date_range 1989

John Frusciante’s Ibanez RG750 (white)

To our knowledge, John was seen playing this guitar only on one occasion – at Shafer Court, Virginia Commonwealth University on April 14, 1989. Most likely the guitar was a backup for John’s main Ibanez, model RG760, 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 that 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 above, and all RG750s came with black-colored pickups. The only pink pickups on the market, to our knowledge, 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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