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Fender Artist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Designed to meet the demands of Beck's virtuosity.

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

Order today and own a wonderfully made and nicely hot-rodded Strat.

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FenderArtist Series Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar, poor quality

I went through 3 of these - first had paint finishes issues and cracked filler in the back of the neck. The next two had necks that were crooked on the body. The high...Read complete review

I went through 3 of these - first had paint finishes issues and cracked filler in the back of the neck. The next two had necks that were crooked on the body. The high E was almost off the neck near where the neck joins the body - you couldn't press on it without it literally rolling off the neck. They should never have passed Fender quality assurance. FWIW, being somewhat hungry for this model, I saved for the custom shop version, which is perfect in all respects.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Swiss Army Knife Of Strats

By 

from North Georgia

About Me Experienced

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.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pickups, love the roller nut

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    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.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Now This is a Guitar!

      By 

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By 

        from NM

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        Ask me a question

        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.

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          (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Another Great Strat from Fender

          By 

          from Fayetteville, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          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!

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          (2 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

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

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          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.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Strat I have ever played

          By 

          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.

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          (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          yuma guitar player

          By 

          from Yuma, AZ

          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.....

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I've been Beckafied

          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.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          JB Strat

          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!!

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