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Found this somewhere some time ago. But wait a minute – isn't there something strange.

Can't remember ever seeing Hendrix with a burst J-200 Jr, but could be wrong – Definitely never saw Lennon with a blonde J-100 Extra.

 

 

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Interesting to say the least.

 

I'm waiting for someone to pop in some knowledge on this - promotional BS or factual.

 

 

<edit> While Elvis is definitely correct - I've seen picks and seen the J-200 at the Rock HoF, not seeing the other two.

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John Lennon is seen with a tobaccoburst J-200 during the stranded late 68 early 69 Get Back sessions (released as Let It Be in 1970). That guitar could very well be Harrisons – which means the one George gave Dylan some time later (check the 69 Nashville Skyline cover). Frankly I don't know if Lennon ever had his own 200, but I do know that the gestalt in the ad comes very close to him as he appeared in the Dec.68 Stones show, Rock and Roll Circus. The strange part is that he played his newly sanded Epiphone Casino during that event, but to my knowledge never an acoustic guitar. Correct me if I'm wrong – And please bring on pictures if possible.

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Interesting to say the least.

 

I'm waiting for someone to pop in some knowledge on this - promotional BS or factual.

Hendrix died Sept of 1970. The very first time the J-200 jr. appeared on the price list was 1991.It's just the goofy marketing dept of Gibson Montana. The most interesting thing about the ad is the Gibson/Montana logo. It's the very first logo they used. Another stroke of marketing genius is that they changed the logo every three or four years. They were on a trying to take the "Montana" out of the the identification. Very silly idea.

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For what I see in the poster all three guitarists have J-200s, it's aimed to show the 1993 range of the super jumbos and it doesn't necessary implies that the Hendrix is playing the Jr. or Lennon the 100 extra, imo of course.

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For what I see in the poster all three guitarists have J-200s, it's aimed to show the 1993 range of the super jumbos and it doesn't necessary implies that the Hendrix is playing the Jr. or Lennon the 100 extra, imo of course.

 

Well I agree with you here Alex - all of the guitars shown appear to be SJ 200s rather than any of the other variants...

 

 

... but as the Lennon picture shows, he's not really known for playing a natural SJ 200 (I was aware that Harrison lent him his sunburst at some point, but if there is a natural Lennon acoustic, it is his stripped J160E), and the blurb on the 'Hendrix' SJ 200 would appear to suggest that the guitar in question was not really Jimi's at all, but a gift to Chas Chandler, as much from Noel Redding as from JH. Not exactly conclusive proof that Hendrix played one, or that either picture is anything but a photofit. And aren't their hands in funny positions? So Hendrix's whammy bar was up top, but he looks suspiciously like he's trying to do a divebomb on his SJ 200, or at least waggle its non-existent pointy horn to get some sort of effect, and Lennon's right hand looks like it's strumming a different instrument to me too - probably his Casino as Emin7 says.

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Critical thinking is something I taught my son using advertising, mostly television and print ads, to help him understand how information is used and abused, manipulated and plain lied about. There is no doubt that emotion is that important factor in most advertising.

 

We would not be talking about GASing for our next Gibson if emotion wasn't involved. I would be considered a collector if money were no object when it came to buying Gibson guitars.

 

It was cheaper collecting Beatles boots back in the day than it is to buy a Gibson. Damn advertising anyway. ;)

 

BTW, I do like the advertising. Sends me back in time.

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Okay lads, I let you get away with it – but only because it's Sunday.

 

Here we have what some people believe is the same J-200. An uncut version of the album sleeve photo. It has metal tuners (don't know what brand Gibson used in 68) and a black t.r. cover with white lining. It's almost impossible to find a picture that shows the bridge properly. I think it might be with the Tune-o-matic saddle.

 

BobintheWoodstockarea.jpgOne of the acoustics used at Isle of Wright by the way -

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