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Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar  

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That's why Billie Joe rocks a vintage Junior and why you'll love the Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior electric guitar. Billie Jo...Read More

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Simple, straightforward, and to-the-point rock tone.

That's why Billie Joe rocks a vintage Junior and why you'll love the Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior electric guitar. Billie Joe's signature model is a modern re-creation of the vintage Juniors he plays on stage. While the Junior may have started life as a budget model, it has proven it has the muscle to deliver the powerful sounds needed for modern music. The flat-top, single-cutaway mahogany body and single dog-ear, double-coil H-90 pickup combination is unbeatable for punchy, defined-yet-dirty tone. The mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard (ebony on classic white model) and '1960 slim-tapered neck profile is comfy and gives you something solid to hold on to. It also has a wraparound compensated bridge, nickel tuners, and volume and tone controls.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • 1960 slim-tapered neck profile
  • Rosewood fretboard (ebony on classic white model)
  • 22 frets
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1.695" nut width
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • Fixed wraparound compensated bridge
  • Double-coil humbucking H-90 bridge pickup
  • Volume control
  • Tone control
  • Nickel hardware

Strap on this Signature model and find out why Billie Joe loves his vintage Junior. Order now!

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GibsonBillie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall, is a great guitar

I am going to give my first impressions about the guitar from the moment i got it.
1: arrived in the case, and looked smaller than i thought it was. i...Read complete review

I am going to give my first impressions about the guitar from the moment i got it.
1: arrived in the case, and looked smaller than i thought it was. i then put it against my previous guitar, and found it was a normal length
2: Smells!! the case it comes in, and the guitar itself do smell. really bad. but that is nothing to worry about, as it goes away after a couple of weeks.
3: while in the picture it may look like it is black at the edges, don't let that fool you. after close inspection i found the finish of the guitar on the back and edges is actually a very dark red. it looks really nice when in sunlight
4: cable jack really locks cable in place, making it harder to tug out than regular.
5: of course i had to replace the regular buttons with straploks. but i do that with every guitar.
Case is great thing to have, and looks really cool. only thing about it is that you can't have a strap on the guitar when its in the case, or it wont fit. Also i am a little upset they took away the combination locks from the new ones.
pickup is great, especially when clean, and gives you a sharper sound.
tone/volume knobs work great, and with them i don't really see why you would ever need a neck pickup.
guitar really gives great green day sound
overall, is great quality, and very sturdy. be careful with it though, because finish on pickguard can get scratched easily.
Yes, we all know that it is expensive. but thats what you have to pay for quality items. Really, for a long lasting, great sounding guitar such as this, i think it is well worth it. Having Billie Joe's name on it isn't just like paying that much more for it. The price is for all the modifacations and imorovement he made on the guitar to make it sound awesome.

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not that great

I went to local shop looking to by a junior. I played the standard ones and this. There is no tonal difference whatsoever. Don't get me wrong I love the sound, but I...Read complete review

I went to local shop looking to by a junior. I played the standard ones and this. There is no tonal difference whatsoever. Don't get me wrong I love the sound, but I gave it low scores because of the exagerrated pricing. It is basically the same guitar as the standard lp junior only twice as much because of the name on it. I suggest bying the standard lp junior which sounds just as good and is half the price. I did, and I am glad. The standard one sounds great, and is very simple and straight to the point. It has a great chunky and bright sound depending how you play it. I plugged into my mesa stiletto halfstack and was amazed.

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5.0

Great product and service

By Red Rocket

from West Coast

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    My guitar was described as "slightly scratched" in the inventory but it arrived without a mark. The MF service rep was great and hooked me up quickly; even though at first it showed out of stock, he kept at it and found exactly what I was looking for. The guitar was double-boxed and arrived quickly. I am very impressed with Musician's Friend. The guitar itself really screams, like a Junior should. It compares very favorably to my vintage 57 Junior. Probably the best money I've ever spent on a guitar. Apparently they are discontinued but I hope they start making them again in the future

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Overall, is a great guitar

    By Danny Sitko

    from somewhere over the rainbow

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

    I am going to give my first impressions about the guitar from the moment i got it.
    1: arrived in the case, and looked smaller than i thought it was. i then put it against my previous guitar, and found it was a normal length
    2: Smells!! the case it comes in, and the guitar itself do smell. really bad. but that is nothing to worry about, as it goes away after a couple of weeks.
    3: while in the picture it may look like it is black at the edges, don't let that fool you. after close inspection i found the finish of the guitar on the back and edges is actually a very dark red. it looks really nice when in sunlight
    4: cable jack really locks cable in place, making it harder to tug out than regular.
    5: of course i had to replace the regular buttons with straploks. but i do that with every guitar.
    Case is great thing to have, and looks really cool. only thing about it is that you can't have a strap on the guitar when its in the case, or it wont fit. Also i am a little upset they took away the combination locks from the new ones.
    pickup is great, especially when clean, and gives you a sharper sound.
    tone/volume knobs work great, and with them i don't really see why you would ever need a neck pickup.
    guitar really gives great green day sound
    overall, is great quality, and very sturdy. be careful with it though, because finish on pickguard can get scratched easily.
    Yes, we all know that it is expensive. but thats what you have to pay for quality items. Really, for a long lasting, great sounding guitar such as this, i think it is well worth it. Having Billie Joe's name on it isn't just like paying that much more for it. The price is for all the modifacations and imorovement he made on the guitar to make it sound awesome.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    billie joe junior

    By Nathan Reynoso

    from California

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

    this guitar is amasing

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Billie Joe Les Paul Junior

    By Arthur-RG5iu

    from Melbourne`

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

    This guitar is great and the case is awesome, it does everything!

