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Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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First released in 1954, the Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar was made famous by artists such as The Beatles. The J-160E guitar's bras...Click To Read More About This Product

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America's original acoustic-electric made famous by artists such as The Beatles.

First released in 1954, the Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar was made famous by artists such as The Beatles. The J-160E guitar's brassy, high-output acoustic-electric sound combined with punchy, warm acoustic tone accurately re-creates the sound that led a musical revolution in the '60s. The Gibson J-160E guitar is equipped with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, single-coil magnetic pickup at the neck, and controls for volume and tone. Gibson includes a hardshell case with the acoustic-electric J-160E.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Trapezoid fretboard inlays
  • Stacked P-100 humbucker neck pickup
  • Volume/tone controls
  • Includes Gibson hardshell case
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GibsonJ-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

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Bitter/sweet J 160 E

I have the same problem as others--- that the action is to high,but I love the guitar because it is a beatle's guitar.It sounds great.Both e strings slipped off the neck when...Read complete review

I have the same problem as others--- that the action is to high,but I love the guitar because it is a beatle's guitar.It sounds great.Both e strings slipped off the neck when you played.I had the nut replaced and it is better but the upper fretting is to high.I need to get the saddle lowered.I got to be in a real playing mood not to get frustrated.

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Gibson Just isn't What it use to be

I bought my J160E about 3 years ago. I have bought a few other higher end Gibsons all with problems as well. This J160E had Scratches and imperfections in the finish. The bridge...Read complete review

I bought my J160E about 3 years ago. I have bought a few other higher end Gibsons all with problems as well. This J160E had Scratches and imperfections in the finish. The bridge and nut height was way too high. The nut was cut with the high E too far out to edge so the string would slide off when used. The pick-up wiring was too long and picked up interference and was not grounded properly either. After I buffed out the finish, lowered the bridge by shaving the bottom of it off .002 inch, built a new nice BONE nut and leveled and crowned the frets and fixed the grounding problem, this is one fine guitar. This means that the wood material was good and that it was assembled well. But the quality of the employees workmanship on the finishing line was sad to say the least and bad overall, this was not a scratch and dent either. Gibson should pay me back for the work I had to put into it to bring it's finished quality in line. Gibson Just isn't what they use to be.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Gibson Just isn't What it use to be

By Uncleknubs

from Pacific NW

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought my J160E about 3 years ago. I have bought a few other higher end Gibsons all with problems as well. This J160E had Scratches and imperfections in the finish. The bridge and nut height was way too high. The nut was cut with the high E too far out to edge so the string would slide off when used. The pick-up wiring was too long and picked up interference and was not grounded properly either. After I buffed out the finish, lowered the bridge by shaving the bottom of it off .002 inch, built a new nice BONE nut and leveled and crowned the frets and fixed the grounding problem, this is one fine guitar. This means that the wood material was good and that it was assembled well. But the quality of the employees workmanship on the finishing line was sad to say the least and bad overall, this was not a scratch and dent either. Gibson should pay me back for the work I had to put into it to bring it's finished quality in line. Gibson Just isn't what they use to be.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bitter/sweet J 160 E

By Bud Holloway

from baltimore, md

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have the same problem as others--- that the action is to high,but I love the guitar because it is a beatle's guitar.It sounds great.Both e strings slipped off the neck when you played.I had the nut replaced and it is better but the upper fretting is to high.I need to get the saddle lowered.I got to be in a real playing mood not to get frustrated.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

J160 E out of the Box

By ALAN STONESIFER

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Great quality and great mojo if you can afford it.
I've owned this guitar from new for about three years. I 've been an accoustic player for 40 years. I think for me the action was just right. I have above medium size hands and and can fret firmly in all
positions. The guitar itself sounds really good. Construction is excellent from the Bozeman folks. I also own a Martin HD-28. The Gibson is a different animal than the Martin and BOTH have their positive aspects as far as sound, and definite differences. The quality of construction is equal. I use finger picks, and the Gibson steel strings sound great unplugged or plugged in. I'd pack this guitar anywhere. As far as tuning, I've found mostly all guitars are slightly quirky, but nut sauce is recommended in all cases and this usually keeps em from binding up a half tone off. Some nuts are not cut all alike. Mine is a good one.
Great job Gibson.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Beatles Gibson

By Gene-zIN-n

from Los Angeles

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The took possession of my j-160e a couple months ago. I have to tell you, the action was WAY too high. But I took it to the best guitar mechanic in Los Angeles, and he massaged it a bit. Once I got it back from the shop it was perfect Great Beatle look, great beatle sound... I am a bit dissapointed that the guitar comes with a check list that show that the guitar was inspected and passed? No good guitar player (and I am not) would agree that this guitar was ready to play out of the box.......

