Johnny's Guitars 
 
Gibson Guitars


(updated 1/23/17)


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     This gallery and information section is an attempt to compile all of the guitars, basses, and other stringed instruments we've seen with Johnny Depp.  This page focuses on Johnny's Gibson Guitars, particularly electrics. 

For photos and info about Johnny's other guitars and miscellaneous instruments, please return to the Guitars page!

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Electric Gibsons
 

Gibson Flying V

bitch guitar

This is, to date, the earliest known photo of Johnny playing guitar.  It is reportedly from an audition of Johnny's then band, Bitch, for a talent show at Miramar High School in about 1980.  It appears to be a Gibson Flying V model.

Gibson Flying V on Wikipedia
1958 Flying V, white pickguard

bitch guitar



Gibson Reverse Flying V's

reverse v

Johnny was seen strumming a Reverse V in a Grammy rehearsal photo with Joe Perry on February 13, 2016.  These models were released by Gibson in 2007 and 2008.  Another guitar that might be a second Reverse V was seen with Johnny's other guitars backstage in Herborn, Germany on May 29, 2016.

Gibson Flying V (including Reverse Flying V) on Wikipedia


grammy rehearsal 2016   herborn 2016



Gibson Les Paul Guitar (seen in 1985)

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Played at the Kids Reunion show in May 1985.

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Gibson Les Paul Guitar (seen in 1996)

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Johnny reunited with The Kids at the Rockandy Club in 1996.  Johnny is on the right in both photos.  Unfortunately, there are no clearer shots, but the headstock and brief view identifies this as a Les Paul.  The color seems similar to the one from 1985, but I don't think any of the photos are clear enough to see if it's the same guitar.



Another Gibson Les Paul Guitar


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This is another Les Paul, that Johnny played with P at the Viper Room in 1993.  This one has a white pickguard.

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This may be one of three instruments that can be seen in the background of a video clip that Johnny recorded for an Actors Fund tribute to Al Pacino on May 23, 2011.  Note the guitar on the right.

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(The guitar on the left could possibly be any one of Johnny's many Fenders, while in the middle is a 4 stringed instrument).



Updated Yet Another Gibson Les Paul Guitar

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In the days before the 2016 Hollywood Vampires show at Rock In Rio Lisbon, Johnny was seen with this guitar in rehearsal and backstage with the Vamps.  He began playing it at the July 5 Summerfest show in Milwaukee.  He has used this guitar for songs such as My Dead Drunk Friends and Pinball Wizard.  This guitar looks similar to the one above, but the headstock is distinct.  After Joe became ill in Coney Island, Johnny put a "JP" sticker on it.

halfin 1   halfin 102   clark 1   lisbon 280   summerfest   aurora   casino rama

coney island   fraze   rock fest   DTE 953   britt 330   saratoga 978   midstate   luzier xmas

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(row 1: photos 1 through 4 May 27, 2016 at Rock In Rio by Ross Halfin and Kyler Clark; photo 5: July 5, 2016 at Summerfest, Milwaukee WI, photo by Kyler Clark; photo 6: July 7, 2016 in Aurora IL; photo 7: July 8, 2016 in Orillia ON)
(row 2: photo 1: July 10, 2016 in Brooklyn NY; photo 2: July 12, 2016 in Kettering OH; photo 3: July 14, 2016 in Cadott WI; photo 4: July 16, 2016 in Clarkston MI; photo 5: July 23, 2016 in Jacksonville OR; photo 6: July 24, 2016 in Saratoga CA; photo 7: July 25, 2016 in Paso Robles CA; photo 8: December 3, 2016 backstage with Ray Luzier at Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding in Phoenix AZ)
(row 3: photo 1: January 20, 2017 rehearsals in LA; January 21, 2017 NAMM TEC Awards in Anaheim CA)



'59 Gibson Les Paul Burst Guitar

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Johnny poses with this guitar circa 2012.  A 2016 Instagram by Rumble Seat Music identifies this as a '59 Les Paul Burst.  It was one of three that he was checking out at their former Albequerque store, presumably during Lone Ranger filming (seen on the right in the second photo below).  The store originally had five of these guitars, pictured together in a group in the third photo (photo thanks to bare bones).  Two of the guitars were apparently purchased by Joe Bonamassa.

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Gibson Les Paul Custom

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Johnny's 2015 campaign for the new Dior fragrance, Sauvage, includes his participation in a short film.  Johnny is shown playing this guitar.  The guitar is identified as a Gibson by its split diamond inlay on the headstock and the characteristic mother of pearl fretboard inlays.  It is most likely a Les Paul Custom.

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Gibson Les Paul Special

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Johnny sported this guitar during his 2011 performance with Alice Cooper, several times in 2012, and again in 2015 with the Hollywood Vampires.  It is a Gibson Les Paul Special, most likely from 1959, based on the double cutout shape and the location of the pickups and pickguards.  It's possible that this is the "vintage Les Paul" that Johnny reportedly purchased at the Chicago Music Exchange during an April 29, 2011 visit.  In 2016, on the Hollywood Vampires tour, Johnny chose this guitar for his performaces of Whole Lotta Love.

