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Unread 07-15-2010, 01:11 PM   #1
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NABD!

I just picked up a used Johnson (Made in China) JG-B35-EN acoustic/electric bass.
Got it off of the local craigslist for $85.

Specs can be seen here:
Johnson Songwriter Series Acoustic/Electric Bass JG-672-E

It features a solid spruce top and is in pretty good shape overall.
The unplugged tone is not bad if a little on the punchy side and fairly well balanced, lows to highs.
I'll plug it in when I get home.
My daughter will be the primary player, but I think my wife and I may borrow it from time to time.

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Unread 07-15-2010, 02:40 PM   #2
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I been considering a bass like that for quiet a whil now. Let us know how it sounds/plays once you get it. Great price that was. I'm curious as to how loud it will sound unplugged. I would think that other acoustic instruments would drown it out.

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The other belongs to a friend. It's a Brownsville.

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Unread 07-15-2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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Hard to go wrong at 85$!

My dad has a Johnson resonator that I actually really like.
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Unread 07-15-2010, 07:09 PM   #4
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Hard to go wrong at 85$!

My dad has a Johnson resonator that I actually really like.
Gratz!
Exactly.
If it turns out to not be so good or not last--it wasn't a huge investment
And if it works out well, and lasts--then fantastic deal.

Either way--you can't really lose.
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Unread 07-16-2010, 06:12 AM   #5
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Yes, at $85 it's almost disposable.

I have a feeling it will work out just fine for us.
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Nice grab.

I have the same bass I use in church mostly. I did put on a set of Elixer coated acoustic bass strings and haven't changed them in almost 4 years. I also added an ebony pickguard with a Lion & Lamb inlay that I got off of e-bay. On most of my acoustics, I have glued in a small block of wood in the shoulder so I can put a regular strap button, I hate the rope tie to the headstock.
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Nice grab.

I have the same bass I use in church mostly. I did put on a set of Elixer coated acoustic bass strings and haven't changed them in almost 4 years. I also added an ebony pickguard with a Lion & Lamb inlay that I got off of e-bay. On most of my acoustics, I have glued in a small block of wood in the shoulder so I can put a regular strap button, I hate the rope tie to the headstock.
Rex, this bass must sound/play pretty well if you've been playing it for 4 years.?. I've been interested in an acou/elec for a while but the only ones that I've ever heard seem pretty weak. What's your take on it?
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Rex, this bass must sound/play pretty well if you've been playing it for 4 years.?. I've been interested in an acou/elec for a while but the only ones that I've ever heard seem pretty weak. What's your take on it?
There are a lot better basses but I did a little work on the frets and neck adjustment and it plays pretty good now. I still prefer some of the better acoustic basses and have tried a few. Dean makes a good one for the money (not the Playmate version), Michael Kelly has a nice one too. Most are weak acoustically unless you spend some major money for a Tacoma Thunderchief or similar., the Dean is pretty good but most will not keep up volume wise without an amp. I like it just for the acoustic sound with the other acoustic guitars. If I need more acoustic volume, I use a thumb pick.

They are always good for some campfire songs too. (I would not get a very expensive one for that)
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$85 dollars is a small entry into ABG and the Chinese are getting better at their builds. I play a Washburn often. I found using tapewound or flats gives nice full thumpy almost upright tone. I really like the tapewounds because they are not as still as flats.
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