Johnny Ramone
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Johnny Ramone

Johnny Ramone
A custom Mosrite Ventures II guitar, in white finish, double cutaway body, maple neck, 22 fret fingerboard with dot inlays, single DiMarzio pickup, Grover tuners, two rotary controls, one selector switch, stop tailpiece, signed and inscribed on the reverse of the neck This is the last guitar played on stage which was in 1998.....Los Angeles, also used on Lollapalooza 1996, Johnny Ramone, 5/11/01, additionally signed and inscribed on the reverse of the body "Gabba Gabba Hey" Johnny Ramone, with black rectangular hardshell case signed on the case in silver felt pen and inside on the fur lining by Ramone -- owned by Johnny Ramone and played by him on stage on various occasions including the Ramones' final concert on 6 August, 1996 during the Ramones Adios Amigo tour and the Lollapalooza tour, 1996; accompanied by a reproduction of a colour photograph of Johnny Ramone with the guitar -- 10x8in. (25.4x20.3cm.); a Ramones guitar pick; and a document concerning the provenance (4)
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Cleveland and New York, 2002-2011
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Lot Essay

The Mosrite guitar was Johnny Ramone's favoured guitar and he played them in over 2000 Ramones performances. He only owned about 12 guitars in his lifetime and when the Ramones disbanded, he sold off all his guitars except this Mosrite. As such, this guitar was the last in his possession when he died in September, 2004.
As well as playing this guitar on the final Adios Amigos tour in 1996 and the Lollapalooza tour, 1996, Johnny Ramone also used the guitar on stage with Pearl Jam during a performance of The KKK Took My Baby Away on July 14, 1998 in Los Angeles.
This guitar was initially sold at auction in the 1990s to settle an argument between Johnny Ramone and his friend, Vincent Gallo. The two had a tradition of competitive gift giving and Johnny gave this guitar to Gallo after Gallo had giften him a real shrunken head. Gallo challenged Ramone and told him that the head was more valuable than the guitar so Johnny demanded he put the guitar up for auction to settle the score. When the guitar reached more than expected, Johnny demanded a share of the profits and this friendly argument lasted for many years, right up until the day of Johnny's death.

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