One of Johnny's guitars looks delicious!
On November 6, 2016, in advance of Johnny's arrival in Tokyo for the Classic Rock Awards, Tommy Henriksen Instagrammed
this chocolate guitar that was made for Johnny. Johnny has said
that he doesn't care for chocolate, despite being in the films Chocolat
and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. But hopefully he can find
some chocolate lovers to share it with!
Guitars and Basses that do not belong to Johnny
Lemmy's Rickenbacker Bass
the Hollywood Vampires paid tribute to Lemmy at the 2016 Grammy Awards,
Johnny was spotted backstage checking out Lemmy's bass. This is a
Rickenbacker 4004 LK Lemmy Kilmister Limited Edition bass, of which
only 60 instruments were reportedly made. The description at the
Rickenbacker site is: "Highly carved Walnut body, Maple neck and
Rosewood fingerboard, gold hardware, three humbucking pickups, black
and white checked binding, oil finish, standard case. . ."
Description at Rickenbacker.com
Rick Nielsen's 5 neck Hamer Guitar
Cheap Trick lead guitarist Rick Nielson shared this photo of Johnny holding this iconic guitar on his Iconosquare page. This Hamer guitar is described in a 2011 guitarmuse.com article: "The
first time I saw a video of Cheap Trick Nielsen was playing the
five-neck guitar and he frequently lifted it up over his head. At
twenty-eight pounds that is certainly not a small amount of weight to
perform such eccentric antics as he’s known to do. The
guitar was built back in 1980 and was then a one of a kind until he
requested another from Hamer in the 90s so the original wouldn’t
suffer as much from touring." In 2003, Rick himself told Guitar Center about the necks: "On
my five-neck guitar it's a 12-string, 6-string, 6-string vibrato,
another 6-string with Tele-sort of single pickups, and a 6-string
fretless so they're all completely different. They're all tuned to E,
nothing odd." Quite an impressive instrument!
Tom Petersson's Gretsch Falcon Bass
the Hollywood Vampires played at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on
July 13, 2016, Cheap Trick was the opening act. Johnny took the
opportunity to check out Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson's brand new
Gretsch Smoke Green Falcon Bass. Tom discusses this bass as well
as his Gretsch Signature basses in this article on the Gretsch website.
Autographed Guitar #1
This Pirates Of The Caribbean
Gibson guitar does not belong to Johnny, but he signed it as part of a
contest. He posed with the guitar as part of a Damian
photoshoot in 2003. There was once a link from Gibson with
information about the guitar and contest, but the link is no longer
Autographed Guitar #2
In 2010, this electric guitar
autographed by Johnny was part of a raffle and auction for the
in Philadelphia, with 100% of the proceeds going to support three
worthy charities (Musicopia, SPARC and Human Rights Watch).
is a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker in Satin Yellow finish with
Chrome hardware (Model LPMMSYCH1). Johnny originally
the guitar for the Actors
Fund of America.
Autographed Guitar #3
February of 2013, Johnny was spotted in Carnation, WA, a town where a
movie was currently being filmed, though the exact reasons for his
visit were kept a closely guarded secret at the time. Photos
strumming a guitar were removed from their original sites shortly after
they were posted, but they quickly went viral anyway. It is
now known that Johnny was there to film a cameo in the movie, Lucky Them. Johnny
signed this guitar for "Nancy," so this is presumably hers.