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Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Double Cutaway Electric Guitar  

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The solid mahogany body of the Les Paul Special is carved with a double cutaway for amazing upper-fret access, and was given a flat "slab" top for ea...Read More

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A Rock and Roll Classic revisited.

The solid mahogany body of the Les Paul Special is carved with a double cutaway for amazing upper-fret access, and was given a flat "slab" top for ease of manufacture. The neck is constructed from solid mahogany carved to Gibson's popular "slim taper" profile, which offers a blend of speed and comfort. The neck shape on the Gibson Les Paul Special is an outstanding marriage between the rounded '50s profile and super-slim early '60s profile. An ebony fingerboard enhances note attack and articulation.

Dual Gibson P-90 pickups give the Les Paul Special Double guitar a snappy, slightly gritty response, with a chunky midrange, firm lows, and sweet, musical highs. In the bridge position, the P-90 packs plenty of snarly cutting power, while in the neck position it can be surprisingly rich and refined.

This Gibson guitar comes with a LP Thinline Case.


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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

     

    (0)

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

    Best Uses

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      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.

      VS

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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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      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.

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        (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.

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        (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.

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        3.0

        Not Bad....

        By Gorednknot

        from Douglasville, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fantastic Bang for the Buck

          By RiverWizard

          from SouthWest Desert

          About Me Experienced

          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!

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Good Sound, Bad Cosmetics

              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

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A splendid guitar.

              By BtoTHEizzO

              from Portland

              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.

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Poor Quality Control!

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LOVE THE FADED LPDC!

              By the axeman-h_UGN

              from Texarkana, AR

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (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

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