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Designed to meet the demands of Beck's virtuosity.

The Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar from Fender's Artist Series reflects the significant changes Jeff made in his Strat to accommodate his constantly evolving style. The new neck is a softer C-shape, not as large or deep as Jeff's previous choice. Also, the guitar features the new Fender special-design dual-coil ceramic Noiseless pickups, a contoured heel for easier access to the higher registers, and straight-ahead Strat 5-way switching. Made in the U.S.

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FEATURES
Made in U.S.
Softer C-neck profile
Dual-coil ceramic Noiseless pickups
Alder body
Maple neck
Rosewood fingerboard (9-1/2" radius/241mm)
22 medium-jumbo frets
Scale Length: 25-1/2" (648mm)
Width at nut 1.6875" (43mm)
Chrome hardware
Machine heads: Deluxe Fender/Schaller locking tuners
Bridge: American Standard 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard: 3-Ply White (W/B/W)
Pickups: 3-Dual Coil Ceramic Noiseless Pickups
Pickup Switching: 5-position blade:
Position 1. Bridge pickup (full dually)
Position 2. Bridge (full dually) and middle pickup
Position 3. Middle pickup
Position 4. Middle and neck pickup
Position 5. Neck pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (neck), Tone 2. (middle, bridge)
Rosewood fingerboard
American Standard 2-point tremolo
Contoured heel for easier access to upper frets
LSR roller nut
Aged knobs and pickup covers

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FenderArtist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 38 reviews)

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    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

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Another Great Strat from Fender

I am a strat man and have many guitars in my collection. Play them all too! Did not buy this because of Jeff becks style of playing but because of the features that I...Read complete review

I am a strat man and have many guitars in my collection. Play them all too! Did not buy this because of Jeff becks style of playing but because of the features that I have come to like in a fender guitar. The roller nut, noisless pickups, cut heal for accessability and the neck shape are all solid components I want in a strat. I have an EC strat, EJ strat, MF special mahagony strat as well as many older strats. Lets face it they all have different characteristics, (it's wood) and age has something to do with the sound. You could buy two JB strats and they won't sound exactly the same. That said I want my guitars to sound different. The woods, age and neck all play a part in the sound. Thats what the volume and tones controls are for on both the amp and guitar. Every ones ears are different and guitar players in general are alwasy looking for the holy grail! OK here goes, as far as strats go I look for playability and feel. Pick ups are very subjective and depend on string type and amp played thru. I would have given this guitar 5 stars except for the set up. I am very picky and fenders have a standard set-up that meets in the middle for personal taste. I have stings I prefer and action I prefer as well as neck bow. I adjust all my own guitars and have done so for over 40 years. Spring tension on the trem block, hight of the trem block including locked down on some of my guitars is all adjusted to my taste. Once I set this beauty up to my standards it was butter. Not to everybodies liking though. Again I have some strats with a maple fretboard and some with rosewood. Both very different from each other as far as feel and sound. I can't say this guitar would cover all bases but will do a great job with the right effects. I don't have lots of effects pedals. I like the amp sound, overdrive and a little delay when necessary. Thats it! All my guitars sound great unplugged, you just know when you hold the guitar and feel it resonate thru your body. Stock, vintage or noisless pick-ups all have a different sound and that's not a bad thing just a starting point for you to make adjustments on your own. Pick up height is also important and overlooked by most personal people that set up their guitars. It takes years and of course lots of playing to get it right for your sound. Comparing this guitar against another with the exact same amp settings will not give you the same sound you are looking for. I like tweaking if they all sounded the same it would be boring. Thats why I have so many guitars and of course amps also. My wife just shrugs her shoulders but understands. Better a guitar then another woman.
So bottom line if you are interested in a Jeff Beck guitar that has the features I mentioned and are looking to add this to your arsenal I believe you can't go wrong. I give it a 10 after my fine touches. The pick ups are fine as they are,the tremelo bars works as intended, not an all out metal shredder guitar but for any thing else works gtreat for me. I play all types of music, Sundays I play Christian contemporary, and classic rock in the evenings, also touch on country and R&B. It's good to be well rounded and I love all types of music, get out and play!

