|model||year||s/n||color||mods||appeared||gone||used as||special appearances|
|Fender Mustang||Sunburst||probably none||1977||backup, perhaps only borrowed||short time backup after the October 1977 theft, perhaps only borrowed|
|Fender Stratocaster||early to mid 70s||black||probably none||1977||perhaps stolen 1977 10 22||backup|
|Fender Stratocaster||Sunburst (white pickguard)||probably none||1977||backup||short time backup after the October 1977 theft, perhaps only borrowed|
|Fender Stratocaster||Sunburst (black pickguard)||probably none||1980||TV prop (?)||TopPop playback appearance (Dutch TV), 1980|
|Fender Stratocaster||early to mid 70s||white||probably none||1976||perhaps stolen 1977 10 22||early primary backup|
|Fillmore Mosrite Ventures II Japan||1995||white||probably none||1995||sold May 1, 1996||backup Japan tour 1995|
|Fillmore Mosrite Ventures II Japan||1996||white||probably none||1996||auctioned 1998 or 99, signed May 11, 2001||backup Adios Amigos tour and Lollapalooza||Played by Johnny on stage with Pearl Jam during a performance of The KKK Took My Baby Away on July 14, 1998 in Los Angeles|
|Fillmore Mosrite Ventures II Japan||1996||white||probably none||1996||1996||backup (?) or storage||Signed „Previously owned by Johnny Ramone July 10, 1996“|
|Framus 5/150 Star Bass||mid 1960s||Black Rose (Redburst)||probably none||1966 (?)||John Cumming’s bass in the pre-Ramones band Tangerine Puppet|
|Gibson Les Paul Custom||early 1971||635122||Ebony||none||June 27, 1985||June 27, 1985||TV prop||Formel Eins playback appearance (German TV) June 27, 1985|
|Gibson Marauder M-1||1976||natural||probably none||1977||backup, perhaps only borrowed|
|Hamer Special Custom||May 1980||X X0#¢||white||none (custom made)||May 1980||early 1983,|
traded February 1989 (for blue german carve Ventures II)
|backup, perhaps primary for a short time instead of the black Ventures II copy||perhaps Psycho Therapy video|
|Hamer Sunburst||Nov 1978||8 0508||white||?||1979||backup or storage|
|Hamer Sunburst||Dec 1978||8 0578||white||?||1979||backup or storage|
|Hamer Sunburst Custom||1979 (?)||0185||white||bridge pickup changed to DiMarzio FS-1 or similar||1979||traded May 22, 1982 (for sunburst german carve Ventures II)||backup||Top of the Pops, Jan 31, 1980
Sha Na Na, May 15, 1980
|Memphis Stratocaster copy||red||none||July 1, 1985||July 1, 1985||TV prop||Music Convoy playback appearance (German TV), July 1, 1985|
|Mosrite Johnny Ramone custom||1989||001||white||none (custom made)||1989||–||primary backup 1990-93, 1994-1996||Merry Christmas video
I Don’t Want to Grow up video
live @ MTV Movie Awards
|Mosrite Ramones||1990||black||none||May 9, 1990||1990 (?)||probably only delivered for a friend or fan||Photos when meeting Semie Moseley backstage in SC; CJ got his Mosrite bass then|
|Mosrite Ramones||1990||R9003||white||none||1990 (?)||sold to a fan February 2003||probably only private use|
|Mosrite Ventures||1964 or 1965||probably Ink Blue||none||February 1976||for recording the first album, borrowed or studio property||Photos of the recording sessions of the first album|
|Mosrite Ventures||1964 or 1965||red||bridge pickup changed to DiMarzio FS-1 or similar, Vibrato changed for Gibson style tailpiece,||1983||May 22, 1990 (given to Ramones‘ security chief)||backup guitar 1983/84||Club MTV playback appearance|
|Mosrite Ventures II||mid 1965||blue||Vibrato changed for Gibson style tailpiece, Gibson/Schaller harmonica bridge||1974 01 23||stolen 1977 10 22||main guitar 1974-77|
|Mosrite Ventures II||mid 1965||B120||brown, later refinished gold||bridge pickup changed to DiMarzio FS-1 or similar, Vibrato changed for Gibson style tailpiece, Grover tuner,||1984||–||primary backup guitar 1984-89 (brown), 1993 (gold)||Pet Sematary video
I Believe in Miracles video
|Mosrite Ventures II||mid 1965||Sunburst||bridge pickup changed to Gibson P-90 or similar, Vibrato changed for hardtail||1975 or 76||probably stolen 1977 10 22||backup guitar 1976 (?)|
|Mosrite Ventures II||mid 1965||RM-1 (inventory number)||white||bridge pickup changed to DiMarzio FS-1 or similar, neck pickup changed to Seymour Duncan Mini Humbucker, Vibrato changed for Gibson style tailpiece, Grover tuner||1977 10 27||–||main guitar 1977-96||seems it was used first at CBGB’s on October 27, 1977|
|Mosrite Ventures II copy||1978 (?)||RM-2 (inventory number)||black||none (custom made)||1978||probably stolen 1983 04 24||primary backup guitar 1978-83|
