosewood board, 9.5-inch radius and meaty frets make for blues-rock heaven.Guitar Blog for Strat Players | Stratoblogster: Fender Strat Neck Shape … Radius &dimensions specs illustrated … The STRATosphere (large selection of new Fendernecks & bodies, including EJ Strat & Jeff Beck model components).
When Jeff Beck’s first signature guitar hit the streets a decade and a half or so ago, eyebrows were raised at the audacity of both Beck and Fender to put out something so… weird.
Apart from a pair of Lace Sensors joined together at the bridge, there was the neck: it was a monster! It actually felt deeper than it was wide, and the most common description was ‘baseball bat’.
Big necks do mean big tone, but there has to be some compromise in order to make a guitar do that other important thing that’s required of it – play!
Some people did find the original Beck model to their liking, and others struggled with it because they wanted to be like their hero; but the general consensus was that it was a lump too far.
So on this latest incarnation (and the later standard Beck models), out goes the huge ‘U’ of the old model and in comes a wholly manageable ‘C’ shape. Like the Clapton, Beck’s guitar has 22 frets, but here Jeff has opted for a bit more meat.
As a player renowned for his fretboard antics, it’s understandable that he would want the extra bending and vibrato facility afforded by more metal under the fingers.
Jeff Beck’s Stratocaster has been an integral part of his signature sound from his early days with the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group through his amazingly varied solo career. Made by the Fender Custom Shop for the Custom Artist Series, the Jeff Beck Signature electric guitar features a thinner C-shaped maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and a contoured heel for easier access to the higher registers. Further, it’s wired with dual ceramic Noiseless pickups and has a 2-point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles, LSR roller nut, aged knobs and pickup covers, and Beck’s signature on the headstock. The Fender guitar kit includes vintage tweed case, strap, cable, truss rod adjustment wrench, and saddle height adjustment wrench.
Folks this can pass As New. It’s Excellent if not MINT Shape. Plays and Sounds UNREAL. This is Real Tone, 10 times Better than the new noiseless ones. The Lace Sensor’s are the Ticket.
This Plays as Butter, FAT neck, crome tuners, alot had the brushed ones. Just Darn Awesome!
Beautiful year 2000 Fender Jeff Beck signature Strat in Midnight Purple…
Long out of production, this version featured lace sensor pickups with a humbucker in the bridge position…
I have a Gibson Les Paul Special with P-90s, A 1979 Fender Statocaster with severalmodifications and the new Jeff Beck Strat. I plan to add a Tele soon.
As befits a player of Jeff Beck’s musical stature, the Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster is a purpose-built axe. Jeff Beck is revered as much by other top players as he is by his fans; he’s truly a “player’s player.” Few guitarists on the planet can even approach the expressive tones he pulls out of his Strat. Now, you can play his iconic axe yourself! The Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster is loaded with Fender’s ceramic Noiseless pickups and features top-grade hardware, a rosewood fingerboard, and a fantastic contoured neck heel. Fender’s Custom Shop took great pains to re-create Jeff’s prized Strat, and you can enjoy the rewards!
Jeff Beck vividly remembers the first time he saw a Strat. ‘I saw one hanging in the window of a music shop in Charing Cross Road. I was with a guy from the Deltones – we’d skipped off school and got the bus up to Victoria. We didn’t really care where we went – we just wanted to look around guitar shops. From the top of the bus I said, “I have seen the light!” and went bowling down the stairs knocking the conductor out of the way, jumped off the bus and ran across the road. There was a sunburst Strat in the window and a blond Tele with an ebony fingerboard. I thought, “This is it!”
‘We went in and the guy in the shop asked if we were interested in buying it. We said, “Y-y-y-yes!” We were fourteen and he knew we didn’t have the money but he let us play on it and it was like being on a cloud – we didn’t come down for ages after.’
