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Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups  

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    A rock and roll classic revisited.

    Introduced in 1954 as an entry-level version of the Les Paul, the Les Paul Junior graduated from kids bedrooms, to garage bands, to club and arena stages through the course of three decades as it became a favorite of beginners and professional players alike. The bare-bones, slab-bodied, single-cutaway electric earned the respect of rock and rollers in particular, and became a punk favorite in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but also turned up in the hands of a surprisingly diverse range of guitar stars.

    As simple as the Les Paul Junior was in design and construction, its basic cornerstone ingredients added up to create a robust and toneful instrument. The marriage of hot, raw single-coil P-90 pickup, resonant mahogany body, and sturdy glued-in Gibson neck created a guitar with surprising reserves of depth and power, at an extremely appealing price.

    Now the Les Paul Jr Special Exclusive reproduces the simple pleasures of that 55-year-old classic, while updating the format with a second pickup (in the neck position, a la the Les Paul Special), and improved hardware in the form of a tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece combination.

    Features

    • Mahogany body
    • 24.75" Scale slim-taper mahogany neck
    • Torrified maple fretboard with 22 medium frets
    • Dual Gibson P-90 soapbar single-coil pickups
    • Tune-o-matic bridge
    • Kluson vintage-style tuning machines

    The sweet simplicity of the Les Paul Special. Order yours today.

     
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    GibsonLes Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups
     
    4.8

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (20)
    • Good tone (19)
    • Good pick up (16)
    • Fun to play (15)
    • Solid electronics (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (17)
      • Practicing (16)
      • Recording (10)
      • Rock concerts (5)
      • Small venues (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (17), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good Tones & Great Player

      Solid, well-made Gibson guitar. The P-90's are rich & full if a bit trebly, but, hey, either you love 'em or hate 'em. Lots of bite when you...Read complete review

      Solid, well-made Gibson guitar. The P-90's are rich & full if a bit trebly, but, hey, either you love 'em or hate 'em. Lots of bite when you dig in. This is a well-made instrument worthy of the name. The baked maple board plays like ebony with more mid-range to my ear at least. With gain, this thing cooks.

      I would highly recommend this guitar if you are not normally a fan of single coils.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      They just don't resonate

      I had the original guitar this morhped into, the Les Paul Special. They are pretty to look at, but they just don't resonate in your hands when you play. The neck seemed a...Read complete review

      I had the original guitar this morhped into, the Les Paul Special. They are pretty to look at, but they just don't resonate in your hands when you play. The neck seemed a bit too flat for my liking. Perhaps they improved on this LPJ, but it looks awfully familiar. Mine came with a case though. The price is right, if you aren't that intrested in expressive, burnished Blues playing.

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      5.0

      My First P90 Les Paul

      By JACSTRAT

      from Southern California

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Control Knobs
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice Pick Guard
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

        This is my third Gibson Les Paul. I also have a 1998 Les Paul Special SL and, a 2010 Les Paul Standard Plus. This thing is totally clean. I love the baked brown maple neck in combination with the P90s. I purchased it primarily because I wanted a Les Paul with P90s. The Satin Cherry finish is well done. I would recommend this excellent guitar to anyone seeking a first Gibson Les Paul while being on a budget. The sound of the P90s work great with this neck. The action is perfect right from the factory. I'm very happy with this guitar. For the price, tone, feel, quality and craftsmanship, to myself this guitar deserves a five star rating.

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        5.0

        Great playing guitar well worth the mone

        By Tulsa Guitar Man

        from Tulsa, OK

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        Pros

        • Really Fast Neck

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Rock Blues And Country

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

        I bought the glossy tobacco burst and had to get a set up first thing (typical gibson) but beside that the guitar sounds great, the P90's give a clean sound. The neck is exceptional and the guitar is well balanced. Well worth the money for beginner or for a professional. You won't be disappointed.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value on an American made Gibson

        By Joe

        from Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great pick ups
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

          This is a great value for an American made Gibson. The body is a very basic slab of mahogany, fairly light and comfortable at 7.5 lbs. The finish is ok, but nothing special (Mine is satin ebony, which was the only finish available when I bought it).

          The neck, on the other hand is a pleasure to play. Mine was set up great out of the box, no fret buzz, very straight, and feels like a good quality Gibson neck. I like the baked maple fretboard too. The classic P-90 pickup tone is so nice. Just a lot of fun to play.

