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John used this guitar occasionally on tour in 2005/2006 [Red Hot Chili Peppers – Live La Cigale 2006]. At that point of time, the Strat was most likely completely stock, and featured a fixed tremolo bridge. Sometime in mid to late 2006 John decided to mod the guitar and replace the original neck with a fretless one. The reason that might have led John to choose this exact guitar to be re-fitted with a fretless neck is probably the fact that it had a very thin D – shaped neck that was specific to the 59/60 Strats — as opposed to fatter necks that were fitted on the 1961-63 Strats which John obviously favored. The job was done by Ned Evett, and was arranged by Frusciante’s guitar tech, Dave Lee. I took a Warmouth vintage replacement neck, outfitted it with a glass fretless fingerboard and attached it to the 1959 Fender hardtail Strat body John provided. The original neck was safely removed, and no modifications to the original guitar were made. [Ned Evett Fretless Guitar Blog: Blue Raga on John Frusciante’s Custom Guitar]more
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