Fantastic 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior anyone? A lightweight one at just 3.2kg too…
Born from a desire to provide a no-frills yet well constructed alternative to the company’s other offerings, the Les Paul Junior proved popular with professional as well as students who appreciated primal nature of the instrument. The Single Cut incarnation is held in high regards by many who feel that the larger joint between the neck and the body improves transfer of vibration from the strings and aides sustain. The combined with a single P90 makes for a potent combo.
So, we have one question for you, what more do you need? This one has a few dinks and bumps. The finish has retained its vibrancy, with the red layer of the sunburst still visible. The back has some more marks, inevitable buckle rash though this has only really marked the lacquer. There's a wonderful depth to the colour which accentuates the grain.
The neck too has retained its wonderful glossy finish and is again almost mark free. The fretboard shows some signs of wear, and a really nice re-fret has made sure that that this is going to be a great playing guitar for years to come. The headstock is break free and there are a few minor ding to the edge. The decal has faded a little.
The tuners are reproductions and the tailpiece is a Mojoaxe compensated example . The plastics are in good order too showing no sign of the passage of time.
Electronically everything is correct and looks great, with the renowned “bumblebee” capacitor dominating the control cavity. The original vintage P90 pickup is still present and sings.
What can we say about these guitars that you won’t already know. Incredibly versatile for an instrument with so few options. The controls are very interactive, coaxing out a wide palette of tones. The neck is very comfortable and combined with the newer frets makes this a very nice guitar to play. These guitars are incredibly popular for a reason.
We can’t get enough of these guitars. They are very popular and never really disappoint in the tone department so get yours before it slips away