John Anthony Frusciante (i/fru????Ÿ??nte¦/, Italian pronunciation: [fru?Ÿ???Ÿante]; born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film producer of Italian descent. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he recorded five studio albums. Frusciante has an active solo career, having released ten albums under his own name, as well as two with Josh Klinghoffer and Joe Lally as Ataxia. His solo recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to New Wave and electronica. Influenced by guitarists of various genres, Frusciante emphasizes melody and emotion in his guitar playing, and favors vintage guitars and analog recording techniques.