Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???

Related threads:
Tech: Pete Back Guitars (34)
How old is my Fender 12 string? (56)
Sigma Guitars (793)
Eko Guitars (180)
Tremeleuc (G. Trameleuc) guitars? (60)
'The Grammer Guitar' (33)
Anyone know Orlando guitars? (155)
Instrumentos Commarin (12)
Kent Guitar (73)
Robertson Guitars (12)
Grimshaw Guitars (57)
Mountain Guitars (japanese 70's brand) (97)
Blueridge guitars - best sellers (32)
Anyone know of this guitar? (28)
Yasuma guitars (79)
Tama Guitar (111)
Epiphone Blues Master (42)
Aria Guitar (36)
Harmony Guitar (43)
Bacon and Day Senorita? (guitar) (15)
M. Suzuki guitars? (58)
what year??? - Eco Ranger 12 guitar (20)
Acoustic-Electric Guitars (46)
BLUERIDGE: good guitar,good price! (46)
help with info about a Framus guitar (32)
A little guitar-buying advice, please (43)
Tacoma guitar same as Olympia? (8)
What is your favourite acoustic guitar? (253)
Thin-neck guitars -- recommendations? (69)
Guitar: Mid 60's Harmony Sovereign - How much? (22)
Ever played a Yamaha guitar? (141)
Info on Hofner guitars rqd. (22)
Gila Eban Guitars (14)
Do you recomend me a Takamine guitar? (45)
Blueridge BR-7S Guitar any opinions? (52)
Jan Burda's Guitars (25)
Epiphone Texan anyone got one? (85)
Does anybody actually notice? (guitars) (38)
Rainsong guitars (28)
Best acoustic guitar under $1000? (69)
Please help - identify guitar (25)
Underappreciated luthiers and instrument (78)
Avalon Guitars Anyone seen a 12string? (13)
Guitar Opinion - Taylor 410 CE (27)
Green Guitars (12)
one of those J45's... (12)
Apollo Guitar (92)
What You Cats Play (61)
Harmony Tenor Guitar (27)
Fender Acoustic Guitars (90)
Taylor Nylon-String Guitars (13)
Moondog Guitars (65) (closed)
Famos guitars (19)
eBay (for guitar purchase) (67)
What Kind of Guitar? (10)
taylor guitars vs seagulls (77)
Epiphone Frontier Acoustic (48)
Presley guitars (28)
Blue Ridge Guitars (18)
Travel guitars (48)
Help me to find a slide-blues guitar. (35)
Cheap solid-top guitar? (72)
Which type of guitar do I buy? (34)
I need a cheap guitar!! Your thoughts? (85)
Help: For Guitarists (Lowden loudness) (31)
Small Guitars? (87)
DeArmond archtop guitar -- opinions? (9)
Review: Are All Collings Wonderful? (26)
Canadian-made Guitars - opinions please? (119)
Taylor 214 (4)
Dean guitars (10)
Advice needed-cheap learners guitar (30)
Ron Belanger Guitars (9)
where to buy blueridge guitars back east (10)
Which guitar? (40)
Graphite vs. Wood - some advice (7)
Info/Opinions RE: Ovation,Takemine,Yamaha (57)
oh my gosh, i just bought a seagull!!! (20)
Need Electric Guitar Advice (28)
Variax Acoustic guitar (32)
Info On The Taylor 110? (5)
do you recommend cutaway on guitars? (50)
godin multiac steel....[guitar] (9)
Info on Dell Arte's Leadbelly 12 string (9)
INFO/Opinions:Taylor,Larivee,Collings,et al. (86)
Guitar scale length dilemma,suggestions? (40)
Tech: IDing a Tenor Guitar (25)
Info request: Donovan Excellence Guitar (6)
Advice please about types of Guitars (36)
Paxton Guitars (5)
Any good veneer top guitars? Art&Luthrie (7)
Help Simon & Patrick (guitar) (22)
Graphite guitars - what do ya'll think? (52)
New guitar (24)
Does the guitar make the difference? (91)
Oskar Graf, Luthier. THE Master? (36)
taylorguitars in new york (6)
I want this for my next guitar (30)
New guitar recommendations (53)
Electric/acoustic cutaway (10)
? about Kramer Electric 300ST (7)
Ginny bought me a Goodall guitar today! (16)
Info/Opinions: Guitars Past-Stella,Kay,etc. (27)
Mauer, Larson vs. Martin (5)
Info/Opinios Re: Guild Guitars (42)


