I guess we all know the story by now, when recording the "Are you experienced" album, Jimi Hendrix' strat developed a fault and was send for repairs but because Jimi needed a guitar to record, he ended up using Noel Redding's Telecaster on the tracks "Fire" and "Purple Haze" That is the ultimate example of a well known guitarist, who out of necessity, didn't play his signature axe on some of his best known songs. But Jimi wasn't the only one. From one Strat guy to another, John Frusciante is very seldom seen playing anything else but always through Marshalls and a multitude of pedals which include the surprisingly humble Ibanez WH10 Wah. So it might come as a surprise to many to learn that he recorded his tracks on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' breakout album "Mothers milk" using a set up which doesn't even remotely resemble all of that. (Save from the Ibanez Wah) Frusciante and Flea during the "Mothers milk" sessions, that orange guitar is not a strat. It is an Ibanez RG-760 which back then, together with a Kramer Pacer and an Ibanez RG-550 were his main guitars for stage use and the only guitars he owned, they also reflected what Frusciante's mindset was like: he wanted to be a shredder and his choice of gear reflected that. As did his amp for that matter. John's actual Steve Vai Approved Carvin X-100B, that's not a Marshall and it sure doesn't sound like one either. Listen to the songs from "Mother's milk" and it indeed is obvious that Frusciante used this Shredder guitarist set up of which he now says he feels ashamed of. Two years later, all of it was replaced by Hillel Slovak approved Strats and Marshalls, which he still uses today. Now the next one, I only found out about recently. The Late, great Malcolm Young of AC/DC, seen here with his trusty Gretsch Jet Firebird, that guitar that he always used live and on every recording the band ever did. Except for the album "High Voltage" EEEEYUP, Malcolm didn't play his Gretsch on the band's debut album. So why not and what DID he play then? As for why not, Malcolm's Gretsch was damaged during a rowdy show (Imagine that; a rowdy AC/DC show) and was sent to a repair shop but because he still needed a guitar to play on the recording sessions, Malcolm and bass player Mark Evans began scouring the local music shops for a replacement. And stumbled upon THIS. Who would have thought that a Gibson L6S would be the perfect back up for that Gretsch Jet Firebird? But yeah, listen closely to that album and you can hear that Malcolm wasn't using his Gretsch. Apparently Malcolm liked the Gibson so much that he took it out on tour, but not before he had it modified to his liking. According to Mark Evans the mods were done mid-way throughout the 1975-1976 tour by renowned British luthier John Birch who did a professional job making it a double cut. In that guise, it served both Malcolm and Angus as a back up guitar. And in hindsight is a much more important piece of AC/DC's history than people will give it credit for.