Eddie Van Halen Did Something Awesome For Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante


Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante’s guitar tech Dave Lee discussed what Eddie Van Halen did for Frusciante in a new JFEffects article.

I would have to ask how John’s WH-10 wah wah was always working good for the shows. From what I’ve heard they break down a lot.

Dave Lee: “The WH-10’s were always a problem. I was constantly on the lookout for them. I had just about every gearhead in SoCal on the lookout for them. We did a show in Moscow where John had broken our last one the show before. Before the show I told John “We are out of wah wah’s”. John said “Well, we just won’t do the songs with wah wah”. I thought, “That’ll make for a short set”. Somehow we got through it.

One of my friends that was on the lookout was a guy named Matt Bruck (Eddie Van Halen’s guy). Matt called me and said he’d found one, but I had to go up to the “5150” house to pick it up. As I pull up to the end of the driveway, there’s Eddie himself. Standing in the driveway with the WH-10 in his hands looking very confused. He says to me “Why would he (John) use a piece of shit like this?”. I said, “They sound great! But they break all the time. This one here, is our only backup.” (Now I’m kinda blown away a bit, that I’m standing there talking to Eddie Van Halen). Then he say’s, “Well don’t tell him that you have this one. When I think a pedal of mine is the ONLY one I have, I’m a lot more careful with it”. Roadie advice from E.V.H.

Lol. That was pretty cool.”

I managed to get one and the sound cuts when I make a sweep. I think it may need the wah pot replaced.

Dave Lee: “Yes Kevin. It needs a new pot. A problem I became familiar with.”