Guitar maker to Mark Lennon's 70th Birthday

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.

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