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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.

Jeff Beck Fender Esquire

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.