Steve Lukather: “I played Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen’s guitars – and I sounded like myself. But some of Jeff’s guitars were set up so strangely only he could play them”

Steve Lukather and Jeff Beck
(Image credit: Future / Clayton Call/Redferns)

Jeff Beck’s death on January 10 brought the guitar world to a standstill. We had lost the guitar player’s guitar hero, the one who everyone – beginner and legend alike – looked up to.

The tributes came thick and fast, and they gave us as sense of the enormity of Beck’s legacy. But Beck was such a central figure to the art of playing guitar that many similar tributes were paid to him when he was alive. When he was still blowing our minds in real time.

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Jason Sidwell

Jason Sidwell (BA Hons, MA, ALCM) is editor of Guitar Techniques and senior tuition editor for Guitarist who has written and edited over 20,000 articles since 1998. As an educator he is an advisor/guest tutor for UK music academies/examining institutions, a director for the International Guitar Foundation (IGF), author of How to Play Guitar Step by Step (Dorling Kindersley) and extensive tutorials for The Guardian and Observer newspapers. Outside of journalism, he is a busy classical guitarist, performs regularly for theatre productions and has a broad cliental for studio work.