product types: 

  • acoustic guitars
  • electric guitars


Albanus was the brand name of Chicago luthier Carl Albanus Johnson. Johnson was one of the few makers building quality carved archtop guitars in the 1960s. Trained as a violin maker he learned guitar making at the Boston workshop of Elmer Stromberg. Moving to Chicago in the 1950's, Johnson built a reputation among the local guitarists for his archtop instruments which, like those of D'Angelico, were usually built to order. He did not stamp dates on his guitars, but was active between the late 50's and his death in 1973, and probably produced no more than a hundred guitars in total.

Source: Albanus page


Carl Albanus Johnson
1909 Wilson Avenue
60640 Chicago , IL
United States
Illinois US