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
Features:
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.
Playability:
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:
Durability isn't really an issue because it isn't going to get much of a workout.