The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11312   Message #83818
Posted By: Chet W.
03-Jun-99 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Anyone familiar with Johnson Resonator Guits
Subject: RE: Anyone familiar with Johnson Resonator Guits
Found them at Elderly ( $675 for a single cone brass body, nickel plated. $1100 for a tricone. A picture of one of them says it was made in "Czech", meaning the Republic, I guess. A description of another model says it was made in China, so I don't know which is true, or if both are. I'd love to see one personally, as this is way below the price of the new Nationals ($1700 for a painted single-cone) and a small fraction of an old National in decent shape. I have an ambition of building my own. I've figured out most of the technical problems of construction except for the cone itself, which you can buy from Stewart-McDonald for $22 to upwards of $100. I want to build a National everything; guitar, all the mandos, dulcimer, fiddle and so on. Soon as I finish my kitchen cabinets and a table or two. If anybody buys one of these Johnsons, please give a review, especially if you can compare it to a National.

Chet W.