1962 Gibson J-160e

1962 gibson j-160e

John Lennon couldn’t quite afford his first 1962 Gibson J-160e , pressing Beatles manager Brian Epstein to co-sign for the guitar’s purchase. Epstein obliged, and ended up purchasing not just Lennon’s, but one for George Harrison as well. Both guitars ended up making rock and roll history with the Beatles, appearing on countless studio recordings, movies, and live performances. The Gibson John Lennon J-160E Peace guitar—produced in cooperation with Yoko

Ono—is a painstaking recreation of Lennon’s beloved instrument as it was in 1969, after he stripped away the 1962 Gibson J-160e psychedelic paint job he commissioned in 1967, and before he doodled caricatures of himself and Ono on the guitar’s body during their infamous 1969 “Bed-In” protests against the Vietnam War. Today’s gibson j160e review Peace model features the same round shoulder body design, with a Sitka spruce plywood top and mahogany back and sides, producing a full-sounding, balanced tone with warm, rich lows and crisp, presence-laden highs.

In June 1962, both George and John ordered matching Gibson’s from Rushworth’s music store in Liverpool. The 1962 Gibson J-160e guitars were shipped over from America, and picked up by George and John on 10 September 1962. They were used immediately for the recording of “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” on 11 September 1962 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road.pparently, they swapped guitars in 1963, and John’s was stolen that year… so the two would trade playing the one remaining guitar. According to Guitar Aficionado, this guitar is the only one used on every Beatles album.

In June 1962, both George and John ordered matching Gibson’s from Rushworth’s music store in Liverpool. The 1962 Gibson J-160e guitars were shipped over from America, and picked up by George and John on 10 September 1962. They were used immediately for the recording of “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” on 11 September 1962 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road.

Apparently, they swapped guitars in 1963, and John’s was stolen that year… so the two would trade playing the one remaining guitar. According to Guitar Aficionado, this 1962 Gibson J-160e is the only one used on every Beatles album.

Gibson J-160e John Lennon

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Barone: The last time I was guest editor of MAGNET, in 2010, I wrote an article about Gibson‘s digital Les Paul, the HD.6-X Pro, and their “technology” Gibson J-160e John Lennon guitars. Since then, they’ve released the Les Paul X, which has robot tuning and 55 amazing pre-set sounds you can edit right on the guitar, not to mention wireless Bluetooth effect pedals.

It is literally awe-some. But this year I’ve been out on the road a lot, playing solo in clubs and, getting down to basics, the guitar that gets me through every song every night is my Gibson J-160e John Lennon , John Lennon model. Originally released in 1954, the J-160E was one of the first “electro-acoustic” guitars with a built-in P-90 pickup (same as on my 1955 Les Paul Special) and a unique construction that doesn’t allow for the same kind of resonance and vibration as a “normal” acoustic guitar, to avoid feedback. It’s tighter, with ladder bracing behind the top, and sounds more like an electric guitar. Maybe it’s because of my love of misfit instruments, but I love this  Gibson J-160e John Lennon guitar. It’s only recently I realized that on the early Beatles records, John and George are often playing these instruments plugged into Vox amps, not necessarily the electrics I imagined.

And John played Gibson J-160e John Lennon for the entire Beatles career, from 1962 on. The same guitar, even on his first solo single, “Give Peace A Chance” (he had it sanded down from its original sunburst finish). The guitar uses a primitive electronic set up really, not remotely high-tech or modern. When I do my soundcheck, sound dude often has to fiddle with the tone; the J-160 seems to be both brighter and darker than a normal Gibson J-160e John Lennon guitar. I play through an amp onstage plus give him a direct signal to work with, so there is a lot of sound, and by showtime, the thing rocks like a monster. Sound dude is blown away. Just me and my J-160E, and the sound fills the house. I couldn’t do that with any other guitar.
Sometime in 1962, George Harrison and John Lennon each purchased a J-160E’s at the same time at Rushworth’s Music Store in Whitechapel, Liverpool. Since John did not have enough money to afford his Gibson J-160e John Lennon, he asked Brian Epstein,the Beatles manager, to co-sign for the purchase.

In the end Epstein paid for both John and George’s Gibson J-160e John Lennon guitars. These guitars were often used early in The Beatles career both on stage, in the studio and in the Beatles movies.In 1967, Lennon decided to have an artist paint his J-160E with a psychedelic scene. Then in 1969 for whatever reason, he decided to strip the paint on the guitar and give it a natural finish.

