Continuing with our John Lennon theme for this week, we turn to a guitar that both Beatles guitarists, John and George, used extensively over the years on almost all their albums, as well as on stage during their sold-out world tours. Actually, today’s Guitar of the Day is an affordable recreation of the Gibson J-160E that John owned: It’s the Epiphone EJ-160E. Played acoustically, you get the acoustic guitar sound heard on such Beatles hits as “And I Love Her,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “All My Lovin,'” “I’ll Be Back,” and dozens more. Plugged into a Vox AC30 (or a similarly “chimey” amp) and you have John’s live acoustic sound thanks to the built-in single-coil neck pickup. Word is, George and John regularly swapped out their respective J-160Es, as they were purchased at the same time and were hard to tell apart.
It’s a dreadnought design, so it projects well and has a solid spruce top along with mahogany back and sides. The guitar also has a solid mahogany neck with a classic rosewood fingerboard and those trademark Gibson trapezoid inlays. Speaking of the neck, it has the chunky, rounded profile so emblematic of late 1950s Gibsons, though it’s still quite easy to play because the action is set relatively low. Right now there are five in stock, so take a look at the online photos in our cool Guitar Gallery and choose the one that appeals to you.