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Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar  

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    Signature sound From a signature guitar.

    Designed in close cooperation with Billie Joe, this double-cutaway Les Paul Junior has a solid mahogany body and neck, wraparound bridge/tailpiece, and stacked double-coil H90 pickup to combines the best features of a vintage Junior with some modern twists.

    Solid Mahogany Body and Set-Neck Construction
    Two of the most central features of the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior are its solid mahogany body, and its set-neck construction, or glued neck joint. Like the majority of Gibson's classic guitars, the neck of the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior is set into the body's neck cavity using glue, which ensures a "wood-to-wood" contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and the body, thus allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result: Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.

    '60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile
    No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The '60s neck profile on the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. As with all Gibson necks, it is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the Granadillo fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of the '60s slim-taper profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

    Special H-90 Pickup
    Gibson's H-90 stacked double-coil pickup is the result of a close collaboration with Billie Joe Armstrong. It offers the snarl and punch of a classic, vintage P-90, but with none of the 60-cycle hum that usually plagues traditional single-coil pickups. This was accomplished by simply taking two single-coils and stacking them on top of each other, resulting in the hum cancellation effect that occurs in a regular humbucker. With a few adjustments, Gibson's engineers were then able to give the H-90 the vintage sonic characteristics of a single-coil.

    Wraparound Tailpiece
    A classic piece of hardware, the non-compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece on the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior offers a simplicity and functionality that is hard to match. It provides a firm seating for the strings, and allows the player to adjust intonation and string height as needed. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain.

    Features

    • Mahogany body
    • Mahogany neck
    • Granadillo fingerboard
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • 22 frets
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • Corian nut
    • P-90H bridge pickup
    • Master volume, master tone

    Order today and add this double-cutaway rocker to your arsenal.

     
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    GibsonBillie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (9)
    • Good feel (9)
    • Good tone (9)
    • Good pick up (8)
    • Solid electronics (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (10)
      • Jamming (8)
      • Recording (7)
      • Rock concerts (7)
      • Small venues (5)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Gibson Billie Joe Double Cut

      I actually own this guitar and it is amazing. It has a good weight to it and is a really solid built instrument. The P90-H really gets a great rock tone. The...Read complete review

      I actually own this guitar and it is amazing. It has a good weight to it and is a really solid built instrument. The P90-H really gets a great rock tone. The neck is a little thicker than some of the current Gibson models being made, however it feels really good in your hands and has great playability. This guitar is rock n roll all the way and although the price is a little high, I don't regret buying it and it was worth it. The gig bag is nicer than I thought it would be as well, it is a TKL bag and the Green Day logo on it is embroidered.
      The color on the guitar is really cool too. The TV Yellow is somewhat see thru and shows the wood grain nicely, nothing like gloss yellow. If you are on the fence about getting it, get it, it's a cool guitar and worth it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Really?

      Uuuuh...correct me if I'm wrong but this isn't anything like my BJA Sig LP Jr. Mine came with a hard case with Green Day logo and is yellow with tobacco burst body. ...Read complete review

      Uuuuh...correct me if I'm wrong but this isn't anything like my BJA Sig LP Jr. Mine came with a hard case with Green Day logo and is yellow with tobacco burst body. What happened to these? Also, that wrap around bridge needs replacing right out of the box. My luthier couldn't intonate it so I had him install an adjustable bridge. Plus, the P90H p'up hummed and he had to reverse the polarity to quiet it. Actually what motivated me to write all this is 'cause I bought a nearly new Epi LP Jr yesterday and the thing is perfect, inclucing a compensated wraparound bridge which is perfectly intonated, and a single humbucker that doesn't hum! I'm giving it to a young friend who wants to go electric, but I kinda hate to see it go! Better get with it Gibson.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      1950s Bliss

      By Tiki2777

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Price For A Junior
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • No hard case

      Best Uses

      • Covers
      • Jamming
      • Power Pop
      • Practicing
      • Punk
      • Recording
      • Rock
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is an amazing replication of a 1960 doublecut tv model junior. The TV Yellow finish is fantastic, and truly displays the grain with a Nitro finish. The P-90H (or H90) pickup has a great output that has the crunch that I have desired since playing a single cut BJA signature in a shop years back. The uncompensated wraparound gives this guitar ultimate sustain, and it will never be replaced. For the price how can you say no?

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar

      By Chris Reynolds

      from Nashville

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fretboard Not Rosewood
      • Item Description
      • Mf's Description

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

      This is a good guitar. The fretboard is not rosewood as described. It's Granadillo. It's a good wood and feels & sounds very good, but it IS NOT ROSEWOOD. Granadillo has been used for years as a tonewood and so far I like it. I did replace the volume & tone pots & tone cap with '50's style wiring and good CTS pots. It really opened the tone up. It's not bad outta the box, but now it's better!