Wikipedia page on Gibson Les Paul guitars
Article on Gibson Les Paul Special models from 1955-1961
1959 Les Paul Special model

cooper a7t    cooper 691   special headstock crop   nokia 1   nokia 2   nokia 4   DS gibson 2

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(row 1: photos 1-3: June 26, 2011 with Alice Cooper at the 100 Club in London; photos 4-6: April 11, 2012 with Marilyn Manson at Club Nokia in LA; photo 7: May 7, 2012 with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Steven Tyler at the El Capitan Theatre in LA)
(row 2: photo 1: June 3, 2012 with The Black Keys at the MTV Movie Awards in LA; photo 2: August 25, 2012 with Gore Verbinski in Angel Fire, NM; photo 3: October 12, 2012 with Patti Smith at the Wiltern in LA; photo 4:
September 16, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA; photos 5 and 6: September 23, 2015 Rock In Rio soundcheck)
(row 3: photo 1: September 24, 2015 at Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro; photo 2: Hollywood Vampires appearances on May 24, 2016 in Verona NY, May 27, 2016 in Lisbon, and May 29, 2016 in Stockholm; photo 3: July 3, 2016 in Atlantic City; photo 4: July 9, 2016 in Niagara Falls NY; photo 5, July 10, 2016 in Brooklyn NY)
(row 4: photo 1: July 14, 2016 in Cadott WI; photo 2: July 16, 2016 in Clarkston MI; photo 3: July 22, 2016 in Rohnert Park CA; photo 4: November 10, 2016 Classic Rock Awards rehearsal with Tommy Henriksen, Tokyo Japan)



Red Gibson Les Paul Junior

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Johnny played this guitar with Bill Carter at the Continental Club on October 22, 2011.  The headstock identifies it as a Les Paul Junior.
Similar 1959 Les Paul Junior

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Gibson Les Paul "Johnny Thunders"

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At the July 24, 2016 Hollywood Vampires show at the Mountain Winery, Johnny was spotted playing this guitar.  It appears to be a Gibson Les Paul, with stickers saying "Johnny Thunders" and "L.A.M.F" (Thunders' band The Heartbreakers' studio album).  Mert Y. notes that a boutique guitar company called Rock N Roll Relics makes similar guitars that are distressed and made according to artists' specifications.  This company has both a Thunders model and a Johnny Thunders Tribute model.  The latter is made in "TV Yellow with Chinese Rock or L.A.M.F. Sticker" that is compatible with the guitar Johnny is playing. 

However, although the photo is not very sharp, one can barely make out the "L" that would match the script "L" of Les Paul.  Therefore, it may indeed be a customized Les Paul that Johnny had aged and customized on his own, with the stickers added.  Mert believes it may be something along the lines of this 1958 Les Paul Junior recently sold by Reverb.com.  If anyone has any more information they can share about this unique guitar, please e-mail info@johnnydepprocks.com Hopefully he will be playing this beauty again!


Photo by Suzanne Allison Photography



Gibson SG

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Johnny is seen playing this guitar in the teaser for the 2015 album, Hollywood Vampires.  He then brought the guitar to Brazil for the Vamps' Rock In Rio show.

Gibson SG on Wikipedia

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Photos 1 and 2: Hollywood Vampires Album Teaser; photo 3: September 23, 2015 Rock In Rio soundcheck; photos 4 and 5: September 24, 2015 at Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro



Gibson ~1965 Firebird

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On February 27, 2015, when Johnny performed with Marilyn Manson in Brisbane Australia, he played this green Gibson Firebird that has been ID'd by a fellow fan as a 1965 model. This is the first sighting of this guitar.

Instagram photo by Abra-Kadaver guitar teching for Johnny at the Bribane show
Similar 1965 Gibson Firebird
Another view
Gibson Firebird on Wikipedia

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Gibson Custom Joe Perry Boneyard Signature Guitar
with Bigsby Tremolo/Vibrato


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Johnny played this guitar, appropriately enough, at an Aerosmith show in 2012.  Johnny traded riffs with Mr. Perry himself, though the latter was playing a different guitar for that performance.  Johnny also appears to be playing this guitar in the studio while working with Bill Carter on the Road To Nowhere recording for the West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice soundtrack.  It is also displayed on a wall behind him when he made a welcome video for the 30th Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in April of 2013.  In 2015, Johnny played this guitar with the Hollywood Vampires at The Roxy in W. Hollywood.

Closeup of the Joe Perry Signature guitar with Bigsby tremolo
Joe Perry playing the guitar
Joe Perry Signature guitar and description at Gibson.com
Joe Perry Signature guitar and description at Musician's Friend
 
aero 1   aero 2   aero 7   aero 13

west of memphis   gathering of nations 1   gathering of nations   roxy show 1   roxy show 2

(row 1: with Aerosmith at the Hollywood Bowl, August 6, 2012)
(row 2: photo 1: with Bill Carter in the studio, 2012; photos 2 and 3: 30th Gathering of Nations welcome speech, 2013; photo 4: September 16, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA; photo 5: September 17, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA)
 


For photos and info about Johnny's other guitars and miscellaneous instruments, please return to the Guitars page!

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