First released in 1954, the Gibson JI160e Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar was made famous by artists such as The Beatles. The J-160E guitar’s brassy, high-output acoustic-electric sound combined with punchy, warm acoustic tone accurately re-creates the sound that led a musical revolution in the ’60s. The Gibson J-160E guitar is equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, standard P90 pickup at the neck, and controls for volume and tone. Gibson includes a hardshell case with the acoustic-electric J-160E.
The J-160E was Gibson’s second attempt at creating an acoustic-electric guitar (the first being the small-body CF-100E). The basic concept behind the guitar was to fit a single-pickup (and associated electronics) into a normal-size dreadnought acoustic guitar. The J-160E used plywood for most of the guitar’s body, and was ladder-braced, whereas other acoustic Gibsons were X-braced. The rosewood fingerboard had trapezoid inlays, and the guitar had an adjustable bridge. For amplification, a single-coil pickup (an uncovered P-90 pickup) was installed under the top of the body with the pole screws protruding through the top at the end of the fingerboard, with a volume and a tone knob.
John Lennon and George Harrison frequently used one with The Beatles, both on-stage and in the studio. Gibson produces a standard J-160E and a John Lennon J-160E Peace model, based on the J-160E he used during the Bed-In days of 1969. Epiphone makes an EJ-160E John Lennon replica signature model.Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees plays a J-160E, and can be seen in several live performances of the band from 1967 to 1968.
Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins played a J-160E which is on display at the Rock Hall of Fame.Richard Barone plays a J-160E as his primary acoustic guitar on solo and band performances and with The Bongos.Pete Doherty of the Libertines/babyshambles plays a J-160E during most of his solo appearances.
Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy played J-160E guitars from 1964 to 1968.Peter Asher and Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon played J-160E guitars, and can be seen in live acts in US during the 2000s.Steve Marriott of Small Faces used a J-160E as the main acoustic guitar for the 1967 album Small Faces.Mike Viola of Mike Viola and The Candy Butchers uses a J-160e with a Fishman blend Pickup.Elvis Costello uses a J-160e.