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Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar

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An updated Classic Rock axe.The Les Paul Junior Special is carved from solid flat "slab" of mahogany to keep it lightweight and affordable, with a do...Click To Read More About This Product

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A Rock and Roll Classic revisited.

An updated Classic Rock axe.The Les Paul Junior Special is carved from solid flat "slab" of mahogany to keep it lightweight and affordable, with a double cutaway for effortless access to the upper frets. The neck is crafted from solid mahogany, featuring the popular "slim taper" profile for speed and easy playability (which is a cross between the rounded '50s profile and super-slim early '60s profile), and capped with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard. Loaded with two Gibson P-90 pickups for a bright, slightly gritty response, with a fat midrange, solid lows, and warm, ringing highs. In the bridge position, the P-90 delivers plenty of gritty power, while in the neck position it can be smooth, rich and creamy. This Gibson guitar comes with a Les Paul Thinline Case. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Lightweight slab double-cutaway mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • 1-piece mahogany neck with long neck tenon
  • 22-fret ebony fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • '60s slim taper neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Dual Gibson P-90 single-coil soapbar pickups
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3-way toggle selector
  • White button tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Available in three finishes: Heritage Cherry, and Gloss Yellow.
  • LP Thinline Gibson Guitar Case

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GibsonLes Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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LOVE THE FADED LPDC!

I love this guitar. Forever I was a grind it out Les Paul man. I love the look, the feel, the sound of a big, beefy Standard. But for certain styles,...Read complete review

I love this guitar. Forever I was a grind it out Les Paul man. I love the look, the feel, the sound of a big, beefy Standard. But for certain styles, I would always use my Strat either clean or with a little distortion. But I heard a very distinct sound altogether one day that I hadn't noticed before. It was coming from a P90. Granted, the faded slab P90 model doesn't look as fierce as it's big brother, the Standard. But, it has a distinct sound and playability that you can't find anywhere else. I'm constantly seeing negative reviews about how this guitar "looks". Visit a store that has one of these. Sit down with a small tube amp, nothing fancy. Work the guitar's volume and tone in different positions and see how this baby responds. It's not just the tone, it's how it reacts to your playing. After that, if you don't like it, super. It's just not your thing. But if you're really a player that wants your guitar to sing rather that just scream all the time, I think you'll like it. FYI. I have 8 Les Pauls. So trust me. ROCK ON!
I see reviews that talk about this guitar being a stripped down, cheap LP, for beginners. You don't need high gloss and binding to get a great sound. Just work the volume and tone. The P90 will bark at you!
Quality has nothing to do with features. I've found these to be very well built.
It's a great value for the sound. I personally, don't like the small tuning keys. I just hate twisting the little jokers. But a new set of deluxe green keys fixes that right up with no modifications. They can easily be restored for authenticity later if I want to do some trading.

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Poor Quality Control!

I am no stranger to Gibson guitars. I owned a '79 les Paul Standard back in the day and currently own a Les Paul Classic Antique and a Hummingbird Artist. I have been...Read complete review

I am no stranger to Gibson guitars. I owned a '79 les Paul Standard back in the day and currently own a Les Paul Classic Antique and a Hummingbird Artist. I have been eye-balling the Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway for quite some time. I was so excited when I found them for this price, I had to have one. So I ordered Heritage Cherry one. I felt like I was getting a really good deal. The one they had shipped had some serious flaws on the lacquer on both sides of the neck only on the ebony of the fret board. This was not "orange peel" that didnt get sanded and buffed out. I dont know it looked like the lacquer was brushed on with a cheese grater. It felt horrible in my hands.

Also, there were sanding scratches all over the top that did not get buffed out. The edges of the body and the horns had "rug burns" from where it was sitting in the case.

Like the finish wasn't fully cured when they placed it in the case and boxed it up for shipment to the warehouse. I could not justify spending this kind of money for something that was this far from perfect.

So, we ordered another one, one week later the new one arrived. The first thing I looked at was the finish on the neck. It was much better, not perfect yet, but I could have lived with it if it wasn't for the fact that the body on the new one was 3 pieces. Not only could you see the difference in grain, but you could visible see the seams where the lacquer had sank into them leaving lines in the top. It also had sand scratches and rug burns as well. They still had the original one I ordered, we looked and it was 2 pieces and you could not see or feel the seam. The guys asked me "do you want us to order you another one?" I no longer felt like I was getting a really good deal. I said, "No. If this is the quality of workmanship coming from the Gibson factory these days, I will spend my money on a different brand." They did say that they would let their Gibson rep know about my experience and how disappointed I am.

