Jeff Beck Telecaster

It’s arguably the ugliest Legendary Guitar of all — yet nonetheless one of rock’s most widely influential, the instrument that produced the landmark sounds of such widely influential Yardbirds tracks as “I’m a Man,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “Over Under Sideways Down” and the future-shock classic “Shapes of Things.”

With a body partially ground down to ape the contours of an entirely different model, its broken neck replaced by a well-worn second-hand substitute, and a face so scuffed, gouged and scarred it looks more like the boards of a minor league hockey rink, Jeff Beck’s 1954 Fender Esquire might well be rock’s original Franken-ax.

It’s arguably the ugliest Legendary Guitar of all — yet nonetheless one of rock’s most widely influential, the instrument that produced the landmark sounds of such widely influential Yardbirds tracks as “I’m a Man,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “Over Under Sideways Down” and the future-shock classic “Shapes of Things.”

With a body partially ground down to ape the contours of an entirely different model, its broken neck replaced by a well-worn second-hand substitute, and a face so scuffed, gouged and scarred it looks more like the boards of a minor league hockey rink, Jeff Beck’s 1954 Fender Esquire might well be rock’s original Franken-ax.

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