Justin Beck

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Justin Beck
Birth name Justin Beck
Born December 17, 1979[1]
Origin Merrick[2], Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative, Post-Hardcore
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist
Instruments Guitar, Bass, drums
Years active 1993–present
Labels Warner Music
Associated acts Glassjaw, Sons of Abraham
Website www.Glassjaw.com

Justin Beck is an American musician and businessman. He is the guitarist and musical writer for Long Island, New York band Glassjaw. Beck, with a high school and college buddy, Lee Tepper, also co-founded a band merchandise company called MerchDirect, which started in 1999 after Beck refused to give up the rights to his merchandising to a major label.[3] In the 90s, he was a member of the Jewish straight edge hardcore band Sons of Abraham, together with Todd Weinstock.[4]

Beck plays Les Paul Standard and Studio guitars equipped with EMG 81/85 active pick-ups (the wine-red Studio has an 85/85 setup) through a Hughes & Kettner Triamp Mk.I head and a vintage 4x12" Vox cabinet. He also uses a multitude of effects pedals to create his unorthodox sound, including a Line 6 MM-4 Modulation Modeler, Line 6 FM-4 Filter Modeler, and a Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He and wife, Melissa Howard an alumna of The Real World: New Orleans, are the parents of Shalom Mazie, who was born March 20, 2009, Maja Ilani, who was born on January 1, 2013, and Shira, born November 13, 2015.[5]

Justin Beck is the only member of Glassjaw to remain straight edge.[6]


  1. ^ https://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Glassjaw.html
  2. ^ Glassjaw roars back
  3. ^ Rubinton, Noel (December 31, 2007). "Think it's easy to start a t-shirt company? Think again". Long Island Newsday.
  4. ^ "Sons of Abraham". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Melissa Howard Beck Welcomes Daughter Shalom Mazie". People. March 26, 2009.
  6. ^ D’Auria, Jon. "The return of Glassjaw". www.thegrixer.com. San Diego, California. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 

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