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Johnson Bell Brass resonator

Postby ksparrothead » Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:15 pm

Has anyone played one of these guitars? There happens to be a large online retailer offering an extremely low sale price at the moment.
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Postby slideshowbob2 » Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:21 pm

for that price i would buy two of them.Great way to start playing and learning about reso's.Upgrade cone ,do some mods ,learn about neck removal and reattatch,etc,, those guitars were once selling up here for about500-600$CAN. I would think you would be satisfied with your purchase. my 2 cents.
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Postby ksparrothead » Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:25 pm

It would be a good guitar to do the mods on. Minimal investment and all...

Neck removal & reattach? Are you kiddin'?

It looks like it's the same guitar as their 998 style-O, except it's powder coated. It's not listed on the Johnson website.
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Postby slideshowbob2 » Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:16 pm

..i should add .....if this is going to be your first reso, you'll love it the way it is.. Usually dosent matter what brand name it is , your first reso will always sound great to you.
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Postby ksparrothead » Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:28 pm

I know what you mean. I've loved every "first" guitar...

First electric, acoustic, classical, ....

This would be my first resonator. From what I've heard and played, I think I'd like a metal body. There just aren't enough opportunities to play different types of resonators. The most I ever saw in one shop was four and two of them were the same.
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Postby grumpygroo » Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:24 pm

Spam???
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Postby ksparrothead » Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:33 pm

Just lookin' for anyone who's played this guitar and can tell me what they thought...
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Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:02 pm

http://www.harmony-central.com

Lots of people there can tell you what they thought. But for $150 and free shipping, what have you got to lose?
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Postby ricochet » Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:25 pm

Spam? Grumps must be off his meds again. :lol:

I don't see how you can go too wrong for that price.

But I'll remind you that our host, PappyJ of Coast to Coast Music, is a Johnson dealer, and will make you as good a deal as anyone can on any standard Johnson model if you click on that link above to "Support our Sponsor, Coast to Coast Music." Tell him you're from BRB. Johnson has a minimum advertised price. He'll beat it.
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Postby grumpygroo » Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:38 pm

Ah the meds, I remember them, they were good. Glad to be off them though...

It just seems too good to be true, hence, SPAM??? But then here in Rip Off Britain we're used to much higher prices.
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Postby jamesfarrell » Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:50 pm

Maybe I missed something, but did someone say $150 for a new Johnson?

Also, don't be fooled by the bell bronze BS. It's bronze or it's not. Can't stand that bullsh*t marketing pulls on people.


Crap, if these things are selling for $150 somewhere, let me know. I want 2 of em to practice doing some duco finishes on and some other experiments.

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Postby ricochet » Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:48 am

Brass. Bell brass is the marketing BS buzz phrase. It's cartridge brass.
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Postby zhyla » Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:00 am

They should have called it cartridge brass, bell brass means nothing to me :).

Ok, where are these mythical $150 Johnsons being sold? Like I need another guitar, but I'm just curious.
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Postby maxx england » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:45 am

Count me in, even transatlantic, it'll beat anything here. And I have some cash squirrelled away.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:17 pm

It's at Musician's Friend. It's powder coated a nauseous green. It's apparently a special price leader version biscuit reso not listed in Johnson's normal catalog.

As I've said, Pappy will surely beat anyone else's price for BRB folk on any normal Johnson product. not sure he can on this particular one.

As for myself, I'm not going for a new green Johnson. I've got too many guitars cluttering up this place. I just ordered a new meerschaum from Eskisehir, Turkey, instead. Didn't need that, either, but it's more portable and quieter. Cheaper and lighter, too. Not to mention that it isn't green, though the Turks will sell you one that way if you want it.
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