Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston

Palo Alto, CA

Playing Level

  • Intermediate

Playing Styles and Interests

  • Guitar Care

Professional Status

  • Music Professional

Richard Johnston has had a long and varied career with the acoustic guitar, having cofounded Gryphon Stringed Instruments in 1969 with partner Frank Ford. After building and repairing guitars, mandolins, and banjos for many years, he turned to writing about them instead and has been contributing to Acoustic Guitar since its inception. Along with articles on contemporary instruments, he has authored several books about American guitars, most notably Martins. With coauthor Dick Boak, he has rewritten and updated Mike Longworth’s Martin Guitars: A History, a two-volume set due out in late 2008.

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