John Frusciante’s Ibanez RG750 (white)

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Based on the photos and videos available, John was seen playing this guitar only on one occasion – at Shafer Court, Virginia Commonwealth University on April 14, 1989.

Possibly, the guitar was a backup for John’s main Ibanez, model RG760 (if he had a main guitar at that point), and that he used it for that purpose more than just once. Also, given that the photo below was taken around the same time that the band was working on Mother’s Milk, it is possible that the guitar was used in the studio as well.

Red Hot Chili Peppers performing at VCU. Photo credit: VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives

Based on the photo above, the guitar was a late 1980s Ibanez RG750 which came equipped with humbuckers (IBZ/USA F2) in the neck and the bridge position, and a single-coil (IBZ/USA C2) in the middle.

The only confusing thing is that the pickups on John’s guitar appear to be pink in the photo, while all RG750s came with black-colored pickups. The only pink pickups on the market, it seems, were those fitted in Steve Vai signature models from Ibanez – DiMarzio PAF Pros. It is possible therefore that John’s guitar was custom fitted with these.

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