Jeff Beck Esquire Original

In 1985, speaking of the ’83 Action Research into Muscle Distrophy (A.R.M.S.) Tour that united Yardbirds alumni Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton, the latter stated, “At that time and for many months after that, I began to think of Jeff as probably being the finest guitar player I’d ever seen. And I’ve been around. I still think that way, if I really sit down and mull it over.”

Of Beck’s gunslinger image, he added, “There’s something cool and mean about Becky that beats everyone else.”

But Beck was anything but cool and mean when he celebrated the music of Les Paul and such early rock and roll heroes as Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps at Paul’s former home base, the Iridium nightclub in New York City – preserved on the DVD Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, Honoring Les Paul and its CD counterpart of the same name. Decked out in a tailored outfit identical to the powder blue, pleated pants and three-tone blue shirt-vest Vincent wore in his favorite movie, The Girl Can’t Help It, Beck couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. He more than did justice to eight of Les Paul’s best-known songs (on a Gibson Les Paul, of course) and rock and roll classics from Vincent’s “Cruisin’” to the Shangri-Las’ “Walking In The Sand,” the Shadows’ “Apache,” Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle & Roll,” and, of course, the Rock ‘N Roll Trio’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” which Beck made famous in 1965 with the Yardbirds. The evening also included lively cameos from Brian Setzer (on Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock”) and Gary “U.S.” Bonds (on his 1960 hit, “New Orleans”).

A perennial in any guitarist’s short list of all-time greats, the 66-year-old is currently enjoying perhaps the biggest crossover success and recognition of his 45-year career. And, like all things Beck, he’s achieving it on his own terms, doing things that shouldn’t equate to mass appeal: an album of mostly instrumentals backed by full orchestra, followed by a stroll (more accurately a drag race) down memory lane, wrapped around a tribute to a guitar legend a generation older than him.

Jeff Beck Esquire Neck

An unbelievably detailed recreation of a legendary Fender instrument.

Over the course of his 40-year career, Jeff Beck has attained heights of guitar greatness seldom if ever equaled, and he has long been regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive voices of the electric guitar, period. The Fender Custom Shop is very proud indeed then to introduce a very special 150-instrument run of the Tribute Series Jeff Beck Esquire Relic guitar, exquisitely and meticulously modeled after Beck s famous Blonde 54 Esquire.

This exact reproduction duplicates the original guitar’s light weight, unusual body contours, dings and wear patterns, soft V-shaped 57 one-piece maple neck, chipped black pickguard and brass bridge saddles (with which Beck had replaced the original steel saddles soon after buying the guitar for $60 from its original owner, Walker Brothers guitarist John Maus).

Legendary Fender pickup artist Abigail Ybarra carefully recreated the single 51 Nocaster single-coil bridge pickup, and the guitar s amazing authenticity extends even to the control wiring, 1056 serial number, and even a cosmetically aged vintage-style guitar strap. Beck himself, in fact, was almost fooled when our reproduction arrived at his door, thinking on first opening the case that he’d gotten his original guitar back!

The guitar comes in a vintage tweed case, and includes a DVD interview with Beck, 8×10 color photo, Custom Shop certificate, and Master Builder signature and serial number decal on the back of the headstock.

Fender® Custom Shop Limited Edition Jeff Beck Tribute Esquire Electric Guitar Features:

* Solid ash body * Bolt-on maple neck * Maple fretboard * 21 frets * 25-1/2″ scale * 1.74″ nut * Custom NoCaster Vintage Tele pickups * 5-position pickup switching * Volume/Tone/Tone controls * Chrome hardware * Gotoh tuners * Heavily aged lacquer finish

Nash Guitars Jeff Beck Esquire Relic

When Jeff Beck started his short tenure in The Yardbirds in 1965, he didn’t actually have a guitar to call his own and had to loan the band’s red Tele for early gigs.


Beck played various Telecasters from that point onwards but was put off by the rosewood fingerboards featured on Fender’s new models: “I wanted a maple neck. And the only one I ever saw belonged to John Walker from the Walker Brothers… He wanted £75 – only about £10 cheaper than a brand new one. But he wouldn’t shift.”


