For the recording of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, John switched from late 60s CBS to older models from the early 60s. His main guitar from the bunch was a 1962 or 1963 sunburst model which he used extensively on the record and on the following tour. Although John reported in an interview with Guitar Player that his main guitar on the album was a ’58 Stratocaster , this is highly unlikely. For that to be true, it would require of the guitar to have a maple neck, and since we have a pretty good insight into what guitars he used on the album (see documentary ‘Funky Monks’), none of the guitars that John had with him at the time had a maple neck. That means that John intentionally or unintentionally gave wrong information in that interview, and the guitar that was his favorite at the time was actually an early 60s Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard and small headstock. That aside, it is also important to note that this is not the same guitar that John used in the late 90s and early 2000s – the one which most of the fans know as his main. This particular guitar was used from mid 1991 to mid 1992 when John left the band. It was seen again briefly in the 1993 short documentary Stuff taken at John’s place, and it was then most likely lost in a fire that caught that same house couple of months later, or he simply sold it for money.more
This guitar was bought sometime in the mid to late 60s as a replacement for the Burns Trisonic. It can be seen during the 1968’s Rock’n’Roll Circus with The Rolling Stones, when Tony joined Jethro Tull for one gig before going back to the Black Sabbath (still named Earth at that time). Tony’s Stratocaster was a 60s pre-CBS model with rosewood fretboard, and originally featured a sunburst finish. He modified the guitar over the years, and tried to make it easier to play since he had an accident where he lost the tips of his two fingers on his right hand while he still had this guitar. He filled the frets down and lowered the action, played with the pickups, and repainted the whole body white. This guitar was used basically from the time the gig with Rockin’ Chevrolets ended in 1965, up until the recording of Black Sabbath’s first album in 1970. Unfortunately, one of the pickups on the guitar stopped working and Tony only ended up using it on one song, “Wicked World”. The rest were recording with a Gibson SG which Tony used as a spare up until this point.more
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