OK he has not one but two Jeff Beck signature Strats but I don't think that's the whole story behind the sound. Some amp and guitar chain settings would be helpful Mike! I went on line <guitargeek.com> and found some info. The Jeff Beck guitar sound I hear is from the Blow by Blow release and his guitar chain sound from equipment like those pictured perhaps. Some of this guitar equipment costs serious coin so don't take my word for it and run out and spend a lot of money to get this sound without some other opinions too. I don't pretend to know everything.
My favorite guitar is a Tokai 1959 Strat copy and it has the vintage system similar to the one Mike shows us. Tokai make great guitars. Fender used to use them to make their Japanese line of Fenders. Even SRV endorsed them. Anyway one cant have too many guitars can one? Keith's got a 1000 guitars in his collection he says. Billy G only 600 or so.
Mike says that the set up to all these systems is important if you want to take advantage of them and keep them in tune. He explains how to do this on his Fender style guitars and about spring tension and different areas that can cause problems whether thru wear and tear or just poor set up.
We all don't have luthiers within short distances but we do have the internet! Ofttimes you need a good luthier. Mine loves the Charvel but I don't see what's so special about it. Its a new guitar which needs working in.
“I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.”
― Angus Young (AC/DC)