Johnson JR-200

Acoustic 6-String Guitar

Made by Johnson

Description Roundneck spider bridge resonator guitar.
Posted By Dan Goodpaster (92)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 1/6/2002, Dan Goodpaster (92) posted:
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This is my opinion. The Johnson JR-200 is a very cheap imitation of a resonator/dobro. The materials appeared to be scrap. A person could do better buying a kit and making their own.

Even if you have no skill at woodworking you would at the very least end up making a guitar better than this one.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $395.00 (new)
Where Obtained: House of Music
The Johnson JR-200 roundneck resonator is made in China. The resonator cone is stamped and of low quality. The soundwell on mine was patched with a piece of cheap scrap wood to make the cone stay in place. The soundwell itself is made of what also looks to be scraps.
The action was right for fingerstyle playing but not right for slide. Too low. Raising the action would require shimming the saddle. I wouldn't recommend it because the strings were already very close to the cover plate. A shim under the saddle insert would press the strings against the cover pan and make it unplayable.
Sound Quality:
Poor sound. The action combined with the cheap stamped cone work against you.
Durability isn't really an issue because it isn't going to get much of a workout.