Johnson MA-550 OM
Looking at buying a slightly used one of these for around $400 - anyone else played a recent one (afaik they've been out since around 2000 with a couple changes over time)? Opinions before I drive 4 hours to see it? Like the two point design, and I might be falling for the marketing ploy of deeper body = deeper tone. The current blurbs on the web says solid spruce top and then just "flamed maple" body - would that mean the body is maple laminate? I'm not sure I care at this price point.
Looked at a used Trinity short scale and didn't like it - don't know if it was setup or strings, but it sounded tinny more than jangly.
1918 Gibson A, "Lillian";
1940s (?) Kay A style f hole - currently down for a refret and fretboard re-profile, my first attempts (with guidance) at lutherie.
1981 Washburn M7SN (2 point);
2011 Eastman 504, "Belle";
2012 Lafferty mahogany octave mandolin;
2012 Emando (Saga), "Hank"
1 husband, 2 dogs, 4 chickens.