Gibson J 160E 1955
I could start this description with a little joke that perhaps you were out bid on John Lennon's J160E, but I think we were all way out of that bidding league. However, I realized I do have a Gibson J160E to share with all of the guitar fans out there. This is an early 1955 J160E which was produced in its this model's second year of production. Like so many 60 year olds, it is no longer totally original and I will give you all of the information I have to assist you in reviewing it. I must say, that when I pulled it out of its case, the first thing I did was to check out its original single coil pickup at the end of the fretboard. It sounds strong and is ready to play. Gibson had hoped Les Paul would endorse this acoustic model, but he would have no part of it. He was not pleased with its sound compared to his solid bodies. They tried changing to plywood top but he still would not endorse it. This guitar has the 3 ply top, laminated sides, and solid back. There is a repaired crack on the back which I have photographed for you. The repair is old. It does have a natural top and it does show pick wear, all of which I feel show up in the pictures. The imprinted factory order number, fon, on the neck block is W 1107 33. It has a 16 inch bout. It does have the original large adjustable screws on the bridge. It has 15 frets to the body and a total of 19 frets. The fretboard with the trapezoid inlays and the frets are in very good condition. I have listed this as good condition because of the crack in the back and the pickguard is an engraved pickguard and not the tear drop I see on other examples. Please note the slot head screws used in the pickguard. I took it off and there is a slight sign of a previous tear drop pickguard. I have a picture of the area with the pickguard off. If you need a particular picture just let me know. So what we have here is a solid, 60 year old Gibson which plays well and comes with its case. If you have questions, please ask. It has been in a collection since the early 90's, thus not exposed to light or hanging in a shop. I do not have its history prior to that. It does come with its original Gibson case which does show wear expected for its age.