|John's (actually originally George's) Gibson J160E|
After Babiuk personally examined the guitar, he was able to match the wood grain in the spruce top to photos of Lennon playing the guitar with The Beatles in the early 60’s. Wood grain is like a fingerprint, no two are the same, and without a doubt it is a match. Lost for over 50 years, John Lennon’s beloved Gibson J-160E was finally found. The guitar went missing in late 1963 during the Beatles' Finsbury Park Christmas Show. 50 years later, in 2013 John McCaw bought it in a U.S. second-hand goods shop. If only guitars could talk...
|Staged reception of the two guitars at Rushworth's in Liverpool.|
This particular guitar can be heard on the UK singles “Please Please Me/Ask Me Why” and “From Me to You/Thank You Girl.” It can be seen in the mimed november 1963 Granada TV performances of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy” and in countless 1962-1963 studio and stage performance photographs. Looking like an acoustic guitar, it is actually electric.
|The two guitars in action in the Granada TV show.|
Naturally, as a true Beatles fan, Babiuk took the opportunity to play a number of Beatles songs on the instrument. The guitar will be featured on the cover of the new Beatles Gear-The Ultimate Edition book with a scheduled release date of October 27, 2015.
Read more about the history of Lennon's and George Harrison's 1962 Gibson J160E's here.
|The guitar at a BBC radio session. Note the plug and electrical cord.|
They are estimating bids of around $600,000 and $800,000, but Darren Julien, owner of Julien's Auctions, is hoping its sale will top the $965,000 auction record set in 2013 for an electric guitar owned by Bob Dylan.
The guitar will first will go on display prior to the auction at The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, from June 13-29 for the opening of The GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits Ladies & Gentlemen…The Beatles Exhibition! It will then be displayed at the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles from July 2-September 7, 2015 and at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills from November 2-6, 2015.
|The Granada TV performance of "This Boy" with both guitars.|