This 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior will not disappoint…
I think you’d agree that this guitar is quite something. The colour of two tone sunburst is vibrant. There is quite a bit of wear to the finish but no sign of any touch up. The neck has worn too but again there are no signs of breaks or repairs. The fretboard is in good shape and the refret makes it a joy to play. The nut has been replaced with a compensated one and the tuners have been replaced.
The plastics, as you’d imagine, are in good shape and the electronics are untouched. The knobs are later examples. In addition, there is no sign that any work has been carried out on the bridge which can sometimes be the case with juniors.
This is the first year of the revised and longer bridge studs that eradicate the problem of leaning bridges - all too common on 1954 and 1955 versions. This one also has the revised pickup position which means the piece of wood between the treble bridge stud and the pickup route will not crack!
There is a certain gravitas to the tone of this instrument when comparing it to other juniors of similar vintage. It is not the lightest we have had here but the mass, plus the aforementioned position of the pickup in relation to the bridge also helps with this, reducing the shrillness of the treble strings. The controls are very responsive offering a wide palette of sonic options. This is a great sounding junior.
Everyone should try a Junior and this one should not be passed over. Looks and tone is always a winning combination at ATB Guitars, so grab this one whilst you can.