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Does not perform as expected

This guitar came to me almost a year ago from Musicians Friend. The neck is dried out and needs to be dressed as the frets are now sticking out. Guitar would not stay in...Read complete review

This guitar came to me almost a year ago from Musicians Friend. The neck is dried out and needs to be dressed as the frets are now sticking out. Guitar would not stay in tune with or without whammy bar. If you plan on diving and playing Jeff Beck type things, look elsewhere. This one won't cut it

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(15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Another Great Strat from Fender

By quat 4x4

from Fayetteville, GA

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Pros

  • Build quality
  • Fit Finish

Cons

  • Not Set Up Well

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I am a strat man and have many guitars in my collection. Play them all too! Did not buy this because of Jeff becks style of playing but because of the features that I have come to like in a fender guitar. The roller nut, noisless pickups, cut heal for accessability and the neck shape are all solid components I want in a strat. I have an EC strat, EJ strat, MF special mahagony strat as well as many older strats. Lets face it they all have different characteristics, (it's wood) and age has something to do with the sound. You could buy two JB strats and they won't sound exactly the same. That said I want my guitars to sound different. The woods, age and neck all play a part in the sound. Thats what the volume and tones controls are for on both the amp and guitar. Every ones ears are different and guitar players in general are alwasy looking for the holy grail! OK here goes, as far as strats go I look for playability and feel. Pick ups are very subjective and depend on string type and amp played thru. I would have given this guitar 5 stars except for the set up. I am very picky and fenders have a standard set-up that meets in the middle for personal taste. I have stings I prefer and action I prefer as well as neck bow. I adjust all my own guitars and have done so for over 40 years. Spring tension on the trem block, hight of the trem block including locked down on some of my guitars is all adjusted to my taste. Once I set this beauty up to my standards it was butter. Not to everybodies liking though. Again I have some strats with a maple fretboard and some with rosewood. Both very different from each other as far as feel and sound. I can't say this guitar would cover all bases but will do a great job with the right effects. I don't have lots of effects pedals. I like the amp sound, overdrive and a little delay when necessary. Thats it! All my guitars sound great unplugged, you just know when you hold the guitar and feel it resonate thru your body. Stock, vintage or noisless pick-ups all have a different sound and that's not a bad thing just a starting point for you to make adjustments on your own. Pick up height is also important and overlooked by most personal people that set up their guitars. It takes years and of course lots of playing to get it right for your sound. Comparing this guitar against another with the exact same amp settings will not give you the same sound you are looking for. I like tweaking if they all sounded the same it would be boring. Thats why I have so many guitars and of course amps also. My wife just shrugs her shoulders but understands. Better a guitar then another woman.
So bottom line if you are interested in a Jeff Beck guitar that has the features I mentioned and are looking to add this to your arsenal I believe you can't go wrong. I give it a 10 after my fine touches. The pick ups are fine as they are,the tremelo bars works as intended, not an all out metal shredder guitar but for any thing else works gtreat for me. I play all types of music, Sundays I play Christian contemporary, and classic rock in the evenings, also touch on country and R&B. It's good to be well rounded and I love all types of music, get out and play!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strat I have ever played

By TOM LAWLESS

from Delawhere?

Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I must first state that I play piano/keyboards and I am more of a collector/hack with the guitar. With that said, I have 35 guitars that include LP's, LP Customs, ES's, Strats, Tele's and several old Peavey's from the 80's (They are a steal for an American made product these days). Anyway, I am completely impressed with the Jeff Beck Strat that fender has produced.
The overall fit and finish on this beauty is outstanding, you might think it had come from the Custom Shop. The C neck is thicker than the standard Strat and is comfortable to play for extended periods of time. The dual coil pickups are truely noiseless and they can pack a solid punch that can get more tone than just the regular single coils. Couple that with the sustain that can be achieved with this guitar and you have a very versatile instrument. Also, the roller nut functions perfectly, I had never tried one before and was amazed at how well it will keep the guitar in tune much better than the standard tremolo system.
It is like they took the best qualities of Fender (comfort, easy of playability, etc.) and from Gibson (tone, sustain, humbuckers) and combined them into one guitar. Yes it is a few dollars more but it is worth the price. I have bought numerous items from MF over the years and have never been disappointed. Their level of service and flexibility is outstanding.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Swiss Army Knife Of Strats

By Ineedguitars

from North Georgia

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Been playing for over 40 years and have owned a few of these Jeff Beck Signature Models. This one was sold as "Blemished" but I can tell you that it arrived like new with the only flaw being the plastic was removed from the front pickguard. I would have done that anyway! Came with all the case candy and tweed case.

