04 jeff beck
Master the pitch bend magic of the quintessential guitarist’s guitarist
In the 80s Jeff Beck would make a change in his playing, which would give him his own unique sound – an instantly recognisable calling card. By ditching his pick and opting to play little else other than a Fender Strat, the guitar hero’s guitar hero forged his own style. Mixing fingerstyle, whammy bar-tinged melodies, a sprinkling of harmonics, an already impressive legato technique and, for the final touch, volume swells, Beck creates some
You’ve got to hand it to the Fender Strat , because there are songs in [that guita r]. It’s a tool of great inspiration and torture at the sam e tim e because it ’s forever sitti ng there challengi ng 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, especia lly wit h the whammy ba r. I have it set up so it becomes almost like a peda l st eel. My Strat is another arm, it ’s part of me. It doesn’t feel like a guita r at all. It’s an im plement, which is my voice jeff beck
of the most expressive sounds. We’re focusing on his whammy bar phrasing. Dial in an overdrive tone with plenty of sustain and make sure to play fingerstyle.
beck ’n’ callJeff Beck found his own sound when he started playing a Strat