Gorgeous Gibson 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E Acoustic & OHC


  • Body
  • -Body Type: Round Shoulder
  • -Top Laminated: Sitka Spruce Top
  • -Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • -Binding: Multi-ply Top Binding, Single Ply Back Binding, Traditional Rosette
  • -Bracing: Traditional Ladder Bracing
  • Neck
  • -Species: 1-piece Mahogany
  • -Profile: Round Neck
  • -Thickness: 1.725″ at Nut
  • -Truss Rod: Single Action
  • -Joint: Compound Dovetail
  • -Construction: Joint at 15th Fret
  • -Adhesive: Hide Glue
  • Fingerboard
  • -Species: Indian Rosewood
  • -Frets: 21 Historic Jumbo Frets
  • -Scale Length: 24 3/4″
  • -Radius: 12″
  • -Fret Wire: Nickel Alloy
  • -Inlays: Mother of Pearl Trapezoids with John Lennon’s birth date engraved on 12th Fret
  • Nut
  • -Material: Bone
  • -Width: 1.725″
  • Headstock
  • -Type: Traditional J-160E
  • -Inlay: Mother of Pearl “Gibson” logo inlay with “John Lennon” script signature
  • -Truss Rod Cover: Black Bell
  • Tuning Keys
  • -Type: Vintage Kluson-Gotoh with Keystone Tuners
  • -Material: Nickel
  • -Ratio: 14:1
  • Bridge
  • -Type: Traditional Belly Up with Adjustable Saddle
  • -Material: Indian Rosewood
  • Hardware
  • -Pickguard: Historic J-160E Tortoiseshell Pickguard
  • -Knobs: Amber Top Hats w/Silver Inserts
  • -Strap Buttons: Traditional Strap Button
  • -Strings: .011″ – .052″ Gibson Light Guage
  • Electronics
  • -Pickups: P-90 Single Coil at end of fingerboard
  • -Controls: 1 Volume Control, 1 Tone Control
  • Finish
  • -Sealer: Hand Sprayed Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Case
  • -Type: Gibson 1960s vintage style case
  • -Case Exterior: Black Tolex
  • -Case Interior Plush yellow interior
  • Accessories
  • -Manuals: Owners Manual, Gibson Gold Warranty

John Lennon and his musical legacy requires no introduction, but suffice to say, here we have a truly beautiful guitar,  Limited to just 500 worldwide, this lovely 70th anniversary J-160 is a players/collectors dream. She has not been out of the house since first purchased back in 2010 & as such is in pristine condition. Her playability is superb & her action is set low, which coupled with her slim profile feel to the neck, makes for a wonderfully playable instrument. If I can nitpick, there is a tiny amount of nitro on the rear of the body that has some very small air blisters in the finish, but these are almost invisible and were very hard to show on the photos! She comes with her original gold plush lined case, all candy & the important framed Yoko Ono commissioned ‘All You Need is Love’ 70th Anniversary Certificate, signed by Ron Ferguson, Gibson’s acoustic master luthier & bearing a facsimile of John signature.

All in all this is one rare and serious guitar, so don’t let her slip away!

PRESS RELEASE: New York, New York, September 20, 2010… 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 Acoustic is very proud to offer this 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E acoustic guitar 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 – 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 band mate 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 represent the instrument of choice throughout Lennon’s life and career.

This beauty is 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. Additional specs of the 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160VS include a 70th Anniversary John Lennon MOP signature on the headstock, 1960’s laminated Sitka Spruce Top, mahogany back and sides, the classic vintage Sunburst lacquer finish, Jumbo 1960’s Frets, Gibson authentic P-90 pickup, a historic adjustable bridge and a 70th Anniversary MOP engraved 12th Fret birthdate of John Lennon. MSRP was $4,728 USD.

Yoko herself has been quoted as saying, “Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace and the message will spread quicker than you think.” The Gibson Lennon acoustic models celebrate the peace that has lived on for years through John Lennon’s music and Yoko Ono’s staunch devotion to his memory and legacy.

“To say how proud I am of these new John Lennon Anniversary guitars is a huge understatement. The legacy that John Lennon has given music fans around the world is unprecedented and the friendship Gibson continues with Yoko Ono is demonstrated in these remarkable instruments that are in tribute to arguably one of the world’s greatest musicians,” said Henry Juszkiewicz Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar.



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