The JG-610-N 610 is from the ‘Player’ series, and is the subject of this Johnson Acoustic Guitar Review. It comes with a lifetime warranty, and is very affordably priced.
Overall: (3.0 / 5)
The Johnson JG-610-N 610 has a dreadnought body design, and a natural wood finish, although other colors are available. Special attention is given to the neck angle on these models, so that the guitar keeps good intonation.
The Johnson JG-610 acoustic guitar features a white-wood dreadnought-style body, and a nato neck. The fretboard is made from maple and is adorned with dotted fretboard inlays around the 20 brass frets.
The glossy finish on the body is set off with a celtic pattern around the rosette. This sits next to a dark pickguard and rosewood bridge.
It seems pretty difficult to find Johnson acoustic guitar reviews online, although we can’t see why! I mean, this guitar also comes stock with Martin Acoustic Guitar Strings– so they’re not exactly dirt cheap quality guitars!
- White wood top, back and sides
- Nato neck
- Maple fretboard
- Die-Cast tuning pegs
- Dreadnought style body
- Glossy finish with Celtic rosette
- Dotted fretboard inlay
- 20 brass frets
- Rosewood bridge
- Black pickguard
- Nut Width: 1-11/16″
- 25.5″ Scale Length
- 40.25″ long in total
What We liked
The first thing you’ll notice is that this guitar is very easy to play. There are too many acoustic guitars out there where a lower price means a higher action, which makes it harder to play. This is not so with the Johnson JG-610.
The guitar seems to be set up pretty well, and it holds it’s tuning for a long time. Again, this is something unexpected of a budget range guitar.
Cosmetically, the celtic-style rosette (the design around the soundhole), is a nice touch. The guitar doesn’t come with a cutaway, but the heel (block on the neck joint) shouldn’t get in the way too much when playing the higher frets.
What We didn’t like
Although this guitar is really nice to play, the sound can be best described as ‘OK’. There is nothing special about it (other than the price).
This isn’t always a bad thing, however, as this doesn’t mean it sounds bad! This guitar would probably work well as a cheap gigging guitar for a professional, or for a guitar for the beginner player.
Johnson seems to have almost perfected the ‘budget’ range of guitars. They haven’t cut any important corners with the JG-610, but there are noticeable places where the manufacturing quality is a bit lower.
The good news is that most of these imperfections are purely cosmetic. This is truly a solid guitar, for an outstanding price!
Overall Impressions: Johnson Acoustic Guitar Review
Overall, this guitar is- let’s face it- a true ‘budget’ guitar. It’ll work great for a first guitar, or one to take on tour (where you don’t mind it getting a bit beat up).
Either way, this guitar will definitely suit your wallet, if not anything else. It is unusual to find such a well made, and playable, guitar in this price range. Some may say this is a steal…
If you’re looking for something more than that, try getting something more expensive, such as a Tanglewood. We hope you enjoyed this Johnson acoustic guitar review.