    Great Guitar, the neck profile has a little more "beef" on the C-Shape than say the American Standard. Roller Nut a plus, Noiseless Pickups a plus too.

    Finish was perfect but needed a set-up as the original owner modified the floating tremolo system.

    Sound is golden without hum. Does it all. The Jeff Beck Signature Model is like a Swiss Army Knife of Strats.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I've been Beckafied

    By Chris from PA

    from PA

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    Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought the light green Beck strat two weeks ago and I can't set it down. I am having a great time watching Beck videos on my computor and practicing playing with no pick. after the guitar I went right out and purchased a pair of black and tan Fender Deluxe tube amps and a Line 6 Pod xt Pro to have a left and right channel sound. This guitar sounds as close to beck's sound as I think money can buy for the price. It's a very smooth and full sounding strat even with the bass on the amp rolled all the way off like he plays. If you use the bridge and middle pick-up selection and drop the tone down on the bridge pick-up a few numbers it really has that human voice sound you hear so often in Jeff's music. Your sound starts in your fingers and the way you handle the guitar. This guitar can make any sound you can think of if you spend the time to work at building it, it is very responsive to the players touch and style. More so than other strats I have. It is very expensive but will increase in value as time goes by. For me it was a good purchase. I think you'll agree if you buy one.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Custom Shop Features And Play-ability On A Budget.

    By Gitfiddle76

    from Detroit MI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Contoured Neck Heel
    • Easy To Play
    • Excellent Neck
    • Flat Radius
    • Med-Jumbo Fret Wire
    • Noiseless Pickups
    • Stays In Tune Even When Abused
    • Top Notch Hardware

    Cons

    • Fender Noiseless PU's Aren't The Best...

    Best Uses

    • It's A Pro Level Guitar

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I play clubs, events, ect. I'll play at the opening of an envelope basically. This has everything I've been looking for in a Strat. This thing really checks all the boxes for me. The neck is perfect. A bit chubbier than an American Standard. Not as big as a 50's Tele. Rosewood board which I love on a Strat. I don't understand this whole ebony board craze. People think they want ebony because it's expensive, but ebony on a Strat just makes the guitar even brighter and snappier. The old ice pick in the ear if you ask me! Rosewood is the perfect addition to a Strat IMHO. It's very well manufactured. The frets are big enough for the modern player but still has a vintage feel to it. The back of the neck is nice and silky. I like the flat radius on the fretboard. The contoured neck heel is GREAT!. I love the play-ability of this guitar. The pick-ups sound good but not great. I've always thought Fender noiseless PU's are lacking in character, but hey, a Strat is build to be modified right? I'm thinking about the Clapton Mod with the Andy Timmons treble bleed mod thrown in for good measure. Maybe some Duncan stacked PU's with the coil split option. No hum is nice tho when your knee deep in lights and electrical that are surrounding the stage. It's got the look and play-ability of a custom shop guitar in a neat little affordable package. This is the Strat I've been looking for and it's not going anywhere! Hands down this is one of THE best production model guitars (Fender, Gibson, PRS, ESP ect ect) that I've ever played.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Most versatile award goes to...

    By jallen

    from North Platte, NE

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Now THIS is the strat I?ve been waiting for. I?ve looked at many with various features, but this has the ones I need- namely the locking tuners, LSR nut, two-point modern trem and high (but not too high) output pickups. The icing on the cake in the JB Strat neck. It is wonderfully thicker than the American standard or Deluxe models, without going to the extremes of the previous Beck model (e.g.- baseball bat). The pickups are really nice and give a variety of both vintage and modern tones. A word of warning- there are better strats out there if you only dabble in the vintage side. But if you?re looking for versatility this can?t be beat. I ran mine through a variety of pedals, running the gamut of distortions (Boss SD-1, Boss SD-2 on Lead channel, and Line 6 Uber-metal) and it handled them all. And the clean tones were there as well. If you want a strat to do only one thing you may find another that suits you better. But it gets my vote for the strat that can do it all. Of course, with a Fender Artist model, the neck is what you?re paying the extra $ for- And guess what? In this case it?s worth it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pickups, love the roller nut

