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Dee Dee Ramone's 1975 Fender Precision bass  ·  Source: RR Auctions


A 1975 Fender Precision bass owned and used on stage by Dee Dee Ramone is up for auction. If you have the necessary funds, you can buy a well-used and much-loved instrument that helped shape the sound of one of America’s most important rock bands.


Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

This highly personalised Fender Precision bass from 1975 was once the pride and joy of Dee Dee Ramone. This cream-coloured bass has an eye-catching red pickguard. It’s also been modified with caulk by longtime Ramones guitar tech Matthew ‘Little Matt’ Lolya to stop Dee Dee’s sweat from leaking under the pickguard and ruining the electronics inside.

Dee Dee Ramone 1975 Fender Precision bass

Dee Dee Ramone’s 1975 Fender Precision bass · Source: RR Auction

Number 1

The bass comes with loads of provenance, including a letter from Chris Lamy that describe how this bass has a number 1 taped onto it, indicating that it was Dee Dee’s go to guitar for stage and studio. Two of Dee Dee’s other basses were labelled Number 2 and Number 3 as his emergency instruments if Number 1 failed. The note reads:

My name is Chris Lamy and I was a personal friend of The Ramones. This white, Fender Precision Bass serial number 634080 was manufactured in 1975 and owned and used by Dee Dee Ramone from 1979 though 1989. The bass was one of three white Precision basses used by Dee Dee onstage between 1979 and mid 1982 when new basses were purchased. Dee Dee continued to use the bass for recording until 1989.  When Dee Dee left the band in 1989, the bass was sold to the studio owner to ‘cleanse himself’ of the band.

Dee Dee Ramone 1975 Fender Precision bass with culked red pickguard

Dee Dee Ramone 1975 Fender Precision bass with culked red pickguard · Source: RR Auction

Dee Ramone’s ’79 Precision

The auction concludes on June 18th, 2020. The Fender bass is serial number 634080 which indicates it was a 1975 model. Will it reach the estimated $40,000 sale price? I’d expect so. Follow my link below to the auction page for more details on this legendary bass guitar. Make sure you watch the video, too!

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