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Sept 29th PRICE DROP $2000 Now for sale 1961 Beatles Model Gibson J-160E in beautiful all original condition with the original Gibson hard shell case. Super desirable hard to find model exactly the same as the two purchased by the Beatles in September of 1962, the Beatles guitar's serial numbers range was 76XXX this guitar is 16XXX slightly earlier but identical in every respect. Unlike the well used Beatle's guitars this guitar is pristine and 100% original. It does however show some signs of careful usage the worst of which are some pick marks above and below the fingerboard where it extends over the face of the guitar, the front of the peg head has some wear marks in the black lacquer and the guitar has some light weather checking everywhere but mostly confined to the face of the guitar. Spectacularly clean otherwise, this is a crack free instrument with no modifications (added strap pin only) or repairs, a perfectly straight neck with a working truss rod, original frets in great shape display almost no wear. Sunburst spruce top is flat the lacquer finish is glossy, early style guard is down no cracks, original rosewood bridge is down, original ceramic adjustable saddle is intact, even the bridge pins are original. Original Kluson tuners never changed work perfectly look great, large peg head with 335 style inlay, trapezoid inlay in Brazilian rosewood fingerboard starting at the first fret, slim but wide neck profile typical of Gibson instruments from 1961 and considered very desirable by many enthusiasts. Typically and deliberately made to be dead sounding this guitar was designed by Gibson as a straight braced large body electric guitar discouraged because of feedback and sympathetic vibration. The Beatles decided to exacerbate this already dead characteristic by putting on Pyramid flat wound strings further changing the frequency response in a unique way and that sound became an often used acoustic guitar sound popularized by the Beatles, then copied by many. It's a great "thing" for recording or the perfect live instrument for any accurate Beatles impersonators out there. A truly great example of a very desirable single sound hole ring Beatles variant J-160E a guitar that was on the bench at Gibson just before the Beatles guitars were, thanks. Was Only $8499. Now Only $4999. Thanks, VGA

Year Condition Color Case
1961 Near Mint Dark Sunburst Price Drop Original Hard

Vintage Gear America
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