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor Quality Control!

By John Keschinger

from KCMO

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

I am no stranger to Gibson guitars. I owned a '79 les Paul Standard back in the day and currently own a Les Paul Classic Antique and a Hummingbird Artist. I have been eye-balling the Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway for quite some time. I was so excited when I found them for this price, I had to have one. So I ordered Heritage Cherry one. I felt like I was getting a really good deal. The one they had shipped had some serious flaws on the lacquer on both sides of the neck only on the ebony of the fret board. This was not "orange peel" that didnt get sanded and buffed out. I dont know it looked like the lacquer was brushed on with a cheese grater. It felt horrible in my hands.

Also, there were sanding scratches all over the top that did not get buffed out. The edges of the body and the horns had "rug burns" from where it was sitting in the case.

Like the finish wasn't fully cured when they placed it in the case and boxed it up for shipment to the warehouse. I could not justify spending this kind of money for something that was this far from perfect.

So, we ordered another one, one week later the new one arrived. The first thing I looked at was the finish on the neck. It was much better, not perfect yet, but I could have lived with it if it wasn't for the fact that the body on the new one was 3 pieces. Not only could you see the difference in grain, but you could visible see the seams where the lacquer had sank into them leaving lines in the top. It also had sand scratches and rug burns as well. They still had the original one I ordered, we looked and it was 2 pieces and you could not see or feel the seam. The guys asked me "do you want us to order you another one?" I no longer felt like I was getting a really good deal. I said, "No. If this is the quality of workmanship coming from the Gibson factory these days, I will spend my money on a different brand." They did say that they would let their Gibson rep know about my experience and how disappointed I am.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

One of my favorites!

By Tim Pierce

from LA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

I have two of these because I like them so much. I really appreciate the simplicity and lightweight of this classic design. It feels comfortable to play sitting or standing and allows easy access to higher frets. Though I like the tone of the cheap stock pickups, I can't abide with the single-coil noise, so I replaced all those in both guitars. The pickup switch is in an awkward position, so I changed it to the les-paul position and filled the gaping hole with a master volume knob. I really love the old "TV yellow" finish which I have on one of mine. The other has the vintage cherry which is also groovy.Both of mine came with typical Gibson QC problems, but I expect those so it's no big deal. I had to re-fret one but merely level, dress & adjust the other. Now, to be fair, I have to explain my seemingly low ratings.The features-category only gets low ratings because this is not a fancy guitar. After all, It is just two hunks of CNC cut lumber, glued together with a couple of cheap pickups bolted on. That does not mean it is not good! It just means it doesn't have the bell-and-whistles of more modern guitars. Since I'm old, I do not care about superficial appearances, complex switching or whammy bars. I just like simple guitars that I know how to work. Quality? Well, gibson is known for its collect-ability, (NOT quality) and since many professionals use them, the ones they use get professional adjustment and treatment. That's the real reason some old Gibson guitars seem so great. But really, Gibson has quite a few problems with its quality control. That is still no big deal for me or many other professionals since we automatically assume we will have to adjust new Gibsons or Fenders before they are ready to play.Value? Well, that's obviously not what i was looking for here. I got mine from a store that lost its Gibson franchise, so they started selling their remaining Gibson inventory at half price, since they no longer bound by Gibson's price-gouging contract. That's the only way i could justify spending the exorbitant inflated money on these things. Plus, I just love these guitars! Once you spend the time and money to replace the pickups, have it professionally fretted & set-up, maybe install decent tuning machines, better bridge saddles and shielded electronics, they are as good as any electric guitar needs to be. Just because Gibson grossly overcharges for their lumber doesn't mean they are bad guitars! When you buy Gibson, you get the name, the style and the perceived value of the Gibson brand. You have to figure that into your cost-equation to make a good choice. Obviously, if you only want the best value, Gibson is not what you want. But if you love the brand-name stuff, want some of the bragging rights and have lots of money, this is one of their better models. I love mine!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A splendid guitar.

