Gibson J-160E

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Lennon's J-160E on the right.

The Gibson J-160E is one of the first acoustic-electric guitars produced by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

The J-160E was Gibson's second attempt at creating an acoustic-electric guitar (the first being the small-body CF-100E). The basic concept behind the guitar was to fit a single-pickup (and associated electronics) into a normal-size dreadnought acoustic guitar. The J-160E used plywood for most of the guitar's body, and was ladder-braced, whereas other acoustic Gibsons were X-braced. The rosewood fingerboard had trapezoid inlays, and the guitar had an adjustable bridge. For amplification, a single-coil pickup (an uncovered P-90 pickup) was installed on the top of the body at the edge of the fingerboard (similar to "floating" pickups on some arch-top acoustic guitars), with a volume and a tone knob.

John Lennon and George Harrison frequently used one with The Beatles, both on-stage and in the studio. Gibson produces a standard J-160E and a John Lennon J-160E Peace model, based on the J-160E he used during the Bed-In days of 1969. Epiphone makes an EJ-160E John Lennon replica signature model.

Notable J-160E users[edit]

Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees plays a J-160E, and can be seen in several live performances of the band from 1967 to 1968.

Sam Lightnin' Hopkins played a J-160E which is on display at the Rock Hall of Fame.

Richard Barone plays a J-160E as his primary acoustic guitar on solo and band performances and with The Bongos.

Pete Doherty of the Libertines/babyshambles plays a J-160E during most of his solo appearances.

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy played J-160E guitars from 1964 to 1968.

Peter Asher and Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon played J-160E guitars, and can be seen in live acts in US during the 2000s.

Steve Marriott of Small Faces used a J-160E as the main acoustic guitar for the 1967 album Small Faces.

Mike Viola of Mike Viola and The Candy Butchers uses a J-160e with a Fishman blend Pickup.

Elvis Costello uses a J-160e.