‘Awesome’ is an everyday word. But to see someone struck with genuine awe by something out of the ordinary is different.
That’s exactly what happens in this video clip when Jeff Beck gives TV host Malcolm Gerrie a taster of what the Fender Stratocaster is capable of doing in the right hands.
Up close and personal, Beck unleashes a sequence of mind-blowing techniques while demonstrating the Strat’s expansive tonal range – from mellow jazz to searing leads – before launching into a rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”.
The Sky Arts presenter is left dumbfounded.
Rather than just being a display of guitar gymnastics, Beck’s matchless technique is equalled by an impassioned style that appears to leave the entire studio audience in a state of reverence and wonder. Indeed, ‘awesome’ is the word!
Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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