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The J-160E was introduced in 1954.  It was basically an all-laminated version of the J-45 (a slope shouldered, mahogany dreadnaught) with a ladder-braced laminated spruce top fitted with a P-90 pickup at the end of the fingerboard.  It was unusual in that it had 15 frets clear of the body instead of the usual 14 fret placement.  The J-160E was discontinued 1979 and re-introduced and re-designed (solid X-braced spruce top) in 1991.  In 2000, Gibson unveiled a J-160E with original specifications:  the John Lennon Limited Edition model. At the Summer NAMM show in July 2002, Gibson introduced the John Lennon J-160E Peace model (only 750 made) which simulates the third incarnation of John’s guitar, i.e. – stripped of finish. In 1968, John's  J-160E was stripped of its psychedelic paint job and it was left natural.  The un-finished guitar was first seen during the Beatles recording sessions for The Beatles “White Album,”  but it was most famous for its use at John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed In” peace demonstrations in Amsterdam and Montreal.  During the Montreal gig, he etched two sets of caricatures of Yoko and himself on the front of the guitar.  This final version of John's Gibson J-160E is the basis for the new Peace Model , though it is neither an exact reissue nor replica.  Gibson says it "resembles" Lennon's guitar.  Okay, whatever.


  Hollow; laminated spruce top, solid 2-piece mahogany back, and solid mahogany sides; 4-ply bound top, single bound back

Finish:  Natural, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece mahogany, set-in; holly headstock overlay with pearloidl logo

Fingerboard:  Indian Rosewood, pearloid trapezoid markers

Number of Frets:  20

Pickguard:  Tortoise, plastic

Bridge:  Rosewood with ceramic saddle

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Gibson Kluson-style, enclosed, nickel

Pickups:  One P-90 single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls:  Volume, tone

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  15 15/16 inches

Body Depth:  4 3/4 inches

Weight:  n/a

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