By BtoTHEizzO

from Portland

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

The neck is great, and the P-90's have SO much character to them. These are the real deal. I love the sound so much, I changed my neck pick-up in my Standard from a humbucker in the neck, to the best single I could find to fit in the hole (Z-90)
Not many features really (hence the 5 rating). If you want some sort of RoboGuitar, this isn't for you. It's simple, and sounds great.
Everything you expect from a Gibson. I own a Double Cut Standard, and this one plays nearly as good. The neck is FAST.
I found this on Craigslist for $650 and have been doing backflips ever since. I see that there are a few used models for around $850here on Musicians Friend. A steal at that price, but it's still worth every penny that you'd pay for a new model.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tone machine at a great price

By Dr. Rock

from Ohio

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

This is a great version of the Les Paul special but with a an unbound ebony fretboard. The fretwork is exceptional and the finish is absolutely beautiful and flawless. In the past, the lower priced models would show their shortcuts but this one does not. I would think it would cost more when you have one in hand. Add a featherweight tailpiece and some bumble bee capacitors and this guitar really comes to life! Don't confuse this with the faded, cheaper versions of the past or the the heavy tone lacking verisons from the 90s with P100s. The P90s sound great and the guitar overall reminds me of the older models without a bound fingerboard and the ebony substitute which I think is an improvement. P90s are single coil but they have so much versatile tone. Just turn down to zero between songs.I have had numerous versions of this model and other Gibsons and I am very impressed with the carftmanship and attention to detail on this model. Gibson should make this a standard option for the USA instead of being slated for overseas. If you are into specials, I recommend getting this versatile tone machine.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good Sound, Bad Cosmetics

By Shane Jurgensen

from N.J.

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

Guitar had great sound and balance.Pickups were great
Would of received a 5 but there was aobvious place on the body that had a flat sand mark and bad sanding job on the Fingerboard
Again, the poor cosmetic work ruined a great score. Local tech fixed it up but, it should not of come this way. Very poor quality control on Gibson's part

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE THE FADED LPDC!

By the axeman-h_UGN

from Texarkana, AR

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar. Forever I was a grind it out Les Paul man. I love the look, the feel, the sound of a big, beefy Standard. But for certain styles, I would always use my Strat either clean or with a little distortion. But I heard a very distinct sound altogether one day that I hadn't noticed before. It was coming from a P90. Granted, the faded slab P90 model doesn't look as fierce as it's big brother, the Standard. But, it has a distinct sound and playability that you can't find anywhere else. I'm constantly seeing negative reviews about how this guitar "looks". Visit a store that has one of these. Sit down with a small tube amp, nothing fancy. Work the guitar's volume and tone in different positions and see how this baby responds. It's not just the tone, it's how it reacts to your playing. After that, if you don't like it, super. It's just not your thing. But if you're really a player that wants your guitar to sing rather that just scream all the time, I think you'll like it. FYI. I have 8 Les Pauls. So trust me. ROCK ON!
I see reviews that talk about this guitar being a stripped down, cheap LP, for beginners. You don't need high gloss and binding to get a great sound. Just work the volume and tone. The P90 will bark at you!
Quality has nothing to do with features. I've found these to be very well built.
It's a great value for the sound. I personally, don't like the small tuning keys. I just hate twisting the little jokers. But a new set of deluxe green keys fixes that right up with no modifications. They can easily be restored for authenticity later if I want to do some trading.

(4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

hmm now what gibson

By All Night jammer!

from Every where

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

I dont understand, first they issue these with the faded cheapo finish, slab of wood, cheap parts for a fairly low price, then of course the super over priced vintage reissue guitars, now these???

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Little LP That Could...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

Simply put, this guitar is a beast! If you want a guitar that has more balls than a strat and less than a Les Paul Standard this is it. The P-90's with the solid slab body, give you tremendous in your face punch. My favorite tone is with my TD1 through my VOX amp (little reverb)and playing power chords. I find the guitar not to be a great clean sounding guitar, decent but not great. The neck has a small flat radius and is very comfortable to play, with a very fast action, so if you want to rip up and down the neck the LP Special is up to the task. I find this to be a one sound guitar, its a great sound, but one sound. This is a guitar if you know the sound you are going for in your head and have a few other guitars already, unless you are a kid looking for that Green Day sound or looking for that Tom Petty sound, without buying Mike Campbells Ricks or Tele. Just know that the P-90's aren't a quiet pick-up, not as bad as a strat, but there is a fair amount of noise at high volume (well worth it).There are a few things that I don't like about the guitar, I had to replace the tuners, because the guitar wouldn't stay in tune with the stock tuners, maybe because of the style of play that I use the guitar. Also, the neck to body weight ratio is off so the guitar neck tends to drop towards the ground, unless you have a strap the doesn't easily slip on your shoulder. Also, my LP was a reissue, so the strap button was on the back at the neck joint, which added to the guitar being unbalanced when playing standing up. I had to move the strap button, which meant drilling a new hole in the body and filling the old hole. Not a big deal and I'm not worried about it effecting its value, that's not why I bought it, but it was a bit annoying. I know those are small issues, but this is a truly great Gibson guitar and should definately be checked out.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good, almost great, Guitar

