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John Lennon’s Long Lost 1962 Gibson Acoustic Guitar Revealed in Beatles Gear

The Ultimate

Rare guitar expert and
author Andy Babiuk recently identified
the historically
important guitar of The

A rare guitar find has dominated recent
headlines and captured the imagination of
Beatles fans all over the world. John Lennon’s original 1962 J-160E Gibson
Acoustic guitar, a significant instrument in the history of The Beatles, had
been lost for over 50 years. The guitar has recently been identified and is
featured in Andy Babiuk’s new book due out this fall, Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition, published by Backbeat Books.

Babiuk, the leading
authority on equipment used by The Beatles, was contacted earlier this year by John McCaw regarding an old J-160E that he
owns. “I get calls and email all the time from people telling me that they think
they have an instrument owned by The Beatles and 99% of the time it’s nothing,”
said Babiuk. “But there was something about McCaw’s story that was

Upon a physical examination
of the guitar, Babiuk was able to match the wood grain in the guitar’s spruce
top to photos of Lennon playing a J-160E 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,” he said.

one of the most important of all Lennon’s
guitars, as he used this J-160E to write some of The Beatles’ biggest hits, and
played the guitar on countless live performances and on many Beatle recordings,”
he adds. “It is one of the most historically important guitars to ever come up
for auction.”

Babiuk reveals details
about John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E in his new book, Beatles Gear – The Ultimate
Edition. Since this is a find of historic proportions, the book’s publisher,
Backbeat Books, decided to feature the guitar on the cover of the revised and
expanded edition of this best-seller.

Beatles Gear -The Ultimate
Edition will be available on October 27, 2015. A tome with more than
500 pages, the book will provide new insights about the gear the Fab Four
embraced throughout their brief but revolutionary career, from their earliest
days as The Quarrymen to the dissolution of The Beatles in 1970. John, Paul,
George, and Ringo’s moves from cheap early instruments to the pick
of 1960s technology are carefully and entertainingly documented in an
easy-to-read narrative, fully illustrated with many previously unseen
photographs, a cache of rare memorabilia, and a unique collection of specially
photographed instruments used by the Beatles.

John McCaw, the current
owner, has consigned the historically significant guitar
to Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and
music memorabilia auction house, which will offer the Lennon J-160E
for sale this November 6th and 7th at their annual Icons & Idols: Rock “n”
Roll auction in their Beverly Hills Gallery. In an exclusive special engagement,
the guitar 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.

Beatles Gear –
The Ultimate Edition is available for pre-order now at

About the author of
Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition

Andy Babiuk is a musician,
author, consultant, and owner of the boutique music shop Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear
in Fairport, New York. He is a founding member and bassist of the super-group,
The Empty Hearts (est. 2014) featuring Elliot Easton of The Cars; Clem Burke of
Blondie and Wally Palmar of The Romantics and was also a founding member and
bassist for The Chesterfield Kings. Babiuk is the author of Beatles
Gear (2001), The Story of Paul Bigsby (2009), Rolling Stones
Gear (2014) and Beatles Gear – The Ultimate Edition (Oct. 2015). A
leading authority on vintage guitars, he also serves as a consultant to the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and for auction houses in New York and London. Babiuk
continues to lecture about all that is Beatles and Rolling Stones gear all over
the world.

Backbeat Books is an
imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group|



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