GUEST,PoppaGator 09 Feb 05 - 03:21 PM
GUEST,Les B. 09 Feb 05 - 03:49 PM
el_punkoid_nouveau 09 Feb 05 - 04:02 PM
Ernest 09 Feb 05 - 04:23 PM
GUEST 09 Feb 05 - 04:45 PM
bigchuck 09 Feb 05 - 05:28 PM
PennyBlack 09 Feb 05 - 07:14 PM
Once Famous 09 Feb 05 - 08:24 PM
The Fooles Troupe 09 Feb 05 - 11:55 PM
GUEST,Les B. 10 Feb 05 - 12:54 AM
Grab 10 Feb 05 - 07:30 PM
*daylia* 10 Feb 05 - 09:12 PM
number 6 10 Feb 05 - 09:49 PM
mooman 11 Feb 05 - 04:05 AM
PeteWilson 05 Apr 05 - 11:48 AM
GUEST,Patrick Costello 06 Apr 05 - 07:59 AM
Den 06 Apr 05 - 08:38 AM
PeteWilson 08 Apr 05 - 04:10 PM
GUEST,branch 17 Apr 05 - 11:15 PM
PoppaGator 18 Apr 05 - 12:10 PM
GUEST 19 Apr 05 - 10:50 AM
GUEST,Grouse Guitars, Australia 15 Jun 05 - 07:50 AM
dilly daly of Adelaide 12 Apr 11 - 04:22 AM
banjoman 12 Apr 11 - 06:47 AM
Bobert 12 Apr 11 - 09:00 AM
GUEST 09 Sep 12 - 10:15 PM
GUEST,Tony 09 Sep 12 - 11:17 PM
Henry Krinkle 10 Sep 12 - 03:30 PM
Henry Krinkle 10 Sep 12 - 03:31 PM
Henry Krinkle 11 Sep 12 - 07:29 AM
Bobert 11 Sep 12 - 12:55 PM
Henry Krinkle 11 Sep 12 - 04:14 PM
Bobert 12 Sep 12 - 08:55 AM
GUEST,Blues 12 Sep 12 - 09:43 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 12 Sep 12 - 09:51 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 12 Sep 12 - 10:06 AM
number 6 12 Sep 12 - 08:04 PM
Bobert 12 Sep 12 - 08:19 PM
Henry Krinkle 12 Sep 12 - 08:20 PM
Bobert 12 Sep 12 - 08:35 PM
GUEST,Wilko 16 Sep 15 - 09:10 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:









Subject: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,PoppaGator
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 03:21 PM

On Mardi Gras day (yesterday) in the French Quarter, I saw two different buskers playing metal-body resonator guitars with the name "Johnson" imprinted on the headstock. I've never heard of this brand ~ anyone know anything about it?

The first guy I saw actually had TWO different shiny new chrome-plated-looking Johnson guitars, replicas of two classic National models (single-cone and tricone styles). How did they sound? Can't say ~ the guy's act consisted of having his cute little tiny lap-dog retrieve tips (paper money only!) from onlookers and drop them into his collection can. He managed to pull this off without hardly playing any music at all. He'd start playing "Freight Train" in C, standard tuning, but never got more than 2 or 3 measures into the tune. Why he needed to bring a second guitar along with him, I'll never know.

Later in the day, I passed another busker, playing slide blues in an open tuning. Pretty good player, nice loud sound, same "Johnson" nameplate on his headstock and same shiny new metal body as the two guitars I had seen earlier.

Is this a brand-name worth looking into, for someone comtemplating purchase of a resonator model as a second guitar?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 03:49 PM

I bought a Johnson resonator about three years ago at Elderly Instruments. It was in the $400 - $500 range as I remember. (I got mine on a $100 discount sale)


So far it's been a pretty good instrument, but I don't play it all the time. The early ones were made in Eastern Europe and then they started coming from China. Johnson also makes regular guitars and banjos - haven't tried any.

At last year's Seattle Folk Life festival I saw more Johnson resonators than any other kind being played by buskers.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: el_punkoid_nouveau
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 04:02 PM

I have a Johnson Resonator Mandolin - the bridge needs a little bit of work doing, to lift it so that the strings do not foul on the body, but other than that it is a neat instrument.

And wonderfully loud!

epn


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Ernest
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 04:23 PM

I remember seeing at least three buskers playing a Johnson resonator guitar in the French Quarter in January. Best way to compare the sounds would probably be to hear a different brand. Is Roberto Luti (also of the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio) still playing with Mountain Sprout on the streets? He is a really good slide guitar player and his rust-coloured resonator definitely looks great!
Regards
Ernest
P.S.: I will get the copied cd on the weekend. My friend Doc - who agreed to copy it - is freshly retired and of course didn`t find the time to do it earlier ;0)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 04:45 PM

Chaz Leary still has that Italian fellow as guitar player in his trio. I didn't know his name, but I've heard them and he *is* quite a player. I hadn't known his name, I never took note of the nameplate on his guitar, and I wasn't aware of his other project(s), which I suppose would include "Mountain Sprout."


