Johnny's Guitars 
 
Duesenberg Guitars
(and gear)


(updated 6/5/17)


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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 Duesenberg guitars.

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

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Updated Duesenberg Johnny Depp Artist Series Signature Guitar

Duesenberg Johnny Depp Artist Series

Johnny is a huge fan of Duesenberg guitars and has given them his testimonial:  "These guitars are so fuckin sexy, the only element missing are the luscious, lacy undergarments.."  On January 15, 2014, the guitar makers announced that they have created a Duesenberg Johnny Depp Artist Series Signature Guitar inspired by some of Johnny's tattoos. The guitar has a specially made pickup called the JD-63; Chris Distin from Duesenberg says, "There is a switch on the guitar which can either add or take away 1963 windings of copper wire, which gives it a different sound... 1963 obviously being Johnnys date of Birth!" Only 52 hand-signed guitars were made and only 40 released worldwide.   Ingo Renner and Dieter Gölsdorf, co-owners of Duesenberg Hanover Germany, designed and built the guitar, which was introduced at the 2014 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Anaheim, CA on January 23, 2014.  It certainly has his personal signature all over it!  Johnny was seen in December 2013 posing with a fellow who was wearing a t-shirt incorporating Johnny's signature, his rook tattoo, and the Duesenberg brand name.  On January 25, 2014, Johnny performed with this guitar at the Imperial 8 Ball, which was the Duesenberg NAMM Afterparty. In July of 2014, one guitar went up for sale in the UK (see link below). He played the guitar at several more shows throughout 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2015 and 2016, it has been his main guitar of choice when performing with the Hollywood Vampires, being used for most of each show.  In 2017, Johnny chose this guitar to film a Japanese commercial for Asahi beer.

In a 2015 Twitter Periscope interview, when asked, "Is there any one guitar in particular that you’re fondest of, Johnny?" Johnny mentioned two guitars.  One was a 1956 Fender Telecaster that he's owned since he was 17, and the other was this Duesenberg:  "Boy, well, I gotta say the guitar that Duesenberg made for me has really, (they’ve) done something very special, a very special tone. I asked them to do the impossible, which is to sort of mixed, to be able to have in one pickup, a mixture of a sort of like a Tele, and then the front position to have it more like a P-90, you know like in TV Specials, so that’s really the main one."

A production version of the guitar was released later (see below), with some of the proceeds going towards Johnny's favorite charities. 

Official Press Release, January 15, 2014
January 17, 2014 Duesenberg blog entry announcing the guitar
January 23, 2014 440 Distribution Facebook post announcing the launch of the model at NAMM
Johnny Depp Artist Series at Duesenbergusa.com with additional photos and specifications
January 26, 2014 Duesenberg blog entry with more specs and close-up photos
Duesenberg Johnny Depp Artist Series Signature Guitar for sale at Guitar Galleries UK

duesenberg artist 1   duesenberg 2   duesenberg t-shirt   t-shirt   duesenberg quote   duesenberg for sale   NAMM

imperial 1   imperial 3   rodeo 1   beijing 1   kimmel 2   nelson boston 2   aero 1

  inglewood 2   manson roxy   TNBT   2015 duesen   2015 namm   mending kids   hollywood vamps rehearsal

roxy show 1   roxy show 2   rio rehearsal dues   dues in rio   kyler clark 1   kyler clark 2   amoeba 2016   imperial ball 2016

grammy rehearsal   vamps rehearsal 2   grammys 2016   2016 Vamps part 1

duesy NA 1   duesy NA 2   starkey 11

duesy NA 3   alice pantages   kimmel 2016   classic rock   xmas 536   duesy ad 2016