    By Ross

    from Tucson

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Roller Nut Is Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This a great guitar. Everyone needs at least one USA Stratocaster just the way they want it. Like most guitar decisions it was a bit of a compromise. I was going to get a USA Deluxe Strat but decided on the Jeff Beck model because I liked the roller nut and contoured neck on the Deluxe model didn't do anything special for me. I think the hotter pickups, the roller nut, the colors and neck I wanted and a better price made it a great choice for me. The lower price gives me extra cash to upgrade. I have already added the Treble bleed mod, I will replace the bridge with a Fender Deluxe bridge with pull out wammy bar, I will also replace the funny colored tuning machines with Sperzel USA locking tuners like on the Custom Shop model. The compromise will then be over. I will have my perfect Strat. Jeff Beck on the headstock really doesn't matter much, I don't mind buying Jeff a beer, who doesn't like Jeff Beck.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Crow

      from NM

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a hoot to play. The LSR roller nut is great. The guitar stays in tune like it should. My only regret is I couldn't buy two, one in each color. Very nice guitar. Arrived setup just right. The noisless pickups take some getting used to but they are solid. Very adjustable with the tone and volume knobs.Than you MF for a great deal on a used guitar in mint condition.The best place to buy online bar none.

        (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        yuma guitar player

        By Yuma Teacher

        from Yuma, AZ

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        Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Isn't funny how they picture Jeff Beck playing a guitar that is not even close to the model they are portraying as the JB model.... Buy this if you are like me and love JB... don't buy it if you want a guitar like JB really plays.....

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Now This is a Guitar!

        By Sean-dwoj_

        from Madison, WI

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          After originally buying a '56 American Vintage Strat I sold it and got one of these instead.

          The Good:
          Sounds great and plays even better.
          No tuning issues.
          The beveled neck pocket is very comfortable.
          No electrical pickup buzz at all.
          Great neck feel. Not like the earlier JB's with the Louisville Slugger necks.

          The Not So Good:
          I tried out three different JB's and though they were all close, two of them had really dry, light brown fingerboards that felt rough. The one I bought has a dark oily fingerboard. So dark it could almost pass for ebony.

          (3 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Beck should have kept his Tele......

          By Rivets

          from NY, NY

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          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Using For Firewood

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Very disappointed as these new pickups sound horrible. The guitar looks great but I had to put in 4 springs as the trem was to loose and made staying in tune a problem. These pickups have no tone close to the Strat tone of my 56 reissue. They might be good if you're using lots of pedals and distortion but if you're looking for the classic strat tone look elsewhere. Very disappointed I couldn't return it even though I was willing to put more money into a Strat that has the classic tone. I'm really turned off Beck now and should have bought the Clapton or Knoffler models. I wish Fender would stop making so many different models and stick to the sound that people want for a Strat. Will try a sell or trade as I never played it except when I got it and was trying the different pickups. Like Beck lately Fender made a bomb with this model.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          JB Strat

          By Les-W-vfq

          from MS

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Owned since 2004 and this axe gets better with age. My #1 choice for play-ability and tone. Neck size just right and stays in tune. The locking tuners make string changes easy. Wails through my Line 6 Vetta II. Only wish they made it with a maple fingerboard. Oh well, it's still a first rate strat!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          If you know how to set it up..it is perfect

          By jcboogie

          from Co

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          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          The trem kicks it once you learn how to set it up properly to be well balanced. Pull the whammy all the way up and adjust so it is a perfect F#. I learned this from reading an article that quoted Jeff explaining his set up. Before I did this I was disappointed in the guitar. after I set it up it sounded perfect and held a perfect tune after much use.(Just because yo use it doesn't mean use no finesse to achieve heart stopping sounds) The pickups are totally different from a stock strat. The bridge is sizzling but can be warmed up with the tone knob unlike a stock strat .Learn how to use the altered tone knobs and you will master the tones. I own a G&L with a JB Junior, and the strat is much more post 1999 Jeff.

