Prior to this, the guitarist was rarely spotted playing a Telecaster.
Guitar Player tagged along to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ October 9 gig in Austin, Texas for a look at some of Frusciante’s awesome vintage instruments.
“This was one we got from Norman’s Rare Guitars [in Tarzana, California],” recalled Lee.
“John just decided he wanted a Tele – I believe this was around the time of By the Way (opens in new tab) – and I went to Norm and I said, “Hey, John wants a Tele.” And Norm said, 'What do you think of this one?'
“I brought it to John and he loved it. I normally don’t really like the sound of Teles that much, but that one just sounded so good. It had a lot of bite to it.”
“I’m pretty sure the guitar is stock,” says Frusciante’s current guitar tech, Henry Trejo. “John will use this guitar two or three times a night in the show.
“It’s always the guitar he uses at the beginning of the set, which will be either 'Can’t Stop' [from 2002’s By the Way] or 'Around the World' [from 1999’s Californication (opens in new tab)].
“He also uses it for “The Zephyr Song” [from By the Way] and “Tell Me Baby” [from 2006’s Stadium Arcadium (opens in new tab)].”
Watch this incredible guitar in action at the Austin City Limits 2022 concert on October 9 here...
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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.
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