John Frusciante – Red Hot Chili Peppers – 2001


A detailed gear diagram of John Frusciante's 2001 Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication" stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his guitar rig.

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Stage rig compiled from live photos, internet research, magazine articles, artist interviews, concert footage and eyewitness accounts.

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    1. methadrone says:

      Those 200 watt major are dangerous and need servicing so much. They are pretty much the heaviest heads I’ve ever tried to lift. Notorious for unreliability due to high voltages. I think the fender showman shouldn’t be used with celestion speakers.. that is just plain sick! I also had a Marshall 2555 100watt amp and didn’t like it compared to another amp I started using at the time.. my fave Marshalls are the Superleads/bass.. nothing can beat the dynamic feel of these guys. They love pedals.

      As for the pedals: Boss distortions are ok(I had a BOSS OS-2.. not bad), he seemed to like the turbo distortion and muff. I remember being at an early Chili Peppers concert for mothers milk album and hearing a wah sound everytime he strummed yet he wasn’t playing with his foot on a wah… sounded nice. But plastic housing is bad.

      Far as the chorus is concerned I think he needed it cause Flea played so loud w/ his slap technique. He was crossing over into guitar frequencies. Hillel Slovak had the best guitar sound and playing for the chili peppers IMHO. John tried to copy him early on.. but his later hippie era technique after coming back in was a bit boring, forcing Anthony to sing. I liked Niandra Lades for lo fi recording technique and personal venture. John didn’t have to stay w/ the peppers. This is all my opinion.. like it or hate it..

      BTW outline his crazy pedalboard towards the end of his stint w/ peppers. Now that is weird w/ all the mooger foogers. BUT especially get a hold of Josh Klinghoffer and interview him. Flea has been saying about how he is no “guitar god” like john was however check out how many people this guy has toured played with. Especially the live footage of him w/ PJ Harvey… amazing. He could put soo much dynamics into a song w/ his playing and gear. Talk to him!!!

    2. Sleeckx says:

      1) Frusciante’s Falcon doesn’t have a bigsby.
      2) The Marshall Major has a jumper from bottom left to top right input in it.
      3) The Fender Showman isn’t a Dual silverface, it was still a blackface from 63 or 62, not sure if it’s 4ohm or 8ohm output… so maybe a dual maybe not.

    3. Sleeckx says:

      But now a days that showman has been replaced by another Jubilee

    4. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      Thanks for the notes Sleeckx! I’ll correct the Gretsch and remove the Bigsby when I get a chance. I’m sure John swapped around Fender Showmans. The show I caught he was playing a Silverface.

    5. Murfdog says:

      Methadrone, people tend to view Anthony and Flea as the heart of the Chili Peppers. The truth is that John was the driving creative force throughout his stints with the band. John was very much responsible for the evolution of the Chili Peppers sound. The early funk was great, and of course he tried to emulate Hillel. He was eighteen years old when he joined the band and Hillel was his hero. But, the evolution of John’s style also forced the Chili Peppers to branch into new territory. Without John the band would not have dreamed of the heights they have reached. I read a review of the new album, I’m With You, where the critic said “the album is good, but there is a gaping hole in the shape of John Frusciante.” Klinghoffer is an okay guitarist, but he is not the innovator that John was.

    6. vmoll says:

      Very good chart! What software do you really use to create those nice diagrams?


    7. GuitarGeek GuitarGeek says:

      A skilled combination of Illustrator and Photoshop – nothing fancy.

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