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Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar

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Simple and elegant, the Les Paul Junior is an affordable, basic Les Paul finished in cool nitro lacquer finishes. Think of them as set-neck, single-c...Click To Read More About This Product

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Junior gets a glossy new coat to go to rock school.

Simple and elegant, the Les Paul Junior is an affordable, basic Les Paul finished in cool nitro lacquer finishes. Think of them as set-neck, single-cutaway hot rods. Gibson's new black obeche fingerboards look exotic and feel great on the slim-taper 60s neck profile.

Introduced in '55 as an affordable alternative to the Les Paul's carved-top luxury, the Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar -- a one-pickup, flattop cruisin' machine -- caught on quickly and climbed right into guitar legend. The Les Paul Junior is crafted by Gibson artisans in Nashville, Tennessee with a set neck and compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece that provide solid intonation and vibrant resonance. The solid mahogany body and set neck add to the resonance and great sustain while the single dog-ear P-90 pickup dishes out single-coil high definition with added punch” beautiful electric guitar tone through a lightly or heavily pushed amp. Black obeche fretboard with 22 frets and dot inlays. Chrome hardware.

Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
Body: Genuine Mahogany
Neck: Genuine Mahogany (Slim Taper)
Fingerboard: Black Obeche
Hardware: Chrome Lightning Bar Bridge/ Tailpiece
White Button Tuners
Electronics: Gibson P-90 œDog Ear
Case: Gibson 940 Deluxe Gig Bag

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GibsonLes Paul Junior Electric Guitar

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(13 of 25 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Les Paul Junior - you should think twice

By 330 and a Half

from Kansas City

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

The action out of the box was way too high, fret ends were rough, tuners were el-cheapo, and the bargain basement wrap around, non-adjustable bridge is a poor excuse for proper adjustability. Oh, sorry, don't tell PRS. And what's the deal with the snow-white mouse fur in the gig bag? I'd hate to see that after a few gigs. I love Gibsons, especially their more expensive guitars like my ES 330. But I'm not sure why they make them at this price point. This particular guitar makes them look bad.
It's meant to be a very simple guitar. And it is - truth in advertising.
I bought this guitar in large part for its Pelham Blue color. Unfortunately, it is not a good color to put on a lower quality guitar. The paint on the body showed its imperfections and the wood grain on the neck showed through like bad acne. I know this is Gibson's practice at this price point but it's not attractive.
I have a Chinese-made Squire Telecaster that represents a better value than this American-made Gibson at one-third the cost. I hate saying that but it's true. The Gibson's P90 was noisier than the Squire's Duncan-designed single coils. I don't think I could gig with this guitar.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Les Paul Jr with gloss, affordable price, and flaws

By Cuong Luong

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

From what I was told, the Gibson Les Paul Junior was supposed to be designed as a entry-level guitar that was sold at budget price; however, many famous and non-famous musicians over the years had proven that to be false, and this guitar continues that legacy. I also own a Gibson '04 Les Paul Standard, an SG Glassic, and a Epiphone Sheraton '64 Reissue, and I can say this guitar can stand well on its own.
This is just a simple Gibson Les Paul Junior with a single P-90 pickup, obeche fingerboard wood, and has a solid mahogany body that is coated with a nitro lacquer finish. Less is more, and it does everything it should do, and what it was made for: rock n' roll!
Just because it has the Gibson name doesn't mean the guitar is built with perfection. There were some visible flaws on the guitar after I unboxed it from shipment:
- The body has a couple of dents on the wood, which can be seen under the paint and lacquer
- Some areas of paint were sprayed unevenly
- The action was high, so I had to reset it right away
- Gloss applications were rough on the sides and edges of the body
- The stain work on the fretboard is a little sloppy

