In this photo, John Frusciante can be seen with a Gibson ES-335 in a sunburst... more
In this photo, John Frusciante can be seen with a Gibson ES-335 in a sunburst finish (the 335 is the second guitar from the left). In an article from Vintage Guitar, John Frusciante talks about this same guitar. He says, "...I’m not sure what years the ES-175 and 335 are from. I don’t play those much; I bought them because Steve Howe played them, but they don’t really go with my style that well. I feel like Strats are an extension of me, and a Jaguar feels like the next closest thing to being an extension of me. Les Pauls and SGs seem like a further stretch. With a 175 or 335, I feel like a totally different person. I barely see a relationship to the way I play and the way those guitars are set up. You grow up developing a style on a Strat, and that’s what you play all the time."
Later in the same interview he says, "Sometimes I go through a phase where I learn a lot of jazz, where my 175 or 335 will come in handy."
Frusciante's ES-335 has a Bigsby vibrato.
John Frusciante can be seen holding a white Fender Jaguar in this photo (the ... more
John Frusciante can be seen holding a white Fender Jaguar in this photo (the photo is originally from the November 2006 issue of Guitar Player magazine).
used on recording of redymen and she looks to me and live of fortune faded more
used on recording of redymen and she looks to me and live of fortune faded
For the recording of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, John switched from late 60s CB... more
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.
John bought this guitar sometime in 2000 and started using it on tours as ... more
John bought this guitar sometime in 2000 and started using it on tours as a backup for his main 1962 Stratocaster (see Rock in Rio 2001). It was used for a relatively brief period of time, as John apparently didn’t like it that much.
There’s a cool white early-’60s Strat that was rented to me at one point for some reason, and I just had such fun playing that I bought it. But it ended up not really being able to alternate with my other guitars; it’s the kind of guitar you can have some fun on, but it’s not really practical. – VintageGuitar.com
Note: this is not the same white Strat that John used during Stadium Arcadium tour.
Here John is pictured with a Fender Duo-Sonic. The year of this guitar is unk... more
Here John is pictured with a Fender Duo-Sonic. The year of this guitar is unknown but it is rumoured to be a 1965 Duo-Sonic.
in this photo of his guitars we can se tele from 65 more
in this photo of his guitars we can se tele from 65
This was Frusciante’s main Stratocaster from the time he joined the band up... more
This was Frusciante’s main Stratocaster from the time he joined the band up until the release of Mother’s Milk album. The guitar can be seen during a gig in Amsterdam played in late 1989 – Red Hot Chili Peppers Dam Square, Amsterdam 1989, and in the music video for the song “Knock Me Down”.
John’s favorite 1968 Stratocaster was stolen sometime in early 1990, as Frusciante reported in an interview with Guitar Player magazine published in April 1990. However, at Pinkpop Festival played in June he still appears to be playing the very same guitar.
The truth is that John had more than a few of these CBS sunburst Stratocasters with large headstocks, and he continued using them throughout 1990, and for the couple of gigs in early 1991 before the band took a break to work on Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
In this screenshot from an entry by John Frusciante on [his official website]... more
In this screenshot from an entry by John Frusciante on his official website, he talks about using his Mosrite Ventures guitar on recordings of unreleased music of his past: "I have put up a 19 minute group of 6 songs recorded on 4-track cassette in May 2010, the instrumentation being 3 guitars and one drum machine. It is a bunch of weird anti-rock star guitar solos, played mainly on a Mosrite Ventures guitar..."
at 0:36 seconds on the Dani California music video you can see john frusciant... more
at 0:36 seconds on the Dani California music video you can see john frusciante play a Gibson "fool" sg replica
From an interview with John Frusciante in the April 2014 issue of Guitar Play... more
From an interview with John Frusciante in the April 2014 issue of Guitar Player:
"Was the Yamaha SG the only guitar you played on the last few records, or were there others?"
"I played a white Roland G-303 guitar along with a GR-300 synth on some pieces. For example, on "Cinch" I combined it with the SG parts on the arpeggio thing toward the beginning when the drums speed up, and I edited it back and forth with a Carvin nylon-string acoustic throughout the solo on "Breathiac," so they appear to be continuations of the same train of thought."