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: bigchuck
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 05:28 PM

I work at a local music store, and we've been selling Johnson instruments for the past year or so. They are at the bottom of the price chain, but unlike many other cheap brands seem to have gotten steadily better. They have been working closely with their producers in China to improve production issues and quality. They stand behind their products well and are pretty innovative. As a luthier/repairman I see lots of cheapos and the Johnsons are way above the others in quality and design. I have not tried one of their metal bodied resonators, but treated myself at christmas to a wood bodied round neck resonator and love the thing. Loud, solid, easy playing and great tone. Way better than any of the Regals or Deans that have gone through the store IMHO.

Sandy


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: PennyBlack
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 07:14 PM

Johnson is a "Badge" of AXL who have been making various instruments for many years for other companies to badge, they now put out instruments under their own name and also use the Johnson, Palatino and Lucida names.

You will find many AXL instruments under other badges and usually dearer than the AXL models, well built and good value

I have their 5 string bass and a "dobro" uke and have been very pleased with both.

PB

AXL - Johnson Link


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Once Famous
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 08:24 PM

How's your Johnson?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 11:55 PM

Fine mate,
Thank you for asking.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 12:54 AM

Yeah, the last time our group did "Mama Don't Allow" I was playing my resonator and of course when my turn came around it was "Mama don't allow you to play with your Johnson here!"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Grab
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 07:30 PM

When I was shopping for a cheap National copy, about 3 years back, I A/B'ed between Regal, Johnson or Dean (would that be "A/B/C'ed"?) at Elderly. The Dean was ruled out straight away - sounded crap. In the end I got the Regal, cos the Johnson sounded kind of muddy and vague where the Regal was crisp and clear. If you can, best to try both Johnson and Regal and see what you prefer (and get someone you trust to listen and see which sounds better from in front).

If they've improved over the last few years (per Bigchuck), might be worth trying one. Certainly the better of the Regal or Johnson will be a decent instrument. A National's probably twice as nice, but it's also five times the price. ;-)

Graham.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: *daylia*
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 09:12 PM

My son got a blueburst Johnson 6-string (acoustic) as a gift a couple months ago. It's not a bad beginner instrument; it looks a bit like it's built of plastic, but it's got a passable tone. He put a set of $23 strings on it yesterday, and was considering spending a bit to get the action set a bit lower - till he found the model online for about $70 (Cdn)

:-O   

How can anyone - even the Chinese! - make guitars so cheap, unless they ARE made of plastic???

Weirder still, here I was going to start a thread about Johnson guitars yesterday and changed my mind. Open the Cat today and lo and behold ... here it is!


Doo doo doo doo    Doo doo doo doo    Doo doo doo doo    Doo doo doo doo


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: number 6
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 09:49 PM

I picked up a Johnson resonator last summer. Slightly used, one of the wood roundneck Chicago Blues models. I wasn't going to drop $2k cdn for a Gibson Houndog or whatever at the time.

Anyway, it seemed solid enough, the tone was not what I wanted, didn't stay in tune, the action was too high. I think they try marketing them all as square neck 'dobros'. I took it to my luthier and had him install a Quatermann cone, Grover tuners, a bone bridge and lowered the action. I can honestly say it now matches any of the upper end models. Sounds perfect, it's a 'keeper'. He also told me he was impressed with the quality when he opened it up to install the cone. No need to make any adjustments at all, it was clean and tight.

Needless to say I'm satisfied and content with my Johnson.

While on this subject anyone have any opinions on Liberty resono's. They seem to make the impression that they are US made, when they are actually off shore produced.

sIx


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: mooman
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 04:05 AM

Have tried both Johnsons and Regals and preferred the Regal of which I have the Duolian model now. I think the prices are fairly close. I realise, however, that the sound of a guitar is a highly subjective thing.

Peace

moo


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: PeteWilson
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 11:48 AM

Actually, I have a Johnson JM 998S, which is a single cone biscuit bell brass resonator and a Johnson Tri-cone. I replaced the cone and biscuit on the single cone with a National cone and biscuit, and am very happy with the sound. I replaced the coned and bridge on the Tricone, also. As it turns out, the cones really did not need to be replaced on the Tricone as the National cones did not improve the sound as much as I had hoped. I am very pleased with both. Mushroom modification is necessary on the Tricone, however.

