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Gibson 70th Anniversary John Lennon J160E Acoustic Electric with Case

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Product Description

Seventy years after his birth and three decades after his untimely passing, John Lennon's message of peace continues to touch the masses, and his songs still resonate in the hearts and minds of fans around the world. At the request of Yoko Ono, Gibson Guitar is proud to offer three 70th Anniversary John Lennon J160E acoustic guitars to celebrate the legacy of this extraordinary artist. Accordingly, only a very limited number of these handmade acoustics will ever be available.

In 1962, John Lennon was still an up-and-coming artist, and though one of two main singer/songwriters at the heart of The Beatles, was scraping by on the little money the band was bringing in at that time. For his first quality American acoustic/electric guitar, Lennon had his sights set on a new Gibson J160E - the problem was, he didn't have the money to buy it. With the aid of a co-signed purchase from Beatles manager Brian Epstein (who also co-signed for band mate George Harrison's J160E), Lennon made the guitar his own, and put it straight to the business of making rock and roll history. Recreated by the luthiers at Gibson's Montana acoustic guitar facility in period-perfect detail, the 70th Anniversary John Lennon models are available in three distinct versions to represent the instrument at three periods in Lennon's life and career. The first, finished in Vintage Sunburst and limited to 500 guitars, represents the guitar as it was when Lennon first acquired it and used it on several famous Beatles recordings from 1963 to '64, including Please Please Me, With The Beatles and A Hard Day's Night. 

As for construction, each version is an accurate rendition of the J160E of 1962, a guitar originally released in 1954 as one of the world's first successful "electro-acoustic" guitars, with built-in pickup and electronics and ready to hit the stage for the professional performing musician. Beloved by Lennon, and kept close throughout his too-short life, the 70th Anniversary John Lennon J160E is a guitar every Beatles fan will want to make their own.

Gibson 70th Anniversary John Lennon J160E Features

  • Built with a laminated Sitka spruce top with historically accurate ladder bracing and mahogany back and sides
  • Classic 1960s vintage sunburst lacquer finish
  • Gibson Authentic P-90 Pickup
  • Neck carved from a single piece of quarter-sawn mahogany to a comfortable rounded profile, and topped with an Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Up-market hardware set, including vintage-style nickel tuners with keystone buttons, and belly-up rosewood bridge with adjustable saddle
  • Special hardshell case
  • Certificate of Authenticity


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Product Specifications
Gibson 70th Anniversary John Lennon J160E Specifications
  • Body
    • Body Type: Round Shoulder
    • Top: Laminated Sitka Spruce Top
    • Back and Sides: Mahogany
    • Binding: Multi-ply Top Binding, Single Ply Back Binding, Traditional Rosette
    • Bracing: Traditional Ladder Bracing
  • Neck
    • Species: 1-piece Mahogany
    • Profile: Round Neck
    • Thickness: 1.725 inches at Nut
    • Truss Rod: Single Action
    • Adhesive: Premium Titebond
  • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Compound Dovetail
    • Construction: Joint at 15th Fret
    • Adhesive: Hide Glue
  • Fingerboard
    • Species: Indian Rosewood
    • Frets: 21 Historic Jumbo Frets
    • Scale Length: 24 3/4 inch
    • Radius: 12 inch
    • Fret Wire: Nickel Alloy
    • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Trapezoids with John Lennon's birth date engraved on 12th Fret
    • Adhesive: Premium Titebond
  • Nut
    • Material: Bone
    • Width: 1.725 iches
  • Headstock
    • Type: Traditional J160E
    • Angle: 17 deg
    • Inlay: Mother of Pearl "Gibson" logo inlay with "John Lennon" script signature
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black Bell
  • Tuning Keys
    • Type: Vintage Kluson-Gotoh with Keystone Tuners
    • Material: Nickel
    • Ratio: 14:1
  • Bridge
    • Type: Traditional Belly Up with Adjustable Saddle
    • Material: Indian Rosewood
  • Hardware
    • Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
    • Knobs: Amber Top Hats with Silver Inserts
    • Strap Buttons: Traditional Strap Button
    • Strings: .011 - .052 Gibson Light Guage
  • Pickups
    • Model: P-90 Single Coil at end of fingerboard
    • Controls: 1 Volume Control, 1 Tone Control
  • Finish
    • Sealer: Hand Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    • Vintage Sunburst
  • Case
    • Type : Gibson 1960s vintage style case
    • Case Exterior: Black Tolex
    • Case Interior: Plush yellow


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Subject
John had a 2nd J160E
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This has a laminated top just like the originals did, for this money I'd prefer a solid spruce top. This has ladder bracing just like the original, X bracing is Superior. BUT if you want a John Lennon connection this is a good price for it, though I believe J160E's are overpriced as a guitar quality.
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
All J160E's are built well, they are Gibsons, but imo they are over priced. all of the models.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
This has the sound of John's J160E the high ringing loud tone of a Jumbo Guitar but I believe that unless your looking for just the Lennon connection it's not worth the money. Also John's original was stolen and he used Georges for awhile then after about 18 months purchased a new one. The new on is the one best known today as his original is probably in somebodies attic and they don't know it or are afraid to come out as it would still belong to John's estate.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
All Jumbo's are that jumbo the bought is large and unless you have a long reach it will seem big. It is a nice heavy guitar the neck has a good feel.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
It is bright and powerful with a deep under tone kind of a chime with a bass bottom.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
This was a little bit shaky being a laminated top it has a very wavy line look to it. but overall is okay.
Action
How was the action out of the box?
I've never bought a new guitar that didn't need a set up, the factory i not going to chance their guitar buzzing so set the action high and the relief high as well imo. This is very easily remedied.
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