Jeff has played both Strats and Les Pauls during his career, his preference being initially determined by the type of music. ‘I saw Eric playing at the Marquee with Cream and he had a loud, basic set-up and I was very impressed by the low end of his Les Paul. It was so fat it was like an orchestra, and in a three-piece you really needed that. A Strat just would not have worked with that kind of music. The mid-range was fat, even the high notes were fat – just a glorious, thick, rich sound. I planned to get a three-piece as well so I thought I would have to get that sound. It was such a nice sound you could listen in to the guitar and here it clearly and hear the drums clearly as well. So, I did kind of rip that off although I developed my own style with it – I wasn’t using the same amplification set-up as Eric.’
The Jeff Beck Signature Strat is renowned – or rather, notorious – for the thickness of the neck. ‘Yeah, it has a colossal, heavy neck in the sense of size, especially at the nut end. I was finding that the necks of most Strats were too thin and because of the way my hand is it was aching a hell of a lot. After an hour the pain would go right up my arm. As soon as I got hold of a fat Les Paul neck it was like a breeze so I thought why can’t they make a fatter neck on the Strat? The Fender guys approached me, offered me a guitar and I said, “No, no, no! Just double it! Get a log, smooth it off a bit and stick it on the end there!” So they did and it was too fat. They took it down a little bit and it was OK. I think the signature model they’ve got out now has got the fattest neck you can have without being arrested – heh, heh, heh! The kids who were going to the outlets or the NAMM show were complaining about it – “If Beck doesn’t turn up and show us he plays it we ain’t not going to buy it!”.’
An edited version of this feature was published in ‘The Electric Guitar’ (ed Paul Trynka, Virgin books, 1993).
When Jeff Beck’s first signature guitar hit the streets a de. … Jeff asked for fake pole-pieces to be painted on to the Lace Sensors of a Strat Plus.
The original Strat had three single coil pickups, so it was able to produce sounds that no other guitar could deliver, particularly once players discovered they could lodge the three-position blade switch in those “in-between” positions to access neck / middle and bridge / middle pickup combinations. These were often erroneously referred to as the “out-of-phase” settings. The Jeff Beck Strat comes standard with a modern five-way blade switch, making it easy to access all the pickup combinations. Three dual-coil ceramic Noiseless pickups deliver a searing Strat sound, but otherwise there are no special tone circuits since Jeff’s fingers produce the outrageously diverse range of timbres, from crystal clear to smoking hot. And remember, Jeff believes that “guitar picks are for sissies.” It’s certainly hard to argue when you hear him play.
The Jeff Beck Stratocaster is an electric solid body guitar made by Fender Musical Instruments for British rock guitarist Jeff Beck. This Artist Signature guitar was introduced in 1991 and upgraded ten years later. The Custom Shop  version has been introduced in 2004, available in Olympic White and Surf Green finishes.
The Jeff Beck  model features an alder body finished in polyurethane or “Thinskin” nitrocellulose lacquer, a thinner C-shape maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, LSR Roller Nut, Schaller locking machine heads (Sperzel TrimLok staggered on the Custom Artist version), an American two-point synchronized vibrato and a contoured heel for easier access to the higher registers. For electronics, this guitar sports a trio of dual-coil Ceramic Hot Noiseless pickups and five-way pickup switching. Other refinements include aged plastic parts, three-ply parchment pickguard and chrome hardware.
Guitars produced before 2001 were based on the Plus Series models of 1987, featuring a deep ’50s U-shape maple neck, three-ply white pickguard, Gold Lace Sensor pickups in a humbucking/single-coil/single-coil configuration (two Lace Sensor single-coils in the neck and middle positions and a humbucking Lace Sensor Dually in the bridge), a TBX tone circuit affecting the middle and bridge pickups and a mini coil-split push-push button for the bridge-position humbucking pickup. These early 1990s Jeff Beck Stratocasters were finished in Seafoam Green, Vintage White, Mystic Black and Midnight Purple.