          If you aren't expecting it to be just like a high-end Les Paul, you won't be disappointed.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          They just don't resonate

          By MuddyRules03

          from North East

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

          I had the original guitar this morhped into, the Les Paul Special. They are pretty to look at, but they just don't resonate in your hands when you play. The neck seemed a bit too flat for my liking. Perhaps they improved on this LPJ, but it looks awfully familiar. Mine came with a case though. The price is right, if you aren't that intrested in expressive, burnished Blues playing.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy

          By Fred

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Finish

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

          Best deal on a Gibson at MF right now. I had a MF Exclusive Gibson SG HH Special and it was a total disappointment in both finish and sound. This guitar on the other hand has been totally satisfying! I was happy the minute I plugged it in! The big question is the durability of the finish. Gibson satin finishes have left something to be desired in my experience, it seems they like to chip easily. Finish aside the sound is what I hoped for. I did have to make some significant intonation adjustments on the 1st and 2nd strings, otherwise action is pretty good out of the box. Gig Bag is also lousy and I would suggest a hardshell case. Overall a nice american made Gibson for the same price as many imports, VERY VERY VERY Good!!! Now I'm thinking about the Humbucker version in Yellow!

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          5.0

          Only Gibson

          By Cole

          from Rock Cave,West Virginia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • everything
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

          This is the best guitar I own. I ordered the gloss ebony one and hear to tell you it looks amazing. The guitar is exactly how pictured, no differences. The sound is great and even the gig bag is great. The neck does have the binding shown as well. The top hats are great knobs. I will be purchasing a hard case. The gig bag looks great with its white interior but it doesn't protect to much even though it's very padded. My only complaint is how soft the finish is. I bet it wouldn't take much to damage so i would just recommend being careful. I love this guitar and it's my all time favorite. Order it!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Junior or Special...which is it?

          By John in Santa Cruz

          from Santa Cruz, CA

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

            Has some heft to it, which was a bit of a surprise. (mine weighs 8.1 lbs.) I love the thin 60's neck with the binding, no fret issues at all, 60 cycle hum is very minor; I really don't even notice it. No finish issues, I wish it had Grovers instead of Klusons, but they work OK. The out of the box setup was minimal but that was easily solved. The only issue, which I have heard is common in newer Gibsons, is a small tendency to give off a static pop every now and then; something to do with the electro-static charge they apply during the application of the finish, and I heard it usually goes away in a few weeks.
            Really not a problem in any event, this thing is nice, much better tone than a 2012 LP Studio that I was considering. I love it.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great axe for a great price!

            By Gerry Bee

            from Michigan

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

              Amazing what they've done with the baked maple finger boards....a cross between rosewood & ebony feel to it.... The price just knocks me out! A Gibson Les Paul for less than other brands!!! It's a real keeper... right along side my vintage Les Pauls....

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome guitar

              By kensett

              from Kensett, Iowa

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Guitar For The Pric

              Cons

              • Should Have A Hardshell C

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

              I have been looking for a Jr for awhile . Finally bought one and I do not regret it at all! I have a Les Paul Traditional and thought that was my main guitar but am really impressed with the sound of the p-90's.I also own Fender and hamer guitars but the sound and the price of the Jr..well I recommend it highly. Great intonation and the feel of it is great. Holds its tuning good. I think you will not regreat buying it. Wish it would have had a hardshell case

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Incredible bang for the buck

              By Tone Junkie

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Cheap Price
              • Comfortable Weight
              • Excellent Pick Ups
              • Great Tone
              • Solid Build

              Cons

              • Finish Not Very Durable
              • Small Strap Buttons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

                What an incredible bargain, American made Gibson for about a half a grand! Surprisingly, right out of the box this thing was set up great, no setup needed which is not usually the case. As others have stated, the P-90s on this thing are awesome! Great clean tone, and sweet, ballsy overdriven tones for blues and rock. I haven't weighed the guitar, but I find it to be a very comfortable weight especially compared to my other Les Pauls which are around 9 lbs and get pretty heavy after an hour on stage. Only 2 criticisms on this guitar, the strap buttons on this thing seem abnormally small, the guitar has fallen out of my strap a few times already (I see strap locks in my future) and the finish on the satin yellow model I bought seems pretty fragile and easily scratchable. I suspect the gloss models may be a bit more durable if that's important to you.

                Overall though, this thing is a steal for the price. American made, great quality, tone and playability that you can't get from other companies at anywhere close to this price.

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