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Johnson Ukuleles

Johnson ukuleles are a budget range of ukuleles. They are made in China and laminated. Johnson's most popular ukulele is their resonator. It's very similar in look to the much sought after National Reso-phonic ukuleles. Obviously, the quality of the Johnson is not the same as the National, but it's a good alternative for those who want a resonator ukulele but can't afford a National (UPDATE: these ukuleles are now being sold under the name the Recording King resonator ukulele, but I have it on good authority they are exactly the same).

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Rawuke busts out the blues riffs on his Johnson Resonator. Sounds really good to me.

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Johnson Ukulele Review

Download Michelle Flaherty's review of her Johnson ukulele here.

Johnson Baritone Ukulele Review

I have a Johnson Baritone (JUK-30). I'm not really a baritone player, I just wanted one to play around with so I went for a cheap one. The uke is sturdy and well put together. I've not been careful with it, but never had any problems. The tone is warm and rich for a laminated ukulele, but it isn't that loud. It doesn't feel that easy to play.

Considering the price, it's a good ukulele. Despite its shortcomings, I enjoy getting my Johnson out now and then.

Review by Woodshed.

Johnson UK-120 Ukulele Review

I needed a inexpensive soprano ukulele to use as a travel uke to take on the plane back and forth to Florida to see my Granddaughters. They love to have me play and sing to them. The oldest, 5 years old, likes me to play "In the Good Ole Summertime". She calls it the "Tootsie Wootsie" song. The younger one, 3 years, likes to strum and put the pick in the sound hole.

I bought the UK-120 for $40 and spent $10 for a gigbag. So far the ukulele has held together well. It comes with Martin Black nylon strings, after a few days of breaking in I was still having problems with the "C" string being to high. I did a little filing on the nut it is now settled in and is playing fine.
For a ukulele made in China it plays and looks good. There are a couple of cosmetic defects, but none that affect the playing ability.

So if you are looking for a uke to throw in the back set of the car, or in a backpack, or to take as a carry on bag on a flight to see the grandkids, this uke makes the grade. On a score of 1 to 10 I would give it a 7.

Review by Toby Russell
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