Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster - Surf Green with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Special Design Dual-coil Ceramic Noiseless Pickups - Surf Green
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Yes, Now You Can Own and Play Jeff Beck's Guitar

There are few bigger names in the entire guitar world than Jeff Beck! His career spans over 40 years and includes many hits, including a number of influential singles with The Yardbirds! As you can imagine, this is a musician that can play any instrument he chooses - and he chooses the Fender Jeff Beck Artist Series Strat. That's right, the same guitar you can own and play.

You'll notice the neck shape is a softer "C" shape and not as large or deep as Jeff's previous choice. The guitar features the Fender Special Design dual-coil ceramic Noiseless pickups, a contoured heel for easier access to the higher registers, and straight-ahead Strat guitar five-way switching.

Fender Jeff Beck Artist Series Stratocaster at a Glance:
  • Solid alder body with Surf Green polyurethane finish and three-ply white pickguard.
  • Three dual-coil ceramic Noiseless Strat pickups.
  • One-piece maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with special "C" shape.
Just like Jeff's Own Guitar

You might think that a famous guitarist like Jeff Beck would pick some amazingly figured maple and ash, but in truth, Jeff prefers to stay with a fairly basic Strat design. Once you play it, you'll see why he never really asked for anything more (though Fender did build him a custom "one-off" with a special paint job that honors Jeff's love of hot rods). You start with a lightweight alder body with a Surf Green polyurethane finish and three-ply white pickguard and three hot, dual-coil ceramic Noiseless pickups. If you've heard Jeff play, you know he really works the tremolo unit hard, so this Artist Series instrument comes with a modern American two-point synchronized tremolo for outstanding tuning stability. Bend notes or entire chords up or down and the guitar stays in tune!

Screaming Hot Strat Sound

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.

Fast Playing Maple Neck with Special "C" Shape

Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs - after all, he was an engineer, not a guitar player. In the 1950s and well into the 1970s, the blond natural maple neck became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The Jeff Beck Stratocaster comes with a one-piece maple neck and a slightly warmer-sounding rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and Jeff's personal favorite "C" shape, allowing you to really dig into the strings. In keeping with contemporary player preferences, the fast playing neck is finished in a smooth satin polyurethane.

Fender Jeff Beck Strat Features:
  • Color: Surf Green.
  • Body Type:Solidbody electric.
  • Finish:Polyurethane
  • Neck Wood:Maple.
  • Neck Shape:Special "C" shape with 9.5-inch radius.
  • Body Wood:Solid alder.
  • Machine Heads:Fender / Schaller deluxe cast/sealed locking tuners.
  • Fingerboard:Rosewood.
  • No. of Frets:22.
  • Position Markers: Dot inlays.
  • Pickups:Three dual-coil ceramic Noiseless Strat pickups.
  • Controls:Master volume, two tone.
  • Bridge/Tailpiece:American two-point synchronized tremolo.
  • Pickup Switching:Five-position blade switch.
  • Hardware:Chrome.
  • Case:Vintage tweed case.
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Urethane
Color Surf Green
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material LSR Roller
Bridge/Tailpiece 2-point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles
Tuners Deluxe cast sealed locking tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Dual-coil Ceramic Noiseless single-coil
Middle Pickup Dual-coil Ceramic Noiseless single-coil
Bridge Pickup Dual-coil Ceramic Noiseless single-coil
Controls Master Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA 250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0119600857

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Buy it Here!!!

If you have this guitar on wish list, just buy it. It's ready to go right out of the box thanks to the service technitions at Sweetwater. Their shipping is the fastest there is and it's free. The guitar itself is beautiful, and it's performing great, and more importantly feels great to play. I gave it 5 stars only because that was the most you could give it.

Exquisite craftsmanship

This ended up being better than I even imaged. First of all, it plays so well that it's really hard to put it down. A bandmate played mine last night for the first time and played an hour straight without putting it down. The wood and finish is beautiful, and the cut-away neck joint allows full access to the highest fret on each string. The hardware is rock solid, and the Sperzle locking tuners and roller nut make it almost impossible to knock out of tune, even with extreme whammy abuse. I tuned once at practice last night, and only had to raise the high-E a semi-final. This thing is ready off the rack to gig and tour with without changing hardware. It can take the abuse; in fact, I think it likes it! The best thing about this guitar is the tone. The 5-way switch, along with the rangey volume knob and tone knobs allow for countless tonal variations. Forget the fact that the noiseless pickups are double-coils in disguise because the sound is pure Strat. Plus they're a smidge hotter than vintage pickups and are so quiet they're unnoticeable, even through my 12-pedal board loaded with boosts, overdrives and distortions. The volume knob is great rolling back overdriven tones and cleaning them up. It has a good range of volume and is a great tool for those of you that like to tinker with your guitar knobs as you're playing. Get it! It's worth every bit of the $1,600 price tag.
Music background: 30 years gigging

Dude just buy it!

Got this beast just before Christmas and have been having a great time with it ever since. It was set up right out-of-the-box just like the folks at Sweetwater said it would be. Great tone, feel and that awesome surf green. I have a 1974 Les Paul Custom and a Fender Telecaster B-Bender. Both are great guitars, but the Jeff Beck is my favorite.
Music background: recording engineer, singer/songwriter, musician

Great sounding guitar

Very happy with the guitar! Thanks to Adam for helping me throughout.

One Smooth Strat

Bought new in 2005. Stays in tune no matter what. I have always played Telecasters till now...the JB Strat won me over. Noiseless pickups mate well with the Line 6 Flextone III XL. Any type music is possible with this axe. Surf green is one cool color. Much better value than the custom shop model. This is a keeper.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars