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Red Hot Chili Peppers – John Frusciante – Gear Rundown – Part 3 – Guitars

October 19, 2019

Welcome to part three of our John Frusciante
series, this one’s about guitars. John Frusciante has been active in the music
industry since 1988. Over this long period of time he has amassed
what seems to be about forty quintillion guitars. Unfortunately in the nineties he wasn’t exactly
sound of mind. This possibly resulted in him being quite
inaccurate about which guitars he actually owned. There are plenty of magazine articles out
there where he contradicts himself as to the makes and models he used. A house fire in 1996 wiped out his vintage
collection of guitars as well as recordings. That’s why creating a definitive list of guitars
he used on certain recordings and albums is virtually impossible. After a month of research we’re calling this
video ten iconic guitars used by John Frusciante. Number ten – A 1986 – 87 Kramer Pacer. This was the only guitar he actually had when
he joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in about 1988. Popular theory states that it’s a Kramer Pacer
Custom 2 because it has the HSS configuration, although what is unusual is the banana shaped
head stock, because by that time Kramer were using the pointy version. Number nine – Number nine, the Ibanez RG760,
covered in stickers and handwriting, this guitar was seen in photographs around 1988
– 89 period of Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s highly likely that he used it for the
Mother’s Milk studio sessions. Number eight – The Yamaha SG2000, this isn’t
an iconic John Frusciante guitar you type furiously into the comment sections in between
masterbation sessions. Well I’m telling you that it is, he changed
from the Stratorcaster to the Yamaha SG’s in late 2010. He liked the way it felt in his hands, a lot
like a Les Paul, has a similar sound and responds very well. It was an opportunity for him to change his
style. It was used predominantly during his solo
album “Enclosure”. Number seven – At number seven it’s time
for an acoustic guitar, the Taylor 314CE. Apparently all the guitars used on the “By
The Way” album were rented. So John didn’t actually own this, but this
guitar was extensively used on the album. Apparently the idea for using Taylor guitars
as opposed to the Martin guitars supposedly came from Rick Rubin. Our source information on this is Rick Rubin,
by Rick Rubin, written by Rick Rubin. Number six – The 1940s Martin 0-15. This is such an important guitar, because
not only did he use it on Californication, he used it on all of the acoustic stuff for
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta and all of his own solo acoustic albums. Number five – The Gibson Les Paul. The three main models of this guitar that
Mr Frusciante is known for using are the 1970s Les Paul Custom, The 1990s Les Paul Classic
and the 1969 Les Paul Custom. The early nineties model can be seen on a
video creating the music to “Give It Away”. This was six months before Blood Sugar Sex
Magic was released. The 1969 Les Paul Custom was acquired sometime
prior to Stadium Arcadium. It was used on the song Ready Made and some
overdubs on Make You Feel Better. Occasionally he would play this live. The 1970s Les Paul Custom was acquired before
Mother’s Milk and was used to record the song Higher Ground. Number four – The 1955 Gretsch White Falcon. John found this guitar through director Vincent
Gallo. He used is mainly on the Californication album,
it was used on By The Way also but not much after that. It can really be heard on Otherside, Californication
and This Velvet Glove. Number three – The Fender Telecaster. A 1963 or 65 Fender Custom Telecaster can
be heard most notably on the Scar Tissue solo. Do you remember those magazine articles I
was telling you about earlier? Well, in those he refers to it being a 65
Telecaster although it seems that most sources point to it as being a 63. Number two – The Fender Jaguar. A Fiesta Red 1961 or 62 Fender Jaguar is his
longest serving guitar, not his first guitar but the one he’s owned the longest. The red Jaguar was used in the late nineties
and early 2000s for warming up and pissing about on before shows. He would use it as his writing guitar eventually
and he did also use it live on the song Around The World. He also has a 1960s white Fender Jaguar, which
apparently he converted to a Roland GR300 guitar synthesizer. And of course the Sea Foam Green Fender Jaguar
which is most famous for being used on the video for Under The Bridge. Before revealing our most iconic John Frusciante
guitar, here are a few honourable mentions. The 1956 Gibson ES-175, used on the solo for
Get On Top. A Fender Mustang and Fender Duo Sonics, he
absolutely loves these guitars but mainly just uses them for practising. A 1961 Rickenbacker 365 Deluxe, this guitar
can be seen on the Dani California video. Number one – The Fender Stratocaster. A 1960s Fender Stratocaster that was used
on recording for Blood Sugar Sex… I still can’t say it. A 1955 Fender Stratocaster, a red 1961 Fender
Strat, this one was bought just before Stadium Arcadium. A 1963 White, again used on later stuff primarily
touring. But the guitar that seems to be his favourite
and certainly without doubt the most iconic is his 1962 Fender Stratocaster in Sunburst. John swapped the pick-ups out of this guitar
for Seymour Duncan SSL1s. Do you agree with our list? Have we missed any out? Yes we definitely have. Like this video, subscribe to our page, click
the bellend in the corner so you get notifications when we upload a new video and stay tuned
for more artists gear rundowns.


