With the re-release of all the Beatles albums on vinyl, now is a great time to take another look at the EJ-160 which is all but identical to the redoubtable acoustic/electric warhorse of a guitar that both John Lennon and George Harrison used extensively on all Beatle recordings from 1962-1970. (John and George bought theirs on credit just before the session for "Love Me Do.") In fact, most hardcore Beatle experts think that the opening feedback guitar salvo at the start of "I Feel Fine" was John's "160.
Lennon's original "160" (which was the model for the Epiphone EJ-160) is front and center on The Beatles' debut album Please Please Me, which as been getting a lot of play around Epiphone. (The reissues are terrific and the mono mixe of "Love Me Do" is even better.) You can hear the "160" on "P.S. I Love You", "Love Me Do," "Misery" and many other cuts (where it was often plugged into to one of The Beatles' road worn amplifiers.) In fact the "160" is the only Beatle guitar to appear on every Beatle album (and virtually every session).
When it comes to today's Epiphone EJ-160, none of the fundamentals have changed. Superior tone comes from a mahogany neck and body, solid spruce top, and a specially-tuned mini acoustic humbucker. And best of all, proceeds from every sale go to the John Lennon Scholarship fund. Can you dig it?