          (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          bad tremolo

          By blueman-w9tIR

          from los angeles, ca

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I purchased the Jeff Beck Signature stratocaster back in 2005 after I saw Jeff Beck up close at a concert with BB King. I was amazed at how well the guitar stayed in tune with the enormous whammy bar abuse he put it through. He only swapped out the guitar once during his show. This guitar felt wonderful, solid, well balanced, great neck, quality throughout. I will never forgive myself because I tend to be a bit timid in a music store when I'm trying instruments out. I've been performing on stage for the last 30+ years and I still meek out in a music store. So I didn't give the tremolo a thorough workover. I own another strat with a floyd rose... I'm a big fan of the floyd rose, but only because it takes ENORMOUS abuse and stays faithfully in tune. Other than that, it's a high maintenance boat anchor. The Jeff Beck tremolo was a complete disappointment. For anyone whose style incorporates the relentless whammy bar abuse of a Hendrix, Beck, Vai, etc... you will be extremely disappointed at the failures of this tremolo to stay in tune.The sound of this guitar is wonderful. The pickups are noiseless at high gain - I play it through a Mesa Boogie. However, the pickups don't have anymore power than any stock strat. I was also hoping the bridge pickup would be warm and robust like Jeff's sound or at least like the Seymour Duncan JB pickups... but it's just like any other thin sounding Fender bridge pickup. So no JB presence here. The volume pots are smooth and the rosewood neck adds a nice fatness to the clean rhythms. But I wish the pickups were more robust with more output.I like the action very low... I actually like the strings underneath the frets - that's how low I like it. Perhaps because the tremolo is set up to float - which I like - but my guitar tech can't seem to get the action as low as I like it. The action is still nice... I'm sure super to most guitarists... but for me, I would like to be able to set it lower. The tremolo takes a little getting used to as it is very sensitive to the touch - which I really like - and the whammy bar sits up high and angles up... which I thought was awkward at first, but ended up loving it. It easily clears the volume knob when dive bombing and feels very natural for pull-ups or subtle nuance voicings.This guitar is TOTALLY USELESS for what I bought it for - which was to have an excellent sounding guitar with a quality tremolo that would stay in tune. I could have bought any other strat or decent guitar for a fraction of the price and had a whammyless backup guitar which is what this has become. The tremolo is a constant fused part of my playing style and I've found just using the tremolo in one song puts the guitar so out of tune I want to just chuck it across the stage. So I use my reliable old beat up floyd rose strat... and it's the Jeff Beck strat that has become the boat anchor... what a waste.Fender - like the Jeff Beck strat tremolo - is even more useless. I've tried to contact them, so has my guitar tech and the store I purchased it from... total non-response.I am giving this guitar a low overall rating because of the tremolo. I assume one would buy a Jeff Beck strat mainly because of the tremolo as there are so many other expensive signature strats out there that you can buy where the tremolo is not the key signature of that artist. Now maybe I just purchased a lemon that Fender won't own up to... who knows. I've taken it to a couple other respected guitar techs just for a 2nd and 3rd opinion... and they both said this is as good as it gets... at least for this guitar.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sweet Strat.

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I am a long time electric guitar player (over 40 years experience)and have most always played rock based music as well as recording a country rock CD in which I used a 91 strat. plus with lace sensor pick-ups. I have owned a number of strats. I read reviews from others on this site re: the Beck model, and read about it in Fender Front Line for the past couple of years. I recently purchased it. I am super picky re: guitars I keep. I agree with most of the previous reviews as to the features and overall quality of this guitar. I have been playing it through a Blues Jr. which sounds great for that Fender sound. Highs and lows have good punch with the noiselss ceramic pick-ups. I also have a Deville 4-10's)I will be using with it. I had it set up with 10-46 gage strings. I'm using 3 springs in the trem. system. I play light as well as hard, bend notes in higher registers, etc. If you want the tradition strat sound, this is it. Pick-ups have punch and clarity in all 5 setting. Neck and med-jumbo frets play super good and are finsihed off well. The C-shaped neck feels great also. Paint job is super. All parts of this guitar are made well. I have returned guitars with WANG Bar systems that throw tuning off even after light use, (which I can't stand). The Beck model stays in tune better when using the trem system than a PRS custom 22 fret model with trem bar that I owned and SOLD! With light trem bar use-the Beck strat. really does stay in tune well as others have noted. I can honestly say I am very happy and satisfied with the purchase of the Beck strat. and will be keeping it in my collection of guitars. *Remember-as they say, you do get what you pay for! (most of the time). I hope this review is helpful for those who are considering this particular strat. model which I would recommend it. G.G. from Calif.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          2016 Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster "White"

