But this is no wonder. Johnny Ramone was known for his quick down chords – he never strummed up – and he played them aggressively on this guitar until he retired in 1996.
“Most guitarists have dozens of guitars that they play and they change every year on different tours,” Rey told CNN. “Johnny used the same guitar from day one to the end, and I think it’s quite unique.”
And the guitar always plays “perfectly,” Rey said. “It’s indestructible. He’s played 2,000 shows with the Ramones, so he can handle it all.”
The Ramones started the punk rock movement in New York City in the 1970s with their fast pace, short songs, and loud guitar riffs instantly recognizable from songs such as “Blitzkrieg Bop”, “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” and ” I Wanna Be Sedated “. “
The band members adopted the last name Ramone, with the same look of black leather jackets, canvas shoes, jeans and long black hair on their faces.
The signed amplifier from the auction was used by Johnny in some of the Ramones’ early CBGB shows, in 1974 and 1975, according to RR Auction. And although it was only used for those early years – Rey said the band bought new amps as soon as they got a recording deal – the amp is said to have made a signature sound.
“It really introduced the world to the brutality of the Ramones ‘guitar sound, which was the beautiful balance between pop sensibility – the (type of) Beach Boys’ pop – and the brutal guitar sound that made that magic. operates, ”says Rey.
He recalled how Johnny, who died in 2004, never liked playing minor chords, although he would if he had to.
“Joey would write songs with minor chords sometimes,” Rey said, “and Johnny always called them“ those funny chords. ”He would say to me, ‘Daniel, Joey’s song has one of those funny chords, doesn’t- isn’t it? ‘”
The original four members of the Ramones are gone now – Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Hyman, died in 2001, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone, born Douglas Colvin, died a year later. Drummer Tommy Ramone, real name Tom Erdelyi, died in 2014.
Rey said now is the time to sell the items and share them with other fans. And he said he wasn’t surprised at the interest: “The Ramones are the greatest band of all time.”