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Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar

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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, flatt...Click To Read More About This Product

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A stripped-down classic rocker with an edgy tone.

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 set neck and compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece provide solid intonation and vibrant resonance. 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. Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and dot inlays. Mahogany body and neck. Chrome hardware.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany neck and body
  • Rosewood 22-fret fingerboard
  • P-90 pickup
  • Compensated wraparound bridge
  • Chrome hardware
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GibsonLes Paul Junior Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 88 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get It!

I am a converted p-90 nut, and have in the past few years turned onto the exciting tonal possibilities that P-90s bring. I own strats and les pauls and I must say...Read complete review

I am a converted p-90 nut, and have in the past few years turned onto the exciting tonal possibilities that P-90s bring. I own strats and les pauls and I must say that this and my les paul faded double cut (also with p-90s) out play them all.I feel bad for the guy before me whos guitar came in such poor condition because mine was in excellent condition. Not so much as a blemish. The P-90s do come with hum. They ARE noisy pickups. I don't mean that the buzz will even so much as be a slight factor when you are playing but if you have the volume up and you are not playing, noise will come out of the amp. I think its ridiculous when people complain about this, its just the nature of the pickup so do your research! A simple solution to the noise - if you are not playing, turn the volume off... problem solved.I highly recommend this guitar to anyone who wants that good, punchy P-90 sound. You won't regret it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A mid-priced rocker...

This is my first Gibson purchase and honestly, I'm feeling a little let down. Don't get me wrong this guitar sounds fine and is reasonably well constructed. Just for the price it could...Read complete review

This is my first Gibson purchase and honestly, I'm feeling a little let down. Don't get me wrong this guitar sounds fine and is reasonably well constructed. Just for the price it could be better built. The hardware is average, but that can be replaced/upgraded. The nitro finish is nice but the back is painted solid black presumably to hide the 3 piece body like the one that came on mine. Its solid, just 3 laminated pieces of solid wood not 1. Further the paint on the back of the neck is a bit thick and gets sticky when you play it. Fit and finish could have been better too, as mine came with a filthy dried out fretboard. Again, nothing I can't remedy, But, I should'nt have to on a guitar this price bearing the Gibson name. All in all, I'll be keeping it but its a bit of a bummer to have to spend more on hardware upgrades and a hard case (it comes with a gig bag. Fender guitars I'd carry in a gig bag but, not Gibsons with their somewhat fragile necks). Bottom line, it sounds nice, but quality control needs some work.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get It!

By That review guy-W8naR

from Delray Beach, FL

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I am a converted p-90 nut, and have in the past few years turned onto the exciting tonal possibilities that P-90s bring. I own strats and les pauls and I must say that this and my les paul faded double cut (also with p-90s) out play them all.I feel bad for the guy before me whos guitar came in such poor condition because mine was in excellent condition. Not so much as a blemish. The P-90s do come with hum. They ARE noisy pickups. I don't mean that the buzz will even so much as be a slight factor when you are playing but if you have the volume up and you are not playing, noise will come out of the amp. I think its ridiculous when people complain about this, its just the nature of the pickup so do your research! A simple solution to the noise - if you are not playing, turn the volume off... problem solved.I highly recommend this guitar to anyone who wants that good, punchy P-90 sound. You won't regret it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

American Workhorse

By CLIP_3

from Berkley, California

Pros

  • Good price
  • Great finish
  • Great Neck Comfortable
  • Low Price
  • Rosewood Neck

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Large Stadiums
  • Punk Rock
  • small venues
  • Whatever you want really

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

Oh my gosh where do I even begin? This is the absolute best guitar I have ever used. Before this I used a Jackson Charvelle and it was time for an upgrade, so I went to get a new guitar, I had my eye on a Surf Green strat, but when I got to the store it was already bought. I saw this odd yellowed color guitar on the wall, and I thought WOW! I don't think they make these anymore, and I got my hands on a limited edition TV yellow les paul jr used. It was used and was still kicking a brand new fender strats butt. Bottom line is this is an amazing guitar!!!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Junior for a great price

By JuniorLover1957

from Bellville, Tx

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

This junior was one of my starter guitars. i Am very impressed with the sound that comes from the p-90 single coil pickup. THis guitar is hand built in the U S A, So if you are looking for a great Gibson for a small price, i recommend this junior.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Guitarbuddy449

By [nevermind]

