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Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric   

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Based on the Gibson J-160 that Lennon used to compose and perform countless Beatles' songs, the Epiphone EJ-160 acoustic-electric guitar is a far mor...Read More

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If you've listened to early Beatles recordings, you've heard what this acoustic-electric can do.

Based on the Gibson J-160 that Lennon used to compose and perform countless Beatles' songs, the Epiphone EJ-160 acoustic-electric guitar is a far more affordable alternative to the Gibson signature model. The single-coil pickup at the neck captures that vintage pop sound perfectly and is ready to plug and play in amplified contexts. The spruce top and mahogany back and sides replicate the original's sound, and the vintage sunburst finish gives it an authentic look of yesteryear.

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EpiphoneEJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric
 
4.5

(based on 111 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

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gets a 10 from me and I am hard to please! Plays great right out of the case, beautiful sound, looks are very appealing, (I love the color blends) neck straight,...Read complete review

gets a 10 from me and I am hard to please! Plays great right out of the case, beautiful sound, looks are very appealing, (I love the color blends) neck straight, action low which I like, makes this guitar easy to play. The strings could be better but they work, the Epi case fits perfect, the pickup not bad I may fool around with this later on and string bending is no issue with this guitar at all, covers acoustic and electric all in one nice package, I would buy another one without any hesitation.
I just received my Lennon Epiphone ej 160 e and a hardshell case, also Epiphone, and I have read all the previous comments. Here are mine; the guitar was shipped in the case not separate and right out of the case this guitar is beautiful. I tuned it in with no trouble, the action is great (any lower and it would buzz for sure) hard strumming, no problem. There was mention the width of the neck could be troublesome, no issues at all and I don't have large hands, don't be afraid to buy this guitar for that reason. The tuners did not buzz and I hit this thing hard unplugged and plugged in. It plays easily. I have been playing for 54 years (started when I was 5 years old) and have many guitars in my collection, I love this guitar. I have Taylor's, Breedlove's, music man, Gibson's, other Epiphones, Taks and fenders, this plays as good if not better then a few of the more very expensive guitars. I plugged in to a peavey TNT bass amp as I also play fretless base and you want that buzz like Lennon had, no problem! It sounds great. It doesn't sound like the original with the strings that it comes with but don't be discouraged, I put phosphor bronze coated lights on and it sounds wonderful, Better then my expensive Taylor unplugged, you will need electric/acoustics for the real sound for sure, but I don't really care about that it's that close! I was skeptical about this guitar and knew I could sell it for what I paid but this guitar will stay with me until my will comes into play! Buy this guitar, you will not be disappointed I can't wait to head out to the next gig with this, it's impressive and sounds great. There are no issues with this instrument , but again it's brand new and time will tell, but for now I got a sweetheart a beautiful one at that and at a very nice price! Enjoy, and if you buy one, you will not be dissapointed.
no flaws at all, plays great
You can not buy a guitar like this anywhere else for this money

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On the Fence?

I am debating on weather or not to sell this. I am not trying to recreate the sound of the Beatles, I just wanted a good acoustic-electric guitar to play.
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I am debating on weather or not to sell this. I am not trying to recreate the sound of the Beatles, I just wanted a good acoustic-electric guitar to play.

Plugged in this guitar is just awful. The pickup is weak and terribly noisy. I have tried electric strings on it and they didn't help at all, in fact they dulled the overall sound. So I went to a mix of electric and acoustic strings, the 3 lower strings are acoustic-bronze and the 3 higher strings are electric. Wow sounds great; it even has a bit of that jangly sound. While I was changing the strings I decided to see if the bridge was shimmed and sure enough there was a plastic strip under the bridge. Removed that and now the action is great. So what I have is a great sounding, playing and looking acoustic guitar but a terrible guitar when amplified. My 40 year old Ovation that's been glued back together totally blows this out of the water when plugged in. I'm thinking of trying a noise gate or even replacing the pickup if it makes financial sense and doesn't alter the appearance of the guitar.

As has been mentioned, this guitar is perhaps 10% to expensive. People are paying for the John Lennon signature on the side, which personally I wish wasn't there. Any way, it's a nice looking and sounding guitar, it just fails when amplified.

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3.0

Humbucker is low in volume and buzzy

Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

The pickup has a unique small design and cannot be swapped out with any other standard pickup without routing out the wood under the pickup plate. The pickup screws stick up about 2 inches above the coils. It think this is the reason for the noisey low volume.

That said, the guitar sounds and plays well acoustically with low action and no acoustic buzzing.

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5.0

Nice !

Pros

  • It Has A Wonderful Tone

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Playing Live Shows
  • Recording Live Sets

Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

Great guitar , wonder tone . With the John Lennon name on it ...it has to be good .

