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 wit... Read More
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.
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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.
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.
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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