  • Reply Sam Lee December 6, 2016 at 2:29 am

    basically… just get loads of guitars and constantly make music with them 🙂

  • Reply ianA December 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Big question, did he ever use the Jags on an actual recording? I had read that he did actually use it on Under The Bridge, but I sounds like the neck pickup of a Strat to me.

  • Reply Jessie December 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Pretty sure that last burst strat was given to him by chad. Think i saw that in the stadium arcadium commentary

  • Reply Patrick Gauthier December 9, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Royal Blood? Did you do it? Thanks!!!

  • Reply Nathan Sciarone December 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    thank fuck it wasn't Dave Navarro

  • Reply Francis Niño Mindaña December 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    The narrator's voice tho. 💪

  • Reply Safe Mode December 15, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Very Nice. Good video. Congratulations

  • Reply Joe Steers December 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    He gave his white Jaguar to Emily Kokal of Warpaint, its her main guitar. Pretty sure the red mustang Theresa Wayman uses was John's aswell but not sure.

  • Reply jaston chron December 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I agree with the list! I also think that by making this video you have proved yourself to be the worlds most bored person.

  • Reply Prajwal Acharya December 17, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Is not it Andy from Andy guitar..? Voice seems so familiar!

  • Reply Lukáš Forner December 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    nice video! brilliant actually 🙂 u need more recognition! keep it up!

  • Reply Corrado Siciliano December 19, 2016 at 1:15 am

    he Just sucks!!!

  • Reply Corrado Siciliano December 19, 2016 at 1:17 am

    get a job mofo!

  • Reply chiiitmeng December 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    The green jag is Forrest green or hunter green. Not sea foam green.

  • Reply Star Wilkinson December 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    what about his 1932 Nigerian piperkite with 8 single coils?

  • Reply Sebastian Leon December 21, 2016 at 2:01 am

    do one of this but with dave grohl

  • Reply Ron Mexico December 21, 2016 at 2:54 am


  • Reply Ben DuGray December 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I could have missed it but I'm surprised the Gretsch White Falcon isn't on here considering both Californication and Otherside were written and performed on it, maybe not an iconic guitar relative to his use of it but definitely one of the most iconic guitars in the world generally, either way, I enjoyed the video, good job!

  • Reply Cameron Cole December 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Love these vids! Any chance you could try, Metallica's James Hetfield/Kirk Hammett? (Cliche I know). Don't think anyone on here has picked up on there rig that well without jumping straight to Mesa and ESP Guitars… Cheers!

  • Reply jusineczkin jusineczkin December 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    How can JF used Ibanez guitar on Mothers Milk sessions?! He did't record that album

  • Reply KC97220 December 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    John uses a couple cool fenders in the Can't Stop music video, especially an orange Toronado

  • Reply Claudio Delcioppo December 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    He bought his sunburst strat with seymour already in them. He did not swap them out.

  • Reply Antonelle Alves December 31, 2016 at 6:55 am

    really why not martin ahead taylor? shit!

