Dave Navarro

David Michael “Dave” Navarro is an American guitarist who plays in the alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction and cover band Camp Freddy. He has also played with the Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Panic Channel, and many others.

Equipment of choice

During the first few years of Jane’s Addiction, Dave played a black Gibson Les Paul. Around the time of the band’s major label debut Nothing’s Shocking in 1988, he played Ibanez RG series guitars, including one custom painted with the album cover art. He is seen in the film “Gift” and the “Stop” video playing a blue Ibanez RG, which suggests it was used in the recording of the album Ritual de lo Habitual. During the 1990 Ritual tour, he primarily played a custom-shaped single cutaway gold Ibanez.

Dave began using PRS Guitars on the Lollapalooza tour in 1991. His signature model white PRS is now his number one stage guitar. He has several models in his regular stage and studio rig.

He used a Parker Fly Deluxe for the Chili Peppers days during the live versions of “My Friends”. He used it for its super clean tones and its piezoelectric pickup that sounds similar to an acoustic guitar. Dave also openly admits that “It’s one of the ugliest guitars I’ve ever seen”, as quoted from the Dave Navarro instructional DVD.

During this era, Dave went with a more treble based guitar in the Fender Stratocaster. He had several in his possession. All of them were a 3 single coil pattern but he also had a Modulus Stratocaster-like guitar made.

Dave has also been seen playing Kramer (Van Halen Signature) Guitars, Fender TelecastersTakamine Acoustic 12 strings, and even a Squier Hello Kitty Stratocaster given to him by Carmen.

Since late 2008, Dave’s been seen using live and in studio a custom white Ibanez RG, with a humbucker/single/single pickup layout, gold hardware, and a vintage style tremolo.

Dave previously used a vintage Marshall JCM800, but now plays through 2 Marshall JCM900 amplifiers which are dubbed Tanjerine and Peach. For large gigs he will also use a Marshall Mode 4 for clean tones. In the studio he is also commonly known to use a Vox AC30 for cleans and a Bogner Uberschall for dirty tones.

With effects, Dave prefers BOSS. He uses a BOSS Octave Pedal, 2 BOSS DD3 Digital Delays, a BOSS Turbo distortion for extra volume during soloing, a Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal and several others.

Epiphone Guitars (a subsidiary of Gibson) released its Dave Navarro Artist Acoustic in July 2010. According to an interview with Navarro on Gibson.com, the new guitar is based upon the classic Gibson (and Epiphone) “Hummingbird” design, and has already been played by the guitarist in the studio while recording with Jane’s Addiction. Named “Jane”, the new guitar is black in color (as opposed to Navarro’s usual white guitars), and sports a dead tree and crows on the pickguard, rather than the traditional Hummingbird and foliage images.