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Johnson Bell Brass Resonator Guitar

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Modeled after pre-World War II guitars, this resonator has a powder-coated bell brass body that adds a modern flourish to its traditional tone. Can b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Among the most affordable resonators available today.

Modeled after pre-World War II guitars, this resonator has a powder-coated bell brass body that adds a modern flourish to its traditional tone. Can be played with a slide or as an unusually powerful-sounding regular guitar. Honduran mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and hard maple bridge. 9-1/2" hand-spun aluminum cone.

  • Powder-coated bell brass body
  • Honduran mahogany neck
  • 14th fret neck joint
  • M.O.P. dots position marker
  • Hard maple bridge
  • 9-1/2" hand spun aluminum cone
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Scale length: 24-7/8"
  • Depth: 3-1/2"
  • Upper bout: 10-3/8"
  • Lower bout: 14-3/8"
  • Body length: 18-1/8"

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Fun to play

By Tom-zpqt8

from Utah

This is a good value. I use it with a bottleneck slide and the sound is pretty good for the price. I would recommend it if you are looking to add some variety to your guitar playing.

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Much better than expected

By Old Geezer Guitarist (wannabe)

from Kansas

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I purchased one of these Johnson brass resonators based on a positive review that I read from Harmony Central. I once had a fully plated Dobro (brand) brass bodied resonator and love the sound that brass bodied resonators produce, but I just couldn?t justify keeping the Dobro as it was just worth too much money for someone that is a hobbyist such as myself. Also, I consider the all plated bodies to be too gaudy for an ugly old boy like me. I definitely prefer the appearance of a powder coated body versus the all plated body.The sound that this Johnson makes beats the Dobro all to pieces. It is far louder and has better sustain. The fret board and neck on the Johnson are smooth and as far as I?m concerned have a better feel than the Dobro. The only complaint that I have of the Johnson is that the body isn?t as smooth when compared against the Dobro. But considering that a new Dobro costs at least three times more than this Johnson, I can easily put up with a few cosmetic flaws. The action on this Johnson is higher than my old Dobro but seems to be at the perfect height for slide playing.Overall, this Johnson resonator is one great little guitar. Though this guitar is best suited for playing the blues and little else, if you want a blues guitar that won?t leave you singing the blues because you paid too much, this is the guitar for you.

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