“He’s got one of the best guitar collections, very eclectic.”
– Keith Richards, on Johnny Depp’s collection, 2007
Johnny has always shown so much passion for music that it wouldn’t be surprising for him to have a vast guitar collection. When a video clip surfaced last month of Johnny receiving a vintage guitar for his birthday, on the set of The Rum Diary, I thought to myself, “Okay, so how big does this make his collection NOW?” So I got the bright idea to start a new section of Johnny Depp Rocks: Johnny’s Guitars. I figured I would go through all the photos I’ve accumulated of Johnny seen with a guitar in some fashion, and sort them out according to make and model. Easy, right?
It started out that way– I was able to find quite a few examples of Johnny playing his trusty Fender Telecaster, which articles have told us is a 1956 model. And we’ve seen him as Captain Jack Sparrow, posing with the gorgeous Gibson Master Museum Collection Pirates of the Caribbean guitar, valued at around $100K. But as I went through the various stage performances that we know of – and there aren’t even that many – not to mention photoshoots, movies (including Platoon, Cry-Baby, and Chocolat), and even interviews where a guitar has been strategically placed in the background, I realized that he’s got a good number of distinct guitars (and basses). And those are only the ones he has been seen with publicly! A few of these guitars may be props or borrowed guitars, but there is no way to know for sure. Knowing Johnny and how much he loves music, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all his, but at the very least, they’ve all been guitars that he has used. I wouldn’t even presume to guess how large his collection really is, but Johnny’s Guitars at least attempts to organize the ones we know about.
Now, guitar expert, I’m not! I own a little no-name student-sized acoustic guitar, that my parents bought for me when I was about 12. I took about 8 months of guitar lessons at the time, and another few months’ worth of group lessons when I was in college. I could pick notes if I really struggled, but basically I’m best at strumming along with Kumbaya. I’ve never played an electric guitar in my life. I know that Bruce Springsteen plays a Fender Esquire with an extra pickup, but only because people have told me so. Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia! And thanks also to some friends who have been able to help ID some of these guitars. Since the quality of some of the photos and screen captures is not that great, in some cases I may never be able to say more than “green electric guitar.” But it’s still an item to include in this impressive collection!
So, if anyone out there in cyberspace happens to stumble on this post and can help with any information about any of the guitars shown on my Johnny’s Guitars page, please do not hesitate to let me know! You can e-mail me at email@example.com or post to this blog. I hope to hear from you!
P.S.- Links above have been updated with the new johnnydepprocks.com domain.