Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter

With his eclectic style and unparalleled technical proficiency, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter left an indelible mark on Steely Dan's discography during his tenure with the band in the 1970s.

Known for his mastery of both electric and pedal steel guitars, Baxter's contributions added layers of texture and complexity to the group's compositions.

Steely Dan

Along with Donald Fagan and Walter Becker he was a founder member of Steely Dan His standout performances on tracks like "Do It Again" and "Reelin' In the Years" showcased his unique ability to blend elements of rock, jazz, and blues with effortless precision.

His solo on ‘My Old School’ is up there in the top 20 all-time great solos.

Beyond his work with Steely Dan, Baxter's illustrious career includes collaborations with artists such as the Doobie Brothers and Elton John, solidifying his status as one of the most influential guitarists of his generation. There is now a Jeff "Skunk" Baxter signature Firebird model, though he wasn't known for playing one any more than other guitars.


When asked if he nailed the classic guitar solo on Rikki Don’t Lose That Number in one take he said…

Yes, the solo on Rikki was one take, which was somewhat unusual for the way we approached the recording process. Becker and Fagen usually wanted to have me play the solos through a number of times.

Songs: Rikki Don't Lose That Number, My Old School, Midnight Cruiser

Gear: Fender Stratocaster   

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