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Getting a John Frusciante sound....

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Shades of Blue, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    South Carolina
    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!
     
  2. Giant

    Giant Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 13, 2009
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    i always thought he was using old strats for lots of his tone....
     
  3. Turbodog384

    Turbodog384 Strat-Talker

    They all sure look old, but it might just be because he wears the hell out of them.
     
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  5. TexasFury

    TexasFury Strat-Talker

    268
    Mar 25, 2009
    The Republic of Texas
    He sound nothing like surf to me.
     
  6. Rigel42

    Rigel42 Strat-Talker

    274
    Feb 20, 2009
    Naples, FL
  7. Giant

    Giant Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 13, 2009
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    thats what i was thinkin. however, im not real familiar with his solo stuff. just the RHCP.
     
  8. hendrixfan

    hendrixfan Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    45
    Jan 17, 2009
    England
    fruscianti,sounds like a funk,fusion type player to me,
     
  9. Giant

    Giant Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 13, 2009
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    sounds like he has lots of hendrix albums to me....
     
  10. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    South Carolina

    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.
     
  11. timegoesback

    timegoesback Strat-Talker

    333
    Jan 10, 2009
    the park
    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
     
  12. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    South Carolina
    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.
     
  13. Turbodog384

    Turbodog384 Strat-Talker


    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!
     
  14. Turbodog384

    Turbodog384 Strat-Talker

    I've seen him play a Tele a pretty good bit too, but those are the only consistant guitars I've seen him play.
     
  15. thecount

    thecount Strat-Talk Member

    75
    Mar 23, 2009
    Florence, SC
    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.
     
  16. timegoesback

    timegoesback Strat-Talker

    333
    Jan 10, 2009
    the park
  17. Giant

    Giant Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 13, 2009
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    i love roand cubes. ha ha
     
  18. musclecar64

    musclecar64 Strat-Talk Member

    37
    Mar 27, 2009
    West Bloomfield, MI
    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.
     
  19. stratagem

    stratagem Strat-Talker

    494
    Mar 27, 2009
    College Station, TX
    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.
     
  20. Turbodog384

    Turbodog384 Strat-Talker

    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.
     
  21. musclecar64

    musclecar64 Strat-Talk Member

    37
    Mar 27, 2009
    West Bloomfield, MI
    That's true (although I didn't know it was bought at GC:confused:). 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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