In late 1963, during one of the Christmas shows at the Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre, the beautiful 1962 Gibson J-160E used by John Lennon was stolen.
It wasn’t until mid-1964 that Lennon was able to acquire a replacement J-160E. The new 1964 model “Jumbo” was also finished in Sunburst and identical to his first one, except the new guitar had two sets of white rings in the sound hole Rosette, a plastic bridge and a visible Orange Gibson label inside the sound hole.
Although Lennon seemed to prefer using George Harrison’s 1962 Gibson J-160E for recordings, he did use his new 1964 “Jumbo” during the fall 1964 North American Tour and later as a back up during the 1965 and some 1966 Tours.
During this mid-1960’s period, in a never ending quest for new tones, Lennon experimented with his 1964 “Jumbo” by moving the P-90 pick up from its factory position near the neck to a position near the bridge. Presumably, some recordings would have been made with the pick up at the bridge location.
The sunburst 1964 Gibson J-160E in our collection is identical to Lennon’s, as he would have first received it.62_J160E.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0

1964 Gibson J160E

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John Lennon backstage getting familiar with his newly acquired 1964 Gibson J-160E

1964 Gibson J160E “Fool”

The sunburst 1964 J-160E is also the guitar that Lennon would have “The Fool” (Dutch artists) paint a psychedelic color in 1967.  
We are proud to present our 1964 Gibson J160E “Fool” guitar.  It was painted by Adam Alcantara to the exact specifications as Lennon’s.  Alcantara says: “The guitar was found in pretty bad condition, the previous owner had tried to sand the sunburst off and accidentally went through the top plies, a common mistake.  After the top was carefully repaired and prepped for paint, the design was applied using special paints which we determined to be of the same color and sheen as Lennon’s, and when it is viewed in the same lighting conditions as the famous photograph from his studio, this guitar is a dead ringer, and an absolute stunner in person.”
In 1968, Lennon had his psychedelic guitar stripped down to bare wood and finished with just a light sealer coat. 
Showcased above is our 1964 Gibson J160E “Stripped” guitar.  This guitar had an original and very rare factory natural finish and now sports a custom pickguard and is identical to Lennon’s when he had the finish removed.
To commemorate his famous “Bed-ins” for Peace with Yoko Ono in 1969, Lennon would use a ballpoint pen to draw caricatures on the body of the guitar,  later “inking” over the pen scratches with a black marker.

1964 Gibson J160E “Stripped”

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