Hope this Helps

Pete


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Patrick Costello
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 07:59 AM

There is something of a renaissance going on with resonator guitars nowadays. That's pretty cool because I'm one of those crackpots who uses an old Dobro 33-H for everything.

Johnson is putting out a decent line of guitars for the price, but the fit and finish isn't always spot on. If you are shopping for one check it over pretty carefully for things like the occasional sharp edge of fretwire sticking out of the neck and think seriously about picking up a better quality cone and bridge. The new national cones I've tried just don't have that "it" factor - probably because the embossed swirls they are so proud of are changing the way the cone responds to the vibration of the strings.

Dean and Regal are kind of in the same boat. Both companies offer a solid platform, but will need a bit of tweaking out of the box. That's a pretty minor issues when you start comparing these instruments to what Gibson and National are offering in terms of bang for the buck.

For the price and the cool-factor it's pretty hard to go wrong with any of the "budget" resophonic guitars available today. Just keep in mind that cones and setup are real issues in terms of how these instruments will respond. A guitar that sounds dead in the shop can really come to life with a low action, light gauge strings and a new cone.

Yeah, I said a low action and light gauge strings. The slide routine is a lot of fun, but if you want to play "straight" guitar on a resophonic things get a lot easier if you look at setup along the lines of an electric guitar. The cone is really nothing more than a mechanical pickup so you don't need a GI Joe Kung Fu Grip guitar setup to make them sound good. Make them easy to play, give them room to respond to your touch and all sorts of good things happen.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Den
Date: 06 Apr 05 - 08:38 AM

I just bought a Johnson Octave Mandolin and I love it. Well built, sounds great. Its loud and the action is very good.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: PeteWilson
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 04:10 PM

As it turns out, I have just listed my single cone Johnson Resonator on Ebay.
If anyone is interested: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7314112712&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

I just have one too many resonators!

Pete


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,branch
Date: 17 Apr 05 - 11:15 PM

had 2 still got single cone tri cone was ok just didnt have the bang i wanted.a buddy of mine ownes a music store sells the hell out of the johnson reso and guitars hard to beat for the price,on replacing cones still wool at string chage will get you there
god bless america


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: PoppaGator
Date: 18 Apr 05 - 12:10 PM

Just checked ebay ~ Pete's guitar (see two posts above, April 8) didn't get a single bid and the auction closed without a buyer.

I can't afford it right now or I might have gone for it. If and when I have a spare $250, I just might inquire via PM...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Apr 05 - 10:50 AM

sold.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Grouse Guitars, Australia
Date: 15 Jun 05 - 07:50 AM

we have a new Johnson resonator with the "Rose" etchings for sale here in Australia, if any Aussies happen to be looking for one! www.grouseguitars.com.au


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: dilly daly of Adelaide
Date: 12 Apr 11 - 04:22 AM

Have just bought a new Johnson JM 998D A-E Metal body.Sounds good.Better fingerpicking.Not so good strumming with a pick.Anyone else bought one recently ?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: banjoman
Date: 12 Apr 11 - 06:47 AM

I bought a Johnson Travel Banjo about 10 years ago. Its tuned in A and has proved to be a great little instrument which has been busked all over the UK as well as USA and europe. Wouldn't swop it for anything.
I didn;t know they made resonators but now I will be looking


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Apr 11 - 09:00 AM

I owned and performed with a metal body Johnson reso for many years... For the $$$ it was a great guitar... And ,yeah, it finger picks better than strums but I think that is the nature of metal bodies geetars anyway... I've played Nationals that are the same way...

B~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Sep 12 - 10:15 PM

I have the bell brass green Johnson ....sounds great....the more you play it, the more you get out of it.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 09 Sep 12 - 11:17 PM

The Wikipedia article on Johnson guitars says:
Parent company AXL Corporation rebranded the guitars as Recording King, in 2007, paying $250,000 for naming rights for the classic guitar brand.

So is this thread now about Recording King resonator guitars? The thread started in 2005 with reference to Johnson metal-bodied resonator guitars. On the current Johnson site I see only wood-bodied resonator guitars (3 of them), but the Recording King site shows a bunch of metal bodies.

