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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%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

owner, professional musician

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

owner, professional musician

By Jeff Taylor

from central Massachusetts

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

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

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By Cody Kraski

from Pittsburgh

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

Beautiful style, acoustic/electric without worrying about batteries, clean sound, lightweight... I love it! I highly recommend it for anyone who has been playing for a little while... not worth the money for a first guitar. But if you've been playing for some time I highly suggest this guitar.
A magnetic pick-up is built in stock, allowing the guitar to be played without worrying about a 9V battery. But that also means that there is no equalizer. 2 knobs (volume and tone).

There is only one thing I was worried about when I started playing it: The tuning machines rattled... LOUD. Now, like I said, I bought it used. So this could be a problem that only I personally have encountered, but maybe not. I took it into a shop and the guy said "with this style of machines, the rattling can't really be 'fixed' unless you replace them." Now tuning machines aren't THAT expensive so it wasn't a HUGE deal. I just figured I'd mention it in case someone else had the same problem. Hopefully it was just mine, because I don't want that to sway anyone away from the guitar... because it's gorgeous.

Now, if you get this guitar, make sure you buy the right type of strings. Since it's an acoustic/electric and it has a magnetic pickup, you need to put on 80/20 strings. Those types of strings are 20% nickel so that the pickup... well... can pick up the sound better. If you don't, you won't be able to tell when you're playing it unplugged. But as soon as you plug it in, any experienced guitarist will notice a difference. It's not like it won't work or anything. It'll just highly improve the quality if your sound.
Also, be careful with the knobs. If you turn them to hard/far, the wires inside may come off and you will not get ANY sound when you plug in... not even a hum or crack. So just be careful with the knobs.
The sound is crisp and clean. Holds tune VERY well. Beautiful looking guitar. Smooth frets.
I bought mine used. I had to fix a couple of little things. So for me, I'd say I got pretty lucky. I don't regret spending that much at all.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

gets better with age

By Tall Paul

from new mexico

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

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the more i play it the better i like it. i have been playing for 40 plus years and have owned everything under the sun- from handbuilt one off pieces, to guilds, gibsons you name it. of all them this is my favorite. its crazy, i paid like this price for it and would not, could not replace it with a martin, gibson or other- its just that good. i have modified it with the following upgrades- grover tuners (same style), bone nut and saddle, hardwood bridge pins and a k and k pickup. i tune it down a half step (bluegrass guage 80/20 bronze 56-12 strings) and the resonate, woody, rich sound gives me goosbumps everytime i pick it up. i run it thru a 80's peavy kb300 w a 15" speaker and a fishman pre-amp/eq. the solid top has opened up for sure as i play very hard and alot- especially live- i bang the you know what out of it and it holds up perfectly- ZERO issues- neck straight and true, the guitar looks like new. btw the stock pickup is very cool but very limited sound. more like a hollow body electric guitar- not very acoustic, but cool for some things.
i love the long (25.5 " scale) and the neck shape. the ONLY tning i would change is a 1.75" nut width instead of 1.11/16" width. i have huge hands and have had to work to develop a techinique that allows clear, ringing tones when finger picking. for that reason i give it a 9 instead of a 10.
i am a performing songwriter and play venues from 20-2000 and this guitar always delivers. people ask me where i get the amazing tone- very impressive rock and roll, blues and swing/bop guitar. not as delicate and refined and say a taylor- but....BEEFY...hearty, woody, strong...believable sound.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Epi EJ-160E Lennon Acoustic Electric

By Mark

from South East PA

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Pros

  • Beautiful Neck
  • Easy to play
  • Good Wood
  • Great Acoustic Sound
  • Well Made

Cons

  • Bridge Too High

Best Uses

  • Any

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

This is a far better guitar than I expected as far as quality of materials and playability...except the action at the bridge end is far too high and the saddle will have to be shaved to lower it. I did adjust the truss rod as much as I want to - almost all the way tight - and the action off the high end is still far too high - near 1/4" - and I will take the saddle down when I change the strings shortly. Plays beautifully at the low end, and not bad farther up. Sound is BEAUTIFUL unplugged even with the junk strings on it. The flaws are MINOR, and over all the guitar is a bargain and will be my performing guitar.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Guitar for under $500.00

By GibsonGuy327

from Wappingers Falls, NY

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

I just picked this guitar up, and it's a beauty. I went there to try the Ibanez AEL20 series and this instrument caught my eye immediately upon entering the room. I picked it up and didn't put it down for about an hour. I compared it to several other famous models in the store, and after much internal debate, selected this awesome guitar. Now that I have it, I am very happy with my selection. It just plays so beautifully, and it looks fantastic. I love the Beatles, and this guitar can be seen in half their performances, whether it be John or George playing it. If it needs new tuners or a bridge down the road, I will have no qualms about it, I will play this forever!

(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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal for a Classic

By dar0381

from Orange County California

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

Modeled after the Gibson j160e, this model I must say plays a lot better and sounds a lot better than the Gibson. Unlike the Gibson it has a solid sitka spruce top, as opposed to a plywood top or laminate. I own both models and have done my research on the two,and the Only difference I found is that the Gibson is made in America and the Epiphone is made over seas. I am very happy with this guitar I play it all the time, and I am glad that Epiphone has made a more affordable version of the Gibson j160e. P.S. "It improves with time, like a fine wine really".

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Interesting and collectible

By Bevan-P4P_o

from Atlanta, GA

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

I'm always looking for something unique and a little different, and this one caught my eye a few years ago. The acoustic tone is agreeably warm. As to reproducing the original sound on Beatles recordings, I get the best result using my Fender Champion 600 amp. Recordings in the early 1960s were engineered to be broadcast mostly on small transistor radios, so a completely 'authentic' sound will be elusive, and a matter of opinion. It's about time to have my guitar technician adjust the action down a little, but other than that I have no complaints. The John Lennon signature is quite attractive. He played Epiphone guitars, and if they were good enough for him, they're good enough for me!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Coulden't Believe my Ears or Hands

By BassMann

from ny

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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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hearing is believing

By Johnny Astor

from Kentucky

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful finish
  • Beautiful tone
  • Easy to play

Cons

  • Strings

Best Uses

  • Playing Live
  • Practicing
  • Recording

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

Beautiful guitar, easy to play right out of the box. I changed the strings lowered the action and woooowhoooo what a difference. I love this guitar it's sounds and plays just as good as my Martin. I bought a EJ200 a couple of months ago and I wouldn't trade the EJ160 for two of those. But let me verify the EJ200 is a great guitar I just like this one better. The 200 has a much more mellow sound. The John Lennon is great for performing live, I play it through a acoustic Marshall 100wt combo, a great combination. They are set up in Nashville but I like the strings closer to the neck, and I like Martin strings better. I got a great deal on this guitar and case, Ty musicians friend, you have and are a good friend to me.

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