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

If your a musician on a very tight budget and want a Gibson LP jr. then go for it but its not the best, so basically what you pay for is what you get. The quality of the guitar isn't amazing, you can tell that Gibson hid what they did with the body in the back by painting over it...not great. it sounds decent, if you hate hum though, don't get this guitar because it hums like CRAZY. The P-90 sounds kind of cheap compared to the more costy ones. I would suggest saving up for Billie's signature because it is just as good as a real LP junior, but with an H-90 hum-canceling pickup that sounds just like a P-90. It is also the cheapest, but very very high quality, LP Junior on the market. So, if you want this guitar, make sure you know what your buying first

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By AB-5HcDR

from PORTLAND, OR

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I've played them all big and small,old and new,custom and used.Guess what; this is one great little axe for the money. I played the spec and the armstrong version but I have to tell you this little guy plays better! Hell maybe I just got lucky, luck isn't a reality, fate is. I think this is money well spent, mine was/is great out of the box. Gibson u.s.a.!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1 pickup + 1 volume + 1 tone = all you need.

By Tay-Tay

from Wisconsin

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

This guitar is pretty bare-bones, it only has one single-coil pickup, one volume knob, and one tone knob. But I like that, because that's all you really need. This guitar sounds awesome with distortion, and it also sounds good clean, too. Plus, it looks cool if you're into minimalism like me. Get this guitar instead of paying way more for a different Les Paul, and only getting one more pickup and a carved body to show for it.

 
5.0

Best bang for your buck

By Matt

from McDonough, GA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

Well Keith Urban plays identical guitar in "Days go by" video and claims its one his favorite guitars. They have been discontinued by Gibson since 2002 and is a dealer exclusive at MF. This is the only place to get a new one per Gibson. Guitar is classic les paul warmth and playability. Factory action setup was way too high but easily corrected by lowering bridge and adjusting truss rod. Guitar delivered as promised by MF without issue.

 
4.0

This Guitar Has Attitude!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I recieved my Gibson Les Paul Junior several months ago after lulling over it for the past couple years. After playing it exclusively since I got it here are the conclusions I have drawn on it.1.) The one P-90 has more tone then any humbucker or single coil combination i have ever owned or played. It can go from ripping treble to melow smooth bass without sounding like crap2.) The rosewood fretboard is stunning!3.) The rosewood fretboard is incredibly hard to bend on.4.) I got a two piece body, its not pretty, but I've seen a lot worse. It's common to find three piece bodys which are not only really ugly but reduce sustain a lot.5.) The sunburst finish is incredibly ugly. and the painted black back is also a turn-off.6.) Due to the nature of the bridge, intonating this guitar is nearly impossible, but mine came perfect.7.) Out of the box the action was mediocre but after setting it up it is amazing.I gave it a low score on features because it has a lack of them, but that is the nature of the guitar.The quality of the guitar is ok, nothing beautiful nothing horrible.This guitar is awesome, don't get me wrong but it should be priced a lot cheaper.Overall I am satisfied with this guitar. If anything happened to it I would not buy it again and I would just look to the Gibson SG '61.

 
4.0

Bang for the buck

By jet boy

from Pepperell, MA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I picked this unit up a few months ago and it's become molded to me . I can't put the damn thing down. Play it through an old Bassmen head through a Marshall cab and a big muff distortion and you'll see what I'm talking about. It's honest pure and simple, just how I like my music.

 
5.0

Solid as a rock

By Hutch-M5WWo

from Los Angeles-Tinsel Town-California

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

HUTCH http://www.hutchworks.net I normally wouldn't invest in a guitar without playing it first, but could not resist this sweet deal. My only gripe is the compensated bridge tailpiece thing. I've replaced it with an adjustable wrap-around to get it to intonate more accurately. All seems to be well with it now. Can't beat it's rock-roll good looks, and that screaming tone!

 
5.0

Simple And Smokin

By Brett-Mn5Ny

from Aloha, OR

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar from MF with some reservation's having never touched one. I must tell you I am more than happy with this guitar. It does just about anything you could ask of it. I run it through my Mesa Lonestar and it's tone is gorgeous,clean or high gain. How anyone could be unhappy with this guitar is beyond me. Mine came setup very well,action to intonation,and the finish is beautiful! I hear alot of talk about Gibson guitar's being of poor quality these days. I have to disagree. This is the fourth Gibson that has found it's way to my house and I have yet to let one leave.Thank you MF and Gibson great service and great guitars.

 
5.0

What's old is new again...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

This iteration of the LP Jr. - complete with retro wraparound bridge missing from many previous incarnations - once again provides a great (and I mean GREAT) guitar at a great price! THIS is the only way to get that true Queens, NY (read: Johnny Thunders/Leslie West!) tone! Set up close to perfect out of the box, I might replace the tuners (I've been spoiled by Sperzels), and I gotta say, I'm mighty satisfied to have gotten so much guitar for the money. Highly recommended for those who've always wanted a "real" Jr., or for the beginner who wants to invest in an axe that he/she will be able to afford and keep playing for years to come.

