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PRS Heroes: Dave Navarro

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Described as one of alternative rock’s first guitar heroes, Dave Navarro’s musical career has spanned almost 30 years. Navarro’s style is a real fusion of a many diverse genres of music, he takes influence from Classic Rock, Blues, Heavy Metal, Industrial and Funk that has led to his own unique take on modern guitar playing.

Janes Addiction

Navarro first came to prominence with the band Janes Addiction whom he joined as a 19 year old in 1986. In the years following, Janes Addiction became one of the biggest bands in American alternative rock and much of their sound came from Navarro’s groovy, unrestricted guitar stylings often drawing parallels with the great Jimi Hendrix.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

After the break up of Jane’s Addiction in 1991, Navarro’s next venture into mainstream rock music came when he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993, replacing guitarist John Frusciante.

Navarro’s guitar playing was very complimentary to the Chili’s punk/funk sound, and with the album ‘One Hot Minute’ came a new lease of experimentation for the California band. ‘One Hot Minute’ did not share the same amount of success with its predecessor ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magic’ and split fans and critics alike but 20 years on, it actually stands up pretty well as a great piece of work. Navarro’s sultry yet downbeat guitar playing is actually pretty fantastic on this record.

As Featured Artist

Dave Navarro left the Chili’s in 1998 over creative differences, and as well as rejoining Janes Addiction in 2002 he has played as a featured guitarist with artist’s ranging from Marilyn Manson to Christina Aguilera.

Guitars

Over his extensive career Dave has played a range of different guitars. In the early days of Janes Addiction he mostly used a Gibson Les Paul and when with the Chili Peppers a Fender Stratocaster. Navarro is most well known however, for using his signature PRS model the SE Dave Navarro. He is only the third artist (behind Santana and Tremonti) to receive both a USA made and SE signature models from PRS.

 

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