Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Trapezoid fretboard inlays
  • Stacked P-100 humbucker neck pickup
  • Volume/tone controls
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GibsonJ-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 37 reviews)

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not so fab

I originally purchased a Gibson J160e John Lennon "fab four" acoustic/electric model from the factory several years ago, I think in 2001. I hated it from the day it...Read complete review

I originally purchased a Gibson J160e John Lennon "fab four" acoustic/electric model from the factory several years ago, I think in 2001. I hated it from the day it arrived. It had a bad fret buzz, and the action and intonation were all wrong. Maybe I got the John "Lemon" model by mistake. It wouldn't stay in tune and the neck had a hump in it. I should have sent it back right away, but instead took it to a local shop to see what they could do with it. Long story short, it was worse when I got it back and they still charged me the standard setup fee. Not only that, they screwed up the finish when they clamped it to their work bench. I was not happy, to say the least! Over the years, the same pattern continued until I stopped trying and in the case it sat. Recently, I was telling a friend my sad story, and he reminded me that the guitar is under Gibson's Gold Lifetime warranty, and suggested I call Gibson, which I did. The service dept at Gibson were very nice and told me to return the guitar to them to see what they could do. They had it for two months when I received an email from them saying they could not fix it and that everything they tried was unsuccessful. They offered to make me another "John Lennon" model, but I told them I'd rather have a standard J160e. The "Lennon" model had a laminated top, and ladder bracing along with old style tuners. It was a reproduction of the two guitars they gave the Beatles back around 1962 or so. I opted for the standard model which, in my opinion, is a much better guitar. It has a solid spruce top, x-bracing, and upgraded tuning machines. The guitar plays and sounds great right out of the box. Obviously, I should have done this years ago, but better late than never. Lesson learned. I recommend this guitar.

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Gibson Just isn't What it use to be

I bought my J160E about 3 years ago. 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...Read complete review

I bought my J160E about 3 years ago. 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.

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5.0

long road

By david

from losangeles

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Sacrilege ! some may say but i have had one since 95 and i removed the knobs and the p90 .Why ? the knobs are damage magnets and the p90 sound isn't my gig .Yes i have other guitars but over the years this one has become my favorite .It has broken in like a dream and the sound with new pickup or with out is fab ..IT seems to be similar to the new j35 in specs if you like this shape .The Beatles gibsons had ladder bracing and a plywood top and sound like it .You can add an acoustic pickup and mix it with the p90 for a fat sound if you like .If I'm playing out this is my guitar

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

J160 E out of the Box

By ALAN STONESIFER

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Great quality and great mojo if you can afford it.
I've owned this guitar from new for about three years. I 've been an accoustic player for 40 years. I think for me the action was just right. I have above medium size hands and and can fret firmly in all
positions. The guitar itself sounds really good. Construction is excellent from the Bozeman folks. I also own a Martin HD-28. The Gibson is a different animal than the Martin and BOTH have their positive aspects as far as sound, and definite differences. The quality of construction is equal. I use finger picks, and the Gibson steel strings sound great unplugged or plugged in. I'd pack this guitar anywhere. As far as tuning, I've found mostly all guitars are slightly quirky, but nut sauce is recommended in all cases and this usually keeps em from binding up a half tone off. Some nuts are not cut all alike. Mine is a good one.
Great job Gibson.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Sound

By Stephen Gatlin

from Haverford, PA

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned this Gibson J160 for about 10 years. It is a better sounding guitar than it is a playing guitar. The fretboard is not user friendly on the higher frets, and the guitar is not the easiest on the fingers. But, having said that, it provides the rich "Beatle" sound that people may well want who buy this guitar. It is far and away better than the Epiphone clone in terms of richness and boom. So...if you want the real thing, this is it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bitter/sweet J 160 E

By Bud Holloway

from baltimore, md

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have the same problem as others--- that the action is to high,but I love the guitar because it is a beatle's guitar.It sounds great.Both e strings slipped off the neck when you played.I had the nut replaced and it is better but the upper fretting is to high.I need to get the saddle lowered.I got to be in a real playing mood not to get frustrated.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Mixed feelings

