One of the most popular musicians ever – John Lennon of the Beatles would have celebrated his 70th Birthday in the December of 2010 if he had still been amongst us. However while he has passed on, his legendary music still lives on and reminds us of him every day. In his honor, we have already seen the limited edition Imagine Pianos being released. On a similar note, we now have Gibson honoring the late musician with three limited edition 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E acoustic guitars to celebrate the legacy of the legendary Beatles songwriter/guitarist.
The guitars are based on the style of the 60s and the three versions attest to the three periods in the life of Lennon.
The first, finished in vintage sunburst and limited to 500 guitars, represents the guitar as it was when Lennon first acquired it and used it on several early Beatles recordings from 1963 to ‘64. The highline finish includes a laminated sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and Lennon’s classic vintage sunburst lacquer finish from the Hard Days Night sessions. Also included are P-90 pickups, as well as various Lennon commemorative signatures that justify the asking price of $4,728. The second guitar is an Imagine model in a soft white finish personally requested by Yoko Ono to reflect the sentiment of her husband’s life and music during the recording of Imagine, circa 1970-’71. The third model is a recreation of the instrument on display at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, with a thin, natural finish and Lennon’s famous “John And Yoko” caricature sketches, representing the appearance of the guitar during the famous Lennon/Ono “Bed-In” peace protests of 1969. The custom shop’s second and third renditions are limited to 70 guitars each, and both include a special 70th Anniversary Certificate personally signed by Ono and sent to the final purchaser by certified mail. Retail price on the Imagine model is “collector-priced” at $10,748 while the Museum model clocks in at $15,048.
Gibson also released a statement claiming they were proud to continue work with Yoko Ono and these instruments are a tribute to one of the worlds greatest musicians.