Magazine article Guitar Player

Heroes: Johnny Ramone

Magazine article Guitar Player

Heroes: Johnny Ramone

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Factoid: Johnny Ramone had already played 571,868 downstrokes before the Sex Pistols released their first album. The frenetic New Yorker with the low-slung Mosrite was one of punk rock's first guitar stars, and, as evident on Hey! Ho! Let's Go!: The Ramones Anthology [Rhino], his tone never strayed far from the delinquent roar of the Ramones' self-titled debut album.

"I used that same Mosrite Ventures model from 1976 on," he says. "It was light and perfect for playing nonstop barre chords. I never even broke a string. I plugged two Marshall heads into one stack--no gadgets, everything full up."

In the studio, Ramone preferred recording a single guitar track so he could clearly hear his punishing downstrokes, and is happiest with the guitar sounds on the albums produced by Tommy Erdelyi (the band's original drummer), Ed Stasium, and Daniel Rey ("He knew how to make sure I was happy--he was a guitar player and he'd put the guitar up front in the mix"). …

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