Amen to that. One of the very few living legends out there.
There's a "classic interview" with Beck in March's GP2 where he calls Page's playing cliched and how he still gets away with it (bear in mind this was in 1975). I'm sure those two are still great mates .
Beck is the most interesting "popular" guitarist out there right now imo. His new album is very good.
No matter what guitar he plays . . he still sounds like Jeff Beck . . but he is the master of the wammy bar strat and he probably feels more affinity towards it than the Paul, so what . . it's his opinion, we're free to have ours as well !
I don't have the article in front of me, I can't quote verbatim, but I read it yesterday. His technical explanation of why he likes the Strat, the sounds he can get with the floating Strat tremolo, I can understand. The only thing I take umbrage with is his characterization of the LP as a sissy guitar. Unless he's just talking about the fact that most LPs LOOK fancier than most Strats, which I would say is true. But I don't know about you... there's nothin' sissy about MY LP
Jeff rules, and I agree with his thoughts here. I love LPs, and can't get enough of mine, but even my mistakes sound good on a Strat....it's just the difference between single coils and Humbuckers, plus some more subtle things no doubt.
I read an interview with Ritchie Blackmore recently (another fave of mine), and what he said will probably really raise some hairs here. I can only paraphrase as I'm going on memory, but he said something like: 'I defy anyone to develop a distinct and individual style with a Les Paul - it can't be done. A Stratocaster lets the player come through more...' - or something to that effect. Of course, Ritchie doesn't mince words much. Bless the man.
Of course it's all about the guitar you are accustomed to. Hendrix plays a flying V on the Isle of White video concert (I think it is that one), and he doesn't sound up to his usual greatness. What aspects of sloppiness he had developed by way of very forgiving single coils kind of show through on the humbuckers.
The new Jeff Beck album is great, incidentally. I saw him last year, and he did pretty much the Live at Ronnie Scott's setlist with just a couple changes (same band), and he blew the doors off the place. He is one the GREATS. Understated, brilliant.
You know, after all that time I spent teaching him how to play guitar and then he comes out and upsets me. What kind of 'thanks' is that?
Although, I too hafta agree with, "He's Jeff Beck, he can say what wants", because he IS Jeff Beck. As a matter of fact, he can call me a sissy when it comes to guitar. Now, if he wants to talk potato chip eating, then it's ON!!!
He didn't call it a sissy...let's not all get horny here. He acutally made the Les Paul more unique and distict from the other guitars by his comments.
The Beckster can say his opinion, he definitly has the authority, but for someone like him who prefers a more comfy guitar, a Strat suits him more...Easier on his 65 year old back and neck; easier access to the higher registers, comes with variety of tonal controls which he loves to abuse, and a whammy bar. His strat definitly doesn't come stock with the pickups he uses either.