With the constant (fruitless) talk of an Oasis reunion, it seems Noel Gallagher has found a way of giving people what they want. Noel’s most recent release is a a demo version of new song We’re Gonna Get There In The End – marking a return to his strummier style following more sonically experimental High Flying Birds releases such as the Black Star Dancing EP.
It’s fitting that 2021 will also see the release of a long-mooted Gibson signature model based on the guitar that Noel used to channel many Oasis songs; his old ‘Adidas’ J-150.
“Gibson is doing a signature model of that one,” Noel told Guitar.com in 2019. “I sent it there to be photographed, the grain and the whole thing. It’s not even a J-200, you know. It’s a J-150 that I just took off the shelf in London, played it, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll take it.’ I never thought anything of it. But I’ve written some great fucking songs on that guitar.”
In their January 2021 announcement, Gibson confirmed a Noel Gallagher signature acoustic is coming but further details on model, spec and date were not offered.
“They only made them for a couple of years,” Noel added on the J-150. “In fact, just this year I found a blonde one, which I got off Reverb.com. I try not to buy guitars off the internet, because you’ve got to fucking hold them first, and it was a bit expensive, but I thought, ‘Fuck it. I’ll just go for it.’ It arrived and it was amazing. I’m playing it on tour with U2.”
The model is easily mistaken for Gibson’s popular J-200 at first glance – and was a more affordable alternative when it was available between 1999 and 2005. It loses the J-200’s neck and headstock binding to remain a lesser known jumbo gem.