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Jim Irsay’s current spending spree isn’t limited to bringing free-agent football players to Indianapolis.Three weeks after buying a 1954 electric gibson john lennon j-160e guitar originally owned and designed by Les Paul, Irsay spent $530,000 for a guitar once owned by John Lennon.

The Colts owner of gibson john lennon j-160e pursued the orange 1963 Gretsch hollow-bodied model for several years. Lennon, who played the guitar during the 1966 recording session for chart-topping Beatles hit “Paperback Writer,” gave the instrument to his cousin, David Birch, in 1967.

In this 2014 photo, Jim Irsay holds the john lennon j-160e peace played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Seen in the case behind Irsay is Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger” guitar. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton / The Star)  Greenwood native Christopher McKinney, caretaker for Irsay’s collection of historic gibson john lennon j-160e guitars, befriended Birch and counts the Liverpool resident as a valued memorabilia consultant.

“Jim is a huge Beatles fan,” McKinney told The Star in 2013. “Anything that comes up Beatles that’s guitar related, we usually wind up getting.”McKinney predicted that Lennon’s Gretsch gibson john lennon j-160e would be offered at auction, which happened in November 2014. But when the guitar failed to reach its $600,000 reserve, Birch called off the auction overseen by England’s Tracks Ltd.

Richard Barone is an example to all of us who get trapped in our daily grind. He seems to be the perpetual glass-half-full kind of guy. He admits he feels pretty much the same way he did 30 years ago when Barone on lead vocals and guitar along with bassist Rob Norris and drummer Frank Giannini gave birth to the Bongos, a wonderful, jangly power-pop combo that could light up any room with its overflowing energy.

It’s difficult to believe that their new album with gibson john lennon j-160e, Phantom Train (Jem), is not really new at all. With guitarist James Mastro added to the band, it was cut in 1985 and 1986 and has languished on the shelf ever since. Barone has also kindly agreed to serve as guest editor for magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.



John Llennon Gibson J 160e

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This instrument bore a resemblence to the J-160e, except for it’s smaller size and Florentine cutaway. The neck of John Llennon Gibson J 160e joined the body at the 14th fret on the bass side. It was also offered without a pickup as the CF-100.

In 1954 John Llennon Gibson J 160e came up with a second acoustic-electric model which was deemed the J-160E. This was a slope-shouldered Jumbo bodied instrument.The constuction of this guitar was a departure from Gibsons typical process. First ofall, plywood was used for most of the guitars body. Instead of using X-bracing which allows the sound board (guitars top) to vibrate more freely, Gibson utilized ladder-bracing.

Ladder bracing was used on some classical John Llennon Gibson J 160e guitars and on budget guitars, such as Stella.Perhaps this may have been to emphasise the pickup or to deaden the acoustic sound to prevent body vibration being picked up. Who knows? Even with the poor quality tone the vintage j-160e’s are still quite collectible.

The John Llennon Gibson J 160e guitar had an adjustable bridge allowing the saddle to be raised or lowered by screws on opposing sides of the rosewood bridge. The pickup was a single coil P-90 without a cover. The volume and tone controls were placed on the lower bout of the guitars top. Despite the cool looking outer appearance, there were many better sounding Gibson acoustics available.

It chosen by mid 1960’s artists for it ability to be amplified. Not only was this the guitar of choice for The Beatles, but also for Peter and Gordon and Chad and Jeremy.The 1954 model had a 16-inch wide body. The rosewood fretboard of John Llennon Gibson J 160e came with trapezoid inlays. Only the top was solid and made of spruce. The back and sides were made of laminated mahogany.

The neck of John Llennon Gibson J 160e had 19 frets and joined the body at the 15th fret. This is interesting since most often dreadnaught style guitars join the body at the 14th fret. My thought is this was due to the pickup placement.On the headstock overlay, there was a crown inlay. The guitars pickguard was fashioned in Gibson’s teardrop pre war style. Gibson only offered this model with a sunburst finish.The following year another fret was added, but the guitars top was now made of laminated spruce.

In 1969, Gibson revamped the model to a square-shouldered dreadnaught style and the bridge saddle was fixed. Another change occurred in 1972 when the pickguard was altered to three-point style. The trapezoidal inlays were changed to small block inlays that same year.In 1979, the John Llennon Gibson J 160e J-160E was discontinued.

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.