Joe Perry recalls the time he accidentally stole a pedal from Jeff Beck – and gave him one of the first Klon Centaurs in return

Joe Perry (left) and Jeff Beck perform onstage
(Image credit: Neil Lupin/Redferns/Getty Images, David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns)

Aerosmith electric guitar player Joe Perry was hugely influenced by Jeff Beck, seeing at least one show on almost all of the late guitar hero's tours, and even performing onstage with him on a couple of occasions.

Perry also ended up, in an exchange that took over 30 years to complete, trading pedals with one of his biggest six-string influences, though not by his own design.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at 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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