John Frusciante’s 1990s Gibson Les Paul Goldtopaccess_time First seen circa 1991
John was seen playing this guitar in March 1991 during a side project with Flea (see video below). The project was focused around a band called HATE (Hops, Anarchy, Truth For Everyone), and next to John and Flea, it involved Angelo Moore from Fishbone and Nick Alexander (former Germs). The band was disbanded in 1991, most likely due to the two Peppers members focusing on working on Blood Sugar Sex Magik instead.
The guitar most likely wasn’t a vintage model, but an early 90s Les Paul Classic. Based on the video above, the guitar was finished in bullion gold and it was an all-gold model, meaning that the gold finish was also present on the back of the body. Most of Gibson Les Paul models finished in gold featured brown backs.