tell me about a '93 jeff beck strat with lace sensors

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  1. Derelict

    Derelict Member

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    Are these good guitars? What's the neck shape, carve, thickness like? How about the pups? In general, how are fenders from that year? (1993).

    Any info is appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. karma1

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    I don't know that much, but I've read that the necks are supposed to be pretty fat. People seem to either love that or hate it. I believe it has Lace Sensor pickups - I'm guessing three Golds. I'm a big fan of Lace Sensors and have been using them in my Strat for years (Silver/neck, Gold/middle, Blue/bridge).
     
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    Biggest neck I've ever seen...
     
  4. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    HUGE and AWESOME neck. I thought it played and sounded great, wierd but comfy to play.
     
  5. John C

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    Actually the original Becks had 4 Gold Lace Sensors - a single neck, a single middle, and a dual in the bridge (set up like a humbucker) with a push-button switch to turn off one of the Laces in the "dual" (I believe it turns off the upper one and leaves the lower one on).

    I also remember the neck being very fat - close to Nocaster size. However, it's been a long time since I tried one out.
     
  6. Amp360

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    The neck is huge, but not in a bad way. My room mate in my first semester of college had one.

    IIRC Beck brought in a 54 Les Paul and asked them to make the neck bigger. I really liked those but a lot of people that would come by our room couldn't play it.

    Great sounding guitar - different colors (his was a purple color).
     
  7. Derelict

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    so, probably not for smaller hands, right? i like thickness, i just don't like width; cramps my left hand. for instance, i really like the neck on a '57 les paul goldtop VOS; nice and thick and comfy.
     
  8. jdranger

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    I had one and wish i never sold it, the neck on mine was close to my 52 Tele reissue. Didn't care for pups.

    If you find you don't like it and want to sell, let me know.

    JD
     
  9. sidekick

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    The early JB Strats had MASSIVE necks, (although Fender did reduce the size a bit) before the Lace sensor model gave way to the 2nd version with noiseless pickups and the neck pocket body re-shape. The 2nd model has a far smaller neck.

    As others have said, the big neck, (despite the size) was curiously comfortable and many feel Jeff particularly wanted such a large neck because of a tendinitis problem, also a hand injury while working on his hot-rods.

    The first model with the double Lace Sensor at the bridge is an interesting guitar. Probably, it was a 'Fender' thing, (rather than Jeff's request) as it made the JB Signature guitar visually different to the EC Strat. Lace Sensors work best very close to the strings and that might have put some players off.

    I had one for a while... Nice guitar, but then went the 'relic' road. Very early JB Strats have the Wilkinson nut, which then gave way to the more visually pleasing LSR nut.
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4EBBPOr2no

    1:30 - 2:45
     
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    c_mac... Thanks for the vid... ☺

    Maybe the tendinitis and hand injury was at another period? Certainly, Jeff was fortunate regarding the extent of the hand injury. Apparently, it could have been a lot worse.
     
  12. dave_fisher

    dave_fisher Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a '94 and it has a large neck that is very comfortable, about the size of a Baker '59 profile. The Lace Gold's are great pickups and it plays like a dream! This is the first strat neck pup that I play regularly, usually I'm a position 2 and 4 lover.

    Pick one up if you find one...

     
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  13. theon

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    Large U shaped neck. 1 11/16" nut width 9 1/2" radius.Big but comfortable(similar to the Made in Mexico Reverse headstock strats but a bit larger).The latter version with smaller necks have a heel carve at the base of the neck.If you find an earlier version snap it up.I really liked them.I hope this helps you out!
     
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