  • Reply BP GRG December 31, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Very nice video..
    Can you make the guitars by Slash and Jimmy Page please ?

  • Reply Liam Conway January 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    do josh klinghofer who is now the guitarist of the red hot chili peppers

  • Reply Luca Sala January 9, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I'm pretty sure the 1962 strat is actually Chad Smith's. in an interview with Josh Klinghoffer's gear guy he showed the same guitar and stated that Chad would always lend it to them for touring

  • Reply Ray Hoodoo January 12, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Nice video, but why would you call a guitar that JF only used in Enclosure an iconic JF guitar? That is only one album which btw isn't too appreciated by fans

  • Reply PCMESS January 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

    i read in interview with johns tech that they didnt actually use SSL1s, john got confused. he said they used whatever the newest noiseless pickups were at the time

  • Reply Kai Burns January 21, 2017 at 2:49 am

    mike einziger, jonny greenwood, matt bellamy are my suggestions

  • Reply albertosamaniego January 21, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Frusciante guitars:
    Fender 1962 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Gretsch 1955 White Falcon Electric Guitar
    Gibson ES-175 Electric Guitar
    1966 Fender Jaguar in Sherwood Green
    1960s fender jaguar-lake placid blue
    Yamaha SG2000
    Kunio Sugai Performance Corsair
    Ampeg Dan Armstrong Plexi Electric Guitar
    Martin D-12-20
    2002 Fender Toronado
    Yamaha SG1500
    Fender 1955 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Fender 1961 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Fender 1963 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Fender 1963 Telecaster Electric Guitar
    Fender Mustang Electric Guitar
    1962 Fender Jaguar
    Gibson 1961 SG/Les Paul Custom in Cherry Red
    Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar
    Gibson Custom ES-335 1959 Neck VOS Electric Guitar
    Rickenbacker 365 Deluxe in Mapleglo Finish
    St. George XK12 by Bartell of California Electric Guitar
    Taylor 314ce Sapele/Spruce Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar
    Martin 0-15
    Martin 0-18
    Maton EM100C Messiah Acoustic Guitar
    Ibanez RG250DX
    Gibson ES-335 Electric Guitar
    Fender Jaguar Electric Guitar
    1950's Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty
    1960 Fender Stratocaster
    1962 Fender Stratocaster Olympic White
    Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar
    Fender Telecaster 65 Reissue
    1968 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
    Mosrite Ventures II – Blue
    Gibson Eric Clapton’s “The Fool” SG Electric Guitar
    Roland G-303 Guitar Synthesizer
    Kramer Pacer Classic
    Gibson Les Paul Classic

  • Reply Raone Souza January 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    The pickups in the 1962 Stratocaster are not SSL-1, but the '98 or '99 American Standard Strat pickups.
    Source: Dave Lee.

  • Reply Tio Djati January 23, 2017 at 2:18 am

    that white falcon is something to die for

  • Reply Sander van de Riet February 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    kurt cobain please

  • Reply Jason Armstrong February 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    do Billie Joe Armstrong

  • Reply Jason Armstrong February 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    do Tom Morello

  • Reply Mario Hahne March 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Resently I have heard that the Pickups of the Fender Stratocaster from 1962 where origninal Pickups, not the Seymour.

  • Reply Percebe March 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    you forgot the Gibson Les Paul Custom with three pickups that John used in the early 90s

  • Reply Liam Gardner March 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

    He had 2 tele's one with the fender F spaghetti logo on the scratchplate and one without and I think thats where the two ages come from.

  • Reply Jack Bouché May 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    The 62 strat thing is really messing with me. I always thought he used stock pickups. Where did you find that? I love to read the article or whatever

  • Reply Massimo Beckers August 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    love the little frusciante choir there

  • Reply Daniel Di Mascio August 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Where can I find that photo of John at 5:22?

  • Reply dattebayo155 September 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    hahahaha the red lips singing aaaah ah ah ah ah XD so lame – cool vid though

  • Reply onsese joo September 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    What guitar is the "The Fool" impostor on the video for Dani California ?

