John had a 2nd J160E
By: Uncleknubs from Pacific NW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.