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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Jeff Beck's 1972 sunburst Stratocaster (with the broken pickguard)



Apr 21st, 2006 12:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw Jeff Beck having his own Fender signature model (in two versions, the first with the Gold Lace Sensors and the deep '50's baseball bat U-shaped neck and the second, with the dual-coil ceramic noiseless pickups and the thinner C-shape neck), but I saw also him using a heavily battered old sunburst CBS Stratocaster guitar featuring a broken aged cream pickguard. I believe that this particular axe dates from 1972. Although the Custom Shop has made a limited run of his 50's Esquire, I suppose that those dedicated Fender guys Art Esparza and Todd Krause (who build Jeff's personal guitars) can also reproduce a faithful replica of the famous "Broken Guard" Relic 1972 Strat in every details, though I guess that Jeff would surely be profoundly proud to use this guitar live again...



Apr 22nd, 2006 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

The guitar you speak of was used in the Jeff Beck Group. This guitar was offered I believe through Fender of Japan. Originally the guitar was olympic white. You can see Jeff play this guitar during "definitely maybe" on youtube.com

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Apr 22nd, 2006 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Headstock is a little small for a '72 ain't it?

"defenitely maybe"



Apr 23rd, 2006 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Jeff has probably changed the original large-headstock rosewood neck with an early '50s maple one. Here'is an astounding photo of El Becko while playing one of his screaming riffs with this guitar.




Apr 28th, 2006 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

He used another white (pre-1971) one as seen on the Beck, Bogert & Appice album and Wired cover

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