Jeff Beck: Why Strat Always Beats Les Paul

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Over six decades after its presentation, the Fender Stratocaster is still one of rock “n” roll’s most famous electric guitars. Best known for his recordings and performances with The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, and as a solo artist, guitar legend Jeff Beck discussed his attachment to Fender Stratocaster guitars, saying that while there are numerous cool six-strings out there, none of them can coordinate the Strat.

Asked by Total Guitar on how he feels about exploring different avenues regarding Les Paul or a Tele, the performer answered:

“My Strat is another arm, it’s part of me.

“It doesn’t feel like a guitar at all. It’s an implement which is my voice.

“A Les Paul feels like a guitar and I play differently on that and I sound too much like someone else.

“With the Strat, instantly it becomes mine so that’s why I’ve welded myself to that. Or it’s welded itself to me, one or the other.”

Talking about his new album “Loud Hailer,” Mr. Beck praised the Stratocaster again, saying:

“I’m an experimenter. It’s rich because every album I’ve done, except for a couple of techno-y records, are different.

“Really you’ve got to hand it to the Fender Strat, because there are songs in (that guitar). It’s a tool of great inspiration and torture at the same time because it’s forever sitting there challenging you to find something else in it, but it is there if you really search.

“It does respond to touch and the tonal variation is unlimited really, especially with the whammy bar. I have it set up so it becomes almost like a pedal steel.”

Talking about “Loud Hailer,” you can look at the “Live in the dark” single underneath.

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