|Mosrite Ventures II German Carve||1966||B690||Sunburst||bridge pickup changed to DiMarzio FS-1 or similar, neck pickup obsolete, full pickguard, Vibrato changed for Gibson style tailpiece, Grover tuner||1982 05 22||stolen 1983 04 24||backup guitar 1982/83||Time has Come Today video|
|Mosrite Ventures II German Carve||1966||B546||blue||probably none||February 1989||sold to a fan||storage, rehearsal|
|Rickenbacker 450||1966||FA180||Fireglo||bridge pickup changed to DiMarzio FS-1 or similar||1977||got retired in late 1978 (kept under Johnny’s bed); traded February 1989 (for blue german carve Ventures II)||backup 1977/78||Top of the Pops, Sep 28, 1978|
|Rickenbacker 450||1959 (?)||Mapleglo||bridge pickup changed to mini humbucker, TRC missing||1977||stolen 1977 10 22||backup|
Some years before the Ramones John Cummings played bass in a band called Tangerine Puppets (1966–68, Bob Rowland–Vocals, Tamás Erdélyi–Lead Guitar, Richard Adler–Guitar, John Cummings–Bass, Scott Robert–Drums).
Bought January 23, 1974 at Manny’s for 69.55 USD, the blue Mosrite Ventures II was the first guitar Johnny Ramone used with the Ramones. Around September 1976, the original tremolo has been replaced with a fixed Gibson style tailpiece. It did not have a Mosrite bridge but a Gibson/Schaller „harmonica“ bridge.
The guitar has been stolen on October 22nd, 1977 in the first theft of the Ramones‘ equipment after the show at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, and has not surfaced yet.
Immediately after Johnny lost his blue Mosrite it was replaced with the same model in white. I’ve never seen a picture or video that shows both, so wether Johnny kept the white as a spare or he was so lucky to find it directly after the blue was gone. The first video I know Johnny playing the white slab is of a three day show October 27–30 at CBGB’s, only five days after the equipment was stolen.
From the very beginning as Johnny’s main guitar, the white Ventures II was modified: refinished, Gibson style fixed tailpiece without the Mosrite tremolo plate and grover Rotomatics that replaced the original Kluson Deluxe tuners. The spun Mosrite poti knobs have been replaced with black Gibson style bell knobs. Everything else seems to have been original.
Between October 1979 and January 1980 the bridge pickup has been changed to a DiMarzio FS-1, the pickguard has been replaced, too.
Around early 1983 the neck pickup has been replaced with a Seymour Duncan Mini Humbucker that has been tinkered in the larger original pickup’s cutout in the pickguard. Later the pickguard had been replaced again and the SD got a proper cutout (not really centered).
This guitar seems to have been Johnny’s first backup guitar, sometimes played with a capo…
Original condition with missing trussrod cover/logo. The bridge pickup is replaced with a Mini humbucker with mounting ring (attached with 3 screws).
This guitar has been stolen in October 1977.
There’s rumors that this guitar is now owned by Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander. In my opinion Robin’s Rickenbacker is NOT Johnny’s Rickenbacker:
If you compare the few existing pictures of Johnny’s maple glow Rick with those detailed photos of Robin Zander’s 1959 Rick (Gibson Repair and Restauration’s pictures) you will see that these are two different guitars.
There are differences that could be changed, like black nut (Johnny) vs. white nut (Robin), black knobs (Johnny) vs. silver inlayed knobs (Robin), bridge pickup Mini humbucker w/ screwed on mounting ring (Johnny) vs. toaster (Robin) (so there should be additional screw holes in the pickguard).
But there are differences that could not be altered:
– Johnny’s Rick’s neck through wood is way blonder than the rest of the body (you can see it from the front side), Robin’s isn’t.
– Johnny’s Rick’s headstock’s had a triangle trussrod cover once (can be seen from the headstock’s yellowing and the single screw hole near the G tuner), Robin’s has a trapezoid plate (with according yellowing and screw holes).
– The truss rod channel at Johnny’s headstock is longer than that of Robin’s Rick.
If someone knows Johnny’s Rickenbacker’s serial number he can compare – Robin’s Rick is 4C482A.
Rarely used backup guitar. It may have been stolen in October 1977, too, but probably it has not been owned by Johnny but only borrowed for that Whisky a Go-Go gig.