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great,,,,,Now

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

    This is probably my fav guitar, and I have 4 Gibbys among others. But it didn't start out this way. When I got it, it had an annoying hum so off to the luthier I went and it's all good. Except the luthier said he couldn't intonate to his liking 'cause the bridge wasn't adjustable enough. I loved the tone of this guitar so I went on Ebay and got a Leo Quan Badass for about half price and got it installed with some new Fender 9-46 strings. Now it's terrific. If I had to choose between this and my red faded V it'd be close but maybe I'd go with Billie.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stripped-Down Workhorse

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    This guitar reminds me of the first les paul special copy that I got when I first started playing. EXCEPT it is build like a tank. Doesn't weigh a ton, but it is solid. Sound is bright and punchy, which is exactly what I was looking for. Not as much sustain as my LP Std, but didn't expect it to have it either. The hum cancelling "P-90" doesn't quite live up to the hum cancelling part of it's name. A bit annoying. Considering swapping it out. Have the 60's style neck on my LP STD and this feels the same. Fast and smooth. Decent access to upper frets, for a gibson. Feels small-bodied while playing it, but retains that solid feel. If you were ever thinking of buying a satin melody maker or LP junior, and doing some mods, but were hesitant because of "slapped-together" feel of low-end gibsons, this is for you. Except, that Billie Joe did a great job upgrading the mods that you might not have been able to do: better quality build, better finish, slim-taper neck, and P-90 Hum-cancelling (didn't quite hit the mark here). Overall. Outstanding guitar. Not very versitile, but does what it does and SOLIDLY.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Junior for a great price

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

    This guitar can do it all...and with just one pickup! I've owned 13 Les Pauls, and this one sounds awesome clean, great distorted. All other Les Pauls have left me disappointed in one way or another (which leads to money spent on mods), but no complaints on this one. Plug in and play! Thick mahogany tone with a h-90 that stays true to the guitars sound.Those having tuning problems have never owned a "tilted headstock" Gibson. Remedy is easy: Properly install the strings..Lube up the nut slots with graphite (pencil lead) or Big Bends Nut Sauce, and viola! you will have no tunning issues.It's a plain and simple "meat and potatoes" rocking machine. So simple that if you can't make it happen with this guitar...you need take up the flute.

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    5.0

    Great!

    By sam:DD

    from martinsburg, wv

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

    Man, this guitar is great. It's so versitile, yet so simple. The H-90 sounds just like a P-90, but with a little more output. Its very "meat and potatoes" as that dude down there says. but its so veritil, i can play Metal, rock, Punk, Pop, or whatever the hell i feel like. This guitar is just so versitile.

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    5.0

    The perfect guitar.

    By eye dub

    from Vancouver

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

    I had purchased one of these last year and love it. I was looking for a backup and had a local store bring in one of the cheaper vintage burst jr's. I could tell right away that the Billie Joe was so much better. The weight was much better and the overall feel.I ended up getting another Billie Joe instead.I play thru a Mesa-Boogie 50 calibre and a Marshall 4x12. The sound super fat, crunchy and raw.Plus I payed $1200 canadian each. Sweet deal.

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    5.0

    Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior

    By The Edge

    from San Antonio, TX

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

    This is a great guitar. Some people may disagree with a 5/5 for features, but think about it: Sure this guitar is just 'meat and potatoes' but IT'S A LES PAUL JUNIOR! It isn't suposed to be anything more than meat and potatoes, so quit complaining! If you wanted something with more than one pickup, you should've bought a different guitar! Now, with that said, this guitar is almost as diverse as a DarkFire. It's got a punchy P-90 tone, yet it's also a humbucker (but no, it doesn't tune itself). Now, it stays in tune pretty well, but of course, that depends on how much you play it (something people don't usually take into account when they write reviews). I have only one complaint about this guitar: the case. Technically, there's nothing wrong with it. It functions as it should: it protects the guitar well and it stores a strap, some picks, tuner, etc. The leopard skin lining is awesome, I always get compliments about it. So, as you can see, the case isn't physically flawed, but it just doesn't reflect the level of craftsmanship and care that Gibson puts into their guitars. Glue shows, and the accessories pocket just seems a bit flimsy. But the guitar is perfect. And beautiful too. If a Les Paul Jr. is what you want, this is the one to get, Green Day fan or not. It's way better than the budget model crap they're passing as a Jr. these days, and just as nice without the price (that wasn't meant to be a terrible rhyme) as the Custom Shop Jrs. All in all, this is the perfect guitar...if a Jr. is what you want.

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