John Frusciante

American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer

John Anthony Frusciante is an American musician. He was born on March 5, 1970 in Queens, New York. He was the guitarist of the funk rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also made a number of solo records. Some of these albums have been made with other artists, for example Josh Klinghoffer. In December 2009 Frusciante claimed on his website that he had left the band over a year ago.

John Frusciante
John Frusciante at Reading Madejski Stadium
John Frusciante at Reading Madejski Stadium
Background information
Birth nameJohn Anthony Frusciante
Born (1970-03-05) March 5, 1970 (age 51)
Astoria, Queens, New York, USA
GenresFunk-rock, alternative rock, electronica, indie rock, lo-fi, progressive rock
Years active1988–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records, Record Collection
Associated actsRed Hot Chili Peppers, Ataxia, The Mars Volta

Early RHCP era (1988-92)Edit

John Frusciante joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988 after the previous guitarist, Hillel Slovak, died of a drug overdose. The band went on to record and release their fourth album, Mother's Milk in 1989. Following an international tour, Frusciante co-recorded the band's fifth album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. In 1992, he left the band because he was overwhelmed by the international success of Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Frusciante abruptly announced his departure from the band just a few moments before a performance in Tokyo. He ended up playing the show and left quickly for a plane back to the USA.

1992 to 1997Edit

From 1992 to 1997, he recorded a couple of solo albums, which received various criticism due to Frusciante's use of lo-fi and strange synthesizer effects. Frusciante released Niandra LaDes & Usually Just A T-Shirt in 1994 as a cure for there being "no good music around any more". From the time of being out of the band, Frusciante had started to experiment with drugs such as cocaine and heroin. In 1997, he released Smile From The Streets You Hold because he needed money for drugs at the time. He later took the album off the shelves as he did not feel comfortable with it being sold.

Return and Red Hot successEdit

Band mate and long-time friend Flea asked John if he would like to rejoin the band in 1998. Frusciante was so overjoyed by the question that the band regrouped and started the recording process. In 1999, the band released Californication.[1] During the Californication tour, Frusciante recorded some more songs in what would eventually become To Record Only Water For Ten Days, which was released in 2001. Frusciante returned to the recording studio in early 2002 in which they would later release the band's eighth album, By the Way. Four Years later the Peppers released their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium. In December of 2009 he announced that he would leave the Red Hot Chili Peppers and focus more on his solo albums.

Solo records and side projectsEdit

After yet another world tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frusciante decided to release some more of his own material between 2004-2005. During this time, John released six of his own solo records, some of which were co-written by Josh Klinghoffer.


John has used a wide range of guitars throughout his years with RHCP and as a solo artist. He is known for using a lot of guitars under the Fender brand. He was number 18 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003.[2] In 2011, he was at number 72.[3] Below is a list of equipment that John has used through the years.


  • '55 Fender Stratocaster (2 color sunburst with maple neck
  • '61 Fender Stratocaster (olympic white finish)
  • '62 Fender Stratocaster (3 color sunburst finish) heavily beat up *his favorite guitar
  • '63 Fender Telecaster (with Fender "f" on pickguard)
  • '61 Fender Stratocaster (Fiesta red)[4]
  • '65 Fender Mustang (Red)
  • 60's Fender Jaguar (for warmups and solo career)
  • '56 Gibson ES-335 (two color sunburst finish)
  • '61 Gibson SG (custom cherry red finish)
  • '69 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty
  • Ibanez RG250 (for recording of Mother's Milk)
  • Martin 0-15 acoustic
  • '55 Gretsch White Falcon


  • Marshall Major 200W (KT 88 tubes)
  • Marshall Silver Jubilee (50/25 watts)


Green Jim Dunlop Tortex 0.88mm picks (from 1989 to 1999) Orange Jim Dunlop Tortex 0.60mm picks (from 2000 to 2012 current)


  • D'Addario XL .010s-.046 (with a .011 on the high E string)



As a solo artistEdit

  • Niandra LaDes & Usually Just A T-shirt (1994)
  • Estrus EP (1997)
  • Smile From The Streets You Hold (1997)
  • Going Inside EP (2001)
  • To Record Only Water For Ten Days (2001)
  • From The Sounds Inside (2001)
  • Shadows Collide With People (2004)
  • The Will To Death (2004)
  • DC EP (2004)
  • Inside Of Emptiness (2004)
  • A Sphere In The Heart Of Silence (2004)
  • Curtains (2005)
  • The Empyrean (2009)
  • Letur- Lefr EP (2012)
  • PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone (2012)
  • Outsides (2013)


  • Mother's Milk (1989)
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
  • Californication (1999)
  • By the Way (2002)
  • Stadium Arcadium (2006)


  • Automatic Writing (2004)
  • AWII (2007)


  1. "Billboard Magazine: 300 Best Selling Albums (Worldwide)". (Google Web Cache). Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  2. "18 John Frusciante". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  3. "72 John Frusciante". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 24, 2011.

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