          By Stratocasterplusplayer

          from NS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Playing Guitar

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          The paint and neck finish are flawless and have a silky feel and creamy appearance, the volume/tone control knobs installed and set perfectly. The Medium Jumbo frets (my favorite) are smooth and seamless. The vintage style tweed case is a very nice touch too.
          Setup was spot on as illustrated by pinch and dab harmonics available at every fret position, very nice indeed. The neck is the perfect profile for my large hands and intonation was spotless, very pleased and impressed.
          The LSR nut and the stable 2-point tremolo system Fender offers on this model are a must have for me, as my playing style incorporates heavy string bending and tremolo usage. Tuning stability is excellent and the Fender/Schaller locking tuners make string changes a breeze and not an unwelcome chore like with my JH Reverse Neck Stratocaster's vintage tuners. I guess maybe I am getting old and a little lazy too.
          The Contoured Heel does afford me, much easier access to frets 18 to 22, as many of my overdubbed and layered rhythm tracks include use of both octave positions, this contour works well for me. My stable of late-80's to mid-90's Stratocaster Plus and Stratocaster Plus Deluxe necks now feel a little cumbersome on the high end of the fret board, in contrast to this neck and it's Contoured Heel. A gimmick to some maybe, not at all for me, another welcome refinement, absolutely.
          I am still diligently exploring the pickups and their tonal capabilities, very different from the Gold/Blue/Silver/Red Lace Sensor Pups in the majority of my other Stratocasters from the eighties and nineties. Not quite as hot as I had anticipated, but I will get the tones I am searching for dialed in and recorded, just need more time to explore.
          I do not have access to any of my tube amps and play through a small 3-watt solid state give away amp currently. I will not bring any of my other guitars and amps to my current location (GTMO) because they are irreplaceable and I am not allowed to hand carry any of it wi

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Absolute bargain for the Strat of my dreams- I am very happy

          By Stephen

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Absolute bargain. I sold my much loved Mex Strat to buy this US made Strat beauty with everything and its so much better...every little thing about it is more refined. Cosmetic dings yes but never mind, more character building than serious and not on the front, these days many people pay extra for guitar with fake wear and fake scrapes and these are real! I bought it for the sort of guitar it is so brilliant pricing for a go to guitar with all the bells and whistles which will last me years and make me happy every time I play it and every time I look at it...The Hot Noiseless pickups are different but great and it's already set up pretty well...just had to add my tortoiseshell pick guard to make it more mine and less Jeff's, much as I love him.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Jeff Beck Signature Stratocaster

          By ema

          from Sacramento

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          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          For the most part this is the best Stratocaster I have ever played, but also in many disappointing ways it's like several strats I've played. When you hold this guitar - it feels like a REAL guitar - solid, perfect in balance and feel in your hands and against your body. But it's heavy like a Les Paul. With more weight, I expect more sustain, not so. The pickups have excellent tone but not much more output than a stock strat. I really expected a higher, warm-robust output from the bridge pickup - but no. They ARE noiseless pickups at high gain. The tremelo is the most disappointing. For surf music, excellent, but for relentless dives and yanks ala Beck or Hendrix - no comparison to a Floyd Rose. The F-Rose is like a boat anchor but it takes the abuse and stays in tune - so I had high hopes for the JB tremelo. Very disappointed. Using just 2 springs helped, but not much. Even though the guitar falls far short of what I hoped for, it is still probably one of the best sounding and quality made strats in its price range.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fret 'sprout' problem

          By Disappointed-iS-Zr

          from Washington DC

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          After owning and using a number of Strats over the past 35 years,the Jeff Beck Strat I bought new was both a pleasure and a disappointment.At first I was impressed and pleased with this very pretty and apparently carefully crafted guitar.After about 3 months,the frets began to stick out on the ends to the point of catching sharply on fingers and palm. The rosewood fingerboard had not been properly seasoned before assembly and had shrunk,causing the fret ends to protrude.What a disappointment! This is inexcusable for such a high end Strat.This condition will be repaired under warranty,but it should not have happened.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Jeff Beck Strat - Excellent!!!

          By Maxx_001

          from Florence, SC

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          The finish of the guitar is impeccable. Fretwork is great, the neck is very comfortable. The only small issue I had was that the volume pot was a little hard to turn when at "5" or less. Pulling it slightly away from the pickguard solved this.The features of the JB Strat are unparalleled, making this a very versatile Strat. The Schaller locking tuners are a must. The Hot Noiseless pickups are fantastic. The trem works breautifully. I really like the contoured neck heel, which was a feature I did not think I would care about. It is a rather subtle contour, but it really helps with upper-fret access. The only thing that could make this guitar more versatile is to add the "Clapton" mid-boost kit with TBX tone control, which I may do after I gig it a few times. This should really result in a "do it all" gig machine. I would compare this guitar very favorably to my USA G&L Legacy. Highly recommended.

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