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In [this interview with Vintage Guitar](https://www.vintageguitar.com/3743/john-frusciante/), Frusciante says that around the era of the Red Hot Chili Peppers album By The Way (released in 2002), he favored Telecasters over his more usual choice of Stratocasters: > "Around By The Way, I played Teles more than a Strat." In this photo, he can be seen performing live with his sunburst Fender Telecaster with a white pickguard and rosewood neck. The pickguard has the distinction of having an "F" on it from the Fender logo. John Frusciante also gave a sunburst Tele to his replacement in Red Hot Chili Peppers, guitarist [Josh Klinghoffer](http://equipboard.com/pros/josh-klinghoffer). In [this rig rundown video around the 24:50 mark](https://youtu.be/9UMzuJFNg38?t=24m51s), Josh Klinghoffer's guitar tech Ian Sheppard shows a Tele in Klinghoffer's setup: > Great old... I think it's a '67 Tele? A Tele custom, that was actually John's [Frusciante], he gave that to Josh many years ago. I mean he had that when he was playing with PJ Harvey when I first met him. Again great guitar, you can do anything to that and it won't go out of tune. It's unclear whether the Tele in the photo is the same one he gave away to Klinghoffer.more
Asked which of his old guitars he misses, he points to his ’63 Tele. “I dearly love that guitar, but it’s hung up somewhere. Over the years, whether I’ve had money or haven’t had money, equipment was always what I bought and it was as an investment so that when times got rough, I’d sell some things off. And there were some phenomenal guitars I’ve had and had to let go… But, you know, they make more.”more