Guitar maker to Mark Lennon's 70th Birthday

By Greg Wilson
|  Monday, Oct 4, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Guitar maker to Mark Lennon's 70th Birthday

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This photo provided by Swann Auction Galleries shows John Lennon and Yoko Ono in December 1980 on the last day of Lennon's life. An original copy of the photograph, taken by Annie Liebovitz for Rolling Stone magazine, will be auctioned on Oct. 19, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Swann Auction Galleries, Annie Liebovitz) NO SALES

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Guitarr maker Gibson plans to roll out a special model to mmcommemorate what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.

The Montana-based company is finishing a project to honor the slain Beatle, and spokesperson Robi Johns tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that Yoko Ono asked the company to release a limited number of J-160Es — the model of guitar her husband played.

Johns says the company is releasing three models that will sell for between $4,700 and $15,000.

The company made 70 of the all-white "Imagine" model, and 70 replicas of Lennon's J-160E as it was when he was murdered 20 years ago. On the guitar, Lennon had drawn sketches of himself at Ono.

Five-hundred replicas of an earlier model will also be released Saturday.

Selected Reading: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Gibson.com, JohnLennon.com.

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