Gibson J-160e (1954) $5,500

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For one year and one year only, the good folks in Kalamazoo, Michigan, manufactured this model with the coveted and great-sounding combination of features, including a solid spruce top and 19 frets. Thereafter, the specs were changed to include a laminated top and 20 frets. This first-year example delivers the fizzy highs, buoyant lows, and nudged mids that Gibson’s mahogany instruments are known (and loved) for. This is a ladder-braced guitar, but it’s got volume and tonal attitude to spare. Plus, the stock P-90 flaunts the lively, wooden tones that will be instantly familiar to fans of the Beatles’ mid-‘60s acoustic numbers. A few dings on top bout from the clasps on the original case, and small, scattered surface dings elsewhere. One small cleated crack running parallel to the treble side of the fingerboard, else VG. With new Gator molded case. $5,500

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For one year and one year only, the good folks in Kalamazoo, Michigan, manufactured this model with the coveted and great-sounding combination of features, including a solid spruce top and 19 frets. Thereafter, the specs were changed to include a laminated top and 20 frets. This first-year example delivers the fizzy highs, buoyant lows, and nudged mids that Gibson’s mahogany instruments are known (and loved) for. This is a ladder-braced guitar, but it’s got volume and tonal attitude to spare. Plus, the stock P-90 flaunts the lively, wooden tones that will be instantly familiar to fans of the Beatles’ mid-‘60s acoustic numbers. A few dings on top bout from the clasps on the original case, and small, scattered surface dings elsewhere. One small cleated crack running parallel to the treble side of the fingerboard, else VG. With new Gator molded case. $5,500