Les Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups  

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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 beca... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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GibsonLes Paul Junior Special Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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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

No 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.

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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

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.

     
    5.0

    Great playing guitar well worth the mone

    By Tulsa Guitar Man

    from Tulsa, OK

    About Me Experienced

    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.

    (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.

       
      5.0

      My First Guitar

      By JOHN FISHER

      from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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

      I purchased this guitar last Saturday, and it shipped and arrived at the store on Tuesday! I picked it up and I am in love. It is the first guitar I've ever bought. All I have is a little amp that sometimes sounds like it's going to blow up, and an SG that I borrowed from one of my friends. This blows the SG out of the water. Even with my little amp, this Les Paul JR sounds amazing. I recommend this guitar to anyone. I got the satin ebony finish (more of a flat color) and it looks great. It doesn't get any smudges on it or anything. Once again, I am in love. This guitar at this price almost made me feel guilty. Highly recommend this

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      They just don't resonate

      By MuddyRules03

      from North East

      About Me Experienced

      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.

       
      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!

       
      5.0

      P90s

      By Jeffery Goff

      from Albany NY

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

      I wanted to add a P90 equipped guitar to my collection. I couldn't resist the price and picked up the satin cherry model. The playability keeps pace with my Custom Shop Classic Les Paul. It is taking me some time to find "my sweet spot" with the P90s, but I already feel like they have a lot of personality and possibilities. The satin finish is the way to go. It makes me wish my Classic had a satin neck. This Junior Special has a Gibson pedigree as well as enough grit to make it well-suited for a chicken-wire roadhouse. Don't fear the hum -

       
      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!

      (1 of 2 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

      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.

        (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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