Though the guitar has its flaws, the hardware and pickup seem to do the their job so far, and everything is holding together well in tune.
If the selling point of this guitar was the price, then Gibson was able to get the job done right on this one. The guitar overall sounds, plays, and looks amazing. The pelham blue color on mine looks fantastic, and it's not often that you encounter this color for the Les Paul Jr. With rosewood fingerboard being phased out for now, the obeche fingerboard is noticably dryer, yet it still has a nice feel that is close to ebony wood. Outside the flaws, it's built quite well and sturdy, so the overall quality and value of this guitar is almost at the same level of higher priced Gibsons.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Gloss Yellow Les Paul Junior

By Jessica Saldivar

from Andrews, Texas

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

Once we got the guitar my husband loves it. The color is georgeous. Gloss is smooth, but not too thick. The P90 is loud and sounds great. The action of the guitar out of the box was just right. The gig bag was a pleasant surprise. Overall, we are satisfied with this purchase.
You don't buy a Junior for the features. You get a Tone, Volume & one Bad Action P90 pick up. Awesome.
Solid, sturdy, and comfortable.
For the price, you cannot get a better American made guitar. Juniors are the best.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Experience the LP,JR.

By Dr. Tone

from Rockwall, Texas

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I am not usually a fan of the bridge tone and usually play with the volume on the neck side of the pup range. After reading up on the LPJR, I thought I would give it a try and fell in love with the tone. It does have a unique growl to it. If I want to "warm" up the sound, I just cut the tone down. It fattens up the sound, almost like playing on the neck side. I really love this guitar with small tube combos. Right now, I just play it with my Vibro Champ exclusively. I have no problem recommending this guitar and at the price point, I have no "buyer's remorse"! It is a great, no nonsense guitar that lives up to its legend, in my opinion.
Features? Volume, Tone. All you need from this guitar.
I purchased a blue LPJR. Other than the frets feeling a little rough on the edges, it is really a nice, well built guitar. The finish is gorgeous, the neck feels great and stays in tune very, very well. It comes with the nicer gig bag, which is pretty heavy duty. The guitar sounds awesome. It does have a very unique sound that makes me appreciate all the mystique that has been passed down about this model.
I feel very good about my LPJR. I think it is a good value. What it "lacks" in features, it makes up for in quality.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


It's good.

By Justin Biggs

from Ottawa, Canada

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I have always wanted a jr. and the price and color where right for me when I wanted to buy one.
Featurewise it is what it is. Wraparound bridge, P90, and quality tuners that don't slip. The quality of the hardware is all top notch. The obeche fingerboard has to be the smoothest fingerboard I have ever played on.

This is my first guitar with a P90 and I love the tone and brightness it produces.
Guitar looks and feels great. A couple of minor blemishes in the finish, but nothing to get bent out of shape about if you are buying the guitar to play it and not stare at on the wall.
Gibson prices are always higher then other brands it seems. The guitar is well built and American made. If you like the name brand and want a professional quality instrument made in the USA the price is reasonable.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nice playing guitar

By Jhackett007

from Chicago, illinois

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


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

    Just purchased a Pelham Blue Les Paul Junior. The action is low and I love the P-90 pickup. I'm a big Leslie West fan, and this guitar can definitely nail his tone. Adjusting the tone knob fattens up the tone to get more of a neck pickup sound. Sounds great through a Marshall or a Fender amp. Nice and light weight. It's a real pleasure to play.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Excellent Guitar!

    By Old Blue

    from Austin, Texas

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    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Light weight solid build
    • Solid Electronics


      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is awesome! She can sound like a Telecaster, a hollow-body, a Les Paul and still retain her own unique tone that blows most guitars out of the water. Clean, distorted, natural break-up, whatever the circumstance, this guitar handles it with the greates of ease. Just make sure your using a simple tube amp, and you'll know what I'm talking about. You could take this to any type of situation: country, punk, jazz, surf, blues, indie-pop, rock 'n' roll (her forte), and whatever other genres you can imagine. Yes, this guitar is THAT versatile, even with only one pick up and one tone control. My only complaint is that she doesn't come in a hardshell case.

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