Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time in a new article by the Los Angeles Times on the 60th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster.
“I’d only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster,” said Beck. “I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it was all too cool. It had all these pickups and knobs and controls — it embodied all the excitement of modern living.
“A few years later I saw one in London hanging in a window, and the guy let me try it on,” Beck told the LA Times. “It fit me like it was made for me. That was it — we were married. I thought ‘This is it,’ and I never forgot it.”
The article also features quotes by artists such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, U2′s the Edge, John Mayer, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt.
“How you feel in the guitar is probably as important as how it sounds,” Raitt said. “For portability, sexiness and the way it feels on your body, nothing beats a Strat. When you strap on a Stratocaster, you feel just like your heroes. I don’t think you can separate how it makes you feel from the memory of other people playing it.”