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My Gibson Acoustic Trilogy part Three : J-160 E

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Gibson J-160 e John Lennon , year 2000. 1 p-90 pu , 1 tone , 1 volume Is this even an acoustic guitar ? Or an electric that looks an feels like an acoustic ? Old school hybrid . I woundnt recommend this guitar to any one looking for a good acoustic guitar. Its got all the acoustic sound killing ingredients in the book : laminated top , ladder bracing , and an adjustable bridge. Built like a train and feels that way. According to the books , Gibson made it this way in an attempt to reduce feedback. The sound level unplugged , is several notches below a normal acoustic Gibson . Sort of tin can, compressed at lower than normal level sound. To top it off , I've got flat wounds on it. But on the other hand, countless Hits are written and recorded on the J160e. The Beatles used them of course, Miced at the sound hole ! I guess George Harrison said the J 160e was used on every Beatles album . And thats the sound this one also makes . Very distinctive . So in my opinion - not a stand alone Guitar. She is always ready to go - plug it in to just about anything , no battery needed . You have full control with the pots placed on the face of guitar. And that maybe where it shines - playing with others - a distinctive sound that cuts through even plugged in.

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The Beatles used them of course, Miced at the sound hole!

They also used them as electrics. If you're listening to an early Beatles song and hear a fat round electric tone that doesn't sound like a Gretsch or Rickenbacker, then it's probably a J-160E through a Vox.

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Gee, you sure are building a nice stable of acoustics. That's another very nice one.

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There is a little story about this one also . I bought this one on e-bay , so it had a life before me. Its been around the block , no breaks or repairs , but its been used -a lot. A few things have puzzled me about it : It had no fret wear . It has big frets (is that normal on the 160e?) , maybe its been refreted ? If so , somebody did a good job , I can't tell. It had/has two wide strips tape residue running down the back of the guitar. I could not clean them off at the time , but I see they are slowly fainting away now. The Tuners where cheap Klussons lookalikes , wich did not do the job. The back of the neck is smooth ,without wear or scratches, but there is a spot where lacker missing on the back of the neck, treble side from around the 7-10 fret . I think this guitar was used a as a slide guitar , velcroed to a table or stand. The e bay seller thought It might have belonged to Luther Dickinson of the Mississippi All Stars Band . The original HSC case was full of airline tags. I have never found a photo of Luther playing the 160e , but I did find one photo where it was hanging in the background. The give away- those pot knobs


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