#3
Extracted from September's issue of WhatGuitar features Jeff in the Tone Clone

Beck uses a minimum of effects to wrench an insane
variety of emotion-filled shrieks and sighs out of these two basic
items. Whether playing clean (Tina Turner, Tiny Dancer), or with
balls to the wall distortion (Guitar Shop, Big Block), his sound is
instantly recognisable due to his unique, abstract approach, painting
solos with a colourful palette of death-defying riffs rather than
drawing from continuous lines. His style is also defined by playing
high notes on low strings, giving them a fat tone; and by using the
Strat's whammy as a precision tool, using the bridge pickup, tone
rolled back, through massive amounts of gain.

THE GEAR
On later Jeff Beck Group releases and more currently, the Fender
Stratocaster is his instument of choice. His current favourite setup
is his own signature model Strat through Marshall JCM2000 DSL 50s
Occasional effects making appearances are a RAT distortion, an Octave doubler (Come Dancing) and lately a Snarling Dog Whine-O-Wah.


CLONE THE TONE!
Right, so you don't have the man's magic touch - who else does? You
will still do better to use your fingers rather than a pick when
questing after Beck's tone. Try grabbing the string between your
thumb and first finger, pulling it and letting it go with a snap.
Even with fairly large amounts of gain this will yield a different
sound than with a plectrum. Stock vintage-style Fender Stratocasters
do not normally come with a tone control for the bridge pickup, but
it is a simple modification that should be cheap enough to procure.
That done, switch the pickup selector to the bridge pickup alone, and
roll the tone all the way off. Turn the Gain on your amp to about 9,
the Bass to 3, the mid to 7, the Treble to 8, the Master to as loud
as the venue or neighbours will stand, and the reverb off (Jeff gets
a little occasional ambience from a digital delay). The idea is to
keep the amp bright enough so that it replenishes the bite that you
lose by turning the instument's tone down.
To achieve, or should we say approach, the man's mastery of the
whammy bar, you had best use only two springs on your stock Fender
system. Play with tightening and loosening the vibrato unit's claw
screws until the bridge sits high enough off the body to allow you to
pull up a whole step. Start by loosening the screws just a little
since this will lower your string pitch, when you retune to pitch,
the bridge will come up some more. This is a back and forth procedure
that is also affected by the string gauge you use. Speaking of which,
although he used .008s until he met Jimi Hendrix, Beck now wrestles
with .010s or .011s.
#6
In all honesty, compared to most players Jeff Beck has never really given a sh!t what gear he uses. He'll plug into whatever's available and still sound like Jeff Beck...
#7
Quote by kyle62
In all honesty, compared to most players Jeff Beck has never really given a sh!t what gear he uses. He'll plug into whatever's available and still sound like Jeff Beck...


amen right there, he is definitely more a player that is independent of his gear. about the only thing i think he really needs is his strat and a good amp. there are certain guitarists that i have payed attention to what equipment they use(omar rodriguez) and certain ones where i look at how they play(zappa). beck is one of the 'how does he play' to get that tone/
punk isn't dead, it's always smelled that way.

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