By MOD

from Seattle, PDX, and SLC

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

I have the 2001 version of this guitar and love it. I've played it for five years and if you really like les paul juniors/specials, don't have enough money for the re-issues, and aboslutaly hate the "faded" finish then this is the perfect guitar. After I sold my epi casino (made too much noise when played live) I bought this used and couln't be hapier. I play it almost every day and it sonds great through any sort of tube amp. Not only does the lighter body/slimer kneck cost less, it also weighs alot less and is perfect for longer shows and jam sessions. Best of all it has aged very nicely and the value hasn't gone down a whole lot from when I purchased it. I always get posative coments about this guitars looks, sound, and playability. Very, very nice

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Gibson Made Today!

By ROCKING RON

from West Dundee/ near Chicago Il.

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Pros

  • Clean To Crunch Tone
  • Fast neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Use Upper Neck Easily

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

I own all Model Gibson Les Pauls and Play every Gibson Made. I am the Ultimate Gibson Freak. This guitar is my FAVORITE made as of right now. Put this through an old Tube amp I myself use a Marshall JCM 900 and enjoy. I have seen guys say no metal. Well metal was started by old school Black Sabbath they started it with Gibson P90 Pickups case closed. Roll back the volume and the amazing cleans come to life, crank up the volume on this axe and your in Crunch Heaven. This is Gibson's best sounding Pick Up. I forgot about the P90 Tone I am in my 50's and I am back to the P90's. The guitar the fast neck and double cut body and the over all quality plus a hard shell case. Thanks Gibson for handcrafting this in the USA and Thanks Musicians Friend for offering this to me used where I could afford it. God Bless you both.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By Iceman

from Virginia

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Dry Fretboard

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

An outstanding guitar with a wide range of tones; ebony board with the P90s gives it snap, growl and soul, depending on how you dial the tone and volume in. Very responsive controls. Build and cosmetics and outstanding. Beautiful subtle yellow with no finish flaws or sloppy QA...nice case too.

Only complaint is the fretboard was dry and a bit shrunken due to storage (built over a year ago) with a big bag of desiccant and the fret ends were a bit rough. I smoothed them down with a proper file, oiled the board, put a humidifier in the case and voila, it is perfect. Also, the truss rod cover screw heads were a bit stripped from over-torquing. (Gibson customer service is sending replacements). This guitar is a keeper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fantastic Bang for the Buck

By RiverWizard

from SouthWest Desert

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

      I wanted something in my arsenal with P-90's. IMO, Gibson's best sounding pups are their 57's humbuckers and their P-90's. Since I already have the 57's in my 339, I was going back and forth on the 330L, Elitist Casinos, or 50th Ann. Pete Townsend SG, when I got an email on this particular model with a significant closeout sales discount on the Gloss Yellow version(under 9 hundred). It was like the universe smiled on my pocketbook!

      Love and prefer the Ebony fretboard, over the Rosewood boards on the other models I was considering. Great fretwork and set-up out of the box. Almost sent it back though, as no sound was coming out of neck pup nor either pup when toggle was in the middle postion. I unplugged it, took the back plate off and the toggle looked like it was making contact in all positions, couldn't see anything wrong. Poked my finger around a bit pushing on the wires, then plugged it back into amp and everything seemed to work fine, put the plate back on and haven't had any problem since. Will have local set-up guy give it a once over when I get around to it, but that's the reason I'm only giving this 4 stars. Probably something got shook loose during shipping, nothing major.

      I'm not a fan of heavier guitars, all my other guitars weigh in under 7 lbs. and this particular one with strap is exactly 9 lbs., yet it doesn't wear like a heavy guitar for some reason, seems very well balanced and is quite comfortable.

      The meaty slab mahogany body with the articulate Ebony fretboard makes a perfect marriage with the P-90's. Very comfortable neck profile, not too fat and not too thin. Has 12 neck radius (not mentioned in the on-line description), and comes set-up with "10's" strings (also not mentioned in the on-line discription).

      I'm so pleased with this "score", it's almost like going back in time and picking up a vintage collectible without having to pay an obscene "collectable" price. Has the old school thin nitrocellulose finish that many consider will allow the wood to breathe and improve tonally as it ages. Unbeleivable closeout price on this American made Gibson, the double cut-away gives great comfortable ease of access to all frets, get one while you can and run it through your all tube amp and see if you don't feel like the Universe smiled on your pocketbook, too. I almost feel like getting another in case something happens to this one, as I can't imagine getting a used one at this close-out price point.