  • Reply Alessandro Camargo November 1, 2017 at 7:51 am

    not was seymour Duncan, Dave Lee (guitar technician of john) said that was de fender caps pattern

  • Reply Eli Gildener November 7, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Great vid and channel. re-spekt

  • Reply Tim Kamm November 8, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Really good video, but the jaguar, which is used in under the bridge has the colour ocean turquoise

  • Reply Tim Wilson November 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    its Froo-Shon-Tay. OK.

  • Reply Poop Skipper November 26, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    How the fuck did he know I was In between masturbation sessions ??!?

  • Reply Kamil J Zielinski December 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I read an interview with John`s technician – it is fake information that John used Duncan SSL1. He only tested these pickups.

  • Reply ReservoirFrog December 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Fun fact, Dave Lee, John's guitar tech, said that John was confused about the Seymour Duncan pickups. They needed to replace the vintage pickups and tested out a few different options, including the Duncan's. They actually settled on Fender stock pickups from the 2000s. 👍

  • Reply sgbasherross January 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I always thought the under the bridge jag was lake placid blue !?

  • Reply Check GS January 20, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Rick rubin is a fuckin joke.

  • Reply mantinizz January 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    that iconic strat was gift from Kiedis

  • Reply Moxie Music January 22, 2018 at 3:00 am

    This is so nerdy and I fucking love it!

  • Reply nivdavid177 January 24, 2018 at 10:23 am

    You have a mistake … John's favorite Stratocaster 1962 is with the original pickups…
    In his 1955 Stratocaster there is Seymour Duncan
    I read a passage he says he should put on his 1962 Seymour Duncan … of course it's an advertisement he does for them.
    And you know what another problem the Pickups he had on the 1955 Stratocaster were Seymour Duncan from the 80's that they're much better pickups than their new pickups

    Actually the best way to get the good sound is to get a real vintage 1962 original set

    And besides the original set from the 60's, there are sets of Klein that fake good the sound of the Strat from 62

  • Reply ArriCAT5e January 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    They're not SSL-1 pickups they're Fender pickups taken from and American Standard Srartocaster his guitar tech said it himself #endthemyth

  • Reply me irl February 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    The myth of SSL-1 was debunked by his guitar tech Dave Lee. Quote:

    "I remember reading that and realizing John was wrong in that interview (I never told him). We were experimenting with a number of different pickups at the time. And he must've gotten confused. The actual pickups we settled on (and John never knew this) were stock, brand new, Fender Strat pickups. The same ones Fender was putting in their brand new American Fender Strats at the time (I'll bet you weren't expecting that)."

    Still SSL-1 is a great set of pickups.

  • Reply yaoihunter February 8, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    my guitar teacher had one of those Taylors

  • Reply jebusgod February 13, 2018 at 9:17 am

    never heard about him swapping the pickups out, thought he was a stickler for using only vintage stuff!

  • Reply Neo Torchwick April 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    1966 Sherwood Green Jaguar; the bound neck with dot fret markers gives the year away. The color is harder to make, at a quick glance you'd think oxidized Lake Placid Blue, but most likely Sherwood Green.

  • Reply lee pecqueur April 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Click the bellend in the corner 👏 for that I will 👍

  • Reply nivdavid177 April 29, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    You have a lot of mistakes here
    But I will consider the most important:
    Seymour Duncan SSL-1 were on the 55 Strat, maple neck
    And not on the 62 Stratocaster which was a completely original pre-CBS pickups
    You can hear it clearly in live and in videos that John does guitar lessons
    You hear the legendary sound of pre cbs 62 original!
    Rather than the compressed sound of ssl-1

  • Reply Waffles May 27, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    What about the squire?

  • Reply C9 BraZen June 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    red ja-gu-war

  • Reply Chicago Dan June 24, 2018 at 5:06 am

    No way, the Gibson 175. My brother has one, that’s basically the guitar I learned how to play on. It’s so gnarly when distorted.

