If you are looking for a single cut Les Paul Junior then 1956 is one of the primo years and this example ticks every box...
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Not to be overlooked, 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, wonderfully contrasting the natural finish of the back. There are a few minor dings but nothing serious, the lustrous sheen of a new instrument preserved. The neck has a few minor knocks but again still retains that glossy finish, the mahogany grain showcased beautifully here. The fretboard and frets show very little signs of wear, and there is still plenty of life left in them.
The plastics, as you’d imagine, are a in great shape and the electronics are untouched. In addition, there is no sign that any work has been carried out on the bridge which can sometimes be the case with juniors from earlier years.
The tuners are Kluson single lines and have been re-buttoned, but are otherwise in great shape.
This is the year 1956, it is probably THE classic year for a LP Junior and has all the desirable bits like the bumble bee cap, amber bonnet knobs and one of the first of the Juniors with 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 this instrument when comparing it to other juniors of similar vintage. The sound is powerful, 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.
Case is an old offset type case that is probably as old as the Junior itself and seems to suit it very well. Looks the part too.
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.
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