Hillel Slovak played a sunburst Stratocaster with a white pickguard and rosewood fretboard throughout his career. He kept the tremolo floating so he could raise and lower the pitch. Photo by Debra Trebitz / Frank White Photo Agency
Hillel Slovak, the original guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, in his 1980 yearbook at Fairfax high school in Los Angeles, California. The other members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were his classmates.