If it's not already confusing enough, there's the problem that some Recording King guitars made for Monkey Wards in the 1930's (nothing to do with Johnson or AXL or the current Recording King) are still around. Wikipedia says John Fahey played one.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 10 Sep 12 - 03:30 PM

Why do you want to play a Chinese junk?
(:-( ))=


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 10 Sep 12 - 03:31 PM

So you can play monkey junk.
(:-( ))=


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 07:29 AM

I paid $500 for my Dobro model 36 about 3 years ago. Chrome plated engraved brass body. There are so many great, used guitars out there and finding a deal is a major part of the fun. Haggling, horsetrading etc.
You're missing alot buying new guitars. I think there's more guitars on this planet than there is people to play them. Capitalist pig guitar manufactureres.
(:-( P)=


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Bobert
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 12:55 PM

I paid less than $400 for my Johnson metal resonator and it was well worth the money... Kinda wished I still had it but liked the Washburn ES10 better so I traded for it, had Paul Beard stick one of his hot-rod cones and a Fishmann in it and it been a great resonator for me...

B~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 04:14 PM

I'd rather have the real thing instead of monkey junk, thank you kindly.
(:-( ))=


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 08:55 AM

Well, I've played many Nationals over the years and they are supposed to be the real thing but didn't play or sound as nice as my Johnson "monkey junker"...

Guess some folks would call my 60s S.Yari junk... Bought it for $40 at a pawn shop... Soon afterwards discovered that my old 1966 Martin D-18, which everyone said sounded great was being left home in the case when I would have gigs... Ended up giving the Martin to my great niece because she plays beautifully...

Still playing the junker S.Yari... Played it last night in a joint in Concord, NC and had the folks wanting more...

B~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Blues
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 09:43 AM

check out the michael messer guitars for a good (reasonably) cheap reso also - http://www.buskerguitars.co.uk/4.html


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 09:51 AM

AXL are also behind the recent incredible value for money VHT brand of hand wired valve amps.

Near boutique vintage amp 'Fenderish' tone,
and better than average component quality & construction for such low cost budget amps.

Now most any low income guitarist in Britain and Europe can afford the kind of amp
that always used to be way above their restricted economic lot in life..

Of course the raving reactionary krinkloids on the USA amp forums
are frothing rabidly at the mouth
at the outrage of a respected American amp maker
selling out his brand name to the 'slave labour exploiting evil dog eating oriental commies'..

but there you go... only to be expected...

http://www.vhtamp.com/products/the-special-series

VHT Special 6 combo Amp less than 120 quid at Thomann + 10 EUR Delivery..
[www.thomann.de/gb/vht_avsp16_special_6_valve.htm]

Good to go straight out the box..

..and later on you can swap in better quality valves
and maybe a more 'authentic' alnico speaker
and then you'll have a serious vintage tone for much less cash
than any overpriced profiteering big name amp maker's product.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 10:06 AM

oh, yeah.. and the VHT special 6 combo
has rapidly become a favourite amp for blues harmonica players.

This amp was designed to be easily modified and 'improved' by confident DIY home electronics engineers;
and now there is an ebay market for customising kits
to tweak this basic vintage spec amp
into a harp players 'go to' tone box.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: number 6
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 08:04 PM

Odd isn't it .... those old delta guys from way back, whose music we love and try to replicate played cheap very low end guitars, with old strings. That's all they could afford. The kind of guitars Krinkle now calls, with much disdain, monkey junk. . ... and now days we try replicating their music on the expensive instruments. That's what we feel we must have. But I think we are missing something. All in all that old delta music sounds much better, more authentic, much sweeter on cheap, rattly "monkey junk".

biLL


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 08:19 PM

I agree, 100%, biLL...

Last night I performed the "real" blues on a handmade Lowebow and a $40 pawn shop geetar... And, unlike, the 3 bands before me, people stopped talking when I was playing and turned their chairs around to hear the real deal that was happening before them...

Musta been $10,000 worth of geetars before me and them folks went on drinking and partying...

B~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 08:20 PM

But aren't there more guitars out there than there is people to play them?
Why slaughter more trees?
And besides my wonderful Dobro model 36 I also have a custom built National Resophonic Style 0 Deluxe.#2 of 2. Bought used.
a href="http://www.acguitar.com/Gear/10thanniversary/national.htm">My

(:-( D)=


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: Bobert
Date: 12 Sep 12 - 08:35 PM

I agree with that, Krinkx... Buy used...

B~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: 'Johnson' resonator guitars ~ ???
From: GUEST,Wilko
Date: 16 Sep 15 - 09:10 PM

I bought a metal Johnson resonator in 1999 for AU$1400. I have only played it a couple of times. It was stored, in its case, until I had a look at it about a month ago to find that the Trapeze had sheared off- you could see the crystalised metal. I also have other resonators- a Dobro, Regal and an old Shaftesbury all bought before the Johnson- no trouble with any of these.
I might as well fill it with coals and use it for a bed warmer.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 15 November 5:55 AM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.