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The AJ Guitar Line

We are proud to offer this Johnson String exclusive to the next generation of master guitarists for an affordable price.

A Johnson String exclusive, built in an ultra-modern facility in China, our AJ series of guitars offers quality workmanship and a traditional aesthetic at an amazing price. Available in 1/2 and Full sizes, with steel or nylon strings, these instruments give your child a chance to learn on an extremely well-made professional quality guitar. Quality workmanship, ease of playability, and a handsome appearance set these instruments apart from other entry-level guitars on the market today.

AJ Guitars

Benefits of a half-size guitar

Why the small size? Most smaller guitars (often billed as "acoustic guitars for kids") are little more than toys. AJ Guitars are little powerhouses that offer all of the benefits of a larger instrument without sacrificing tone. They're all grown up!

Learn quickly

Beginners learn more quickly!

Learning to play guitar is challenging for anyone. The smaller scale of the half-sized AJ instruments make guitar chords and scales easier to reach. This reduces the strain for beginning acoustic guitar players, and lets them progress more rapidly.

Kids play more easily

Kids and people with smaller hands play more easily

The AJ models give children, as well as more experienced players, a professional sounding instrument that is appropriately sized for them.

Travel conveniently

AJ Guitars travel more conveniently

On the road or in the air, every inch counts. You'll love the ease of bringing the smaller AJ guitars with you wherever you go!

Why guitars of this quality are so affordable?

Made in China, to exacting U.S. specs

The quality at the guitar factory is nothing short of phenomenal. Combined with the knowledge and experience of American designers, this results in terrific instruments at prices you won't believe.

Download the Full Spec Sheet (PDF)

AJ Guitars are affordable

Steel string or Nylon: Your choice

All of our 1/2 AJ model acoustic guitars come in either steel-string or nylon string format. Steel strings will offer a clear, bright, and projecting tone. Nylon strings offer a rich, warm tone and are much softer and more comfortable under the fingers, making them a great choice for a child or beginning player. No matter what your style, there's an AJ guitar for you.

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Size Half Size Guitars Full Size Guitars
Series AJ 200
Spruce top: clean, crisp
AJ 205
Sapele top: warm, resonant
AJ 300
Solid Spruce top: strong, consistent
AJ 400
Solid Sitka Spruce top: clean, crisp
AJ 500
Solid Engeman Spruce top: clean, crisp
AJ 550 CE
Acoustic/Electric with Fishman lsys+
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