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1998 Gibson J-160E Acoustic Electric Dreadnought Sunburst, Near-Mint w Case & Tags, Yamano


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Up for sale, a 1998 Gibson 1964 J-160E dreadnought acoustic/electric in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and all hangtags/paperwork. This iteration of the J-160E platform was crafted at the Gibson acoustic factory in Bozeman, Montana, featuring an X-braced spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a P-90-style pickup mounted between the fretboard and soundhole. This J-160E was ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, and Gibson's USA-made guitars distributed via Yamano are often considered among their best, featuring the highest quality woods picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.

Notable for being X-braced (as opposed to the ladder bracing seen on many J-160Es), this Gibson dreadnought covers a wide sonic range; both acoustic and electric. Strung with 12-52 nickel strings with a wound G, this Gibson offers a bold sound, with a top that’s had time to open up and project. The lows are warm and rich, with crisp, presence-laden highs, offering a tone that is perhaps best described as “Beatle-esque.” When plugged in, the signal is midrange-forward and more electric guitar-sounding than a faithful acoustic approximation, delivering dynamic cleans and pairing very well with a vintage tube amp. This J-160E weighs 5lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Slender C, full shoulders, measuring .825” 1st fret, .955” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, dot inay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1.725”
-Tuners: Gibson Deluxe, Kluson-style "double line", push-in bushings

Body Specs:

-Wood: Sitka spruce, mahogany
-Bracing: X
-Bridge: Rosewood, belly up, compensated saddle (good height)
-Pickup: P-90
-Plastics: Tortoise pickguard, reflector cap knobs (one knob skirt is chipped)

The gloss nitro lacquer Sunburst finish exhibits only a few very small, faint scuffs in the clear coat on the back, and sparingly little additional wear. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original hardshell case is included, along with all Gibson/Yamano factory paperwork.