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Price drop clinches the deal

      By jalesi33

      from Seattle

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

        Have owned the basic Gibson LP Jr for several years, and love the crunch and chunk that the P90 pickup delivers. The P90-H is actually hotter than the P90. Seems like it shouldn't be that way, since I expected the noise-cancelling Humbucker setup would chop out the fringe resonances, but this pickup surprised me by its faithfulness to the original P90's tone. The color seemed a little off to my naked eye, but I took photos of it, and the color in my photos matches the color in the advertisement photos, so that was just a lighting issue. The difference between the slim 60's neck and the old 'baseball bat' 50's neck is actually not so big. There is no BJA signature on the back of the neck, but that wasn't a must-have for me. The smooth, wrap-around bridge has no saddle ridges, like on my old jr, and that seems to contribute to a noticeably longer sustain, which makes feedback easier to generate and control, compared to my old jr. I wanted the slimmer neck and the double-cut look, but didn't want to lose the tonal characteristics of the P90. This model appeared to be the answer, and when they dropped the price, further resistance was futile. If you're just driving around to gigs/practice, then the soft case is fine, and actually preferable to lugging the hard-shells.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great piece added to collection!

        By Doll

        from San Jose, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

        A beautiful piece to own according to my son who received it as a present wish.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Looked great but sent unplayable

        By tm

        from huntington, CT

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

        I had to send a brand new guitar out to be completely set up. The price was good but after paying for the set up I could have bought it anywhere. Gibson is really slipping. Orville would have been ashamed the way this guitar left the factory.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        LIke it, will not sell it.

        By 49

        from CT

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

          Like the yellow and the neck size and neck color. Feels solid and smooth. Wanted a double cut. The next pice on a double cut is 1100 or 1200. Its a no frills guitar. No let downs. I had a Slash maple top payed 1000. Sold it. not into the branding on the head stock and it was not a USA. No real branding on the Joe, just on pick guard. I like the idea it is a gibson USA. The quality feels better.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome! Even better than expected!

          By motor4832

          from California, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Action
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

            Being a huge Green Day fan I've wanted this guitar since it was released, but I couldn't justify spending the money for it since I already had Billie's first Junior and many others. Then a sale hit and this thing dropped down to 799, which was irresistable to me. I got it and was blown away. Definitely prefer this one over his first signature. The neck feels a tad thinner and it is noticeably lighter(things that I saw as a plus). Otherwise, it's pretty much the same guitar. I must say the finish is much darker than it looks in the picture. It's more less a light brown than a TV yellow. That being said, this thing is BEAUTIFUL. It has an amazing texture to it and you can really see the grain of the wood. In addition, this thing(in my case) is FLAWLESS in terms of craftsman ship. My other Junior had a barely noticable knick in the headstock and a tiny bit of glue residue between the neck and body when it came it. I overlooked that stuff and didn't feel it was worth trying to get another one over. My only complaint would be the softshell case. It's still good quality, but I would have prefered another hardshell instead. Overall, this guitar is great and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice crisp rock tone. I'd pick this one every time over any of the '58 reissues!

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            (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Really?

            By giggy wiggy

            from Kansas

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

              Uuuuh...correct me if I'm wrong but this isn't anything like my BJA Sig LP Jr. Mine came with a hard case with Green Day logo and is yellow with tobacco burst body. What happened to these? Also, that wrap around bridge needs replacing right out of the box. My luthier couldn't intonate it so I had him install an adjustable bridge. Plus, the P90H p'up hummed and he had to reverse the polarity to quiet it. Actually what motivated me to write all this is 'cause I bought a nearly new Epi LP Jr yesterday and the thing is perfect, inclucing a compensated wraparound bridge which is perfectly intonated, and a single humbucker that doesn't hum! I'm giving it to a young friend who wants to go electric, but I kinda hate to see it go! Better get with it Gibson.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Welcome to Paradise

              By GDlover

              from Newport, RI

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                This guitar was only my second, but I have a feeling that it will last me for a long time to come. This was a major upgrade from my Squire Stratocaster, so undoubtably it was better quality. The strings that come on it sound amazing, and the action is perfect. If you're playing a lot of Green Day, which I suppose you are since tho is BJA's custom, it sounds amazing! Honestly, my friends have heard me play and they can't tell a difference! I like to keep things simple, so this was a great choice. One pickup (still louder than my strat), 2 knobs, one for tone and another for volume, a pickguard which serves the purpose without taking up half the guitar, and not a lot of irrelevant curves. That said, it's somewhat heavy, but it's worth it. Plus you can play anything on this thing. From The Beatles to swing, it sounds PERFECT! If you're looking for a guitar to last you, this is the one!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect In Every Way!

                By Man of Willowdale

                from Toronto,Ontario

                About Me Experienced

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Action A Little High

                Best Uses

                • everything
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                Other than the action being a little high out of the box,this guitar is perfect in every way.The tone,feel,weight and looks are fantastic.I would recommend this piece to anyone looking to add to their collection or if you are just starting out.

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