Beck bought the guitar anyway – actually a 1954 Esquire rather than a Tele – and set about modifying his new purchase by adding a black scratchplate and replacing the rusted steel saddles with brass ones from another guitar. The Esquire’s peculiar, Strat-like contours sanded into the front and back were actually there before Jeff acquired it.

Jeff Beck Esquire Guitar

Used on influential Yardbirds tracks as “I’m a Man,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Shapes of Things” before Beck switched over to a Les Paul early in 1966. Beck bought the guitar from John Walker of The Walker Brothers who had shaved the body to have the contour of a Stratocaster.

According to Seymour Duncan, who was given the guitar by Beck:

“When Jeff first got it, it had a white vinyl pickguard as can be seen in earlier Yardbirds videos and photos. Jeff replaced it with a black Esquire pickguard with a 5 hole pattern and two distinctive chips on the top edge and lower neck slot. Jeff liked the contrast and it looked like the Teles made just a year earlier.”

“The ’54 steel bridge saddles were completely rusted and were replaced with ‘52 Telecaster brass saddles from another Telecaster belonging to Jeff. The rhythm pickup cavity is routed for a neck pickup but was not drilled to hold one. The body is well worn with nicks and gouges and the nitrocellulose lacquer blond finish has turned various shades of yellow and orange.”

“Jeff could manipulate the volume and tone controls giving it a wah-wah effect as in ‘Train Kept A Rollin’’ or ‘Still I’m Sad.’ The lever switch would give full treble in the bridge position, variable tone control in the center and full bass in the front position. The bridge pickup has slightly staggered poles. The body was made in 1954 and the neck was replaced with one made in 1955.

Fender Jeff Beck TriBute Esquire

Fender Jeff Beck Tribute Esquire Limited Edition Worn Blonde
Cette édition limitée de cette guitare électrique est basée sur la Blonde ’54 Fender Esquire avec laquelle le légendaire Jeff Beck enchantait ses admirateurs. Cette guitare aguerri et vraiment unique est recrée par le Fender Custome Shop dans un chef-d’œuvre de respect et de détail. Quand Jeff Beck obtenait sa copie il croyait que c’était sa guitare originale. Le Fender Jeff Beck Esquire WBL est extrêmement légère avec un corps cendré en deux pièces et un pickguard noir. La finalisation est parfaitement recrée dans les moindres détails et rayures. Le câblage est authentiquement “cloné” et le seul pick-up Esquire à été reconstruit soigneusement à partir des spécifications originales du légendaire Fender pickup câbleur Abigail Ybarra.

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Fender Jeff Beck Esquire Relic

Look, the odds of a 1954 Fender Esquire turning up for sale today are about zero. The closest we will ever get to owning one is with this once-in-a-lifetime Limited Edition guitar. But considering the fact that Fender is only building 150 of them, this is guaranteed to be a precious commodity somewhere down the road. Even you are lucky enough to find one, the price will be sky-high. Few people can afford itl.

In the past years, many of our customers also talked about the guitars with us, and hope we can make replicas of it. So to realize their dreams, we launched the 1954 Fender Esquire guitars. Our replicated relic guitars are made with-worn spots, nicks, scratches, rusty hardware, and aged plastic parts and so on, all these features are very detail exactly with the original relic guitar.


Jeff Beck 1954 Fender Esquire

This is a white 10oz. ceramic mug decorated with a highly detailed hand drawn illustration of Jeff Beck’s 1954 Fender Esquire. Beck bought this blonde ’54 Esquire from John Walker whilst the Yardbirds were touring with The Walker Brothers. It’s instantly recognisable by the deep contours inflicted by the previous owner who had shaved the body to give it the shape of a Stratocaster. It was used on many influential Yardbirds tracks including ‘I’m a Man’, ‘Heart Full of Soul’, ‘Over Under Sideways Down and ‘Shapes of Things’. This illustration has been produced by George Morgan following extensive research and is not a photograph. The image has been dye sublimated onto the mug. This means the image is under the ceramic glaze and is dishwasher, microwave and UV-proof and with normal use will not scratch, crack, fade or peel. The durable nature of this printing process makes this mug ideal for use in the house or studio.