Originally Posted by origenesprit
It's a Fender Japan copy of the Tele-Gib Seymour Duncan cobbled together that was used by Jeff Beck on Blow by Blow.
I don't know why I've always loved the idea of a two humbucker Tele, but Beck and all the Steely Dan guys from the 70s can't be that wrong! Though I think Beck has regretted the trade he made for it (he traded an Esquire to SD) ever since.
OK, I get it.
I was hanging out with Seymour Duncan at the Dallas Guitar Show ages ago and he had the Beck Esquire (which he let me play back in his hotel room). He told me about the Beck Tele-Gib. He said the magic in that guitar was in the PU's that he wound. He also added a Gibson style stop tail piece (which I later saw on a number of other guitarists Teles into the early 70''s)
On early recordings Dias's (Steely Dan) heavily modified Tele had two PAF's that had coil taps and a PU switch in the upper bout where you would find it on a Les Paul.. (At that time Walter Becker was playing heavily modified basses) But if you want the tone of Elliot's Steely Dan's "Reelin In The Years" solo that was played on a vintage Strat with a humbucker in the neck position and run through a massive, solid state Ampeg bass amp because that was the only amp they had that day.
Jeff Skunk Baxter, while in Steely Dan, often played yet another heavily modified Tele for liver performances (as well as Strats). Note the Stop tail piece and two unknown pick ups and Strat neck.
By the way, Seymour claims to have been given the Beck Esquire in return for delivering the Tele-Gib. But in a recent interview about his guitar collection, Beck is still clearly pissed about that "story" claiming it wasn't true and irritated that Seymour never returned it to him.