The Revolution that started with the Beatles' arrival
in the U.S. strikes a chord with models dedicated to John Lennon's
Forty years after the Beatles arrived in America, kicking
off the British Invasion and revolutionizing popular music,
Gibson Guitar honors John Lennon's artistry
and influence with a wide offering of Lennon models.
The signature models, all approved by Lennon's widow Yoko
Ono, are based on the
Casino models that Lennon is so closely identified with, and they range
from a limited edition replica collection to regular production guitars.
Gibson Montana, the company's acoustic
division, has replicated the three different versions of the J-160E
acoustic/electric flat top guitar that Lennon bought in 1962 - the original
sunburst finish, a psychedelic paint finish that Lennon commissioned in 1967,
and the 1969 version after he'd stripped the finish and drawn a picture of
himself and Yoko. Lennon played his J-160E on the Beatles' first hit "Love
Me Do" and it was by his side in the Amsterdam Hilton during his and Yoko's
"Bed-In" honeymoon in 1968. Gibson makes the trio of replica guitars in extremely
limited numbers offers them only as a set. Lennon's original is on display
at the Rock 'N Roll Hall of
Gibson Montana also produces the John Lennon
model, based on the 1969 version but without Lennon's drawings on the top.
J-160E features Gibson's famous "round-shouldered"
body style, along with a pickups so that it can be played acoustically or
electrically. One of the new Peace models is currently being considered for
permanent display at the Amsterdam Hilton, where it will remain as a tribute
of the Gibson musical family, offers two versions of Lennon's Epiphone Casino
electric model - the
with original sunburst finish and the
with stripped finish and other modifications made by Lennon in 1968. (Ed
note: See related story
HERE.) Epiphone has just
announced the availability of only 25 low-numbered pairs of the two Lennon
Casinos. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the John Lennon Scholarship
Fund to support music education.
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models
in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric
guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson's digital guitar, introduced in 2002,
represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years.
Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984,
Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Valley
Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Ellington,
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