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Welcome to another fine guitar from The Old Europe! Please make sure to read the entire description below carefully, and look at all the pictures.

General introduction and background:

Beautiful and astonishingly well preserved “Johnny Guitars” badged thinline guitar. This guitar was among the first to be made by Samick in Korea in the mid 1970s and exists also with the Audition and Hondo badges, and probably others, too. It is a completely hollow model that resembles the “Barney Kessel” model with its to Florentine cutaways.

As always, the instrument has been serviced completely and is ready to be played immediately.

Measurements, weight and other specs:

-Scale:  628 mm

-Nut: 42 mm

-Weight: 2,5 kg

-Pickups: Two normal ouput singlecoils measuring at 5,5k (Bridge) and 5,3k (Neck). Master volume, master tone, 2 slider switches

-Body: all hollow, likely laminated spruce

-Neck: slim soft V, maybe mahoganey, with some exotic wood fretboard, small vintage frets



-Body: Excellent condition with some scratches, dings and dongs. In the lower neck pocket some protruding of the binding is tangible.

-Neck: neck is straight, trussrod works fine, the frets are in great condition (9/10) with some tiny dents (little to no buzz). I personally do not think a refret is in order any time soon.

-Hardware: Overall in good shape

-Electrics: fully functional

-Originality: all original, except for the tremolo arm and a couple of screws.


Sound and Playability:

-Playability and string action: The playability is pretty good with a string action of 1,8mm set up at the 12th fret.

-Sound: The pickups are a bit microphonic and work best with clean and crunchy tones. Please watch the video for a sound demo.


Repairs, Service:

As always, the instrument has been serviced completely and is ready to be played immediately.

-Frets polished and fretboard oiled

-Electrics serviced

-Bridge / string action adjusted

-Fresh set of 10 gauge Pyramid nickel strings put on

-Ready to be played (just tune it up);


Auxiliary stuff:

-No case or gigbag included. It will be wrapped well, and put into a sturdy cardboard box with lots of filler material.

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PACKAGING: All guitars are shipped out in a sturdy cardboard box with lots of filler material. Please note that for the protection of the environment, I am reusing used packaging material whenever I can.

SHIPPING: Please check the shipping quotes in this offer. I ship with insurance, worldwide. Usually I am able to ship the item on the same day or next day of received payment. Please allow 1-2 days from pick up for delivery in Germany, and 1-2 weeks within the EU. US, Canadian and over overseas buyers:  My shipping quotes are very competitive, I can only do that by using DHL Premium. Please anticipate a shipping time of up to 8 weeks depending on your location. Tracking is provided immediately when shipped out within the system. Please refrain from giving a review before you have received the guitar.

AFTER DELIVERY: After receiving the item, please inspect the package for obvious damages and make photos if there are any. After unpacking, check the item immediately for damages or other undocumented flaws. I accept a 14 days return and will pay for shipping if the item is in a different condition than described upon arrival. Please note that I will only take the item back entirely, but not grant any reduction of price and generally only accept returns if the item was unaltered after arrival.

CITES protection: all of the items I sell have been legally imported to the EU before January 1st 2017 and are registered with the authorities in Hamburg, Germany (if applicable).

DATA protection: German financial regulations demand that I keep your address on file in an invoice. The only information that I store is what this platform provides me. Please understand that I cannot delete that information from my files. You may ask what kind of info I have stored from you any time.

Listed5 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.Learn more
  • Johnny Guitars
  • (Hondo/Samick) Thinline "Barney Kessel style" Guitar
  • ~1975
Made In
  • Korea, Republic of
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Type
  • Semi-Hollow Body
Number of Strings
  • 6-String

The Old Europe

Hamburg, Germany
Joined Reverb:2015

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