John Frusciante’s 1963 Fender Stratocaster (white)

John presumably bought this guitar sometime in the early 2000s and started using it during the 2001 tour as a backup for his main 1962 Stratocaster (see Rock in Rio 2001). It was however used for a very brief period of time, as John apparently didn’t find it that practical.

There’s a cool white early-’60s Strat that was rented to me at one point for some reason, and I just had such fun playing that I bought it. But it ended up not really being able to alternate with my other guitars; it’s the kind of guitar you can have some fun on, but it’s not really practical.

An important thing to note is that this is not the same white Strat that John used during the Stadium Arcadium tour. You can read more about that particular guitar at John Frusciante’s 1961 Fender Stratocaster (White).

Rock in Rio 2001

It’s unknown what happened to this guitar, but it was photographed by Vintage Guitar magazine for their April 2009 issue [John Frusciante Red Hot On The Empyrean]. So obviously, John decided to keep it way past 2001, even though he didn’t use it, or didn’t find it practical – in his own words.


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