View Full Version : Johnson Resonator

05-15-2009, 02:15 PM
I'm looking at this Johnson metal body resonator on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Johnson-metal-body-resonator-ukulele-uke-ukelele-w-case_W0QQitemZ220411428346QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item33518b7dfa&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A13 18|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

I've read around on the forums a little bit and it seems it has the resonator "bark" but isn't as much louder as the better resonators. My Question is: would I be able to make it louder just by putting in a nicer cone? Or is the loudness based more on the rest of the body?

I know I probably won't get someone who knows how to answer this before the auction ends in 7 hours, and if the price doesn't go up too much I'll bid on it regardless, but hopefully someone who has dealt with the issue happens to see this in time.


05-15-2009, 03:34 PM
Have you seen this post (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12819).

05-15-2009, 03:47 PM
And from Slick's link, I'd like to let you know that the 'Ashbury' Resonator Ukulele that Pete is talking about is the same as the Johnson ones, just sold under a different name in the UK. ;)

05-15-2009, 06:01 PM
Thanks guys. I think I did actually read that post, guess it just didn't sink in.

05-16-2009, 01:09 AM
Consider a Republic instead. I had one and took it apart - no quality control issues like burrs or rust inside. I recommend them. Would have kept mine, had it been tenor scale, but I just can't get accustomed to concert size. Otherwise, it was pretty nice.

05-16-2009, 06:00 AM
I have a Republic. I like it but I have never played any other reso uke so I can't compare it to anything. My youtube has a couple songs with it.