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Johnny Ramone’s Mosrite Guitar Goes Up for Auction

Johnny Ramones Guitar
Pictured: Johnny Ramone’s Personally-Owned and Stage-Used 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 Guitar

Johnny Ramone’s Mosrite Guitar will be featured at a live auction event by Boston, MA based RR Auction this month. The personally-owned and used red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar is signed on the body in black felt tip, “Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90.”

The six-string guitar features several modifications Ramone made to make the guitar fit his sound and style, the most significant being the replacement of the tremolo system with a stop bar tailpiece and installation of a DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup, as well as a tortoiseshell pickguard. Included in the sale, is the original hardshell case.

This is a rare instrument in its own right, and the only red guitar or Ventures Model 1 that Ramone owned; it was in his possession for at least seven years, from circa 1982–83 until he sold it in 1990; the first photographic evidence of Ramone playing the guitar comes from a show at the Eagle’s Hippodrome in Seattle on May 5, 1983. Johnny most often used this guitar for TV appearances and it can be seen up-close during a 1988 performance on MTV.

In 1990, Ramone sold this guitar to friend and former Ramones band driver Gene Frawley, signing and dating it on the occasion. A subsequent owner later personally confirmed the ownership details with Ramone, who acknowledged that he owned and used the guitar throughout the 1980s before selling it to Frawley.

“This is one of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Ramone known to exist — an exceedingly rare and historically important piece of music history,” says Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction.

Johnny Ramone was a founding member of the seminal punk band that broke onto the New York music scene in 1974. Johnny was known for his fast, high-energy guitar playing. His style almost exclusively consisted of rapid down strokes and bar chord shapes. This unique playing style and buzz saw-like sound of Johnny’s guitar parts was highly influential on many early punk rock guitarists and keeps him listed on numerous top lists of the greatest guitar players. Johnny Ramone died in his Los Angeles home on September 15, 2004 at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.

The Johnny Ramone guitar will be part of a special live auction event, featuring nearly 150 items, that will take place on January 22nd, 2015 at RR Auction’s Boston Gallery, but Online Bidding begins January 15th, More details can be found online at RR Auction Dot Com.

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Beatles Dress

Beatles Dress
All Photos Taken By Gail at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A fluid back-and-forth between contemporary art, music and fashion characterized the 1960s. Made for Universal Studios as a rare promotional item, this Beatles dress illustrates three ideas central to Pop Art – the blending of Art and Advertising; the instant obsolescence of fashion; and the cult of the rich and famous.

Beatles Dress Detail
Print Detail

Its brightly contrasting print mimics Andy Warhol’s repetitive silk-screened images of celebrities and commercial products through the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Beatles Dress Side View
Back View of Dress. (Note: Red Anish Kapoor Wall Sculpture in the Background.)

Regarding the black patent leather mid-heeled shoes on the mannequin, designed by Roger Vivier, The Beatles themselves were avid customers of Vivier, a fashion designer credited with the Stiletto heel.

Scott Ian’s Simpsons Guitar

Scott Ian Simpsons Guitar
Photographed By Gail at the Hard Rock Cafe, NYC

This guitar was custom made for Scott Ian of Anthrax when he was on The Simpsons. The front and back features every major and minor character on the show as well as an image of Scott. There were only two made and it took over 60 hours of work to complete.

Scott Ian Simpsons Guitar Close Up

You can see the likeness of Scott in the upper right hand corner of this photo of the guitar. He is on a Blue background if you need more help finding him, though he appears to be lacking his trademark beard thing.

Scott Ian holding Simpsons Guitar

Here is Scott holding the guitar!

Rock N’ Brew Guitar Tea Infuser!

Rock n Brew Guitar Tea Infuser

Make your loose leaf tea really sing with the Rock N’ Brew Guitar Tea Infuser that makes a Rock’n’ gift for any music lover.

Rock N’ Brew Guitar Tea Infuser Features:

  • Tea infuser shaped like a Guitar
  • Color: Bright Red
  • Material: silicone
  • Food-safe, microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe
  • Size: 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ x 3/4″

Priced to move at just $7.95, buy yours now at This Link!

Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon Guitar

Bacon Guitar
Yes, It Exists

Visit This Link to watch a video that includes detailed instructions on how you can make your very own Bacon Guitar, followed by tips on how to write a love song about Bacon. Bacon!

Thanks to Lou Babinga for The Tip!

GuitarTown Sunset Strip Art Project Adds New Street Art Guitar!

The Sunset Strip and Gibson Guitar have announced the addition of a new guitar to GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip, a public art project launched in August 2010 featuring more than twenty-five 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars strategically placed on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Well-known Los Angeles street artists have collaborated for this one-of-a-kind piece. The guitar will be on display as part of Maximillian Gallery and prominent art blog Melrose and Fairfax’s collaborative exhibit “What Graffiti is to New York – Street Art is to Los Angeles.”

The exhibit features work from Alec Monopoly, Free Humanity, Smog City, Bankrupt Slut, DeeKay, Bod Bod, 2wenty, Snyder, Gregory Siff, KH no. 7, Smear, Desire Obtain Cherish, CYRCLE. & DD$, Leba, and Homo Riot – a dream team lineup of the best street artists in Los Angeles and the world. The vision of these artists offers a rare insider’s look into the very heart of what is happening on the streets today. What Graffiti is… presents original, cutting-edge artworks, exclusive never-before-seen action photos from Melrose and Fairfax, unique sticker packs and Limited Edition Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis embossed prints.

The collaborative Street Art Guitar was created by all of the participating artists and will be on display at the gallery during the exhibit, now through June 30, 2011. The guitar will then become a part of Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip and will be auctioned for charity this fall. A video of the construction of the guitar can be seen at This Link.

Maximillian Gallery is Located in the Sunset Marquis Hotel, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood CA 90069. Phone 310-881-6025. Gallery Hours are 1 – 8 PM Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays) and by appointment.