Gibson John Lennon Acoustic

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On October 9, 2010, John Lennon would have been 70 years old. To celebrate the occasion, Gibson partnered with Yoko Ono to release three new acoustic guitars. Made by the luthiers at Gibson’s Montana acoustic guitar facility, the Lennon guitars represent three periods of the musicians life and career.

The first guitar is a Vintage Sunburst that Lennon used in 1963 and 1964 to record “Please Please Me,” “With The Beatles” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Lennon couldn’t afford to buy the original guitar and had to get a loan from Beatles manager Brian Epstein. I’m glad he did.

The John Lennon J-160VS includes a 70th Anniversary John Lennon MOP signature on the headstock, a 1960′s laminated Sitka Spruce Top, mahogany back and sides, the classic vintage Sunburst lacquer finish, Jumbo 1960′s Frets, Gibson P-90 pickups, an historic adjustable bridge and a 70th Anniversary MOP engraved 12th Fret birthdate of John Lennon. Gibson is making 500 of these guitars and it will sell for $4,728.

The John Lennon “Imagine” guitar was requested by Yoko “to reflect the sentiment of John’s life and music during the recording of Imagine.” This white model includes an anniversary John Lennon Abalone headstock signature, 70th Anniversary MOP engraved 12th fret birthdate of Lennon, 1960s laminated Sitka Spruce top, historic Gibson Ladder bracing pattern, Mahogany back and sides, Jumbo 1960′s Frets, historic adjustable bridge, Gibson authentic P-90 pickups and a custom hardshell case.

The third model has a natural finish and has Lennon’s famous “John and Yoko” caricature sketches, representing the appearance of the guitar during the famous Lennon-Ono “Bed-In” peace protests of 1969. The original model is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The Gibson Acoustic Lennon Museum J-160E model includes a Gibson Custom Shop Label Personally Signed by Yoko Ono, Authentic Recreation of John Lennon’s Bed‐In Caricature Sketch, 70th Anniversary John Lennon MOP Headstock Signature, 70th Anniversary MOP Engraved 12th Fret Birth Date of John Lennon, Label Personally Signed by Yoko Ono, 1960’s Laminated Sitka Spruce Top, Historic Gibson Ladder bracing Pattern, Mahogany Back & Sides, Custom Thin Lacquer Finish, Jumbo 1960’s Frets, Historic Adjustable Bridge, Gibson Authentic P‐90 Pickup and a Gibson Custom Shop Hardshell case.

The Imagine and Museum guitars are limited to 70 guitars each — one for each year since Lennon’s birth. The Imagine guitar will sell for $10,748 and the Museum guitar will sell for $15,048.

J160e Gibson

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The J-29 has amazing headroom. It’s a fantastically loud guitar if you want it to be—you can positively hammer the thing with a flatpick without generating confused harmonics. You get projection and raw horsepower that rivals any dread. The trade-off for all this volume—one many players will like—is brash, bright upper mids, which can get white-hot at times. These qualities remain pronounced through the otherwise agreeable and transparent L.R Baggs Element electronics. If you’re a rock strummer, you’ll probably love the J-29’s power and presence in a band mix. Meanwhile, that dynamic sensitivity means that you don’t have to strum too vigorously to get it. That said, it can be hard to back the J-29 down into those softer, smokier moods at which the mahogany J-45 excels.

Our J-29 was set up with slightly higher action than the J-15, presumably to highlight the guitar’s ample horsepower and definition when flatpicked. While the J-29 can excel at fingerstyle—especially high-harmonic detail in open tunings—it has a fast, excitable reactivity most at home in rock, bluegrass, and country.

The custom shop’s second and third renditions are limited to 70 guitars each, one for every year since John’s birth in 1940, and both include a special 70th Anniversary Certificate personally signed by Yoko Ono and sent to the final purchaser by Certified Mail. As for construction, each version is an accurate rendition of the J-160E 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 J-160E is a guitar every Beatles fan will want to make their own.

I have bought a few other higher end Gibsons all with problems as well. This J160E had Scratches and imperfections in the finish. The bridge and nut height was way too high. The nut was cut with the high E too far out to edge so the string would slide off when used. The pick-up wiring was too long and picked up interference and was not grounded properly either. After I buffed out the finish, lowered the bridge by shaving the bottom of it off .002 inch, built a new nice BONE nut and leveled and crowned the frets and fixed the grounding problem, this is one fine guitar.

This means that the wood material was good and that it was assembled well. But the quality of the employees workmanship on the finishing line was sad to say the least and bad overall, this was not a scratch and dent either. Gibson should pay me back for the work I had to put into it to bring it’s finished quality in line. Gibson Just isn’t what they use to be.