By Wizard1692

from NYC

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am getting around to giving a reveiw after owning this guitar for about 4 years.I bought this guitar from MF as a scratch and dent and that may be where some of the problems lie.The first thing that bothered me was the style of the finish.Gibson gave this one the same burst finish as the J-45 so that's the guitar it looks like. There should have been more attention to copying the original which had a reddish tint to it....look at the pics of the original.The guitar buzzed from the biginning especially on the treble E string first fret.It looks to me as if the Bone Nut was cut too low.This is a major faux pas for a company that values it's reputation and charges premium for it.I ditto the previous comments about the pickup wire being too long,too loose...it's floping arounf the soundhole.Gibson took the guitar and attempted to fix the buzzing frets but the guitar played the same when it got back after a month.I sent it back a second time and it's still has the same problem.The positive are that it does come very close to the original sound both acoustically and electrically.The tone with new martin strings is incredible.The woods are great and in general I have very Mixed feelings about this Baby.Possibly this was just one bad apple in the basket.

(6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

gibson j 160

By durango kid

from ma

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a guitar I drooled over online for a couple of years. It's like the one Elvis Costello plays, and I almost bought one online witthout ever having played one. Fortunately, my local music store got one in and I got a chance to play it. What can I say, it looks great, but the tone and action were definitely second-rate...you will find much more playable and better sounding guitars for far less money. Maybe if I had owned it and set up the action, diferrent strings, etc., myself, it might have been more playable and better sounding, but I just don't get why anyone would pay that kind of money for this instrument. Maybe the one I played was not a good one, but the tone was so ordinary, I can't believe there are much better sounding ones. I didn't play it amplified either, so maybe that's what it's all about but it sure was unimpressive acoustically.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

not so fab

By Steve

from Sparks, Nv

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I originally purchased a Gibson J160e John Lennon "fab four" acoustic/electric model from the factory several years ago, I think in 2001. I hated it from the day it arrived. It had a bad fret buzz, and the action and intonation were all wrong. Maybe I got the John "Lemon" model by mistake. It wouldn't stay in tune and the neck had a hump in it. I should have sent it back right away, but instead took it to a local shop to see what they could do with it. Long story short, it was worse when I got it back and they still charged me the standard setup fee. Not only that, they screwed up the finish when they clamped it to their work bench. I was not happy, to say the least! Over the years, the same pattern continued until I stopped trying and in the case it sat. Recently, I was telling a friend my sad story, and he reminded me that the guitar is under Gibson's Gold Lifetime warranty, and suggested I call Gibson, which I did. The service dept at Gibson were very nice and told me to return the guitar to them to see what they could do. They had it for two months when I received an email from them saying they could not fix it and that everything they tried was unsuccessful. They offered to make me another "John Lennon" model, but I told them I'd rather have a standard J160e. The "Lennon" model had a laminated top, and ladder bracing along with old style tuners. It was a reproduction of the two guitars they gave the Beatles back around 1962 or so. I opted for the standard model which, in my opinion, is a much better guitar. It has a solid spruce top, x-bracing, and upgraded tuning machines. The guitar plays and sounds great right out of the box. Obviously, I should have done this years ago, but better late than never. Lesson learned. I recommend this guitar.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love & Frustration in one guitar

By Telemon

from Boston

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned my J160E for two years. Like many of the others who commented here, the action was extremely high - I adjusted the neck, sanded down the saddle and now use light gauge strings and it plays and sounds great. I still feel the action is too high and will probably need to replace the bridge or have it sanded down as well. Like other folks, I have to wonder what Gibson is thinking when they ship this model out. Despite the preceding, I love this guitar! It definitely has that Beatles vibe, but also has a very unique sound (very different from other acoustics I own), and it is one cool looking guitar. I also installed a Fishman under the saddle pickup and it sounds great plugged in.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Gibson Just isn't What it use to be

By Uncleknubs

from Pacific Northwest

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought my J160E about 3 years ago. 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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Looks & Sound

By Lucky

from So Cal

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had my J-160E since 2002. It is totally different than my Martin D-35. I like the different Tones of each Guitar. The J-160E is especially great for Beatle Songs but everything else too. It has a unique Bright Sound. Very cool Sound! Very few Guitars look as great on Stage & in Pictures. Very cool image Guitar!I have all my Guitars Professionally Set up so that was no big deal. Have had to send it back to Gibson for Warranty work. Nothing major. Gibson was absolutely a Pleasure to work with. They did a great job & returned quickly.Love this Guitar 2nd to my Martin.

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