      The Gloss Yellow isn't a bright yellow, kinda a mustard yellow, but I personally like it better than the Cherry that everyone has. In fact I'm considering taking it to the local tattoo parlor for some air-brush work, that yellow canvas would be perfect for that, and I still wouldn't have much money in it. The tuners seem solid, I've never had a new guitar that you didn't have to keep tuning at first until the thing settled in. Outside of perhaps some airbrush art, the only thing I can imagine changing is perhaps locking tuners down the road.

      Comes with a case, the interior of which is white. It's okay, but don't know how well that white will go before looking grungy, ...a minor personal dislike.

      Get it while you can at this price!

       
      4.0

      From 10 feet away, it looks great!

      By PRS513

      from Eastern PA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • 2nd Grade Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

        I must start by saying that I've wanted one of these for a long time.

        The good news – as soon as I decided to keep the guitar (discussion to follow) I set it up to my preferences. I cranked the stop-bar down to the body and top-wrapped it with the new strings, … I use the Ernie Ball Cobalts, which are spectacular! I also adjusted the truss rod a smidgeon, as there was a little too much relief in the neck, lowered the bridge and adjusted pickup height. The guitar plays GREAT now and sounds really good. I love the easy access to the high frets, the action is nice and slinky and the P90's sound really good. They are just a tad lower output than I expected, but the tone is beautiful and a nice change from all the humbucking-equipped stuff I own.

        Now for the bad news - I read comments about this guitar's "less-than-wonderful" quality control and thought, "This is Gibson – that can't be right - those must be isolated incidents." Not so much! While I'm not going to line-list each imperfection (there were 7 or 8) it all boils down to fit & finish that just wasn't good. These "little" things became more annoying with each one I noticed considering Gibson established a medium price of for this guitar. No, it's not close to their upper price ranges, but frankly, I've purchased some nice cheap guitars that had none of these kinds of issues. BTW, I am not referring to the adjustments I made noted above.

        Bottom line, this guitar sounds and plays like something you'd expect with Gibson heritage, … it just looks like the "B" or "C" team in the factory built and inspected it.

        So, the end of the story is that since they are getting harder to find, and since I enjoyed playing it, I decided to keep it. I have to compliment the folks I bought it from, who compensated me on the price once they learned about the number of imperfections. Great customer service.

         
        3.0

        Not Bad....

        By Gorednknot

        from Douglasville, GA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Light Weight

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Improper setup

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar:

          I have always wanted one of these since I first played a late 50's Junior D.C back in the late 80's. When they went on sale for $[$] I decided to get one. The bottom line of my review is this: For $[$], it's not a bad guitar. For the regular $[$], I believe I would want my money back.I only have two problems with the guitar.1) The finish. There are several places that clearly were not inspected at the factory. Around the curves there are areas of rippling and on the horn near the strap button is an area that's scuffed. I can probably buff out the scuff. The rippling, though only noticeable up close, is permanent. Along the sides of the fretboard the laquer is very blotchy, almost runny. Fortunately I can't feel it enough when I'm playing for it to be a problem - it's simply an aesthetic thing. 2) The setup. The guitar came with a checklist that stated it was properly setup. I cannot believe that it was actually checked because not only were the strings way to high (3 times the height of Gibson's specs) but it also had a slight fret buzz. I lowered the bridge and of course the buzzing got worse. I had to adjust the truss rod to fix it - not something I should have to do on a new guitar. When I was younger, Gibson was THE guitar to have. Anyone who had a real Les Paul (not a Hondo II like the rest of us) was the deal, even if they couldn't play for nothing. It's a bit disappointing to see the decline in quality - I realize this is not a top of the line guitar, but I recently bought a tele body from Allparts and the finish on it is immaculate. I would just think that Gibson would pay a little better attention to detail. They claim to in their brochure that came with the guitar.That's all the bad - the good is that it's still a cool looking and playing guitar that I feel good about owning. I like the way it plays (now), it's very light and hangs comfortably, and the P90 just has that crunch that only it can produce (I will say that the bridge p'up "floats" a little bit - my style of putting the edge of my palm against the bridge causes a slight click because I contact the p'up - some foam beneath the p'up will likely take care of it). If you like the LP double cutaway and have wanted one like I have, get one on sale but be prepared to have to live with some things. If you buy it full price, you will likely be returning it.

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