 
4.0

the greatest guitar player that ever lived

By the greatest guitar player that ever lived

from thats confidetial

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

i was amazingly excited when i got this guitarnow not so much it the actual tone pot broke and the bridge came complelty messed up it sounds nice wit the p 90 but once again it only lasts a bit

 
5.0

Tone Generator

By Catfish-_vczB

from NJ

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

No fumbling with a lot of switches and knobs. Two pieces of mahogany and a P-90. I play slide in Open D. Volume on 5 you get Jimmy Reed. On 10, Johnny Thunders. I have streamlined my life down to two guitars. When I'm not playing my National Brass Delphi, I'm playing Junior. A PERFECT guitar.

 
5.0

Rock guitar

By Mr. Nobody-_LVfj

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

this is a rock guitar, stripped to its basics. The p-90 pickup has a great crunchy growl(when distorted), if you want to call it that. The sustain is also really powerful. And it also sounds incredible played clean. The action on mine will need an adjustment, though, as its a bit too high. And the p90 IS a single coil, so take that into consideration if you can't stand the noise that usually accompanies single coils(you can always switch to the humbucking p-90, or maybe a noise suppressor??) But this guitar sounds excellent both dirty and clean, and i am pleased with my overall experience with Musician's Friend, and this Gibson product. I would recommend this if you think your music needs some good raw crunch, that can still clean up nicely, as well as if you want a Gibson, but are too cheap (or poor) to shell out a grand or more for other more "popular" models...

 
5.0

Just like my original 50's LP Jr!

By PM-SwLyB

from Olympia, WA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I decided to order this guitar after I got seriously home sick for my LP Jr that I had for 20 years which I sold a few years back. It was a late 50's model and it had a neck to die for and a sound to match. I was short on cash at the time so i sold her. Huge mistake! Well I looked at the Gibson Custom Shop site and there was a '57 LP Jr for about 3 grand. I then saw this guitar on MF for $650 and it looked darn similar. A Gibson Custom shop second? I ordered it. The guitar arrived today and I swear it IS a Custom Shop 2nd with a few minor modifications to justify the lower price. (I used to work for Gibson so I bet I'm right on this "speculation".) The second "flaw" on the guitar is where the rosewood is attached to the neck is not 100% perfect enough to justify a 3k pricetag. Otherwise this guitar is EXACTLY like the late 50's LP Jr I owned. Same neck to die for, same attack, same amazing sustain, same bell like tones, same P90 pickup, same bridge, same tuners - a picture perfect replication. If you want to experience the glory days of the early Les Pauls today then this is it. Amazing guitar.

 
4.0

Les Paul Junior Review

By David R

from Kansas City

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

This is for the basic Gibson Les Paul Junior, not the Historic Reissue which is a fully authentic recreation from the custom shop. This is a nice American made guitar with a great vintage vibe and a cool sounding P90 pickup. That's the upside. Downside is that first of all, you will need to have it set up by a pro to make it play right. Gibson produced these as cheaply as was reasonably possible, and they were not setup AT ALL when they left the factory. The compensated bridge is not my favorite, and the cheap tone pot failed. You may want to upgrade the tone capacitor with something nicer. Have the frets dressed. After making these changes and improvements, I now have a very cool Jr that actually gets more playing time than my Les Paul Classic!

 
5.0

Great simple guitar!!!

By Schindiddy

from Redlands, CA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

This guitar is built great and is simple and charming. The pickup in the bridge position is very bright, but with the tone rolled off you can get some wonderful fat tones like Clapton's "Woman Tone", just awesome. Fun to play and suited for rhythm playing.

 
5.0

AWESOME.

By I love my Junior.

from Washington

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I just got this guitar and wow. I am blown away it is so great. The only complaint i have is it being noisy.. but hey what do u expect from one single coil? Nothing a noise suppressor could not handle tho, so no big deal. But the p-90 sounds amazing, the finish is great, the neck is skinny. Greatest guitar for the money, im very surprised they arent charging more for this guitar. GET IT!!

 
5.0

A simple guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

I love the idea of a stripped down guitar! Just a P-90, two nobs and an attitude. Contrary to what you might think, you can get different tones out of this guitar by simply messing with the tone nob. I own an array of Gibsons and this one is probably the most fun to play... just plug and go. Also, with the solid body it can take the beatings I plan to give it throughout its lifetime. The only draw back is that it doesn't come with a hard shell case.

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