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3.0

Not Up To Par For Signature Model

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By Rob

from Cooper City, FL

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Nice Finish

Cons

  • Too Much Hum
  • Tuners Are Stiff

Best Uses

  • Performing
  • Practicing
  • Writing

Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

I expected better quality for a signature guitar.
I sent back the first one because the d string buzzed, and had loud hum into amp.
Got another...better but...volume and tone pots were loose, had to remove knob and tighten. Fit and finish are nice, however the g tuner is tight and intonation off. Still a lot of hum in my opinion into amp, but maybe that is because it is a single coil pickup, it is less hum on the second one I got, so it is "acceptable" but not ideal.

Other than that it is a nice guitar.

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5.0

Nice for the price!

By Guitar Grandpa

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Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

It's not as good as the Gibson J-160e, but it's excellent for the price, playability, feel and looks!

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5.0

A Sweet Sweet Guitar

By Kg5150

from Sault Ste. Marie Mi

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Pros

  • Great playability
  • Perfect out of the box
  • QUALITY piece
  • Sounds Great Amped Or Not
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • Zero complaints

Best Uses

  • Anything you desire

Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

Great guitar and value for the money. Fun to have as a Beatle fan that can't afford the Gibson J160E.

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5.0

Great guitar!

By Yoko Mono

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

Great sounding great...great tone and volume. It will need a pro set up, but most guitars do after shipping. It feels great and the best purchase I have in a while...great price too!

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Coulden't Believe my Ears or Hands

By 25+ years as a working Musician!

from Southern Tier Region, NY

Pros

  • Epiphone Is Quality
  • Exellant Sound Amazing
  • Perfect Guitar In Every W

Cons

  • Not even one

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Live
  • Recording
  • Rehearsel

Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

Was hesitant on buying an Epiphone, Considerin I have almost Always played taks/Martins/or Seagull.. Coulden't Believe my Ears or Hands. This Guitar is perfect! No Flaws, better than Amazing Tone.. Antyone who is in the market to get an acoustic guitar should consider this one. You will not be unsatisfied at all. I am considering getting another for my studio setup and change strings up to get different 60-70 sounds. Also any Beatles Fan will be getting an almost identical sound in which MR.Lennion himself chose to use. Don't Hesitate just by one.. There great!Dont forget a Humidifier with this Guitar they are way to special to let anyone of em to crack or Dry out.. Case A must!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful guitar to play

By Mark '66

from Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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Pros

  • Comfortable neck
  • Great quality
  • Great sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

      Just holding this guitar is inspirational. I had the string action lowered by my technician--it was a little high for my liking, but I imagine Epiphone allows that wiggle room for those who may like it well enough with the factory settings. It is a very well made instrument and my technician noted how perfectly straight the neck is. And with me being a huge Beatles fan, I couldn't want any acoustic more or be happier than I am with this fantastic guitar. It is a dream to play and I love the sound--very familiar sound indeed.

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      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      On the Fence?

      By F4 Fan

      from San Jose, CA

      Pros

      • Looks Playability

      Cons

      • Pickup Is Awful

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic Guitar

      Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

      I am debating on weather or not to sell this. I am not trying to recreate the sound of the Beatles, I just wanted a good acoustic-electric guitar to play.

      Plugged in this guitar is just awful. The pickup is weak and terribly noisy. I have tried electric strings on it and they didn't help at all, in fact they dulled the overall sound. So I went to a mix of electric and acoustic strings, the 3 lower strings are acoustic-bronze and the 3 higher strings are electric. Wow sounds great; it even has a bit of that jangly sound. While I was changing the strings I decided to see if the bridge was shimmed and sure enough there was a plastic strip under the bridge. Removed that and now the action is great. So what I have is a great sounding, playing and looking acoustic guitar but a terrible guitar when amplified. My 40 year old Ovation that's been glued back together totally blows this out of the water when plugged in. I'm thinking of trying a noise gate or even replacing the pickup if it makes financial sense and doesn't alter the appearance of the guitar.

      As has been mentioned, this guitar is perhaps 10% to expensive. People are paying for the John Lennon signature on the side, which personally I wish wasn't there. Any way, it's a nice looking and sounding guitar, it just fails when amplified.

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very, very good guitar!

      By Eduardo

      from Oslo, Norway.

      Pros

      • beautiful guitar
      • Electronics
      • Feeling
      • Smooth
      • Sound
      • Sustain

      Cons

      • Buzzing Very Little
      • High action

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone EJ-160E John Lennon Acoustic-Electric:

        I bought this guitar on 1/8/2014. Mine was crafted in Indonesia, june 2013. Let me tell you that this guitar is TRULY insane, when I tested it at the store, I knew it was for me. It sounds beautiful, and it feels great. When I got it, the action was a little high, but once I asked the guys from the store to lower it a little, this baby started playing even better.

        When you plug it into the amp, it makes a little buzzing, but not a big deal, not like you can not stand it.

        The guitar comes in a very cared shape, nothing has broke or anything, it is truly amazing. If you are thinking on buying this baby, don't wait for it!

        P.S: Although I think the guitar is slightly overpriced (maybe because I bought it in Oslo), but it is definitely worth it!

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