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Old April 29th, 2009, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Getting a John Frusciante sound....

First off, I'm not trying to copy John's sound.

What I am looking for are the best pickups for the "surf" style sound.


I prefer Fender, but would look at anything! Thanks!

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Old April 29th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i always thought he was using old strats for lots of his tone....
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Old April 29th, 2009, 03:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They all sure look old, but it might just be because he wears the hell out of them.
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He sound nothing like surf to me.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 03:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure his main guitar is a 62' strat.

If this site is accurate
guitargeek | john frusciante of red hot chili peppers

His other guitar is a 55' and it list his cabs and pedals.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He sound nothing like surf to me.
thats what i was thinkin. however, im not real familiar with his solo stuff. just the RHCP.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 05:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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fruscianti,sounds like a funk,fusion type player to me,
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Old April 29th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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sounds like he has lots of hendrix albums to me....
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He sound nothing like surf to me.

I was listening to the Stadium Arcadium album today and heard a particular riff he played that sounded "surf meets rock" and I loved it! Maybe my definition of surf is off, but I got a very certain vibe from it and surf came to mind lol.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 09:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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From Vintage Guitar Magazine:
Have you kept the original pickups in your Strats?
I would like to, but they do eventually need to be changed On my ['55], I bought it with an expert who insisted we open it up to see if the pickups were original. He and the people at the store all thought that they were original. Then years later we found out that they were Seymour Duncan Vintage Strat pickups. They are so similar to the original that it's hard to tell the difference in sound. I had my '62, which has the original pickups, and then I had the ['55] with the Duncans, and the sound was very similar. The differences had more to do with the guitars than the pickups. Eventually I had to get Duncans in the '62, as well.


I'm guesssing he's referring to the Antiquity series but some others think it might be from the Vintage series
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Old April 29th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I had no idea John was into vintage. I am just now really getting into the RHCP and I figured he'd have "punk" or "funk" looking guitars. I was amazing to find some old pics and all he seems to play are sunburst strats! super cool.
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I was listening to the Stadium Arcadium album today and heard a particular riff he played that sounded "surf meets rock" and I loved it! Maybe my definition of surf is off, but I got a very certain vibe from it and surf came to mind lol.

I absolutely love the solo at the end of Wet Sand!!! That thing just kicks ass!

On a side note.....I've been a RHCP fan for years and I have to say that IMHO Stadium Arcadium is their best album ever (yes better than Blood Sugar). They could hang it up right now knowing that they may never top that CD. That's just my two cents for what it's worth. It's an incredible body of work and if you've never heard all of it I would suggest doing so. It has a very Peppers sound to it, but it doesn't necesarily stick with what you think your opinion of their sound is.

Does that make sense? Check it out...You won't regret it!
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Old April 29th, 2009, 11:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I had no idea John was into vintage. I am just now really getting into the RHCP and I figured he'd have "punk" or "funk" looking guitars. I was amazing to find some old pics and all he seems to play are sunburst strats! super cool.
I've seen him play a Tele a pretty good bit too, but those are the only consistant guitars I've seen him play.
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I've have tried to emulate his sound quite a bit and found that simpler is better. All you need are weak vintage style (not hot) pups and a marshall amp of some sort. John uses a mxr microamp first in his chain to boost the pups. He uses a boss ds-2 and an old ibanez wah to get the heavy, crying distortion. Best distorted strat sound around IMHO. Not as good as Mccready's clean tone or Mayer's overdriven tone though.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 07:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah, I saw a guy get an almost spot on Under the Bridge tone with a Jaguar and I believe it was a JCM800.

+1 Turbodog384: SA's also my favorite album! Well...it's between that and By the Way

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i love roand cubes. ha ha
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Old April 30th, 2009, 09:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm a HUGE John Frusciante fan. He's awesome, and his tone is unlike any other I can think of. John plays a lot of different guitars, but when I think of "John Frusciante's guitar", I think of that '62 sunburst strat. That thing is sweet. I've heard that it has Seymour Duncan Antiquities in it. I'm pretty sure his amp setup is a Marshall Major 200 full stack/Marshall Jubilee full stack combo. I also know that is pedal board is huge. He uses a lot of effects.
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I've read that he plays real pre-CBS Strats only (I think it was in the Rolling Stone with Mayer and Trucks). He's definitely a badass, that's for sure.

I was forced to learn the solo at the end of Dani California after playing it on Rock Band so much... couldn't get it out of my head. It's one of my favorite solos now.
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I read Anthony's book a while back. It said when they asked John to rejoin that he didn't even own a guitar. Anthony took him down to GC and bought him an old strat. I forgot what year, but it was pretty old. Might have been the '62 sunburst.
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I read Anthony's book a while back. It said when they asked John to rejoin that he didn't even own a guitar. Anthony took him down to GC and bought him an old strat. I forgot what year, but it was pretty old. Might have been the '62 sunburst.
That's true (although I didn't know it was bought at GC). Anthony bought him the '62 sunburst strat when he rejoined the band. From my understanding, all of his guitars were destroyed when his house caught on fire (don't remember when exactly, sometime between 1994 and 1997 I think). The guitar probably holds a lot of sentimental value for him. I think that's part of why he uses it so much.
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