Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been playing Gibson guitars for most of his career as a frontman. Here we’ll take a look at some of the different Gibson guitars that Dave Grohl has used on stage and in the studio throughout his career.
Gibson Trini Lopez / ES-335
The flagship in Dave Grohl's collection has to be his Gibson Trini Lopez guitar, an instrument based on the Gibson ES-335. Grohl has acquired several of these guitars since buying his first one back in the early nineties. The guitar has always been Dave's go-to guitar when it comes to recording, but as Foo Fighters have evolved Dave has incorporated the guitar more and more in the band's live show as well. Grohl used to have a couple of red Trini Lopez guitars, but nowadays you mainly see him with his custom made Gibson Trini Lopez in Pelham Blue, the DG-335. "This guitar I’ve made every single Foo Fighters record with,” said Grohl in an interview with NME before the release of the Wasting Light album. “This is a [expletive] beautiful guitar. I saw this in a guitar shop in Bethesda, Maryland. I think it was 1992, ’93 or something like that. I think I was still in Nirvana when I bought it. I thought it was unusual. It looks like a Gibson ES-335, except it has diamond-shaped f-holes and has this different headstock on it. And I didn’t really know anything about Trini Lopez, the artist, when I bought it." Grohl even went as far as saying that the guitar "is the sound of the Foo Fighters."
MODEL Dave Grohl ES-335
RIGHT / LEFT-HANDED Right
FINISH Gold Metallic
TOP WOOD 3 ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
BODY WOOD 3 ply Maple/Poplar/Maple Back and Sides
NECK WOOD Mahogany Neck/Maple Spline
FINGERBOARD RADIUS 12"
NUT MATERIAL Corian
NUT WIDTH 1.6875"
INLAYS Acrylic Split Diamond Inlays
PICKUPS BurstBucker 2 Neck and BurstBucker 3
ELECTRONICS 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls, CTS 500K Pots, Orange Drop Capacitor, Three-Way Switchcraft Switch
BRIDGE ABR with Stop Bar Tailpiece
TUNERS MINI Grover
HARD CASE / BAG Case