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Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar
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In 1954, Gibson introduced the first Les Paul Junior. At that time, it had a retail price of $120 and proved to be a very successful model. With its ...Click To Read More About This Product
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If you're just starting out, or looking for a Les Paul that's affordable, this Les Paul Junior is the guitar for you!
In 1954, Gibson introduced the first Les Paul Junior. At that time, it had a retail price of $120 and proved to be a very successful model. With its single pickup, simplified controls, flat-top, and distinctive tone, it made the now classic Les Paul model affordable to most every guitarist.
Epiphone has reissued this classic design with many of the same great features that made it so popular”and a few upgrades.
Original Juniors were equipped with a single P-90 pickup. This limited edition Epi features a single humbucking pickup. Unlike older P-90 single coil pups, this custom-made 700T humbucker is noise-free and specifically designed for the bridge position. With its ceramic magnet and slightly overwound coils, this pickup has clear highs with increased definition and no muddiness. The pickup is controlled by a single volume and single tone control.
The LP Junior features Epiphone's SlimTaper(tm) neck profile that's both fast and comfortable to play. To add bite as well as stability, the neck is made of hard maple and bolted to a select mahogany body. The fingerboard is made of solid rosewood for smooth, long-lasting performance and is fitted with 22 medium-jumbo frets. Like all Epiphones, the headstock is angled at 14 to provide excellent downward string pressure on the nut without the use of string-tree gadgets that often cause tuning problems. To provide further tuning stability and accuracy, the Junior features deluxe 14:1 covered machine heads. For accurate intonation, the vintage-style wrap-around Stopbar Bridge has adjustment screws at each post. For long-lasting performance and playability, an adjustable truss rod inside the neck allows for neck relief adjustment. Other features include nickel plated hardware and a "Limited Edition" logo on the back of the headstock.
As with all Epiphones, the limited edition Les Paul Junior is backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
Body material: select mahogany
Neck material: hard maple
Neck shape: 1960s SlimTaper
Neck joint: bolt-on; 4-screw bolt plate
Truss rod: adjustable
Fingerboard: rosewood with mother-of-pearl "Dot" inlays
Bridge pickup: Epiphone 700T Humbucker
Controls: master volume, master tone
Frets: 22, medium-jumbo
Bridge: adjustable wrap-around Stopbar
Nut width: 1-11/16"
Machine heads: 14:1 ratio; covered
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I bought this guitar for one reason only. It has a solid mahogany body. I bought this guitar when a sale was going on and paid something like $115. People saying negative idiotic statements about this guitar have never cut a bone nut or installed a set of pickups. For one this guitar is heavy and heavy relates to tone. I kenw the tuners would be junk and I just tossed them in the trash. Took a reamer and installed a set of Grover 18:1 tuners I had laying around. Installed a bone nut about $5 bucks and a couple of CTS pots with a Sprague capacitor. Electronics + a bone nut is the cheapest way to improve the sound on any guitar by about 100%. Then I installed a bridge Seymour Duncan SH-1 59 pickup. This guitar is almost putting out sounds as good as any SG I've had and I'm talking about an Epiphone Japanese SG made at the FugiGen plant. I personally don't like Epiphone electric guitars. You can do everything I said above on a more expensive Epiphone and still end up with an echo. Through a good tube amp on this guitar that everybody has a complaint on all you hear is real guitar tone and sustain.
The tuners stay in tune just fine but would not expect the tuners to last and is the only weak spot on this guitar. This guitar was in perfect intonation out of the box. Very amazed. The pickup was not muddy as claimed but in my opinion a very nice pickup with a slightly low tone but can still cut through with nice treble. It can scream. The finish, wood and overall craftsmanship is as good as any Gibson. I compared this guitar to my Melody Maker and it is superior in workmanship and made in China. Every detail is crafted perfectly. You can go over this guitar every inch and find not one flaw. The rear access panel did have one screw that was off center and was because they probably do not hand screw the screws and it chipped out because they probably used an electric screwdriver and over torqued it. Every thing is perfect and the only complaint would be the cheap tuners but they do stay in tune but I do not expect them to do so for a long time. I will upgrade the tuners and would hold this guitar up to almost anything. I am sold on the Chinese quality. So sad for American made products as the craftsmanship is superior to Japanese, American, Indonesian and Korean guitars. The Chinese have the best CNC machines out there and know how to use them to produce almost flawless quality guitars. Pay attention and you will see. Do not rely on retail stores that dump abused garbage. Don't take my word for it just teach yourself what to look for. Hardware doesn't count for much with the cheap tuning keys. Look at every detail and if you still are snobby it is because you are a poser not being able to determine what quality is.
I bought this guitar thinking I would use it as a project. I really liked the finish and the neck, so thinking I would take out the pick up and the tuning heads. This thing is a beast out of the box! I can not believe this guitar is only $129, it is just as good as the '57 Reissue that came out a few years back! Buy this guitar before they're gone!!!
Bought this guitar thinking it would be the perfect project guitar... Boy was I wrong! All I had to was strap on some new laces and it sounds great. I have a Tech 21 Trademark 30 & you can get all types of sounds out of this thing. NO problems with it at all, I've used for a few gigs and got no complaints. BUY IT B4 they are gone.
I have several other Juniors and bought this as a mod platform. Unlike the $99 Juniors and players pack Invaders, this one has a solid body, not plywood. I already have it completely disassembled, and it really is solid mahogany with a very attractive grain pattern, front and back. The fretwork is also better (no sharp edges)and the humbucking pickup is higher quality than the players pack versions. The tuners and nut should be replaced, but no rush if you're not a modder. Pretty dang good guitar for a starter, beater, backup, or modding platform. I'd get another if I didn't already have too many projects going...
Saw rhis cool new Epi Jr. here and went to my local store to check one out. This thing looked so cool and the price was right, so I almost placed an order for one sight unseen, and I'm glad I didn't. I played two of these, and neither one would stay in tune, or could be tuned to pitch succesfully. Maybe if you went through a dozen or so of these, you might find a winner in the bunch. If you are looking for a project guitar, this might be a consideration at this price. Just don't expect it to be playable as is.
Bought one as a beater; tuners are the worst I've ever seen; a used set of Melody Maker tuners were a vast improvement, which required some easy drilling of the headstock to install. The neck has a hump in it, so I set the action a bit high, and I don't seem to get any buzzing so that worked out OK. Neck is slim, very slim 60's profile, maybe even slimmer....good for small hands. Fit and finish, aside from the neck hump, were fine. Fret ends are good enough, as is, strangely enough, the stock pickup. This is a cheapie, I've seen worse. If you change the tuners it will be OK enough. Maybe that plastic nut needs to go too.....
The Epiphone Les Paul Jr. (in cherry finish) is a fantastic guitar for the money. Mine arrived about 3 weeks ago. I have zero complaints about the quality. I've played it everday since it arrived, and after the initial day or so of "string stretching", this guitar stays in tune as well as any of my other guitars, including a Gibson Les Paul, PRS Santana DC22, PRS McCarty, Fender Strat and Fender Tele, among others. The tuners may be inexpensive, but they work fine. I have another Epiphone Les Paul Jr. in ?sunburst? finish that I?ve had for nearly 4 years and have had no issues with it either, and it has the same tuners. It may not have the "mojo" of some of my other guitars, but for the money, I think it's a better value. It plays and sounds fine and I would highly recommend it.