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Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar  

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    The choice of numerous rock legends, the LP Jr. embodies the pure simplicity of rock 'n' roll.

    Today's Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar captures many of the same details and intensity as the original, including a 24-3/4" scale length mahogany neck that meets the body at the 16th fret, a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, Gibson's traditional rounded-neck profile, a wraparound bridge/tailpiece, and a single Gibson P-90 pickup that faithfully delivers all the power and punch expected from their single-coil pickup. Includes all chrome hardware, acrylic dot inlays, Gibson's silk-screened logo on the headstock, and a Corian pre-radiused nut. The Les Paul Junior comes with a plush Gibson gig bag.

    Gibson's legendary P-90 guitar pickup
    The P-90, introduced in the early 1950s, is Gibson's truly hallowed single-coil pickup and offers the soulful, classic tone that only a P-90 can. Delivering more warmth than a standard single-coil pickup, with higher output and sweet treble response, the P-90 continues to be one of the most popular pickups today, offering a distinct and powerful tone that remains unmatched in the face of relentless impersonation.

    As the competition to develop and market affordable and professional built solidbody electric guitars was heating up in the mid 1950s, Gibson branched out into new directions that would yield a wide variety of innovative Gibson products at various price points. Among these new products was their Les Paul Junior single cutaway model, which quickly became Gibson's best-selling model and the instrument of choice for such legends as Leslie West, Steve Marriot, Keith Richards, Mick Ralphs, Mick Jones, Billie Joe Armstrong and Paul Westerberg.

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    Features Body
    • Style: Les Paul Junior
    • Body Species: Mahogany
    • Back Species: Mahogany
    • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
    Fingerboard
    • Fingerboard Species: Rosewood
    • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
    • Number of Frets: 22
    • Fretwire: Nickel and Silver Alloy Medium
    • Radius: 12"
    • Nut: Corian, Pre-radiused
    • Nut Width: 1.69"
    • Inlays: Acrylic Dots
    Electronics
    • Bridge Pickup: P-90 Single-Coil
    • Controls: One Volume, One Tone
    Neck
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Neck Joint: Set
    • Neck Profile: '50's Round
    • Nut: Molded Plastic
    • Nut Width: 1.695"
    • Head Inlay: Signature on Headstock
    Hardware
    • Plating Finish: Nickel
    • Color: Nickel
    • Bridge: Vintage Style Non-Compensated Wraparound Bridge
    • Knobs: Black on CW, Amber on EB, Gold on VS
    • Tuners: Grover
    • Case: Gibson Plush Black Cordura Gig Bag

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    GibsonLes Paul Junior Electric Guitar
     
    4.1

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (5)
    • Good pick up (5)
    • Good tone (4)
    • Good feel (3)
    • Solid electronics (3)

    Cons

    • Craftsmanship (3)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
    • Jamming (3)
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      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Great-Sounding, No Frills Guitar

    Having played Fenders almost exclusively for the 13 years I've played guitar, I wanted to branch out in terms of tone and had been thinking of going the Gibson route for quite some time....Read complete review

    Having played Fenders almost exclusively for the 13 years I've played guitar, I wanted to branch out in terms of tone and had been thinking of going the Gibson route for quite some time. While I've always admired the "Gibson sound," I could never justify the price tag that most Gibsons come with. With that in mind, the Junior quickly became a contender, not only because of its more modest price tag, but also because of its straightforwardness in terms function and sound, which I discovered after playing a couple of different Juniors, including a vintage Junior from 1956. In terms of playability, the Junior is relatively comfortable. Coming from the Fender camp, I definitely noticed the shorter scale length almost immediately. The neck plays fast but still retains a bit of heft compliments of its "50s" style profile. The action is surprisingly low, especially considering the Junior's wraparound bridge. All in all, the guitar felt comfortable as soon as I picked it up. There wasn't much of an adjustment period, which was a big selling point for me.In terms of tone, the Junior more or less has one sound that it does extremely well. Between the mahogany body and the P-90 single coil pickup, the Junior has a creamy, "middy" tone you expect to hear from a Gibson. As another reviewer noted, the Junior is very resonant when unplugged, an attribute that I would chalk up to not only the tone wood being used, but also the fact that there is minimal routing in the body, which means more wood for the sound to resonate through. The result is a warm tone and lots of sustain. The Juniors I played and the one I ended up purchasing were all well-made guitars, which you would expect from an American-made instrument. I didn't find any issues with the fit or finish on mine, with the exception of a little bit of drill flash hanging out of the upper screw hole on the pick guard. As others have mentioned, I think it would be nice if Gibson offered a hardshell case with this guitar, as the soft case does little more than keep the dust off of it. Overall I would recommend this guitar to someone who is looking for the Gibson sound and not hung up on decorative appointments, because the Junior is pretty bare bones in that respect. But I think it's that simplicity that makes the Junior an attractive guitar; it's meant for picking up and playing.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Simple but full of great tone!