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A wonderful update of a classic design

By beatcomber-yTvT5

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The contemporary J-160E is actually an improved version of the guitar made famous by Lennon & Harrison. This model features a solid top, back & sides, x-bracing, and a stacked P-100 humbucker (which eliminates hum). The '60s model (and Lennon "Peace" reissue) has a laminated top and ladder bracing (to cut feedback), which has a poorer acoustic tone. This guitar is expertly crafted using the finest materials, and sounds incredible, especially when amplified. Bold, rich and full-toned, like a jazz box, with superb sustain and complexity. Keep in mind that this guitar works best with electric strings (if you're gonna amplify it) because of the magnetic PU. I recommend using .012 flatwounds, as standard electric rounds sound thin on this guitar. I love the sweet woody aroma this guitar exudes when played (from the mahogany). The neck is chunky, like a '50s Gibson and is very comfortable.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

guitar plays itself...awesome

By bill-NPJig

from placerville,ca.

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

this ax has made me a better player. warm full sound that rings true.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb

By Floozie

from Niagara Falls, NY

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is not only great sounding, it also plays like butter. I fell in love with the super full, rich sound and feel of this guitar. I wasn't overly impresed with the electric sound, but i usually mic it and it sounds magnificent.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love & Frustration in one guitar

By Telemon

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned my J160E for two years. Like many of the others who commented here, the action was extremely high - I adjusted the neck, sanded down the saddle and now use light gauge strings and it plays and sounds great. I still feel the action is too high and will probably need to replace the bridge or have it sanded down as well. Like other folks, I have to wonder what Gibson is thinking when they ship this model out. Despite the preceding, I love this guitar! It definitely has that Beatles vibe, but also has a very unique sound (very different from other acoustics I own), and it is one cool looking guitar. I also installed a Fishman under the saddle pickup and it sounds great plugged in.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

bad

By lspinks

from germantown, MD

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

this is the worst playing, worst-sounding guitar i have ever played. and i do mean ever. it is hard to chord, after 5 mins. my fingers hurt, and no matter what, it sounds out of tune.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Mixed feelings

By Wizard1692

from NYC

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am getting around to giving a reveiw after owning this guitar for about 4 years.I bought this guitar from MF as a scratch and dent and that may be where some of the problems lie.The first thing that bothered me was the style of the finish.Gibson gave this one the same burst finish as the J-45 so that's the guitar it looks like. There should have been more attention to copying the original which had a reddish tint to it....look at the pics of the original.The guitar buzzed from the biginning especially on the treble E string first fret.It looks to me as if the Bone Nut was cut too low.This is a major faux pas for a company that values it's reputation and charges premium for it.I ditto the previous comments about the pickup wire being too long,too loose...it's floping arounf the soundhole.Gibson took the guitar and attempted to fix the buzzing frets but the guitar played the same when it got back after a month.I sent it back a second time and it's still has the same problem.The positive are that it does come very close to the original sound both acoustically and electrically.The tone with new martin strings is incredible.The woods are great and in general I have very Mixed feelings about this Baby.Possibly this was just one bad apple in the basket.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By swilson617

from Redondo Beach, CA

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar goes way back. It's the ultimate low-tech answer to amplifying an acoustic guitar. Keep in mind that it will not sound like an acoustic plugged in. It has that special sound we've come to love in the Beatles. Action and playability are good. It could use a string change upon receipt. Other than that, it sounds good right out of the box. Older ones come with laminated top. Newer ones come with solid top. However, pricey signature edition comes with laminate top since that's what John Lennon played. It's a little overpriced for what you get, a mahogany back and sides guitar, but you're paying for a bit of the Beatles' fame. Compare with a Martin D-18 or the Gibson J-45 which is essentially the same guitar without the pickup and cosmetics.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

J-45 with a dash of class!

By M E Sparks

from Glen Burnie, MD

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought a 2004 J160E and just love it! I also own a Martin D-28 that is now one year shy of being 30 years old and it is beautiful, but I love the way the bass strings just ring out with clarity as opposed to the Martin. For recording the clear bass sound is great and easy to EQ during mixdown for whatever place you want the guitar to occupy in the final mix. I also have a 1994 (100 anniversay) J100 extra. Whereever I take the J160E, it turns heads! I use acoutic strings and mic it for the best sound. Love the solid top, they should have offered it earlier!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am so glad I bought this newer 2002 J-160E !

