John Lennon J-160E Review

manufacturer: Epiphone date: 01/06/2006 category: Acoustic Guitars
Epiphone: John Lennon J-160E
In addition to the antique natural finish, the J-160E Peace Model has a P-90 pickup, signature truss rod cover, authentic body binding, and vintage case.
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 6
 Features: 8
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overall: 8.4
John Lennon J-160E Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 06, 2006
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 628.74

Purchased from: ebay

Features: - Made in Korea - 20 Frets - Single coil pickup (humbucking) - 1 volume, 1 tone controls - Vintage sunburst finish - Vintage Greet tuners - Block pearl inlays. // 8

Sound: Very Natural sound due to the passive humbucker. Even suitable for distortion. Sounds like a ES 335 but with more sustain (because there is no sustain block in the body). You can play very loud without getting any feedback. can be used with a classical acoustic amp or even a marshall full stack. use it for pop, pop-punk, country, classical spanish riffs, rock (guys, it's still a Beatles guitar), crossover/hard 'n' heavy. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: Very well set up by the factory. But the pickup wasn't adjusted well (pickup would only deliver very high tones, work: 2 minutes with a screwdriver). There is an error in the finish, barely visible but it made the guitar cheaper (original price 672EUR, my price: 499EUR). The strapholder was loose(work: 1 minute with screwdriver). // 6

Reliability & Durability: The guitar beats any other guitar I've played live an can even compete with semi-acoustics. I used it on serveral concerts and there was never a single problem. The guitar is even very stable (amp fell on the guitar, little scratch, no problem). // 10

Overall Impression: Even for its full price 672EUR, the John Lennon is worth every single cent. If you are looking for a reliable partner for touring, recording and rocking the stage, this is the guitar of the hour. I love it although I'm not a Beatles fan. // 9

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