    Gibson made a few models of this guitar, the satin version and the full nitro laquer finish. I was lucky enough to find a full nitro tobacco finish at MF on sale for six...Read complete review

    Gibson made a few models of this guitar, the satin version and the full nitro laquer finish. I was lucky enough to find a full nitro tobacco finish at MF on sale for six bills so with that it came home with me. I would NOT pay six bills for the satin model, as they will show up used in a few months for much cheaper on MF used gear. If you can find the full nitro finish models go for it, that is a way cool guitar that actually has some real value for the money!
    Bare bones minimum, but how much do you really need, as long as you have other guitars with other sounds this one is nice to have in the arsenel!
    Honestly for eight bills its way over priced the quality is good but its too much cash for a satin finished guitar, satin is just a nice word for CHEAPER MODEL!
    Decent build quality, great P90 sounds, over priced!

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    1.0

    A Major Disappointment

    By TheDirtyKnave

    from Syracuse NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Can't Intonate
    • Cheap Satin Finish
    • Fret Buzz
    • No hardshell case
    • Nut Barely Cut At All
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
    • Won't stay in tune

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

    I was very disappointed in this guitar. Les Paul Juniors and P-90s have lots of cache for me for providing great tone for a lot of players, and the no-frills style and straightforward look seemed like a win-win for a ballsy rock guitar with lots of tones in the knobs and pick attack. Alas, I shipped it back soon enough, very disappointed and angry....

    The good: the P90 pickup is great--tons of chime and definition, sweet cleans and raunchy midrange bite for overdrive, especially getting power chords to explode out of a cranked amp. Very responsive to changes in the controls and pick attack. BUT,let me say that I can closely cop all of its tone with a good Tele/Esquire bridge pickup with a slight clean boost and by turning up the mids a bit on the amp--enough so that I felt underwhelmed when A/Bing with my Esquire. So, unless the shorter scale length is important, it may not trump a good Fender single-coil for you.

    Now, the bad: this guitar arrived from Gibson very poorly set-up. I expect to have to tweak any guitar to my liking, but this was just awful. The nut was barely cut, making it impossible to keep in tune; by the second verse, chords are noticeably off. And the wraparound bridge sounds fine when playing alone, but in a band context, intonation sounds WAY OFF against another guitar or bass--I couldn't fake through a gig with this, much less track with one. The flimsy gig bag Gibson ships it with is a joke--you need a hardshell case for any guitar with a set neck and angled headstock! Dealing with these issues, I realized I wasn't looking at mods, I was looking at needed REPAIRS and upgrades to have a giggable guitar, and I wasn't going to shell out for a new nut, bridge, and hard case to do what Gibson should have done.

    Like another reviewer, MF dinged me for shipping the guitar back because I wasn't happy with it, which is a whole different story, but a slap in the face to say the least. Suffice it to say I won't be buying another Junior....

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    2.0

    No Volume Control

    By Bacchus2b

    from Dallas, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

      I bought it because it was a great price, but was dissapointed by the fit and finish. The action from the factory was high but that probably could have been adjusted. My biggest gripe was the lack of control with the volume knob, there was no taper at all. It went from full volume to actually cutting out at around 3/4, then if you kept turning it would come on again at full volume!

      P-90 sounded great but not having volume control really limits your tonal spectrum.

      I returned this and for not a lot more bought a Les Paul Studio Faded with two Burstbuckers and a carved maple top. Fit and finish was light years beyond the Jr.

      MF was terrific about the return.

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      1.0

      Shoddy craftmanship-Total Disappointment

      By iSpunk

      from PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

        These guitars are built very bad. There are better similarly priced guitars from Fender. Fretboard was baked maple and not rosewood at the MF description indicates. The baked maple has a horrible odor. The nut was cut too shallow. This made all the "cowboy chords" go out of tune. Fit and finish were not up to Chinese guitar standards-much less from an American made instrument. Gig bag was so cheap I would trust it to protect the guitar at all. Returned this to MF. They are charging me for the "free" shipping costs on return but I feel as the instrument was of subpar quality I should not have to be charged the shipping cost. This experience has left me wanting to never buy another guitar from Musician's Friend.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A simple, great guitar

        By Eric

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Gig Bag No Case

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Country
        • Rock

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

        A solidly built, simple tone machine. Definitely a no-frills guitar, but it is great at what it does. Although it only has one pickup, the tone control is very responsive and provides a wide range of usable sounds. Right out of the box, the action was spot on, but the one-piece bridge had to be adjusted a bit to get the intonation under control. I have ordered a bridge that has intonatable individual saddles, and I think with that (haven't got it yet), the LP Junior will be even better.

        The finish is flat white, which looks great. I don't know if it is due to the thin nitro finish or the super simple construction (or both), but the guitar is surprisingly loud when played unplugged. It definitely has great resonance! The neck is also not overly chunky, which I was concerned about. I'm a long time Fender guy, and this neck was fairly comfortable right away.

        My only real gripe with Gibson is that the LP Junior does not come with a hardshell case. The gig bag it comes with is also very tight, and I believe with continued use that the finish on the headstock would probably wear off quickly. I bought an SKB case for it (and it fits the guitar very well!). I would definitely recommend a hard case for any Gibson guitar because of the angled headstock.