Stock Gibson Marauder: original pickups, natural finish, natural headstock, white pickguard, rosewood fretboard with dot markers, chicken head blender at lower horn (from late 1976).
I know only one photography by Jenny Lens of Johnny playing a Marauder at the Whisky a Go-Go in October, 21 1977 as backup guitar for his blue Mosrite, just before the equipment was stolen. This picture can be found in the „Official Ramones Calendar 2007“ and on www.johnnyramone.com ;)
serial number FA180 (January 1966).
Traded (together with the Hamer X X0#¢) in February 1989 for a blue Mosrite Ventures II German Carve, B546.
Has been auctioned in September 2015, sold for 56,250.– USD.
Auction site: Item 8113 – Johnny Ramone’s Stage-used Rickenbacker Guitar Catalog 461 (Sep 2015).
Description here at icollector.com.
Serial number 0185. Custom made for Johnny Ramone by Hamer (according the the auction’s description) – deep body contours, no body binding.
Unbound, contoured body in pre 1980 shape and a white headstock. Equipped with a DiMarzio FS-1 (?) in bridge position, original Kluson tuners were replaced with Schallers, played for example at
1980-01-31 – TOTP, London, England – Baby I Love You and at
1980-05-19 – Sha-Na-Na.
Johnny traded this Hamer on May 22, 1982 to Adam Greiss for the sunburst Mosrite Ventures II (German Carve) that was used later in the „Time Has Come Today“ video.
Adam Greiss played the Hamer (besides his white Mosrite Ventures Mark I) with his band Immortal Primitives that supported the Ramones live several times in 1983/84. Some info about that band here: Radio Mutation, September 29, 2006: Out of the Vaults, Into Your Ears #14. And he played both guitars at the band’s revival in 2015: The Adam Greiss Group (HD) — Live at The Sparks Reunion 5/9/15 The Crooked Rail, E. Northport, NY.
Auctioned May 19th 2016, sold to Linda Ramone for $55,247.50. Auction site: Item 7498 – Johnny Ramone’s Owned and Stage-Used Signed Hamer Guitar Catalog 476 (May 2016).
Description and photos here at icollector.com.
According to the HamerFanClub serial number list, Hamer has built two white Hamer Sunbursts for Johnny Ramone in 1978:
– Serial number 8 0508, dot inlay, built for Johnny Ramone 11/3/78
– Serial number 8 0578, dot inlay, built for Johnny Ramone 12/20/78
I don’t know if there’re really two additional Hamers that Johnny has owned, but if you compare this picture (that’s supposed to be X X0#¢) with 0815 and X X0#¢ you can see a different headstock logo and the earlier positioning of the 12th fret’s dot markers – at least this one is another Hamer Johnny’s used.
Serial number X X0#¢, custom made for Johnny Ramone by Hamer, completed May 12, 1980, based on the Special, white headstock, „beveled edges thin neck thin body“ (Hamer). Traded (together with the Rickenbacker 450 FA180) in February 1989 for a blue Mosrite Ventures II German Carve, B546.
Has been auctioned in July 2015, sold for 49,889.35 USD. Auction site: Item 7411 – Johnny Ramone’s Early 1980s Stage-used Hamer Guitar Catalog 457 (Jul 2015).
Description and photos here at icollector.com.
Again, the picture on the right (the Hamer ad) shows another Hamer than X X0#¢ according to the different (larger) headstock logo.
Dutch TV Show TopPop, 1980
Backup guitar Johnny got on May 22, 1982 (from Immortal Primitives‘ Adam Greiss in trade for the white Hamer s/n 0185), also used in the music video for „Time has Come Today“. This guitar has been stolen in the second theft, April 24, 1983, I guess.
1966 model, s/n B690, with custom made full size pickguard and only one DiMarzio FS-1 (probably) at the bridge, Gibson style tailpiece instead of the original Moseley tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners.
This guitar appeared in May 1983 to replace the stolen backup guitars. Johnny gave it away to the Ramones‘ security chief in May 22, 1990.
Has been auctioned the third time in January 2015, sold for 71,875.- USD. Auction site: Item 2173 – Johnny Ramone’s Longtime-owned and Stage-used Guitar Catalog 445 (Jan 2015).
Description and photos here at icollector.com.
Johnny Ramone can be seen playing a black Gibson Les Paul Custom on German TV at „Formel Eins“ on June 27, 1985 in Grünwald/Munich, doing a playback performance of „Howling At The Moon“.
Serial number 635122, all original except for one knob (that’s already been changed in 1985). After some research in Bavaria studios I was able to find it in its original instruments rental in Munich ;)
Black custom made one pickup Mosrite – Johnny gave it away to another NYC based guitar player.
Last modification: June 15, 2020