Gibson John Lennon Les Paul unveiled

Gibson Guitar has announced the new Gibson Custom John Lennon - Inspired By Les Paul guitar, boasting the renowned Charlie Christian pickup that Lennon's own modified 1950s Gibson single-cutaway Les Paul Junior is famous for. Only 300 of these special limited-edition guitars will be produced by Gibson’s Custom Shop.

Gibson John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul

Gibson Custom John Lennon - Inspired By Les Paul

Lennon, a worldwide musical and cultural icon, owned many equally well known guitars in his time including his Gibson J-160E and his Epiphone Casino. Like many great musicians, the guitars Lennon chose to play often seemed to reflect his ideas, beliefs, and lifestyle.

In particular, the image of Lennon playing his modified 1950s Les Paul Junior at his famous live performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden on August 30, 1972 is an unforgettable one—one that guitar luthier Ron DeMarino helped to shape through the assistance he provided to Lennon in modifying the well-known guitar in the early 1970s.

The Gibson Custom Shop has worked with Yoko Ono in the recreation of this famous modified Les Paul Junior guitar. As Lennon’s widow, she approved a complete hands-on review of the original for the design team to use as a thorough reference point for their newly designed Inspired By guitar.

The Custom Shop’s Inspired By Les Paul guitar is aged to look just like Lennon’s original Les Paul Junior once it was sanded down to the solid mahogany body and includes the famous Charlie Christian pickup installed in the neck position as well as aged chrome hardware. Each of the 300 limited-edition guitars will be accompanied by a Custom Shop guitar case and a certificate of authenticity in a special army green cloth folder with John’s autograph embroidered on the cover. In addition, the Lennon fans who purchase this guitar will receive an article that includes an interview with DeMarino by Andy Babiuk, author of “The Beatles Gear”, as well as a signed Lennon print by famed artist Allison Lefcort, and Lennon’s famous “New York City” T-shirt—with the sleeves removed, of course.

“It is an honor to work with Yoko Ono on a guitar inspired by one of the world’s most passionate and prolific musicians of our time, John Lennon,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “The Gibson Custom Shop has produced a guitar which expresses Lennon’s legend and is inspired by his very own 1950s Les Paul junior guitar. It is a model designed with Lennon’s own spirit, genius and creative works in mind.”

Today, the original guitar is on permanent display at the John Lennon Museum in Japan and will also be unveiled at a special event at the Gibson Japan Showroom in Tokyo, Japan in early August 2007.

John Lennon Les Paul Specifications:

Body & Hardware:

- Solid mahogany body

- Aged chrome hardware

- Lightweight aluminum tailpiece

- Two thumb wheels on treble side of bridge, one on bass

- Wraparound holes plugged & ABR-1 added; Stopbar moved back

- 3-way Switchcraft switch added to normal Les Paul positioning

Neck & Headstock:

- 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon

- 22 fret rosewood fingerboard

- Pearloid dot inlays

- Early ’50’s rounded neck profi le

- 24 3/4” scale length, 1 11/16” nut width

- Schaller tuners

Electronics & Strings:

- P-90 single coil pickup m bridge position & Charlie Christian pickup in neck position

- Pickguard modified for Charlie Christian pickup

- 1 volume, 1 tone control

- Vintage Reissue .010 strings

Includes Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity, custom care kit & signed Lennon print by famed artist Allison Lefcort

Serialized LENNON 001-300

Available Now, MSRP: $7,527

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Gibson John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul

Gibson John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul

Gibson John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul

Gibson John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul

Gibson John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul

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Good lookin Gibson

ballin fallin guitar!!!

have one on order

Finally, a Gibson with a Beatle's name attached. They weren't all that brand loyal, with the exception of McCartney and his Hoffner maybe. Gibson' has a lot to live up to with this one.Despite all the hoopla about Gibson's QA lately, I've seen some new one that are as good as the vintage ones.

beautiful guitar,really!

beautiful yes but worth 4995 usd?

A fabulous recreation of John's guitar.
Comes with a lot of case epherema.
Check your documents though, the artwork, warranty card and certificate of my example all had different serial numbers!

WHOOPS! I meant to type case ephemera.......maybe I should have just typed Case candy!!!! Eh oop! K

These are great little guitars....I bought a new one (not knowing about the Lennon connection), as a "beginner" guitar....To realize now, the historical relevance, is somehow ...icing on the cake.

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