John Frusciante’s 1965 Fender Duo-Sonic
This guitar was seen on some photos taken at John’s place presumably sometime in the early 2000s.
What can be concluded from the photos is that the guitar is most likely an early to mid 1960s Fender Duo-Sonic finished in white, featuring two single-coil pickups, and a stop-tail bridge.
Used to write Under the Bridge?
According to an interview that JFEffects did with Dave Lee, John guitar tech, this guitar was actually used by John to write Under the Bridge. As Dave explained, a kid approached the band staff, asked for John, saying that he would like to give him his old guitar back.
When John showed up later, we kind of flippantly told him the story, and gave him the guitar. John took it. Looked at it. And quietly smiled and said “wow”. I said “Why wow?”. Then John said, “I wrote Under the Bridge on this guitar”. We never saw that kid again.”Dave Mail 50: The amazing story of the ’65 Duo Sonic
If the story is indeed true, it’s without a doubt pretty amazing. It would mean that the Duo-Sonic somehow survived in LA from 1989 to early 2000s, and managed to end up with someone who was kind enough to just simply hand it back, and without even shaking John’s hand, or taking a photo – which one would assume would be the main goal of most people in such a scenario.
It would be pretty nice for this story to find any photos from late 80s or early 90s, which shows John using the guitar. If you happen to come across one, please be sure to post it in the comments.
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