1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior Factory Black + HSC

1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior Factory Black + HSC

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One of only three known to exist on the planet. You won't find a rarer Les Paul Junior out there and here it is at ATB Guitars, in all its glory...

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​Only 3 of these super rare factory black Juniors are known to exist and this is one of them…

This is a Superb original Gibson 1960 vintage Les Paul Junior double cutaway finished in factory black which is quite a find and has been seen by many of the most famous names in the vintage guitar business who all say this is legit and a pretty damm rare piece!

I first bought this from a doctor who lives in Cleveland OH at the Dallas Guitar Show in 2016. He claimed he has owned it for 20 years and bought it himself from a dealer at a show in Arlington in the late 90’s and even back then, he paid quite a bit for it due to its rarity. I sold it pretty much straight away (in 2016) to a dealer in France and since then it has worked its way back to the UK and when it came up for sale recently, we just could not resist buying it back.

I only know of two more in existence and it just so happened that one of these was at the guitar show so I took it to the owner of that one to compare and yes, they are like brothers - I do have a pic of both of these together, with the owner of the other one.

As I happened to be at one of the worlds biggest and best guitar shows at the time, I took it around to everyone I could for their opinion, including some of the biggest and most prominent names in the vintage guitar business and not one of them said it was a refin. Everyone said it looked legit with no evidence of it ever being painted another colour. If you black light it, the whole guitar lights up and glows like a green genie and the black has that almost blueish hue you get on the old Les Paul Customs. The cavity also looks just like an old Les Paul Custom.

The only thing no one seemed able to explain is why the serial number is like it is. It looks as if the original yellow ink stamp was crudely outlined in paint that seems the same as a 1960 TV Special or Junior. Why this is, neither I nor anyone else could explain. There is a LPF thread about this you can search for and one of the best guesses seems to be someone applied too much gold ink and had to re-stamp over in black to make it legible.

It also looks like someone has a small accident with the router on one wall of the cavity, otherwise cavity looks just like you would expect to see on a 1960 Les Paul Black Beauty Custom.

Case, is an early - mid sixties Les Paul SG case with a leather covered metal handle that this guitar has been in for the last 20 years at least. Whether it is original to this guitar I do not know, probably not, but it could at worst be only a few years younger.

There are a few dings here and there, some checking all over which you do not see very well in the photos, but this only goes to add to the amazing vibe this oh so rare guitar has. Inspection is welcome at any time, by appointment, in Gloucester, UK.

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At a glance

Model: Les Paul Junior
Year: 1960
Finish: Black

Modifications: None
Repairs: Serial number stamp
Weight: 3.40 Kg

Case: 60's Les Paul hard case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Correct single Line Kluson

Pickups: Original P-90
Hardware: Correct nickel
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: Original Centralab 500k




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