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John of Walker Brothers R.I.P.


Matthew C. Clark

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Obscure fact about John Walker (real last name Maus), although widely known amongst guitar geeks. . . . .he' s the guy who sold Jeff Beck his '54 Fender Esquire, while the Walkers were touring with The Yardbirds in '65. Beck recorded all of the Yardbirds hits with this axe, before trading it to Seymour Duncan in the 70s. The Esquire is beat up to Hell and back from various tours with Beck, and now resides in the R & R Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Fender also has a tribute model available, equally beat up, for around $10 grand. . . . Beck paid £75 for it in '65.

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