date_range 2009

1960s Fender Jaguar (white, Roland synth)

John acquired this guitar presumably sometime in early to mid-2000s. Although this is purely just a guess, this could possibly be the same Jaguar that he used during the Californication sessions in 1999 to record ‘Around the World’, although at that time, the guitar belonged to the studio engineer, Jim Scott. [Guitar Player, September 1999]

Be that as it may, by 2009 John converted this guitar to a Roland GR-300 guitar synthesizer. This basically required doing some changes to the body to fit the circuitry and the control knobs from 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. If you happen to find any quotes of John talking about it please be sure to forward it to us.

I love Fender Jaguars. The guitar I’ve owned the longest is a red Jaguar from around ’61. It has a matching headstock. I also have an old white one I transformed into a GR-300 guitar synthesizer.  [VintageGuitar magazine – John Frusciante Red Hot On The Empyrean]

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