Gibson J160e Review

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Gibson J160e Review ’s slope-shouldered dreadnoughts are among the guitar universe’s truly great designs. The convergence of curves and understated ornamentation are a study in proportional perfection, with the sort of simplicity and subdued, utilitarian elegance that makes Eames chairs, Coke bottles, and Boeing 707s iconic.

Though the mahogany-and-spruce J-45 is the most famous manifestation of the slope-shouldered profile, the shape has been the foundation for other Gibsons, including the J-35, the natural finished J-50, the 25 1/2″-scale Advanced Jumbo, the rare B-45 12-string, and the J-160 made famous by the Beatles. Gibson still produces many of these guitars, but the new J-15 and J-29 are the first new, non-signature-edition variations on the J body style in years—and very cool departures from the J-45’s sonic template.

The J-29 is the more traditional-looking of the new pair, but it’s a handsome devil. If you’ve grown accustomed to seeing slope-shouldered Gibsons in the classic J-45 sunburst, you’ll marvel at how attractive and visually balanced the profile looks in a natural blonde finish. The dramatically striped grain of the Indian rosewood back and sides beneath that nitrocellulose lacquer looks as deep and three-dimensional as an alpine lake.

But it’s the fretboard rosewood that’s most striking, with a red-to-chocolate fade running the neck’s length. The bridge is also rosewood, though it’s a simple, almost slight rectangular design, rather than the more substantial “belly-up” bridge associated with Gibson acoustics. The J’s austere roots (the first Js were designed and built during the Great Depression) are honored in the simple white/black/white rosette and binding, even if the woods exude an upmarket aura.

The J-29 isn’t the first or only rosewood-backed Gibson slope-shoulder. In fact, the company has built rosewood-backed J-45s quite recently. But it’s a compelling alternative for any player who loves the slope-shoulder style, but prefers the stronger projection of a rosewood, square-shouldered Gibson or a rival like the Martin D-28.

Gibson J160e John Lennon

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local traders say the traveling shows are risky and not likely to yield the best prices.Roger Brown, co-owner of R&T Antiques in Queensbury, said customers do better when they visit bricks-and-mortar stores run by people with a stake in the community.

He said the out-of-state event has presented misleading advertisements to the public and is undervaluing items.Asked about the negative characterizations of his company, Overholser said, “The perception is that we are a fly-by-night company in town doing this, and a lot of the local businesses are upset. Nobody is obligated to sell something. The evaluation is absolutely free.”He said customers are welcome to get second opinions, and he invited local dealers to come in and check out the operation of Gibson J160e John Lennon .On Wednesday morning, customers trickled into the hotel with coins, jewelry and collectibles.

Bob Marcotte, of Corinth, brought in a Gibson John Lennon J160E from 1969 in its original case. A longtime guitar collector and trader, he said he has encountered scam artists before and always researches the value of the item before selling. Marcotte was hoping to get about $3,000 for his guitar.He was still waiting on a price when his wife, Ruby, was quoted about $400 for a pile of silver and gold jewelry.”Because I haven’t done this before, I’ll get a second estimate,” she said.Later on Wednesday, Marcotte told The Post-Star he turned down Ohio Valley’s $1,500 offer on the guitar and a $250 offer on a vintage banjo he valued at upward of $2,000.”I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” he said. “Obviously these people are not even close.”As for his wife’s jewelry, the couple received a similar quote from a local store and were paid in cash; Ohio Valley had offered to write them a check.

Local gold traders say the best way to ensure an accurate price for valuables is to get multiple opinions. Sellers are also encouraged to have an idea of what their item is worth before they get an estimate.Putting a price on antiques can involve research onlineusing sites like eBay. With precious metals, the market price is listed daily on sites like say pure gold nets the consumer up to 95 percent of the value, whereas mixed jewelry realizes less money because refining expenses have to be factored in. The value of antiques can vary, according to Brown, because buyers might not be immediately available, while gold can always be sold.Brown said customers should be cautious when all their jewelry is thrown on the scale together without accounting for different carats.Dyer recommended customers deal with a bonded company and also endorsed local buyers over out-of-state businesses because dealing locally makes it easier to follow up on concerns.He noted that Warren County has reporting requirements for the sale of coins and jewelry that local stores must follow.

John Lennon J-160e

John Lennon J-160e

It was 18 years ago John Lennon’s flat top acoustic guitar used in the Beatles was first displayed to the public at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

DJ Cerphe Colwell was there for the unveiling of Lennon’s guitar, and will never forget it.“I stood there for about an hour just staring at it, just thinking about how many hearts and ears were awakened by that Gibson J 160E guitar. Really magical stuff,” says Cerphe, whose show is heard on Eco Planet Radio.Cerphe was one of the participants when the Rock and Roll Hall opened its doors in Sept. 1995, displaying priceless artifacts used by legendary musicians.

