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flashmdg's picture
Sep 2007
4 years ago

I was looking for info on John Frusciante's rig when i came across these pics (also attached below):

http://moose.cc/upload/Frusciante/amp1.jpg
http://moose.cc/upload/Frusciante/amp2.jpg
http://moose.cc/upload/Frusciante/amp3.jpg

Close ups of the three amps that john uses on stage

The trebles on each of these amps are set so low, but when he plays he has a bright and trebly tone. How does he do it if he sets his amps like this?

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Strokes4563's picture
Lincoln, NE
Jul 2005
5 years ago

I was astounded when I saw this as well. I knew he had some bassy sounds but I didn't know he cut the treble down so low. I am clueless.

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gbkoenig's picture
all over
Sep 2003
6 years ago

that treble is quite rolled back, but the presence is up quite a bit and on marshalls that can increase the sharpness, so it might not sound as soft as you think. plus, he uses quite old strats, the bridge pickup, and quite a few pedals including a booster and distortion pedal and fuzz pedal, so im sure those eqs figure into his sound as well.

a lot of their live stuff, when he solos it DOES sound like the treble is rolled back a bit, no woman tone, but kind of half way there. hermaphrodite tone.

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laa0815's picture
Vienna, Austria / Europe
Dec 2004
3 years ago

First it could be that those aren´t the final settings - it could simply be that those pics are made BEFORE the final settings were taken...

But if they are right - what I think - it doesn´t make me wonder - Marshalls are trebly amps ad John´s sound changed quite a bit when he came back to the RHCP - his "old" sound was MUCH more sparkling and not that fat and middy (think of "Under The Bridge" vs. "Scar Tissue")...

And I have to agree - he plays Strats and Teles into his Marshalls, and on two amps Presence is quite high and on one Presence AND Treble... so all in all this looks like this in combination would give him his typical fat, bassy, middy and not too bright sound!!!

Cheers,

Dominik

P.S.: Some of his brighter sounds come out of an old Fender Showman he would use in conjunction with his Gretsch - but I guess this would be in the studio more than on stage - I think he hasn´t got his Showman on stage anymore...

Zillie's picture
CZE
Oct 2005
11 months ago

Originally posted by laa0815
P.S.: Some of his brighter sounds come out of an old Fender Showman he would use in conjunction with his Gretsch - but I guess this would be in the studio more than on stage - I think he hasn´t got his Showman on stage anymore...

no Showman since BTW tour, the third amp is only used for Les Paul, the previous two run in stereo for Strats and Tele

Marty

laa0815's picture
Vienna, Austria / Europe
Dec 2004
3 years ago

Originally posted by Zillie
no Showman since BTW tour, the third amp is only used for Les Paul, the previous two run in stereo for Strats and Tele

oh, that´s the reason why there would be more treble on the third amp...

Strokes4563's picture
Lincoln, NE
Jul 2005
5 years ago

Originally posted by laa0815
First it could be that those aren´t the final settings - it could simply be that those pics are made BEFORE the final settings were taken....

I don't know. The photos are all pretty consistent and I don't think you'd get three heads that all have similar amp settings to not be final. Just my theory but your idea is valid.

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Fender 69 Thinline Telecaster (Lollar pickups)>
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laa0815's picture
Vienna, Austria / Europe
Dec 2004
3 years ago

Originally posted by Strokes4563
I don't know. The photos are all pretty consistent and I don't think you'd get three heads that all have similar amp settings to not be final. Just my theory but your idea is valid.

Just a thought. I once saw Sonic Youth amps - they didn´t have their final settings, too - you could see that because of the final settings being marked with tape... ;) - but I guess those Frusciante amp settings are realistic!!!

republic's picture
new jersey
Jan 2004
6 years ago

i play a few old marshalls with Tele's. i keep my setting almost exactly as the first 2 pics. with most old marshalls and a standard single coil setup you can get bright with the treble rolled almost all the way down,,,, the guitar does most of the work

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berarduur's picture
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Apr 2004
3 months ago

I also dime the treble pretty much as I always turn on my bright switch. It makes my guitar more reactent to the tone knob this way but the excess treble I turn down by turning the treble down. Easy!

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bj365's picture
Oct 2009
6 years ago

Hi Guys those photos of johns amps are no longer anywhere on the web. Do any of you remember the settings he had on the 2 silver jubliees?