2017 NAMM   duesy April Instagram   marylin of mars   asahi 2017

(row 1, photos 1 and 2: images of the guitar from Duesenberg; photo 3: Johnny posing with a gentleman wearing a t-shirt with the Duesenberg label and Johnny's signature and rook tattoo; photo 4:  The Duesenberg "Johnny Depp" t-shirt for sale on their website; photo 5: Johnny's testimonial; photo 6: example of a signature Duesenberg for sale; photo 7: the guitar (top center) being introduced at NAMM by Duesenberg)
(row 2, photos 1 and 2: January 26, 2014 at the Imperial 8 Ball/Duesenberg NAMM show in Anaheim, CA; photo 3: March 9, 2014 with Willie Nelson in Austin, TX;
photo 4: March 31, 2014 with David Tao in Beijing, China; photo 5: April 7, 2014 with Chuck E. Weiss on Jimmy Kimmel Live; photo 6: June 17, 2014 with Willie Nelson in Boston, MA; photo 7: July 16, 2014 with Aerosmith in Mansfield, MA)
(row 3,
photo 1: July 30, 2014, with Aerosmith at The Forum in Inglewood, CA; photo 2: October 31, 2014, with Marilyn Manson in West Hollywood; photo 3: November 13, 2014 with The New Basement Tapes; photo 4: unknown stage photo, possibly from a rehearsal for the January 24, 2015 Imperial Ball; photo 5: January 24, 2015 at the Imperial Ball in Anaheim CA; photo 6: August 16, 2015 at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA; photo 7: September 11, 2015 Hollywood Vampires rehearsal, LA)
(row 4, photo 1: September 16, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA; photo 2: September 17, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA; photo 3: September 23, 2015 Rock In Rio rehearsal; photo 4: September 24, 2015 at Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro; photos 5 and 6:
photos by Kyler Clark aka Cereal Kyler, 2015; photo 7: January 12, 2016 at Amoeba Music in LA; photo 8: January 23, 2016 at the Imperial Ball in Anaheim CA)
(row 5,
photo 1: February 11, 2016 Grammy rehearsal; photo 2: February 13, 2016 Grammy rehearsal; photo 3: February 15, 2016 Grammy Awards; photo 3: Hollywood Vampires Raise The Dead Tour part 1 May 24-June 6, 2016 at Turning Stone, Lisbon, Herborn, Stockholm, Horsens, and Bucharest)
(row 6, photo 1: Hollywood Vampires Raise The Dead Tour part 2 July 1-8, 2016 in Bethlehem PA, Mashantucket CT, Atlantic City NJ, Milwaukee WI, Aurora IL, and Orillia ON; photo 2: Hollywood Vampires Raise The Dead Tour part 3 July 9-16 in Niagara Falls NY, Brooklyn NY, Kettering OH, Mt. Pleasant MI, Cadott WI, and Clarkston MI; photo 3:
Hollywood Vampires perform at the Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala on July 17, 2016 at RiverCentre in St. Paul MN)
(row 7, photo 1: Hollywood Vampires Raise The Dead Tour part 4 July 18-25, 2016 in Fargo ND, Rohnert Park CA, Jacksonville OR, Saratoga CA, and Paso Robles CA; photo 2: October 30, 2016 with Alice Cooper at Pantages Theatre in LA; photo 3: October 31, 2016 with Alice Cooper on Jimmy Kimmel Live; photo 4: November 11, 2016 at the Classic Rock Awards, Tokyo Japan; photo 5: December 3, 2016 at Alice Cooper's 15th Annual Christmas Pudding, Phoenix AZ; photo 6: a 2016 Duesenberg ad)
(row 8, photo 1: January 21, 2017 at the NAMM Imperial Ball; photo 2: April 2017 Instagram from Duesenberg; photo 3: May 2017 Instagram from Marylin of Mars featuring a beautiful custom pendant depicting the guitar; photo 4: Johnny and Masaharu Fukuyama film a Japanese commercial for Asahi beer. A Duesenberg amp is in the background)
 


Updated Duesenberg Johnny Depp Alliance Series (Production Model) Guitar

duesenberg production

Following in the footsteps of the Johnny Depp Signature that was released at the NAMM Show in 2014, the unlimited Johnny Depp Alliance Series Production Model was introduced a year later at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim.  The guitar features an alternate tattoo layout and does not have some of the features of the very limited Signature model.  Like the Johnny Depp signature, this guitar features the JD-63 pickup.

In 2016, during the Hollywood Vampires Raise The Dead tour, Johnny was seen playing this guitar on at least a song or two during the set.  In Atlantic City he played it on Bang A Gong and perhaps Come Together.  Photos of Johnny playing the guitar are scarce but it is likely that he played it at every show of the tour.

On October 31, 2016, Johnny was honored by Rhonda's Kiss, a charitable organization that helps cancer patients in need.  He received the Healing and Hope Award for his own long history of charitable work.  Johnny signed an Alliance Series guitar to auction off for this worthy cause.  According to Duesenberg, the guitar fetched $20,000!

Duesenberg blog post describing the Production Model

alliance   dues prod body   dues prod model NAMM 1   dues prod NAMM 2   2016 duesys   krieger 2016 duesy

turning stone 1   horsens 148   sands 215   aurora   rama sc   soaring eagle   rohnert 130   rhondas kiss guitar

duesy 2017 instagram

(row 1, photos 1 and 2: guitar and guitar body; photos 3 and 4: the Johnny Depp Production Model at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA; photos 5 and 6: Robby Krieger is playing the Johnny Depp Production Model (distinguished by the "3" in the lower left corner) while Johnny plays his Signature at the 2016 Imperial Ball in Anaheim on January 23, 2016)
(row 2, photo 1: Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY May 24, 2016; photo 2: Faengslet, Horsens Denmark June 1, 2016; photo 3: Sands, Bethlehem PA July 1, 2016; photo 4: RiverEdge Park, Aurora IL July 7, 2016; photo 5: soundcheck at Casino Rama, Orillia ON July 8, 2016; photo 6: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant MI July 13, 2016; photo 7: Weill Hall, Rohnert Park CA July 22, 2016; photo 8: Johnny poses with the guitar he signed for Rhonda's Kiss.  In addition to his autograph, he wrote, "Keep fighting!")
(row 3, photo 1: April 2017 Instagram from Duesenberg featuring the Alliance Series guitar)



