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.

Condition of Instrument

This J-160E is in Excellent Condition overall with minimal signs of use. Includes hardshell case.


Brand Used
Model2010 Gibson J-160E John Lennon 70th Anniversary Imagine Model Only 70 Made
Finish ColorWhite
Body TypeRound Shoulder
BracingLadder Braced
Top WoodLaminated Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides WoodMahogany
Neck WoodMahogany
Neck JointCompound Dovetail with Hide Glue
Neck ShapeTraditional Round Profile
Neck Dimensions.840 1st - .970 9th
Fingerboard MaterialIndian Rosewood
Fingerboard InlaysTrapezoid Inlays, 12th Fret has October 9th 1940 Inlayed
Scale Length24 3/4"
Nut Material1.725"
BindingMulti-Ply Top
RosetteMulti-ply Single Ring
Headstock InlayMother of Pearl Crown
BridgeBelly up, Indian Rosewood
TunersNickel Vintage Keystone
CaseBlack Vintage Hardshell
COA Yes, All Factory Paperwork, Letter of Authenticity signed by John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono

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