By Little Brother Blues

from Conyers, GA

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Except for some shipping delays, I am completely converted when it comes to buying a guitar online. This new Bozeman-built Gibson is remarkable in tone, quality, and appearance. The 45 day return policy protects me and I am very happily shocked with the experience and the unopened 100% new 2002 Gibson. Solid Sitka Top, Beautiful Mahogany back and sides, wonderful bracing and P100 pickup does not buzz or hum. Fretjob and finish is remarkable. Action is to die for. Even came with a soundhole humidifier and great archtop case black without the corny GibsonUSA logo. Guitar DOES NOT sound thin or tinny thru an amp, and loud and rich without an amp. One of the best acoustics I have ever received.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar

By Aloo Reddy

from durban, South Africa

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I love everything about this guitar, except the magnetic pickup makes it sound like an electric. acoustically it has that beatle punch!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nostalgia

By Telemon

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am a Beatles fan from way back. I don't believe I would've have purchased this guitar if there was not a Beatles connection. It DOES have that early Beatles acoustic/rythem sound, however I am disappointed for a couple of reasons. Like many others who have written on the J-160, the action is extremely high. I had a luthier file down the saddle and that has helped, but it is still quite high making it difficult to play up and around the neck. Also, I own other acoustics that sound superior to this model. A good Gibson J45 is more full sounding and has better sustain than the J160. I had an under the saddle Fishman installed to allow a more true acoustic sound when plugged in, but kept the P90 pickup intact...I can switch between the two.Otherwise, the look, feel and workmanship is excellent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

John was right!

By White Wolf

from Palm Bay, FL

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Better than I hoped for. Brighter than my Martin. People who complain about playability forget that it comes strung with 12's. In fact it plays so well it is easy to forget that it comes strung with 12's. The acoustic sound is superb. When amplified it sounds like an electric, but it is supposed to. After all, this is the guitar that "I want to hold your hand" was recorded with.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

J-160E Disappointing

By Boots

from Charlotte NC

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I ordered this guitar and was disappointed in the quality of craftsmanship from Gibson. The lacquer finish had lots of scratches and abrasions that were very noticeable, and the cable from the pickup had come undone and was hanging in front of the sound hole. The action was rather high as well and it took a lot of effort to bar a chord above the 3rd fret. On the plus side, the sound I got from the guitar was great and lived up to what I had heard about it from other reviews. I suppose if I had paid the "blem" price, I would have considered keeping it and fixing as necessary, but at the full price it wasn't worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good guitar

By Clayton Neal

from Indiana

Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am very pleased with my J-160E guitar. It has a very good sound and plays very easily. I would say it is a good buy for a serious guitar player.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

You Want It, You Got It! (More or Less)

By Slagger

from Lebanon, NH

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Of course one buys it because one wants to sound like John Lennon, or to a lesser extent George Harrison. Fuggedaboudit. Ain't happening. But you will hear THE sound, even if the latest iteration of the J-160E features a solid spruce top rather than the laminated job of Lennon's. Truth be told, the newest version of Gibson's famous acoustic electric sounds better. That's because the boys in Montana make it better than the old 1962.Here's the thing: big sound, really big. Deep bass, high treble. It is brassy, and loads of fun. The J-160E is well made, plays easy, and is pretty much all that Gibson Montana is supposed to be about. Yes, it's a little pricey, perhaps a lot pricey, but you're buying some nostalgia, too. Just remember, the J-160E is an acoustic, not an electric. That is, the pickup is terrible. It is old technology and sounds it. Consider it there for the sake of authenticity. I believe Lennon miked his 99% of the time when recording anyway. I remember seeing a photo of his J-160E plugged in to a VOX AC30, but I do not believe he got that patented Beatles sound out of it that way.That's the skinny. Here's the fat. If you want a guitar to whip you back in a time warp, this is the one. Hold it in your hands and you will be cradling some fine musical history. Play "I'll Be Back", and when you're done you will understand why the J-160E was John's choice, and now yours. It just doesn't get any better than the Beatles, especially when you can play along with the Gibson J-160E.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Looks & Sound

By Lucky

from So Cal

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Comments about Gibson J-160E Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had my J-160E since 2002. It is totally different than my Martin D-35. I like the different Tones of each Guitar. The J-160E is especially great for Beatle Songs but everything else too. It has a unique Bright Sound. Very cool Sound! Very few Guitars look as great on Stage & in Pictures. Very cool image Guitar!I have all my Guitars Professionally Set up so that was no big deal. Have had to send it back to Gibson for Warranty work. Nothing major. Gibson was absolutely a Pleasure to work with. They did a great job & returned quickly.Love this Guitar 2nd to my Martin.

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