Why Jeff Beck switched from a Les Paul to a Strat

Jeff Beck performs at Salle Pleyel on October 24, 2016 in Paris, France
(Image credit: David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns)

Electric guitar hero Jeff Beck was synonymous with the Stratocaster, using it as his primary six-string for the last 40+ years of his career. 

It wasn't always that way, though. In the early years of his career in the 1960s – both with the Yardbirds and his own band – Beck used, in succession, a Telecaster, a Fender Esquire and then a Gibson Les Paul.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.

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