Johnny Depp is an actor but he also loves his guitar and also plays in a band called Hollywood Vampires. Depp also has a wonderfully extensive guitar collection too, as you’d expect…
Johnny Depp is one of the most well-known faces on the planet. Famed for his acting abilities, charitable inclinations, and iconic roles in movies like Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Depp is also a fairly accomplished musician too. Indeed, before turning his talents to acting, Depp was in a punk band called The Kids.
Eventually, acting became his career, his life, and his chosen path. He made a lot of money with it too. Since the early 1990s, Depp has effectively been an A-Lister, commanding huge salaries and earning Hollywood studios billions in ticket sales. But music, particularly guitar, has ALWAYS remained a constant in Depp’s life.
And with his hundreds of millions in the bank, he’s managed to amass a huge collection of iconic, vintage, and extremely rare guitars. And I totally get this. If I had Depp’s money, this is exactly what I’d be spending it on as well – guitars, more guitars, vintage amps, and eye-wateringly expensive acoustic guitars. And wine, obviously.
So what guitars does Johnny Depp own? As I said, there are quite a few in his ever-growing collection. But here’s a near-complete list of all the guitars Johnny Depp currently owns and uses.
Johnny Depp’s Guitar Collection
- 1956 Fender Telecaster
- Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
- Duesenberg Johnny Depp Artist Series Electric Guitar
- Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
- Gretsch G5441T Double Jet with Bigsby RW Firebird Red
- Gibson Custom Joe Perry Boneyard Les Paul Electric Guitar
- Gibson Les Paul Special Double-Cut Electric Guitar
- Ibanez 2459 Destroyer
- Duesenberg Johnny Depp Unique “Wooden Fence” Guitar
- Paoletti Leonardo 500 IL Giglio
- Echopark La Carne
- Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar
- Gibson SG Junior
- Duesenberg Alliance Mike Campbell I
- Gibson Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar
- Vintage Gibson L3 Acoustic Guitar
- Gibson Les Paul Junior Double-Cut TV Yellow
- Gretsch G5021WPE Rancher Penguin Acoustic
- Echopark Ghetto Bird
- Gibson Reverse Flying V
- Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar
- Gibson Joe Perry Axcess Les Paul
- Duesenberg Caribou
- Gibson SG Junior 60’s Electric Guitar
As you can see, that’s a pretty extensive collection of guitars, ranging from well-known models from Gibson, a Les Paul Custom, and a Les Paul Standard, as well as a 1956 Fender Stratocaster. But there’s plenty of boutique stuff in there as well, and some really oddities too like the Gibson Reverse Flying V and the Echopark Ghetto Bird.
Depp also has his own signature model with Duesenberg called the Johnny Depp Unique “Wooden Fence” Guitar which he can be seen playing all over YouTube with Hollywood Vampires. And because Depp is good buddies with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, the addition of a couple of Perry’s signature Gibson Les Paul guitars makes sense too.
Most of Depp’s guitars, as you’d expect, are vintage models. He has a 1956 Fender Stratocaster, a vintage Ibanez 2459 Destroyer, and plenty of classic Les Pauls, including a Les Paul Junior and a Les Paul Double Cut, as well as SG Junior. In total, you’re probably looking at close to a million buck’s worth of guitars in that list – and these are just the ones I could confirm he owns and plays. There are probably loads more in his collection that I missed.
With guitar amps, Depp is known to be a fan of Mahalo amplifiers. He is listed as using a Mahalo amplifier on Mahalo’s official site but, again, having Depp’s money and extensive guitar collection, I’d assume he has hundreds of amps and cabinets in rotation. I mean, wouldn’t you if money was no object? I’d have an entire wing of my house dedicated to vintage tube amps and iconic cabinets.
Johnny Depp’s Guitar Strings of Choice…
What guitar strings does Johnny Depp use? He’s never officially commented on this, as far as I’m aware, it is a pretty niche question, especially for an actor, but I did find an interview with Joe Perry, who is also in Hollywood Vampires, where he says be he and Depp use Ernie Ball’s M-Steels 10-52, at least when they’re playing in Hollywood Vampires anyway. Of course, string choice depends on the music you’re playing, so it is entirely possible that both Depp and Perry use different types of strings as well – most players do.
Also, when you have a massive collection of guitars to boot, you’re going to be getting through A LOT of strings. Not that Depp or Perry will pay for strings. I’d imagine they both get all their strings and accessories free from Ernie Ball, as both of them are featured inside Ernie Ball’s blog as “featured artists” which is a nice way of saying they’re brand ambassadors for the string company.