During Jane’s Addiction’s 1991 Lollapalooza American tour, Dave Navarro pawned his one-off custom Ibanez model. Now, 28 years later, he’s been reunited with that same custom guitar.
Dave Navarro’s Nothing Shocking Ibanez
Mr Navarro has had his ups and downs. One low point was pawning off his custom Nothing’s Shocking Ibanez guitar during the 1991 Lollapalooza tour. I’m not suggesting he wanted to go out and buy drugs with the money, but if you’ve read his book Don’t Try This At Home, then you may agree that is more than likely exactly what he did.
The instantly recognisable graphics on this Ibanez guitar feature the flaming conjoined twins from the sculpture made by lead singer Perry Farrell and his then girlfriend Casey Nicoli. They adorned the bands debut studio album Nothing’s Shocking. There is also a fork on the top edge of the guitar, so we know it’s the real deal.
“An instrument like this is not unlike a relationship with a human being,” Mr Navarro says. “It’s something you connect to, that hears you, understands you. It’s your tried and true that’s never going to leave you… unless you pawn it for drugs.”
Guitar Centre Trade in and a Sex Pistol!
After the story of Billy Corgan getting reunited with his old Stratocaster from the Smashing Pumpkins Gish era earlier this year, this latest reunion is almost as bizarre.
It turns out that the guitar resurfaced in late-2018 when it was sold to Guitar Center Hollywood. Then Artist Relations Manager Eric Bradley set out to track down Navarro, eventually contacting him via mutual friend Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. Dave then knocked out a rendition of Mountain Song and Stop by Jane’s Addiction once he was reunited with the guitar.
Apparently, after losing the guitar he went on to borrow a guitar from Chris Haskett from the Rollins Band. He lent Dave his spare PRS and the rest is history; Navarro then went on to endorse PRS and in later years collaborated on a signature Custom 24 model and SE versions.
The resurfaced Ibanez has a different neck on it though, as I remember the original from when he played it with Jane’s Addiction. However, the rest of the guitar is spot on!