Gibson J-160e ( 1954 - 1979 )
In 1954 gibson introduced a flat top jumbo acoustic - electric guitar and called it the gibson j-160e , the guitar gained popularity in 1962 when George Harrison & John Lennon from the beatles made it their standard acoustic guitar until 1968.
Although the gibson j-160e was made famous by the beatles it does not have that distinguished full tone sound of a jumbo guitar , they had laminated tops and ladder bracings to cut feedback hence giving it less sustain and a flatter acoustic tone .
the newer models of today ( Gibson J-160e Standard ) are considered superior in sound because of their solid top, back and sides which gives the guitar more sustain and an overall bigger and brighter tone compared to their vintage cousins.
The vintage j-160e guitars paved the way for their new models of today which are very competitive to the martin d-28 and in my opinion sounds brighter & better.
Despite its poor quality tone the vintage j-160e's are still collectible and sought after due to their history . Was also the first gibson flat top with an adjustable bridge .
In 1954 the j-160e had a 16" wide body , was round shouldered , adjustable bridge , trapezoid inlays on rosewood fingerboard , solid spruce top , had a mahogany back and laminated mahogany sides , ladder bracing , adjustable pole pickups , had 19 frets, teardrop pre war style pickguards , crown peghead inlays and were made in sunburst finishes .
In 1955 gibson started making j-160e guitars with laminated spruce tops and 20 frets .
Small changes were made throughout the 60s until 1969 when the j-160e was a square shouldered dreadnought guitar and had non adjustable saddles .
In 1972 the j-160e was fitted with a three point pickguard and featured small block inlays . The guitar was discontinued in 1979 .
Gibson J-160 Reissue ( 1991 - 1997 )
In 1991 gibson reintroduced the gibson j-160 with a solid spruce top and mahogany back/sides , a p-100 stacked coil humbucking pickup , upper belly on the bridge with no adjustable saddles , were made in vintage sunburst colors and were discontinued in 1997 .
Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1954 - 1961 > $4 500 to $6 500
1962 - 1964 > $5 500 to $8 000 ( Beatles Era )
1965 - 1968 > $3 500 to $4 500
1969 - 1970 > $2 100 to $2 500 ( square shoulders )
1971 - 1979 > $1 400 to $1 900
1991 - 1997 > $1 700 to $2 000 ( j-160 reissue )
1954 - 1979 > Avg Upward Trend Of 9% A Year Since 2000
Note : Prices are according to 4 different vintage guitar price guides and rounded off to the nearest dollar.
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