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        5.0

        Gibson's Little Secret

        By mykeykrknr

        from Lancaster, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Powerful
        • Solid Electronics
        • True Les Paul Tones
        • Understated Elegance

        Cons

        • No Cons That I Can See

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

        The P90 pickup will blow most other Les Pauls right out of the room. Simple controls. Pure Les Paul growl, or clean clear treble. Not fancy but quite beautiful in an understated way. Powerful. This blows my 1969 LP Deluxe Goldtop away with its tone. I love this guitar. This will become an heirloom for my kids and grandkids.

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Gibson Les Paul Junior

        By R n' B

        from West Texas

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        Pros

        • Lightweight and big neck

        Cons

        • Silkscreen Gibson logo

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

        First, I had the string height/action on this guitar lowered by my guitar tech. The factory set up was high past the 11th fret. After getting it set up it now plays effortlessly. Having just the one tone knob makes a lot of sense. Turn it one way for bass, turn it the other way for leads. Clean the back of the neck with a light amount of Liquid Naptha Lighter fluid soaked onto a soft cloth. Applying Pledge or soap and water to this finish would only stain it darker and make it feel greasy, this guitars' finish isn't meant to shine, it has plenty of chrome on it for that. I have the red finish and it doesnt absorb fingerprints. Buffing the finish with a dry yellow flannel guitar polish cloth takes out the factory feel of its'grainy rough texture and makes the guitars' finish feel smooth. If you polish the headstock, you may rub the Gibson logo off, it isn't in an inlay on this guitar, its simply silkscreened on. Just graze lightly over the logo with a guitar polish cloth without applying pressure between string changes to clean/dust it. This guitar is a nice weight, its easy on the shoulder to stand and play with. I like its' tuning pegs, the strings stay in tune. The P-90 pickup sounds soft when it needs to be but can roar when you pick or strum hard, you really need to play this through a tube amp to get the feel and sound it was developed to have. Reccomended string size according to the owners manual is .46/.10. This guitar is in a class of its own, people who write unfounded reviews such as "juniors suck" have obviously had no experience with them, particularly in the way they respond so well with effects pedals.This really is a quality instrument, as a 3/4 scale Gibson has a unique feel of its own. If only it came complete from Gibson with a hardshell case. I bought a Les Paul Junior Case from [@] for $119. So far I like it.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Solid Guitar

        By cuzzinchris

        from Buffalo, NY

        Verified Buyer

        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 Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

          Played perfectly after a decent setup.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Simple but full of great tone!

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

          Gibson made a few models of this guitar, the satin version and the full nitro laquer finish. I was lucky enough to find a full nitro tobacco finish at MF on sale for six bills so with that it came home with me. I would NOT pay six bills for the satin model, as they will show up used in a few months for much cheaper on MF used gear. If you can find the full nitro finish models go for it, that is a way cool guitar that actually has some real value for the money!
          Bare bones minimum, but how much do you really need, as long as you have other guitars with other sounds this one is nice to have in the arsenel!
          Honestly for eight bills its way over priced the quality is good but its too much cash for a satin finished guitar, satin is just a nice word for CHEAPER MODEL!
          Decent build quality, great P90 sounds, over priced!

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rocko

          By Rocko-KQWe7

          from Valencia, CA

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

          I've wanted a single-cut Junior for years, now I finally have one. I've played it through a variety of amps, and the sound never disappoints. The P-90 snarls with plenty of guts, and when I need less bite, I just roll the tone knob back. This is my seventh Les Paul; and although the simplest by far, it has become my favorite. You just cant beat the tone that the combination of a slab of mahogany and a P-90 produce. And besides, it really looks cool on stage.
          I gave it a "7" for features, because there aren't really that many - but what's there is all you need.
          Solid as a rock. You could probably drop this thing, and it would still be in tune.
          I have to say mine was a fantastic value, because i got it as "Used" for less than the regular price. It was listed as being in "C" condition, but being as a guitar such as this is made to be a workhorse anyway, that didn't matter to me. As it turned out, I had to really look hard to find what relagated it to a "C". Turns out there was a fingertip-sized ding on the lower body, that my strap covers anyway.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The Les Teenager

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Electric Guitar:

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          The Les paul jr has a satin finish, the sunburst model has a painted black backing and neck whereby you cannot evaluate the eood grain. The single P90 pick up is low to the brigde and has a full sound, the small volume and tone control provide a range of tones and control. The pick up does provide a fare amount of output. The neck is smooth and has a nice contour with good string spacing for open chording and string bending. It is a minimalist dream, with one pick up , a volume and tone control, but who even uses the tone control? It has a plastic nut, and those old time plastic tuners that would crack apart and fall off in the old days. It seems to have one slab of wood , but it's hard to tell with the black satin paint. It would be nice to have a natural finish, with a red or gold pick guard. Just leave it a natural wood on the front and back with one solid piece of wood. Leave off the tone control, and add the green Klusons, and put some of those active pickups in it that the Gothic Morte has. This could be a minimalist teenagers dream.
          But it's a no bones , nice guitar.

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