ED STASIUM, SESSION MUSICIAN, PRODUCER ETC..

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Ed Stasium is a producer and engineer of some Ramones/ Ramones related albums. He also played guitar in some records.

Ed Stasium told main points of story when he sold a historical Ramones-related guitar on eBay, his 1963 Fender Stratocaster. Ed explains background: "For the discerning Ramones collector, this is a one of a kind historical item with a Ramones legacy provenance. This Strat was used extensively on practically every Ramones record that I worked on as engineer, producer or musical director.
- The first Ramones recording that this 1963 Fender Stratocaster appears on is Sheena Is A Punk Rocker. Johnny wanted it to have a Beach Boys guitar part a'la Little Honda.
- This 1963 Fender Stratocaster is used on virtually every song of Road To Ruin (1978), notably the chunks and solo on I Wanna Be Sedated, and on every song on the Phil Spector produced End Of The Century album (1980) on which I was credited as the Ramones Musical Director. I was in the studio playing with the band on every track for this LP. It also is played on Too Tough To Die (various parts including the solo on Howling At The Moon) and it's played extensively on Mondo Bizarro. I also used it on every song on the upcoming Joey Ramone second solo LP, Ed Stasium tells.

The guitar was originally Seafoam Green, and purchased at Rondo Music in Hillside NJ in September of 1964.
- I painted it with a psychedelic theme after I saw George Harrison's Strat (Rocky, which was a '62 Sonic Blue) on the Magical Mystery Tour LP in December of 1967. It was stripped down to wood in 1969, restored to the original color in 1975. The bridge pickup is original, the middle and bridge pickups were replaced in 1969 with pickups dated 1968 (they were damaged during the "stripping"), all other electronics ore original, explains Ed Stasium.

Ebay auction of 1963 Fender Stratocaster auction started from US $17,500.00. Auction ended on July 30, 2011. I asked from Ed Stasium if it was bought by some store etc. Ed said the guitar was "sold" to a private collector.