A valuable instrument with a rich rock musical history, that was stolen in a San Francisco burglary just under two weeks ago, was recovered by the San Francisco police yesterday as first reported by local NBC News and SF Gate today. The stolen vintage instrument, a 1966 Fender Telecaster guitar, was played in concerts by the Red Hot Chili Peppers between the years 1988 and 1992, and again between the years 1998 and 2009 when former cohort of Anthony Kiedis, Flea and company John Frusciante was a guitarist with the band whom he initially joined in 1988 to replace then guitarist DeWayne "Blackbird" McKnight of Parliament-Funkadelic fame. Valued at $30K, plainclothes SFPD offices recovered the Fender that was not in Frusciante's possession at the time of the August 16th Bayview district of San Francisco robbery.
Reportedly the former RHCP guitarist had passed along his valuable axe to an associate who was, in turn, to pass it along to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a temporary loaner for an upcoming event. Above, in a video posted a short time ago today by YouTube member "Officer Manfredi," you can see the guitar being returned at the SFPD station. And below you can see / hear the guitar being played by John Frusciante in the video below of a full Chili Peppers concert in Japan from 1990 when he joined Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and Chad Smith live at Club Citta', Kawasaki as part of the Mother's Milk tour. Among Frusciante's other prized guitars in his collection are a 1962 Fender Stratocaster, a 1955 Gretsch White Falcon, and a custom 1969 Gibson Les Paul.