The 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E is built in the exacting image of the groundbreaking original J-160E of the 1950s and ’60s. Much as with the design of the archetypal jazz guitar, the ES-175, just a few years before, Gibson applied a great deal of forward-looking, out-of-the-box thinking to the design of the J-160E in 1954. Prior to the arrival of this guitar, players of acoustic flat-tops struggled to be heard on stage, performing into inefficient microphones or hassling with add-on soundhole pickups that usually faired little better. ⠀
To build one of the world’s first truly successful electro-acoustic guitars, Gibson re-drew the blueprint: it crafted a three-layer laminated Sitka spruce top with ladder bracing specifically to resist feedback, used a mahogany back and sides for added warmth and richness added an adjustable bridge, and installed a P-90 pickup (without traditional cover) beneath the top at the end of the fingerboard, along with a single volume and tone control and a 1/4″ output jack. In addition, the guitar’s solid mahogany neck was attached at the 15th fret to give performers plenty of access to the highest of the instrument’s jumbo frets. ⠀
Other historically accurate details on the 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E models include its laminated Sitka spruce top, multi-ply top binding, single-ply back binding, traditional soundhole rosette, bone nut, comfortable rounded neck profile, and period-correct adjustable acoustic guitar bridge. In remembrance of John Lennon, the guitars’ headstocks are inlaid with John Lennon’s signature, and their Indian rosewood fingerboards carry mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays with Lennon’s date of birth inscribed at the 12th-fret marker.”
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