John used this guitar occasionally on tour in 2005/2006 [Red Hot Chili Pepper... more
John used this guitar occasionally on tour in 2005/2006 [Red Hot Chili Peppers – Live La Cigale 2006]. Then, 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 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]
This was the only guitar that John had with him when he first joined the Red ... more
This was the only guitar that John had with him when he first joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers back in 1988. He only used it for a couple of gigs with the Peppers [Red Hot Chili Peppers John Anson Ford Theater October 8, 1988], and for some of the early concerts with HATE (sideband project with Flea).
This particular guitar is somewhat of a mystery. What we do know is that the guitar had 24 fret maple neck with dot inlays, long banana headstock, strat-style body with sharper horns, and an HSS pickup configuration. It also featured a custom paint job, perhaps something inspired by Eddie Van Halen who John looked up to in the early days.
As far as the exact model, the closest possibility seems to be the Kramer Pacer Custom II. As one of our readers pointed out, this seems to be the only model with an HSS config where the humbucker isn’t slanted like for instance on the Striker model, which features the same pickup layout.
What doesn’t fit with the usual configuration of Pacer Custom II model is the 24 fret maple neck featuring long banana headstock. By 1986/87 when the model was first introduced, Kramer already started using pointy headstocks, so John’s guitar must have been one of a kind. Even the few of the Pacers that featured maple necks all came with pointy headstocks finished in black, so again quite unusual seeing that particular setup on John’s guitar.
As far as to what happened to the guitar post-1988, we were able to spot it in the 1993 short documentary recorded at John’s place. This means that John kept the guitar for at least five years, even though by then he switched to playing Fender Stratocasters almost exclusively.
In this video John is seen using a goldtop 1990s Gibson Les Paul Classic more
In this video John is seen using a goldtop 1990s Gibson Les Paul Classic
John acquired this guitar sometime in the early to mid 2000s. To our knowledg... more
John acquired this guitar sometime in the early to mid 2000s. To our knowledge, the guitar is first mentioned in 2007 [Guitar Player, November 2006], although this could possibly be the same Jaguar that he used during the Californication sessions in 1999. At that time, the guitar belonged to the studio engineer, Jim Scott. [Guitar Player, September 1999]
By 2009 [VintageGuitar magazine – John Frusciante Red Hot On The Empyrean], John converted the guitar to a Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer. This basically required doing some changes to the body to fit the circuitry and to control knobs from the what we assume was a stock Roland GR Controller. John’s reasoning behind doing instead of just using one of the stock guitars is unfortunately unknown.
In this photo John Frusciante can be seen using His Gibson Les Paul Deluxe wi... more
In this photo John Frusciante can be seen using His Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with a Goldtop. This also may be his Gibson Les Paul Classic.
John Frusciante says in the video that,"this is mine I bought it recently" (a... more
John Frusciante says in the video that,"this is mine I bought it recently" (at 7:06) and he uses it in the dani california video
Frusciante can be seen in this photo in his living room, surrounded by guitar... more
Frusciante can be seen in this photo in his living room, surrounded by guitars, one of which being a 1950s-1960s ES-335 Dot Neck in Sunburst Finish, with the Bigsby Tremolo.
" John used a couple of different Ibanez guitars early on in Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988 and 1989. The best-known one is the guitar featured on most of the photos that come up when you Google “John Frusciante Ibanez” – featuring a ton of stickers and hand-writings on the body. Based on the time when he used, the theme of the stickers, and the fact that the guitar was red – we’re guessing that John bought this guitar upon joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers and that these Ibanez guitars replaced John’s Kramer – the only guitar that he owned when he joined the band.
Also, based on the photos, the guitar was an RG760 model with two single-coil pickups, a humbucker in the bridge position, The Edge tremolo system (based on the original patented Floyd Rose tremolo design), and control for volume and tone. John’s guitar was likely finished in what Ibanez called Lipstick Red, although on some photos it looks as though it’s orange."
In [this rig diagram](http://www.guitargeek.com/john-frusciante-red-hot-chili... more
In this rig diagram of John Frusciante's rig circa 2001, one can see a Fender Dual Showman.
John is clearly seen here using a Vox AC30 during a gig with Ataxia in 2004. more
John is clearly seen here using a Vox AC30 during a gig with Ataxia in 2004.
The Fender 63 reverb unit can be seen here at the front of John's 2002 By The... more
The Fender 63 reverb unit can be seen here at the front of John's 2002 By The Way pedalboard.