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Basses, Amps and other gear of the Ramones

The original idea of a Johnny Ramone guitar list is from Ian Harper’s site Rockometer.com. However, that site has not been updated for a long time, so here’s an updated list of Johnny Ramone’s guitars. This site is still and always under construction – sorry if there are any mistakes.

Johnny Ramone's guitar amps

Electro Harmonix Mike Matthews Freedom Amp Quad, 1974

The Ramones started not with Marshall Amps but used rare solid state EHX 4×10″ combos in their first two years. They were used live until early 1976 when Johnny bought the Marshalls after having been signed by Sire Records. There are early 1976 photos where the Freedom Amps and a Marshall head are used live. As the Freedom Amp has two inputs two amps can be used in a row.

 

According to Ed Stasium one of the Freedom Amps have been used on the recording of „End of the Century“. Both Quads remained at the Ramones‘ rehearsal room over all the years.

Photo: RR Auction 2021, source: rrauction.com
Photo: RR Auction 2021, source: rrauction.com

Marshall 1959 JMP Super Lead 100W – 1975

After the Ramones were signed by Sire Johnny bought two Marshall 100W heads (US-model with polarity switch) with two straight 4×12″ Marshall 1960B cabinets with checkerboard grill cloth. As the stuff is completely stock, the cabinet should have been equipped with Rola Celestion G12M Black Backs.

Around mid 1976 a third Marshall head (this time one without the polarity switch) and two 4×12″ Marshall 1960A cabinets were added.

It seems that in 1977 one of the first Marshalls has been replaced with a later JMP 1959 with larger logo and rocker switches. Around that time another 1960B cabinet was added.

Two of the 1959s were played live, wheather via Y-link from the guitar or patched:
– guitar -> Y -> input channel I top (bright channel, high sensitivity) at both 1959s
– guitar -> input channel I top (bright channel, high sensitivity) at 1959 (1) -> out from input I bottom (low channel, high sensitivity)-> input channel I top (bright channel, high sensitivity) at 1959 (2)

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Marshall 1959 JMP Super Lead 100W – 1977

After the Ramones truck was stolen October 1977 Johnny bought three current 1959 Marshall 100W heads (thicker binding, bigger logo and rocker switches):

4816J (1977)
5399J (1977)
00754M (1980)

1983 back line:
47735 (before July 1969)

Johnny used them again with two straight 4×12″ Marshall 1960B cabinets and two 4×12″ Marshall 1960A with checkerboard grill cloth, although it seems he had some more:

1117

1189

1318

1417

5738

5007

1322

 

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Marshall 2203 JCM800 Master Volume 100W – 1983

After the Ramones truck was stolen again in April 1983 Johnny bought three current 2203 Marshall 100W Master Volume heads (JCM800), although the 1959 Super Lead was still available in the JCM800 series.
5175R (1983)
5180R (1983)
519xR (1983)

A5994F (1974)

 

and used them again with two straight 4×12″ Marshall 1960B cabinets and two 4×12″ Marshall 1960A:

6131

6129

5814

6122

5805

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Marshall 1959 Super Lead 100W – 1974

Later (when?) Johnny added another 1959:

A5994F (1974)

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Yamaha G50-112

Seems Johnny used a Yamaha G50-112 for the warm ups.

Photo: Photo: ?, source: johnnyramone.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Fender Champ – 1979

For the before-show-warm-ups Johnny used a small Fender Champ, serial number A961258 (1979)

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Dee Dee Ramone's basses

Danelectro Shorthorn DC 3412 Bass – early 1960s

Bought January 1974 at Manny’s when Johnny bought his blue Mosrite.

CBGB, NYC, September 15th, 1974

Fender Musicmaster bass – early 1970s

Bought after Dee Dee broke his Danelectro.

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Guild B301-A, natural – 1978

s/n 196556, personally played by original Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone during sound check before a show at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, New York, on July 5, 1978, with Ramone etching his name and date into the black pickguard, “Dee Dee Ramone, 7/5/78.”. Auctioned for 2,051.– USD. Pictures here at icollector: Dee Dee Ramone Etched Soundcheck Bass Guitar
Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Fender Precision bass – 1978

Olympic White turned Cream w/ black pickguard, 1975 or 1978, auctioned January 2016 for 37,995.–. GBase: 1975 Fender® Dee Dee Ramones Personal Bass

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Fender Precision bass – 1978/79

S903348
White w/ red pickguard, 1978/79, given away by Dee Dee November 19, 1981, auctioned at Christie’s in June 2011 for 16,400,– USD.

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Fender Precision bass – 1983

E317525
Olympic White turned Cream w/ white pickguard, 1983 „Something to Believe In“ video, sold to Barry Apfel, auctioned in December 2017 for 35,870.45 USD. RRAuction: Dee Dee Ramone Used Bass Guitar, pictures here at icollector: Dee Dee Ramone Used Bass Guitar.

Photo: ?, source: ?.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Fender Precision bass – 1983

S817607
Olympic White turned Cream w/ white pickguard, „Old Grey Whistle Test“ February 26, 1985, given to Jeff ‘Truckie’ Golden in lieu of one weeks pay by Ramones manager Monte Melnick after being left behind in an equipment locker at S. I. R. in NYC after Dee Dee Ramone quit the band. Auctioned in October 2014 for 37,694.48 USD. RRAuction: Dee Dee Ramone — Stage-used Guitar, pictures here at icollector: Dee Dee Ramone — Stage-used Guitar.