Lennon’s guitar, which was donated by wife Yoko Ono, had been personalized by the Beatles’ leader.“I really liked the artwork drawings that John did on the wooden body of the guitar, but it was the fretboard and the pick marks and the gouges on the wood and tuning keys that really fascinated me,” says Cerphe.

“The strings looked like they hadn’t even been replaced.The low-tech simplicity of Lennon’s guitar was striking to Cerphe, who rose to fame with WHFS and DC10.“I wish I had a time machine, because this was taking me back to a time where there were no lasers, or smoke machines, or autotune, or twerking,” Cerphe said.

In the age of technology where computers can create or manipulate music out of silence, “I was looking at something that was a part of keeping the human element, where music sounds like people, and people playing real instruments,” says Cerphe.

Lennon’s guitar remains “one of the most precious artifacts that we have in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection,” according to curatorial director Howard Kramer.According to the Hall’s website Lennon originally got the Gibson in 1964 to replace an identical one that was stolen.

Lennon’s acoustic guitar was featured prominently in albums including “Please Please Me,” “Meet The Beatles,” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” as well as the movie, “Help!“George Martin and the Abbey Road crew got some marvelous results from that J 160E guitar,” marvels Cerphe.

Gibson J160e John Lennon

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Julien’s Auctions has announced the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll auction event to take place on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery located at 9665 Wilshire Blvd. The auction will feature hundreds of items from the life and careers of some of music’s biggest artists including The Beatles, U2, Chris Martin, The Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Todd Rundgren, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Kurt Cobain, Heart, Mick Jagger, James Brown, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher, Prince, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis and even a bit of Liberace and many more.

Highlights of the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll event include an impressive collection of rare and stage/studio used guitars that are worthy of a Grammy Award winning performance. The collection includes Bono’s signed and played “Irish Falcon” Gretsch guitar (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000), U2’s the Edge studio used guitar (Estimate: $60,000-$80,000), Chris Martin stage played guitar (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), a Todd Rundgren stage played Italia guitar (Estimate: $600-$800), Stephen Stills Gibson J200 Guitar (Estimate: $18,000-$20,000), David Bowie’s stage used Takamine 12-string guiar (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000), a set of three John Lennon Inspired limited edition J-160E Gibson guitars (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000), a Prince Love Symbol guitar (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000), Elvis Presley’s NBN stage used acoustic guitar (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000) and many more.

Other auction highlights include the Collection of Ann & Nancy Wilson of the mega-rock-band Heart, The Collection of Madonna and The Collection of Naomi Judd. In addition the Icons & Idols: Rock n’ Roll will offer collectors the chance to own a piece of rock n’ roll history as Julien’s Auctions offers items including an Alton Kelly Mickey Hart “Rolling Thunder” Grateful Dead cover art (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000 ), Todd Rundgren’s original album figural art (Estimate: $100-$300), Rick Griffin Adventure of Griffin and Stoner cartoon (Estimate $200-$400), John Cash handwritten lyrics (Estimate: $800-$1,200), Led Zeppelin signed Led Zeppelin vinyl cover (Estimate: $12,000-$14,000), Jimi Hendrix Gered Mankowitz print ($5,000-$7,000), a Kurt Cobain stage worn shirt (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), Mick Jagger’s performance production files (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000 ), Mile Davis Maxfield Custom leather motorcycle jacket (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000) and the Godfather of Soul James Brown’s red sequined cape (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Beatles memorabilia to be offered includes a Beatles signed receipt (Estimate:$8,000-$10,000 ), a Beatles “Diana Dors” wax bust from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hears Club Band album cover (Estimate: $50,000-$70,000), a Beatles signed Valex image (Estimate: $12,000-$15,000), John Lennon’s spectacles ($20,000-$40,000) and a signed Gibson J160e John Lennon and Yoko Ono calendar ($4,000-$6,000). Many other items from the Fab Four will be offered during the two day rock n’ roll auction event.

Gibson J160e For Sale

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Gold and silver prices are at historic highs, which has attracted attention from consumers looking to make a buck.And with the busiest shopping season of the year under way, many people want to turn old jewelry into extra cash.

From mail offers to gold parties to traveling shows to brick-and-mortar businesses, a seller has options when it comes to trading valuable items for money .But as precious metal prices have soared, so have scams.

Some companies offer to pay for gold jewelry mailed to them, which provides the seller little recourse if he or she is unhappy with the price offered or if their items are “lost” in transit.Gold parties are also becoming a popular way to bring in cash, for a business and the party host. While the parties can be legitimate, experts say sellers get less for their valuables because a percentage goes to both the company and the host.

Over the holidays, temporary kiosks are also set up in malls to cash in on the gold and silver rush.Bill Dyer, who opened CSA Coin & Jewelry in 1997, said he has watched the number of traders proliferate over the years as precious metal prices have increased.

