Johnny Ramone’s Hamer Goes To Auction

Johnny Ramone's Hamer

BOSTON, MA – (Thursday, May 12, 16) Johnny Ramone’s vintage Hamer guitar will be featured in an upcoming live auction event from Boston-based RR Auction. The vintage white Hamer right-handed custom electric guitar, embossed with its serial number on the reverse of the headstock, “0185,” and signed and inscribed on the back in black felt tip, “To Adam, Johnny Ramone.” 

Featuring deep body contours and a larger, more flared headstock than found on stock Hamer special models, this ‘special’ lightweight Hamer guitar was designed to fit the specific needs of Ramone. The guitar’s original bridge humbucking pickup was removed and a single coil pickup installed on a cream-colored mounting plate.

Additionally, the original Kluson tuning machines were later replaced with Schallers; the old tuner impressions remain visible on reverse of headstock.

Includes its original modified Hamer hardshell case, with the neck pocket housing an off-white Ramones guitar pick and an assemblage of guitar strings, with several by Darco Funky, Ramone’s string of choice.

“Johnny personally had this guitar customized to achieve his instantly recognizable sound and fit his unique playing style that consisted of rapid downstrokes and barre chord shapes,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Accompanied by a notarized certificate of authenticity from close friend and Ramones expert Chris Lamy, as well as a notarized letter of provenance from Monte Melnick, the longtime tour manager of the Ramones, the latter, in part: “Adam Greiss was a close friend of Johnny Ramone, as well as friends with the rest of the band and crew members. Adam often traveled with us to shows outside the NY area, ranging from Philadelphia all the way up to New England.

Adam and Johnny Ramone traded guitars on May 22, 1982—Adam gave Johnny a sunburst Ventures II Mosrite guitar (used in the ‘Time Has Come Today’ video) for Johnny’s custom Hamer guitar which Johnny endorsed in the late 1970s into the early 1980s.

This particular Hamer was the first one of Johnny’s Hamers, and was used live during the part of the set when the guitar technicians re-tuned Johnny’s primary white Mosrite guitar. A year later, on March 12, 1983 Johnny autographed the Hamer guitar for Adam.” Ramone played and toured with this instrument extensively for three years, performing on-stage and during various live TV appearances such as the band’s infamous Sha Na Na appearance on May 9, 1979, and the Top of the Pops show on January 31, 1980. According to Lamy and Hamer guitars founder Jol Dantzig, this customized guitar represents the first piece of gear endorsed by any of the Ramones, and is enhanced furthermore by its unique and historic distinction as being the very first custom-designed Hamer guitar delivered to the legendary punk rock guitarist.

Johnny Ramone's Hamer

Additional highlights include:

Tupac Shakur’s 1996 American Motors Hummer purchased a month before his death.

Jimi Hendrix autograph letter signed in the year of Electric Ladyland.

Eric Clapton-played replica of the ‘Fool’ 1961 Les Paul SG.

Johnny Ramone’s stage-used custom Hamer guitar.

John Lennon signed deposition concerning ‘Come Together’ and Chuck Berry plagiarism.

The Marvels of Modern Music auction from RR Auction will feature more than 500 items.  Bidding for the online auction began on May 12 and will conclude on May 19. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

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