Friday, April 25, 2008

John Frusciante’s gear (guitar, amps, effects…)

Here’s a list of John Frusciante’s gear, that I’ve made myself, thanks to all the interviews that I've read, and to all the videos and pictures that I've watched.
I've been able to put almost one picture for each guitar.

If you want to use this list, please credit me, Thanks ;)
And if you have any remark or question, don't hesitate to contact me here

P.S: This is only the list of the gear that John Frusciante has now, it does not contain the guitars he used to have before (like the fender Jaguar that he uses in Under The Bridge videoclip). I also haven't put the guitars he borrowed for some occasions, as the Taylor 314 CE he had in the BBC show (click here to see it)

Thanks for your comprehension ;)

* Guitars:

-Electric guitars:


-1962's Stratocaster (3 colors "sunburst", offered by Anthony Kiedis for his return in the band)

-Stratocaster maple-necked '55 ("sunburst" 2 colors)

-Stratocaster 1961 (olympic white)

-Stratocaster 1961 (fiesta red)

-Jaguar Red Fiesta 1962

-Telecaster 1963 Custom Sunburst 3 colors (which have the F of Fender engraved on the pickguard )

-Mustang 1969 dakota Red (It's the first at John's right on the picture, otherwise simply because I love guitars... he is holding a Fender Jaguar, the first at the left is his famous '62 Stratocaster, the 2nd at the left is his '55 Strat, the last at the left is his 0-18 acoustic Martin and the last at his right is a Rickenbaker ;)

-Jaguar White

-Precision Bass Olympic White (rosewood fretboard)(On this picture this is the third from the right, just next to his wonderful Gibson ES 335 Dot ^^. Still on this picture, we can notice an electric Mosrite St George Gold 12 string, the 1st on the left, next to the Gibson ES 335...)


-Les Paul 1969 Custom Black Beauty 2 pickup

-ES-335 Dot 1961 Sunburst (one of my favorite with the '62 Strat & the '63 Tele )
This is also the one that had for the San Fransisco's Performance with Michael Rother and Josh Klinghoffer

- SG 1961 Custom Cherry Red (the one that he has in the Fortune Faded video, and also the same as Robby Krieger of The Doors ;)

- SG 1961 sunburst (Used for the Joy Division's tribute show)

-ES-175 1950s vintage (it almost looks like his Gibson ES 335 Dot, but we can notice that this one is only cutaway, whereas his ES 335 Dot is double cutaway (yes, I 'am maybe a little bit crazy...)


-White Falcon 1955 (found by his friend Vincent Gallo)

He very often uses it for Californication and Otherside in live, and we can also see it in the Californication's video. I'd say this is one of the most wonderful guitar of the world, in fact it's completely normal: the most wonderful guitar of the world for the most talented and amazing guitarist of the world !!!!!!


I don't exactly know the model, but with my knowledge of guitars, I'd say it's 12 strings 360/12 model. (It's the one that he uses in the Dani California's video, as you can see in the picture below)


-Dan Armstrong

-Acoustic Guitars:


-0-15 Small bodied from the ‘40s (he's got two)
He very often uses it in live and in his solo shows, as well as in "The Past Recedes" & "Road Trippin'" videos.

-Martin 12 strings

-0-18 small bodied blond

.Australian Maton:

-Messiah EM100c


(By the way, the picture is mine… I’ve taken it myself on June, 6th, 2006 in Lyon, and I’m quite prood of it ;)


-Major 200W with KT88 Tubes
-Silver Jubilee 2550
-JTM 45


-Blackface Fender Showman


.Jim Dunlop:

- Orange Tortex, 0.60 mm (the sames as me... ^^)

* Strings:

In general it's 0.010 gauge strings, but he uses an 0.011 on the high E string and 0.012s if he's playing the White Falcon


-XL 0.10-0.46

(an ad for D'addario XL strings with John Frusciante ;)

* Effects/Pedalboards :


-CE-1 Chorus Ensemble
-CE-5 Chorus Ensemble
-DS-2 Turbo Distortion
-FV-50 H volume pedal
-MT-2 Metal Zone
-Master Swich


-PDS-8000 (x2)


-English Muff’n
-Holy Grail Reverb
-Electric Mistress Flanger & Filter Matrix
-Big Muff Pi
-Frequency analyzer
-Graphic Fuzz
-Tube Zipper
-Freedom amp
-16 Second Digital Delay
-Micro Synth


-WH10 Wah

.Line 6:

-FM4 Filter Modeler
-DL4 Delay Modeler


-MF-105 MuRF
-MF-105B Bass MuRF
-MF-101 Low-Pass Filter (x 3)
-MF-103 6/12-Stage Phaser
-MF-102 Ring Modulator -Controll Processor (x 2)
-Expression Pedal (x3)




-VT-X Tube Tremolo


-Micro Amp-Phase 90 reissue


-Fuzz Factory


-Uni-Vibe Stereo Chorus

*Others :

-KORG DTR-2000 Digital Rack Tuner

(another ad with John...)

- Studer A-800 machine (x2)
- Vintage API console
- Doepfer modular analog synth
- Effects rack with a Fairchild 670, Pultecs, 1176s and a vintage Neve and UA modules
- EMT plate
- EMT digital reverb
- Grand Piano
- Organs
- Keyboards
- Mellotron
- ARP 2500
- Yukulele

* Tone:

. Amp:

Channel: Overdrive

Gain: 4

Trebbble: 8

Mid: 2

Bass: 6

Reverb: 7

Amp master volume: 5

. Guitar:

Tone: full

Volume: full

*For more informations about John Frusciante's sound, read this interview : Total Guitar Hero Worship Explosion

And I thinks it's all.... ;)


Ícaro said...

no comments for this? omg!
i loved this post, thank you!

Anonymous said...

that list of gear was excellent, thank you

Anonymous said...

this blog is awesome! I love it!

Thanks for the list! It was great.
He has one other sunburt rosewood neck strat too, I think .. I dont know what year though


Red, Negativity said...

How are there almost no comments? this was a fantastic list! not only was it long, but your commentaries were great. I really appreciate it! thanks!!

NoRestInMe said...


This is a really nice blog. JF is my favorite guitar player and song writer. Got a lot to read here. Thanks!!


Oh. My. Fucking. God. x)

You can't imagine how great this is. This post is pure gold, it's not rare, it's freakin' unique! The level of information and data you have in here... It's overwhelming.

Looks like I'll have some fun at this blog, too. Frusciante is the best, oh yeah ;)

Rock 'n' Roll, Caroline!


By the way, I'm saving money since last December for a replica of his sunburst Strato =D