Johnson Amps

About Johnson Amps

The original "Johnson Amp" builder! In the 1950's Albert Johnson ran the Palladium Dance Hall in Brandon Manitoba. He also manufactured his own Tube Amp line (Johnson) on Hammond Chassis'. They were fairly light duty pieces in those years. Later he added to his line of goods with the "Wizzer", his rendition of a distortion effect unit. The Wizzer is capable of some creative sounds. Johnson Amps figure into the creative genius that was available in the post war years here in Canada. Albert used some 50's Celestion Alnicos that were specially designed for his purposes.

Albert Johnson seems to have been a man of vision for the future. Albert started in 1949 at Brandon Manitoba. He was a bit of an entrepeneur I am told and was quite charismatic (people liked him). As we all do, he needed to make a living and likley did not forsee the day when his musical amplifiers would be sought out and collected by a few who appreciate good things from the past. Not a bad thing when one is trying to make a living.

Here are a few pictures of some Johnson Amps.

Johnson Sioux Amp

Thanks to J Johnson Sioux Amp.

Johnson Monarch

Johnson Monarch - 1x12 (59 Celestion alnico)

Johnson Monarch's 2x12 - Killer, loud and clean

Monarch Amp by Johnson

2 6L6, 2 5Y3, 4 12AX7's. Thanks Geoff !

Johnson Celestion

Johnson Mohawk

Above: 1964 Johnson Mohawk. Brandon Manitoba, I got this out of Nashville of all places.

Below: Mohawk 1x8 12AX7A , 5Y3GT , 6V6GT

Below is a Beautiful Johnson Mohawk in white. Hang tags still on the amp!

59 Celestion speaker. I have played a few of these speakers, they sound fantastic!

Thanks to Michael Schludermann for these fine pictures

Hang tag

Would you take 159 dollars for it now Michael?