“Now there are people everywhere in this business,” he said. “Because the price of gold and silver has gone up so quick, it’s become a get-rich-quick scheme.” He and other local traders are encouraging customers to steer clear of a controversial traveling show currently set up at the Ramada Inn in Queensbury.

Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery is in town through Saturday to buy collectibles, antiques, gold and silver. This is the second time the company has visited the area; it came to Glens Falls in June under the name Treasure Hunters Roadshow.

In addition to online complaints alleging scams, the parent company is being sued by the creators of the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” for infringing on the show’s name and logo. The lawsuit, filed in February, also claims Treasure Hunters has acquired a reputation for buying valuables for pennies on the dollar.

Derik Overholser, show manager at the Queensbury event, said the name “Roadshow” isn’t proprietary, and his company doesn’t appraise items for insurance purposes like the PBS show.

Overholser argues Treasure Hunters and Ohio Valley can offer higher prices for scrap gold because the company operates its own refinery. He also noted the company has 60 shows across the county in any given week, which lowers its overhead.

Gibson J-160e Standard

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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 J-160E 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 J-160e Standard – 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 bandmate George Harrison’s J-160E), 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.

The second is a stunning Custom Shop “Imagine” model in a Soft White finish personally requested by Yoko Ono to reflect the sentiment of John’s life and music during the recording of Imagine. And the third is the model as it is today, on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, with a thin, natural finish and Lennon’s famous “John and Yoko” caricature sketches, representing the appearance of the guitar during the famous Lennon-Ono “Bed-In” peace protests of 1969.

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The Gibson J-160E acoustic-electric guitar, first released in 1954, was made famous by artists such as The Beatles. The guitar’s brassy, high-output acoustic-electric sound combined with punchy, warm acoustic tone re-creates the sound that led a musical revolution in the ’60s. The Gibson J-160E features a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, single-coil magnetic pickup at the neck, and volume and tone controls. Includes Gibson hardshell case

So where does Martin fit into all of this john lennon gibson j160e, given they’re the granddaddy of American acoustic guitar builders? Four years after the J-160E hit the stores, Martin introduced their first acoustic/ electric flattop guitars with the D-18E and D-28E—electrified versions of the D-18 and D-28, respectively. Both variations featured two large DeArmond pickups and four knobs (one Volume and one Tone for each pickup) mounted on the soundboard. The construction of these guitars required ladder bracing similar to the J-160E, and the overall sound quality suffered because of it. Those who have seen these electric Martins know they were clunky, and large parts of the soundboard were removed for the pickups. Production of the D-18E lasted only two years and the D-28E was produced through 1964. There is little collector value with Martin’s first acoustic/ electrics—roughly half of the acoustic versions.

The J-160E will never replace any high-quality flattop acoustic in terms of sound, but as one of the first guitars to allow a player to use it acoustically and electrically, it succeeds wonderfully. Any guitar associated with the Beatles is a treasure in my book ,If you’re interested in exploring this subject further, check out Gibson’s Fabulous Flat-Top Guitars by Eldon Whitford, David Vinopal, and Dan Erlewine.

First released in 1954, the Gibson J-160E 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.I bought my J160E about 3 years ago.

Gibson J160 E


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While the J-160E was certainly a dual-purpose instrument, many collectors don’t realize that it was designed primarily as an electric that could be used as an acoustic. Piezo and internal pickups were years from being developed, so this is all Gibson knew at the time. The laminated top and ladder bracing were used intentionally to prevent unwanted frequencies and feedback. Also, because the neck was moved up to allow room for the pickup, the bridge had to be moved forward as well—so traditional X bracing wouldn’t work in this situation.

According to the serial number, your guitar dates from either 1966 or 1969. The long-style pickguard on your guitar was introduced in 1968, so we can safely assume your guitar is a 1969 model. This was probably one of the last J-160Es produced before Gibson switched to the square shoulder body style they adopted on nearly all their acoustics in the late ’60s and early ’70s. For whatever reason, the J-160E was always a bit late to adopt changes compared to other Gibson models. Everything appears to be stock on the guitar, including the bridge and control knobs.

This 1969 J-160E, in the condition it appears (which is 70 percent or “average”), is valued today between $1850 and $2250. If it were mint, it would be a $3000 to $3500 instrument. Astute readers will know that the J-160E is more valuable than an SJ produced during the same period. The J-160E ’s value is higher simply because of its association with the Beatles, and this is fairly typical of any guitar that a famous musician or band is known for using. Instrument association has affected every instrument the Beatles ever played, including Paul McCartney’s Höfner 500/1 “Beatle Bass,” John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325 and Gibson J-160E, and George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 360 12-string.