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 Yorkâ€™s Madison Square Garden on August 30, 1972 is an unforgettable oneâ€”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 Lennonâ€™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 Shopâ€™s Inspired By Les Paul guitar is aged to look just like Lennonâ€™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 Johnâ€™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 â€œThe Beatles Gearâ€�, as well as a signed Lennon print by famed artist Allison Lefcort, and Lennonâ€™s famous â€œNew York Cityâ€� T-shirtâ€”with the sleeves removed, of course.
Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar told us, â€œIt is an honor to work with Yoko Ono on a guitar inspired by one of the worldâ€™s most passionate and prolific musicians of our time, John Lennon. The Gibson Custom Shop has produced a guitar which expresses Lennonâ€™s legend and is inspired by his very own 1950s Les Paul junior guitar. It is a model designed with Lennonâ€™s own spirit, genius and creative works in mind.â€�
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.
Gibsonâ€™s John Lennon Inspired By Les Paul specifications:
Pricing and Availability:
Date Available: July 12th, 2007
MSRP: $7,527 USD