John Frusciante names his favorite modern-day guitar players

Frusciante Favorite Players
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John Frusciante mostly listened to electronic music in his time away from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but towards the end of the recording sessions for the LA outfit’s new album Unlimited Love, he began to seek out fresh approaches to guitar-led rock.

Asked about the modern-day guitarists who inspire him, he initially gives props to Anthony Pirog of Fugazi offshoot The Messthetics, but goes on to explain how he found himself gravitating towards a particular style that he describes as “modern California psychedelic music”.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.