Duesenberg Johnny Depp Custom Guitar
 
duesenberg-wood   new dues crop2

While performing at the January 24, 2015 NAMM Imperial Ball in Anaheim, CA, Johnny was spotted with yet another Duesenberg guitar in addition to the Johnny Depp Signature that was introduced at last year's NAMM show.  This guitar also features several of Johnny's tattoos on its woodgrain body, as well as the lightening bolt. hearts and 3 symbols on the neck.  It also features his tattooed phrase Silence Exile Cunning on a pick guard.  Chris Distin from Duesenberg confirms that this is a unique guitar built just for Johnny and given to him at Christmas of 2014.  "It features a "Wooden Fence" optic, with Johnnys Tattoos lasered onto the surface, to give a "branding" effect. The hardware is aged and the Pickguard and Pickup frame are American Leather with Johnnys Tattoo "Silence Exile Cunning" Hand embossed into the pick-guard. The Optic means we have made it look something like an old wooden fence made of old weathered wooden boards, but of course it is made of wood, Mahogany and Ash to be specific."  What a gorgeous piece of art!

Johnny also played this guitar at all three Hollywood Vampires shows in September of 2015 and again at the Imperial Ball in 2016.

 posing duesy   NAMM 2015 1   NAMM 2015 2   2015 NAMM 3   periscope 8a

roxy show 1   roxy show 2   dues custom rio   imperial 2016

herborn guitars

(row 1, photo 1: Johnny posing with his Custom Duesy circa Christmas 2014; photos 2-4: January 24, 2015 at the NAMM Imperial Ball in Anaheim; photo 5: in a September 11, 2015 Periscope interview, this guitar, as well as the Signature Duesenberg, can barely be made out behind and between Johnny and Joe Perry)
(row 2, photo 1: September 16, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA; photo 2: September 17, 2015 at The Roxy in W. Hollywood, CA); photo 3: September 24, 2015 at Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro; photo 4: January 23, 2016 at the NAMM Imperial Ball in Anaheim)
(row3, photo 1: the Custom Duesy is seen backstage at the Hollywood Vampires show in Herborn, Germany, May 29, 2016)



Duesenberg Lap Steel Guitar

Duesy lap steel

At the January 23, 2016 NAMM Imperial Ball in Anaheim, CA, Johnny played this lap steel guitar with a Duesenberg logo on it.  Johnny certainly has a number of Duesenberg favorites, at this point!

lap steel 2016  and see this photo by Suzanne Allison



Duesenberg Mike Campbell Signature TV Guitar

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On November 14 and 15, 2012, Johnny participated in Petty Fest West, "A night to celebrate the music of Tom Petty."  The shows, which featured members of Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, and The Black Keys, as well as Butch Walker, Ke$ha, Jesse Malin, Sarah Silverman, The Cabin Down Below Band, and others, benefited the charity Sweet Relief Musician's Fund, as well as the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Fittingly for the occasion, Johnny chose to play a Duesenberg Mike Campbell Signature TV Guitar.  The guitar was created in 2008 in honor of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' 30th Anniversary.  Johnny chose this guitar again a few weeks later when he played with Bill Carter in LA.  In 2014, Johnny chose this guitar for his second London appearance with Ryan Adams.  He also used it for the Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes recording session.

Mike Campbell Guitar on the Duesenberg USA Official Site
2008 Premier Guitar article about the model
Duesenberg on Wikipedia
Duesenberg Guitar English language home page
Ed Roman Guitars of Las Vegas lists Johnny as a player and endorser of Duesenberg guitars

Petty1A   petty1B   Petty 2A   Petty 2B   bill carter 1   bill carter 2

ryan adams 1   Ryan adams 2   kc 6   kc 9
 
(row 1, photos 1 and 2: November 14, 2012 Petty Fest; photos 3 and 4: November 15, 2012 Petty Fest; photos 5 and 6: December 7, 2012 with Bill Carter)
(row 2, photos 1 and 2: September 19, 2014 with Ryan Adams; photos 3 and 4: at the Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes recording session in 2014)
 

 
Green Duesenberg electric guitar

gilbert grape extras

An August 2009 German newspaper article (link no longer active) reported that Johnny had bought a second guitar from the German guitar builder, Duesenberg.  The article did not elaborate on either the first or the second model that Johnny owns (or if either of them are the Mike Campbell guitar shown above).  Claudia's sharp eye likens this Starplayer model to the one seen in the background of the DVD extras for the film, What's Eating Gilbert Grape.  Chris Distin at Duesenberg confirms that this is an older Starplayer TV model in surf green.

gilbert grape extras 1   gilbert grape extras 2



Duesenberg Amplifiers

duesy amp

For the 2016 Hollywood Vampires tour, Johnny chose a custom Duesenberg Amp configuration.  The setup includes four Duesenberg Berlin Amps atop custom cabinets that were designed especially for Johnny, and is totally unique to Johnny.  The amps difficult to see in photos of the band playing, but Matt Sorum kindly showed them to us clearly via Instagram in his backstage "tour" from the Rock In Rio Lisbon stage.

Duesenberg Berlin Amplifiers at their official site



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

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