date_range 1989

John Frusciante’s 1970s Les Paul Custom

Acquired sometime prior to Mother’s Milk and used (most likely) to record ‘Higher Ground’, ‘Good Time Boys’, and ‘Knock Me Down’. This is based on the fact that John used the guitar when performing the songs lives, although he never really gave precise statements on this subject – so take it with a grain of salt. He could’ve also just taken this guitar on the tour, and used something completely different in the studio.

I played mostly Strats and Les Pauls on the record. (continued) For a while, my main guitar was a ’68 Strat, but it was stolen. Since then, I’ve gotten a couple of others that I’ve fallen in love with. But our basic philosophy is that our tones are in our fingers, and the particular instrument you play, or what kind of pick you use, doesn’t matter much. [Guitar Player (USA), April 1990]

Unfortunately, we haven’t discovered that much info about this guitar. The only thing worth noting is that based on the photos, it appears to have a wide body binding, which is typical to the models made post-1975 – so John’s Les Paul was almost certainly not a highly priced vintage model from the 50s.

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