This guitar was originally the property of Roy Buchanan who gifted it to guitarist and pickup/amplifier manufacturer, Seymour Duncan, who in turn gifted it to Jeff Beck in the early 1980s.
Roy Buchanan was an American guitarist who, in his early career, made his recording debut with Dale Hawkins, playing on the Chess Records single My Babe and later played with Ronnie Hawkins and Robbie Robertson. Buchanan is considered an innovator who pioneered special effects, all manually executed, long before gadgets such as the wah-wah pedal were invented. Apparently, when he first saw Jimi Hendrix play in Washington in 1968, he was dismayed to find Hendrix using all his sounds with his wah-wah pedal that Buchanan had painstakingly produced with his hands. Buchanan was a huge influence on Jeff Beck who dedicated his version of Cause We've Ended As Lovers to him.