Fender Precision Basses 1983:
S899028, S906667, S90963

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Fender Precision bass – 1983

Fender Precision Basses 1983:
S899028 (1977/ late 78)

S906667 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

S90963x

Fender Precision Basses 1994 (CJ)

E327426 (late 1982 – early 1985)

S906452 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

ESP "Precision" bass, red – Spider – 1986

Fender Precision Basses 1983:
S899028 (1977/ late 78)

S906667 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

S90963x

Fender Precision Basses 1994 (CJ)

E327426 (late 1982 – early 1985)

S906452 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

Photo: Gie Knaeps, source: gettyimages.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

ESP "Thunderbird" bass, yellow – Dragon – 1988

Fender Precision Basses 1983:
S899028 (1977/ late 78)

S906667 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

S90963x

Fender Precision Basses 1994 (CJ)

E327426 (late 1982 – early 1985)

S906452 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

Photo: Pete Hembree, source: cretin-family.tumblr.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

ESP bass – Cream

Fender Precision Basses 1983:
S899028 (1977/ late 78)

S906667 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

S90963x

Fender Precision Basses 1994 (CJ)

E327426 (late 1982 – early 1985)

S906452 (late 1978, 1979, 1980 or early 1981)

Photo: Mirrorpix, source: gettyimages.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Dee Dee Ramone's bass amps

Kustom 250-1 with matching Kustom 2-15 bass cabinet, black Tuck'n'Roll – early 1970s

Played until January 1976.

Photo: Danny Fields, source: we-heart.com

Photo: Danny Fields, source: we-heart.com

Ampeg SVT

100339

Purchased in April 1983 and was one of the SVT bass amps used on stage by Dee Dee Ramone until his departure in 1989. CJ Ramone then used the amp until the band broke up in 1996. s/n 100339. Auctioned in July 2017 for 13,089.13 USD. https://rrauction.com/PastAuctionItem/3394999

The second matching stage used SVT amp is in the Ramones Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Ampegs 1983:
13312

133231

16124
Ampegs 1994:
100337
100339
100380

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Ampeg SVT810E 800W 8x10

Purchased in April 1983 and was one of the SVT bass cabinets used on stage by Dee Dee Ramone until his departure in 1989. CJ Ramone then used the amp until the band broke up in 1996. Northern Case road case, s/n 292. Auctioned in July 2017 for 8,892.28 USD. https://rrauction.com/PastAuctionItem/3395000

The second matching stage used SVT cabinet is in the Ramones Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Cabinets 1983:
126530

128377

139001

126439
Cabinets 1994:
200373
200374
200375

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Yamaha B100

18267

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

C-Jay Ramone's basses

Fender Jazz Bass

Maybe a copy, covered in stickers. Used for the audition and later in the video for „Merry Christmas“.

Photo: CJ Ramone, source: instagram.com/theecjramone

Photo: CJ Ramone, source: instagram.com/theecjramone

Mosrite Custom bass

100339

Purchased in April 1983 and was one of the SVT bass amps used on stage by Dee Dee Ramone until his departure in 1989. CJ Ramone then used the amp until the band broke up in 1996. s/n 100339. Auctioned in July 2017 for 13,089.13 USD. https://rrauction.com/PastAuctionItem/3394999

The second matching stage used SVT amp is in the Ramones Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Ampegs 1983:
13312

133231

16124
Ampegs 1994:
100337
100339
100380

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Ampeg SVT810E 800W 8x10

Purchased in April 1983 and was one of the SVT bass cabinets used on stage by Dee Dee Ramone until his departure in 1989. CJ Ramone then used the amp until the band broke up in 1996. Northern Case road case, s/n 292. Auctioned in July 2017 for 8,892.28 USD. https://rrauction.com/PastAuctionItem/3395000

The second matching stage used SVT cabinet is in the Ramones Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Cabinets 1983:
126530

128377

139001

126439
Cabinets 1994:
200373
200374
200375

Photo: ?, source: spin.com
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, source: spin.com

Marshall 1959 JMP Super Lead 100W

After the Ramones were signed by Sire Johnny bought two Marshall 100W heads (US-model with polarity switch) with two straight 4×12″ Marshall 1960B cabinets with checkerboard grill cloth. As the stuff is completely stock, the cabinet should have been equipped with Rola Celestion G12 …

Around mid 1976 a third Marshall head (this time one without the polarity switch) and two 4×12″ Marshall 1960A cabinets were added.

It seems that in 1977 one of the first Marshalls has been replaced with a later JMP 1959 with larger logo and rocker switches. Around that time another 1960B cabinet was added.

1994: A5994F (1974)Photo: Robert Caplin 2009, source: rcaplin.photoshelter.com
Photo: Robert Caplin 2009, source: rcaplin.photoshelter.com

Marshall 1959 JMP Super Lead 100W

After the Ramones truck was stolen October 1977 Johnny bought three current 1959 Marshall 100W heads (thicker binding, bigger logo and rocker switches) and used them again with two straight 4×12″ Marshall 1960B cabinets and two 4×12″ Marshall 1960A with checkerboard grill cloth.

Guitar roadie Little Matt has published part of a list that seems to show the eqipment that was stolen in the 1983 theft of the Ryder truck with nearly all the gear that list shows some serial number, so here are these Marshall amps (or some of them):

4816J (1977)
5399J (1977)
00754M (1980)

1983 back line:
47735 (before July 1969)

Marshall 2203 JCM800 Master Volume 100W

1994:
5175R (1983)
5180R (1983)
519xR (1983)
Cabinets: 5805, 5814, 6122, 6129, 6131
Cabinets 1983: 1117, 1189, 1318, 1417, 5738, 5007, 1322

Last modification: September 26, 2021