  • Reply Brencaaa June 25, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    The SSL-1 thing it's a myth

  • Reply Газон Бензопилов July 8, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I'm vote Ibanez. Mother's Milk forever

  • Reply kwnstantilieris CM July 10, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    His favourite was original

  • Reply Enki Ea July 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Terrible. Everything this guy does is shit.

  • Reply Enki Ea July 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    And the under the bridge jag was NOT sonic blue you fumbling fucking dunce.

  • Reply Raisa Cherry July 23, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    That aaahh lip xDDD lmao!

  • Reply Dre Cristo July 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    do mike from Incubus! or chad smith from New Found Glory!!

  • Reply Diego Flores July 27, 2018 at 5:17 am

    left out his black beauty from late 80s

  • Reply charles Bensurto July 28, 2018 at 2:31 am

    mr. frusciante used a fender strat on the scar tissue vid. not a tele.

  • Reply Rapi Do July 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I love that Carvel bit there😂

  • Reply Charles Otis July 30, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    John banged my girlfriend in 91. He was nice about it at least.

  • Reply Nathan Lalande August 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    could you at least pronounce his name correctly ?

  • Reply ao el August 2, 2018 at 2:08 am

    1:23 nope. They producer and engineers couldn't get a good tone out of the ibanez so they got him a Les Paul to use

  • Reply Point Blank August 3, 2018 at 2:53 am

    That under the bridge Jaguar isn't seafoam green. I'm pretty confident in saying its ocean turquoise metallic, there is a chance its aged lake placid blue as well cause that goes greeny/turquoise. I've heard some people say its sherwood green but sherwood green is a proper dark green colour.

  • Reply Niklas mattsson August 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    The one he uses in the video for "under the bridge" is ocean turquoise, not seafoam green!

  • Reply Joey Witt August 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Cool video all this time I thought he was using a Ibanez artist and not a Yamaha sg u learn something everyday if ur lucky

  • Reply geoff1121 August 7, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I think the Martin is a 000-15 not 0-15

  • Reply ZedKoth August 18, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Welcome to

  • Reply Felix vanbeers August 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Nice Video, but one more Mistake. In the video of Under the brigde, he´s playing a 1966 Fender Jazzmaster in sherwood green, not a Fender Jaguar in sea foam green.

  • Reply kenobiworks October 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    The Jaguar in Under the Bridge is a Sherwood Green and not as Quote on this vid “Seafoam Green”
    Hard Rock Cafe have it now.

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  • Reply Krikit November 25, 2018 at 1:38 am

    This is cool and all but most of this info is practically taken directly from other sources, which is cool but at least give them credit.

    Don't tell me you found out about that Kramer on your own.

  • Reply Andy Tonetti December 17, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    That Jag is not seafoam, I'm certain it was sherwood green.

  • Reply Gonzalo Quezada January 2, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Wrong info on the 62 strat. According to dave lee, his guitar tech, the pickups installed on that strat were just fender standard, John didn’t know about this in a long time and the thought they were SD pickups.

  • Reply chartersdue1 January 17, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Johns 62' is a mexican strat since it only has 21 frets?

  • Reply Ricky Destroyer22 February 3, 2019 at 11:26 am

    It would have been cool if John used the Fender Jaguar on one of their albums, it has a more heavy sound instead of the Stratocaster or a Telecaster.

  • Reply SolidSaber February 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    “Click the bellend in the corner” i subbed for that line

  • Reply mateusbear February 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Love to see him with the big old sunburst strat

  • Reply Don Furcio March 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I think he also recorded "knock me down" with the 1970 les paul

  • Reply Aldo Jaquez April 21, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Im not even gonna guess what #1 is … Fender stratocaster

    Edit: I was right.

  • Reply Peter Pedro May 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply thomas rigozo June 24, 2019 at 6:16 pm


  • Reply Mario Vergara June 26, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Honorable mention: Fender Toronado, it was in the Can't Stop video lmao

  • Reply Cian Baradas July 31, 2019 at 10:31 am

    If my vintage collection got burned down id just slash my wrist until my hand falls off

  • Reply Omnipotat0 October 14, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Very cool

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