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Roy Buchanan/Jeff Beck
A 1951 Fender Telecaster electric guitar, in blonde finish, with later 1956 maple neck, the headstock bearing the decal Fender "Esquire", the bridge plate stamped 2493, with body dated 3/51 for March, 1951; with black hardshell case stencilled in white BECK, with original 1980s flight tags to the handle; and original strings circa 1980s -- owned and used by Roy Buchanan and later by Jeff Beck in the 1980s; accompanied by an advertisement for Seymour Duncan amplifiers, 1985, showing Jeff Beck playing this guitar; a CD, Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart People Get Ready, Sony, 1989, showing Beck on the cover holding this guitar; a DVD, Rod Stewart Storyteller 1984-1991 featuring Beck playing this guitar during the video for People Get Ready; a Japanese magazine 50 Rock Guitarists, Shinko Music, 1995, featuring Beck on the cover with this guitar; five reproductions of other photographs of Beck with the guitar; and a copy of a newspaper article reporting the death of Roy Buchanan, 1986, detailing the history of this guitar (11)

Lot Essay

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.

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