Discontinued Blues 996

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Discontinued Blues 996

Postby crowduck » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:12 am

I've noticed that the 'recently discontinued' Johnson 996 has since more than doubled in price. Last fall some sellers were 'blowing them out' for as low as $199, now most sellers list them at $446 and higher. These were the brass body, blue and green colored, powder painted, low end models. Interesting what happens sometimes when a guitar is 'discontinued' because of poor sales. Washburn discontinued the slow selling ES20, now they're selling for upwards of $800. The Epi BluesMaster, now $800........if you can find them.

I wonder if the 996 will become one of these rare, hard to find, cult instruments? I'll be watching with interest, since I have 2 996's.
Seems like scarcity sometimes creates a value of its own, but nothing new there. Anyway, hang on to them 996's, 'there might be gold' under that funky blue or green paint.........fingers X'd.

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby mickeypainless » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:47 am

>>>I wonder if the 996 will become one of these rare, hard to find, cult instruments?

You try'n to suck me in on this Crow? LOL!
*Tell Mickey it's a limited addition, he'll buy anythang*!
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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby ricochet » Sun Apr 16, 2006 1:45 am

Well, a green Johnson's not something you see every day...

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby crowduck » Sun Apr 16, 2006 1:58 am

>>>>I wonder if the 996 will become one of these rare, hard to find, cult instruments?
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>You try'n to suck me in on this Crow? LOL!
>*Tell Mickey it's a limited addition, he'll buy anythang*!

Mickey,

No, you're 'Too easy'. I could have done that with my ES20, but I don't operate that way. My 996 comments are just conjecture, time will tell.

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby mickeypainless » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:16 am

Sure lookin fwd to my new arrival!
Gotta brand new set of D'Addario P/B 13's for her as a welcoming gift! Just slapped some on my SS at Grady's recommendation and I'ma like'n em! Seem like real nice strings and I do believe they do sound better than what I have used in da past! Can't even remember what I had on my Rogue but it's bout time I change her out too!
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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby badfinger » Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:18 am

"The Epi BluesMaster, now $800........"

So I didn't do so badly getting $970 for mine!
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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby crowduck » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:45 am

>"The Epi BluesMaster, now $800........"
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>So I didn't do so badly getting $970 for mine!

BF,

Thanks for that! 'Kaching!!!', it's been awhile since I bought mine. Not bad for a $400 'discontinued' guitar. Makes my point, I've watched the street selling price for some of my collection 'Double' in a years time. That might be called a 'good investment opportunity' for some folks, especially those encumbered with spouses....wink, wink, nod, nod.

Let's wait and see what happens with the 996; perhaps another neglected, overlooked gem, or just some POC asian junk? In any event my investments have again 'doubled'..........and besides which, they're really a pretty neat/fun reso, in spite of the paint jobs, which may 'parodoxically' enhance their cache/value. I wonder what a powder painted, brass body 996 will sell for in 2007? Or, for that matter, the Epi BluesMaster that BF sold for $970, $1000 + ?.

I can say this, it's alot more fun to invest and spend my $$$'s on guitars, than stocks and such, and 'it seems' more profitable.

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby farmerpete » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:04 am

Hey everyone
Now I'm curious. I have a Johnson reso that I assme is a 996. It looks like the blue and green ones but this one is dark steel grey colored. I can not find any numbers on it. Did they make a different color one earlier or something?

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby crowduck » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:21 am

>Hey everyone
>Now I'm curious. I have a Johnson reso that I assme is a
>996. It looks like the blue and green ones but this one is
>dark steel grey colored. I can not find any numbers on it.
>Did they make a different color one earlier or something?
>
>Thanks,
>Steve

Steve,

Yes, they did make a 996 in dark steel grey. I think that color was sold in Europe, not many like that in the USA.

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby t bone bbq » Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:09 pm

I've got a 996 Reso, but it's more of a blueish grey color. Here's a picture of it...

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby farmerpete » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:09 pm

Yah, that is the one. Mine looks just like that. I looked around for another one to compare before I got mine but never found one. I really like the guitar. Louder than I expected but that is a good thing. The neck seems to be made of something other than wood, some sort of plastic? I'm still a rookie so it probably doesn't take much to impress me. Some day when I learn to play a little better I'll maybe see about some upgrades but for now it's just fine.

Thanks for posting the picture!

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby ricochet » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:25 pm

I don't think the neck's plastic, it's probably just got a thick opaque finish on the wood.

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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby bighollowtwang » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:31 pm

I "skinned" my 996. Couldn't live with that ugly paint, just looked as WRONG as two left shoes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v636/ ... hnson1.jpg

I can assure you the neck is NOT plastic.
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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby songdog » Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:29 pm

Yeah, the neck is mahogany and as Rico said, it has a very thick opague finish.
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RE: Discontinued Blues 996

Postby bighollowtwang » Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:44 pm

>Yeah, the neck is mahogany and as Rico said, it has a very
>thick opague finish.

Wouldn't surprise me if it was some kind of readily available (in asia, that is) mahogany relative, they seem to be pretty big on using stuff like agathis there.
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