June Issue
Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston co-founded Gryphon Stringed Instruments with Frank Ford in 1969. He later shifted from repairing vintage guitars to writing about them, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and several books, the most recent being Inventing the American Guitar. He appraises musical instruments for Antiques Road Show on PBS.

ARTICLES

Acoustic Soundboard: Why We Buy Multiple Guitars

March 1, 2018
For some amassers of guitars, there might be more to it than simply G.A.S. and conspicuous consumption.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Honey, I Shrunk the Guitar

December 4, 2017
How small guitars have become a big chunk of the acoustic market.
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Acoustic Soundboard Guitars In, Guitars Out

August 27, 2017
As baby boomers continue to trim their guitar collections, there will be plenty of interesting choices in the high-end used-instrument market for years to come.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Mutate and Conquer—How the Guitar Survives

May 22, 2017
Charles Darwin may not have strummed the strings, but evolution, adaptability, and survival all play a part in the history of the guitar.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Impactful New Regulations for Tonewoods

March 14, 2017
New and expansive restrictions on the international shipping of endangered woods will be felt by guitar manufacturers, retailers, and players.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Appreciating the Beauty of Underused Guitars

December 8, 2016
Why some guitars don’t get played, and why we should stop worrying about it.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Why Buy Vintage?

September 5, 2016
Vintage-guitar buying and collecting isn’t a recent phenomenon, but the reasons why folks buy vintage have changed dramatically since the ’70s.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Turning the Boutique Movement on Its Ear

June 7, 2016
Jonesing for a pre-war budget-brand acoustic? Do yourself and your wallet a favor by checking out the many impressive reissues.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Originality Quandary

March 7, 2016
“All original” is a desired trait in a vintage guitar, but what if that guitar is essentially unplayable?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Your Guitar Might Last Forever, But Will Its Parts?

September 8, 2015
Reality check: Does “all-original” even matter when the original parts are disintegrating?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Putting Recently Outdated Guitars to Work

May 28, 2015
Vintage guitars continue to fetch high dollar, but there are true bargains to be had with recently used guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Dawn of the Specialists

March 8, 2015
Guitar collecting is alive and well, but the game has changed.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Ladder-Bracing Revival

December 3, 2014
Ladder-bracing has an interesting foothold in the history, and future, of guitar making.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Vintage Instruments—An Endangered Species?

September 1, 2014
New restrictions on certain woods and animal products may have a larger impact on the instrument market.
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