Jeff Beck Tele Gib

“I wanted Jeff to have an instrument that had the tone of a Les Paul. I couldn’t afford a Les Paul so I made the Tele-Gib instead and gave it to him.”…SWD
“The main reason I made and gave Jeff the Tele-Gib was because I loved the tone he had on the “Truth” album.”…SWD
“Jeff started playing and recording with the “Tele-Gib” in 1974 and recorded tracks on the “Blow By Blow” album. One song you can hear him using the volume controls in on “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.”…SWD
I made Jeff Beck’s “Tele-Gib” guitar in 1974 during my stay in London while working at the Fender Soundhouse. I was doing guitar repair and modifications and working with many top European guitarists. During the evenings I was recording at Polydor Records and experimenting with guitar sounds.
The “Tele-Gib” started out as a butchered ’59 Fender Telecaster that originally had a slab rosewood fingerboard. The body was chiseled out badly and had been through some unearthly modifications by the look of it. It had no pickguard, bridge or other parts that could be used. The Telecaster was found in 1972 at a music store in Cincinnati, Ohio. I took it with me when I left for London to meet Roy Buchanan and his manager, Jay Reich in early 1973. Roy started his European tour in Germany before heading for London. My manager at the time, Norman Vandenberg, also managed Christopher Rainbow (Alan Parsons-Camel and solo albums) saw an ad in a London paper that the Fender Soundhouse was looking for a guitar tech to do repairs. I was doing sessions at night and had free time during the day and decided to apply for the job. I got the job, working with amp whiz Ron Roka who had a repair shop on the main floor of the Fender Soundhouse. The Soundhouse was originally on Tottenham-Court Road in London. Working there was great and I had a chance to meet so many great guitarists that rehearsed on the 3rd floor sound studio. Nearby was CBS Studios where Jeff was recording the 2nd (unreleased) album with Beck, Bogert and Appice. Jeff was playing his Stratocaster through a Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier set on 10! I remember sitting in the control room and watching Jeff, Tim and Carmine playing live. I believe Andy Johns was engineering and jumping around the studio dancing to the music. I was sitting with Jeff’s manager Ernest Chapman as we watched the session being recorded.

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