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Johnson: Square Neck

Submitted by mkayi on 1/3/2011

Where Purchased: Musikhaus Jellinghaus

Year Purchased: 2000
Price Paid: 850 (EUR) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Typical of tricone guitars, crisp and bright sound. Very nicely spread over the complete neck. Sufficiently full in the lower areas, very present and loud (of course) overall.

Sound Rating: 8


No changes were made. I did not even have to do any maintenance repairs or anything during 10 years of intense usage. Considering I used some tunings with higher string tensions (open A) this is a quite stable setup. I string the guitar with the ball ends on the upper side of the string holder, though. No rattles or noises. None.

Setup Rating: 10


The chrome surface features nice lily engravings which I don't need or particularly care for, though.

Appearance Rating: 7


The hardware lasted 10 yrs without any problems. I take it on gigs, sometimes as my only guitar.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

I once inquired to Johnson about the origin of its "Honduran Mahagony" and was curios about any statements on certificates, as there is more Honduran Mahagony on the world market than Honduras actually exports, which means a good deal of it is fake.

Honduran Mahagony is grown in a sustainable way, thus protecting ressources. For that, Johnson guitar company gets ecologial bonus points. For not answering e-mail inquiries, they lose points.

Customer Service: 2


Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Would buy it anytime again, should it ever break or disappear

Overall Rating: 9

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