LONDON GUITAR ACADEMY has the great pleasure of introducing its FAVOURITE GUITARISTS series with guest blogger-true music enthusiast and longtime friend Paul Wood! In our first in instalment we pay tribute to the immaculate JOHNNY THUNDERS

Careering out of the Bronx in 1971 as part of the New York Dolls on sky high  platform shoes that would give most people a nosebleed and a bouffant hair style that wouldn’t have looked out of place on an 80s US female soap star, Johnny Thunders (and his guitar) gave the early 70’s a look and sound that would never be forgotten.



Playing in an aggressive style with a throwback to 50s rock’n’roll and r’n’b, the Thunders sound was a sharp contrast to the guitar sounds of early 70s rock.

Mixing his love for 50’s rock’n’roll and doo wop with the teen romances of the 60’s girl group sound, both the New York Dolls and his later solo albums and shows were unafraid to feature a healthy sprinkling of covers – all given the Thunders guitar sound makeover.

Notable covers either live or in the studio included Pipeline (Chantays), Stranded In The Jungle (The Jayhwaks), Pills (Bo Diddley), Don’t You Start Me Talkin’ (Sonny Boy Williamson), Bad Detective (The Coasters), There’s Gonna Be A Showdown (Archie Bell & the Drells), and Do You Love Me (The Contours).

To quote the title of their 2nd (and final official album) The Dolls were clearly a case of “too much , too soon” but the Dolls had a big influence on the trendsetters that emerged with UK punk.

Thunders moved over to the UK at the time of the UK punk explosion with his new band, the Heartbreakers, where they cut one classic (but muddy sounding) album for Track (“L.A.M.F”).  Sporting a new short sharp hairstyle and either a suit/tie or leather jacket/skinny tie combination look, the band would take to the stage to the sound of air raid sirens before proceeding to explode with one of the most powerful and exciting sets of the initial punk era.

With the Heartbreakers imploding in a befuddled mix of drugs and inter-band squabbles over the sound of the L.A.M.F mix, the subsequent years produced a number of sporadic releases (and re-releases) of varying quality under the Johnny Thunders name, with the best being “So Alone”.

A mysterious and lonely death in 1991 in New Orleans only served to underline his legend and reputation but to quote the title of the best track (and his best ballad) from the “So Alone” album – “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”. 

Guitars most associated with Johnny Thunders:

Gibson Les Paul Special/Gibson Les Paul T.V. (Honey yellow withP90 pick-up)

Recommended albums:

New York Dolls – New York Dolls

New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon

Heartbreakers – L.A.M.F

Johnny Thunders – So Alone

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The London Guitar Academy seeks to build community through music, opening the door to the creative process for children and adults, regardless of previous training or experience.

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I’ve learnt so much so quickly. James’s lessons are great fun covering all the music i like and more. Plus the guitars at the studio are the best and so good to play!


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Playing the guitar is so much fun…I love playing my guitar & learning songs


“I have seen James every week for almost three years.  During that time I have learned a tremendous amount about playing the guitar and writing and recording music.  When I first visited James I was a moderately competent guitarist who could play others’ basic songs.  I now play in a band and have written over 20 songs that I have recorded with James.  James teaches in a hands-on, practical way and tailors lessons to students’ aptitude and musical tastes.  He is also an excellent producer who offers insightful ideas and guidance on all aspects of song structure, mix and sound.  He is very energetic and positive and my time in the studio is usually the highlight of my week.”


I first studied with James Stratton in 2007. Under his expert guidance I started writing my own songs and am currently working on my third CD.  James is an inspiring and charismatic teacher with a deep-founded musicality and a full understanding of all different styles of music. He is great fun to work with and sensitive and adaptable to an individual’s needs. I highly recommend him to guitarists of any level who want to improve their skills or to beginners looking to fall in love with this beautiful instrument.  James works out of his own recording studio and is also a talented producer experienced in Logic.  To hear some of the songs we’ve recorded together go to



I’ve had lessons with James for years and my guitar playing as improved considerably, both technically and creatively. He’s been extremely knowledgeable, helpful in improving my weaknesses, and is a great guy to learn from! Lessons are always fun, and i’d definitely recommend him if you want to learn guitar.

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Guitar is the universal language which James speaks fluently! James teaches guitar in a digestible, exciting way. He focuses on both theory and technique that culture you as not just a guitarist but a well rounded musician. His song writing and production expertise make for a unique and unrivalled learning experience. I owe an awful lot to James as a guitarist, musician, performer and songwriter – I hope this doesn’t sound over the top but he couldn’t come more highly recommended by me.”


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There is a little rock and roll lurking inside all of us; James specialises in teasing it out, sharpening it up and making it sound great! I play to relax and to entertain friends and family. James understands my level of commitment and tunes our lessons accordingly. My guitar skills have improved, but it’s also been loads of fun. He Keeps me rocking man!


Lessons with James have taken me Beyond my wildest dreams: I was one of those people who would say I have no musical abilities when asked if I play an instrument. When I first met james I could not play a chord, I didn’t even know what a chord was, 4 months later I played my first gig. I now play in 2 bands and have performed at cafe de Paris, the underbelly, barfly, bush hall and the troubadour. James’ wonderful teaching style, incredible knowledge of all musical genre’s and nurturing character has literally changed my life and he can change yours. Jon ford, lead singer, songwriter: Hijakkt and the rocky bay band


Having lessons with James for over 5 years has given me the opportunity to develop my guitar playing skills and technique as well as creativity. Lessons are always fun with James as he is so enthusiastic and willing to help in what ever way he can. He teaches with passion and genuinely wants to see each of his pupils develop and improve as a guitarist and a musician. I can not recommend James highly enough, without him I would not be close to the guitarist I am now!

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At Guitar Lessons London our main focus is that our students make gradual progress and are enjoying their practice time. During the initial lessons, guitar lessons London spend some time determining the goals of our students. This is a two-fold process.
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