Gibson J-160E 1955 Sunburst

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  • $1,705$4,300

One of Gibson's early attempts at a production acoustic-electric guitar, the J-160e was a round-shouldered dreadnought with a single-coil pickup installed at the end of the fingerboard. This guitar features two control knobs, a Mahogany body, Spruce top, and Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. Like the Epiphone Casino, this guitar's status has been greatly influenced by its use by the Beatles.

Years of Production: 
1954 - 1979

Unique to this Year: Top wood changes from Spruce to laminated Spruce.

Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, laminated Spruce top, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Tortoiseshell pickguard, trapezoid inlays, two control knobs, 20 frets

Notable Players: John Lennon, George Harrison, Barry Gibb

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