- The vibronic spectrum of laser desorbed and jet cooled guanine consists of bands from three different tautomers of guanine as revealed by UV–UV and IR–UV double resonance spectroscopy. 1-methylguanine, in which the Keto–Enol tautomerism is blocked, shows hole burning spectra from the 9H-and 7H-Keto form. A comparison of the vibronic pattern of the different tautomers demonstrates that the vibronic spectrum built on the redmost guanine band at 32 870 cm−1 (electronic origin 0) can be traced back to the 9H-Enol tautomer, while the spectra built on the origins at 0+404 cm−1 and 0+1044 cm−1 stem from the two Keto tautomers. The IR–UV double resonance spectra of the OH-and NH-stretch vibrations of the different tautomers support this assignment. The UV and IR spectra can be partly assigned by comparison with ab initio calculated vibrational frequencies and with the help of deuteration experiments. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.