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R.I.P. Jeff Beck

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Damn, RIP Jeff… 78 still seems too young. 🙁

Jeff Watson had a nice story on his FB page:

I’m absolutely gutted by the passing of my lifelong hero and globally amazing guitarist Jeff Beck.
My first encounter was when I was a kid backstage at a Day On The Green show in Oakland in the ’70s, and as I only had a ’Guest’ pass, couldn’t hang with the bands or access dressing rooms….
So, as Jeff was walking out through the tunnel onto stage, I called out to him, he looked up, and I showed him my Howard Roberts heavy sharp pointed guitar pick, and he put out his hands to catch it. He had a look, strummed his Strat a couple times with it, then threw me his pick and went out and played his show to 52,000 people using my favorite guitar pick.
I was and still am forever indebted to Jeff for everything he ever did, and that first encounter changed the arc of my guitar career..
R.I.P. JB…
(this picture was taken years later at a NAMM show event..)


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