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Hey I am going to buy a John Lennon acoustic tomorrow for 400 and it includes a case. The guy said its flawless and has only played a couple of times. I can't wait so can you guys give me some thoughts on it and please post some pics of your John Lennon acoustics. Thanks.

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Agree. I've played a number of them. They range from suprisingly beautiful sounding and easy to finger to just awful looking and sounding. I couldn't believe they were supposed to be the same guitar.

 

good luck

 

 

 

Yeah Man!! Some come "alive" in your hands, and other's are "Thick as a Brick," and sound like one, too! ;>b

That is one guitar, I'd NEVER buy "On Line!" I (personally) think buying a acoustic, on line, is dicey...to say the

least! They can all be so "different," even in the same model/brand.

 

Good luck!

 

CB

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I was visiting my brother in Boston and while there we stopped into the GC. They had one in their acoustic room and having played a few before i wasn't impressed but the first chord I strummed on the baby was sublime. I got my brothers attention and he just smiled and asked me if I was taking that home on the plane. Well i walked away but wish i hadn't. Oh well I bought the IB texan to make up for it. lol

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Make sure you humidify this guitar! Keep it in its case with an Oasis humidifier ($20). Mine was nearly destroyed because I kept it hanging on the wall through the winter months. Three weeks in a case with a humidifier restored her.

 

I always had trouble finding the right strings for my EJ-160. After numerous string changes I found the best for this guitar are:

- GHS Brite Flats 11s; these strings have that slinky Beatle tone down and are very easy to play. My B string buzzed a bit so I switched to...

- Pyramid Golds flatwound 11s; very expensive strings ($25 a set), but they play beautifully. They are also the strings The Beatles used on their guitars. Incredible strings.

 

Only mod I made (you can see it in the third photo) was I got rid of those incorrect amber knobs and added the Gibson style Gold top hat volume and tone knobs. I also put chrome position markers under them. Makes the guitar look just like the Gibson 160.

 

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Well I bought it. It wasn't as clean as the guy said, no surprise if you are used to dealing with Craigslist. It has 2nd satmped on the headstock but I couldn't find anything wrong with it other than the strap button on the neck missing and the plastic cover on the top of the pickup was cracked from a screw being too tight. It plays great and the finish is beautiful. I already have an extra set of strap buttons so that wasn't a big deal and I figured I could just cut another piece of plastic for the top of the pickup so I don't think thats a huge ordeal either. It came with a Fender abs plastic case. The case is very nice too. I got him down to 380 so I got it. That might be kinda high for a 2nd, but it plays great and I couldn't find any flaws. These guitars are hard to find here. I have only seen one at my buddys shop and they will not budge on the price so I figured I saved about 200 bucks which makes me happy. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

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lpfan, Cool! I have an CE (also purchased on Ebay used and untested almost a year ago) in my avatar picture and really like it. I got mine for $225 (no case) then. The only issues with this guitar were the action was a bit high and a few weeks after I got it the bridge lifted from the finish. The bridge was glued to the finish instead of the top, it appeared that one attempt was made reglue it. I took it to the local guitar store where the finish and the bottom of the bridge was sanded, it made the action much better and the repair has held so far. The sound is great. The pickup is passive so I got an RMSAC40 amp (passive selection with reverb). It sounds great either unplugged or amped via the RMS.

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lpfan' date=' Cool! I have an CE (also purchased on Ebay used and untested almost a year ago) in my avatar picture and really like it. I got mine for $225 (no case) then. The only issues with this guitar were the action was a bit high and a few weeks after I got it the bridge lifted from the finish. The bridge was glued to the finish instead of the top, it appeared that one attempt was made reglue it. I took it to the local guitar store where the finish and the bottom of the bridge was sanded, it made the action much better and the repair has held so far. The sound is great. The pickup is passive so I got an RMSAC40 amp (passive selection with reverb). It sounds great either unplugged or amped via the RMS.

 

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a black one? I've never seen a black one before! =)

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Sorry I can't post a pick but I bought a JL EJ-160-E earlier this year and I love it.I've heard some bad reports about some J !60 Es but mine feels great,sounds great and the wood grain is beautiful,the Beatle vibe is undeniable it has the real tone of the original.Just try I'll Be Back acoustically or I Feel Fine plugged in you'll hear what I mean.You got yourself a great deal.

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lpfan' date=' Cool! I have an CE (also purchased on Ebay used and untested almost a year ago) in my avatar picture and really like it. I got mine for $225 (no case) then. The only issues with this guitar were the action was a bit high and a few weeks after I got it the bridge lifted from the finish. The bridge was glued to the finish instead of the top, it appeared that one attempt was made reglue it. I took it to the local guitar store where the finish and the bottom of the bridge was sanded, it made the action much better and the repair has held so far. The sound is great. The pickup is passive so I got an RMSAC40 amp (passive selection with reverb). It sounds great either unplugged or amped via the RMS.

 

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I always thought that CE stood for Cutaway Electric but yours is obviously not a cutaway. Am I wrong with my understanding of model designation suffixes?

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JohnMcClane5000,

Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Basically it's the samed as an "unmodded" sunburst but black instead. I have a guitar mag from 10 years ago that had an ad for the soon to be released guitar, I'll see if I can find it and get some pics up this weekend.

Wiggy,

The model number is actually EJ-160E/VC serial #31146xxxx. Sorry for the confusion.

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You know I find it very funny that Epiphone makes a John Lennon model from the EJ-160E and yet his was a Gibson model the J-160E ( also the pick-up is in the wrong position, John had his moved down below the soundhole) and the only Epiphone that I remember of his is when he and George played on the Revolver album, the Casino ES-335.Did he have any other Epi's that anyone knows of that I have missed.Ship

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You know I find it very funny that Epiphone makes a John Lennon model from the EJ-160E and yet his was a Gibson model the J-160E ( also the pick-up is in the wrong position' date=' John had his moved down below the soundhole) and the only Epiphone that I remember of his is when he and George played on the Revolver album, the Casino ES-335.Did he have any other Epi's that anyone knows of that I have missed.Ship[/quote']

 

 

The Epi version is not so much a reproduction as a representation of a 1962 Gibson J-160E. The guitar Lennon played was a very different beast having a laminated top and a P-90 pickup. I owned an early 1960s J-160E for a bit and when played unplugged it was not the finest sounding instrument out there. Found I was better off just slapping a DeArmond 210 across the soundhole of an SJ.

 

Both the modern Gibson and Epi versions sound a whole lot better than the original played sans amp.

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Hey Beatle nut - where did you get those knobs? I can't find them anywhere.

I got these from Guitar Fetish:

http://store.guitarfetish.com/vigsgeschtog.html

Wherever you get them, make sure you get COARSE SPLINES. You get fine splines, they ain't going to fit. I made that mistake; had to buy a new set. The ones above are coarse splines -- they fit the Epi perfectly.

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