date_range 1991

John Frusciante’s Martin 12-String

This guitar was used on the song ‘Breaking the Girl’, from the Peppers’ 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The process of the actual recording of the acoustic part was filmed and can be seen in the Funky Monks documentary.

Around the time we did ‘Breaking the Girl,’ I was listening to Led Zeppelin III- I really like that song ‘Friends’- and I was playing 12-string a lot. The chords for the chorus came from a Duke Ellington book. I was trying to learn one of the songs, and I learned like three chords of a song that probably has 50 chords in it, and I took those three chords somewhere else. [Guitar One (USA), September 1999]

Unfortunately, at this time, this guitar is somewhat of a mystery. Based on the overall body and headstock shape, it seems to be a Martin, but the fact the sides of the body are made of some kind of a light-colored wood is a bit confusing. On most of their 12-string models, like the D12-28, Martin uses mahogany back and sides, which are of course dark in color – but perhaps there’s a custom version of it out there. Also, there two dot markers on the third fret – which is another weird detail that is not common at all.

So, if you happen to know what guitar this is exactly, or know something that would be of help in identifying it, be sure to leave a comment below.

The unknown Martin 12-string seen during the Funky Monks documentary.

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