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... Read More
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.
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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
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 -
Who knew Gibson would suddenly start offering good guitars for small money? The Les Paul Junior Special P-90 fits the bill perfectly. It's a flat top so it's lighter than a Les Paul, but plays and sounds very much like the hefty workhorse. I've had the guitar for a month with no quality issues, but a month doesn't tell you much. Since it's a Gibson, I consider it to be road-worthy. I was a little freaked out at first by the 'baked maple' fretboard, but other than being a strange brownish color with no discernable grain pattern, it turns out to be an insignificant change from my viewpoint. Feels the same, plays the same as rosewood. The P-90s are just fantastic. Powerful, rich sounding pickups that have a way of cutting through pretty much everything. That doesn't mean you can't get nice soft rolling tones out of them though. They're like dogs. Pet them and they're all cuddly. Poke em and they'll bite fast & sharp. They are also "honest", meaning they respect the midrange frequencies without sounding honk-ish or lacking crispness. To me, the P-90s have a personality, whereas humbuckers make everything sound sort of cloned. Just a matter of personal preference/opinion. The neck is smooth and fast and captures roll-offs very well, even with the action set lower. The B and G string harmonics were slightly off from the factory. Minor stuff. No fret or string buzz. None. Anywhere. Gripes: The access plate behind tone/volume knobs is undersized for the routed area on mine. No big deal, but it should fit better. The gig bag is a joke, as are all gig bags. Get a case.
I just love that P-90 tone. I got the satin yellow, it's very close to TV Yellow. The finish was good, but you cannot expect a high end finish for this price. One of the major differences in this guitar and a more expensive Les Paul is the number of days it spends in the paint shop,1-2 days vs. 7. The neck joint was fitted perfectly, frets dressed and the neck binding is nice feature. The out of the box setup had excellent action. There was a little relief in the neck, but my tech adjusted it. The only issue I had was a coupling on a tuning peg was snaped, not a big deal.
Awesome guitar! I received my tobacco burst yesterday. The neck was setup right on and fit/finish were a lot better than I expected for this price. These P90s are incredible sounding. I'm extremely happy with getting a guitar of this quality for the price paid. I soaked the baked maple fret board with Formby's lemon oil and hit the fret wood with 1000 grit paper and then oiled again. The fret wood is very precise and smooth. Feels like ebony silk. The lemon oil also darkened the fret wood which is a plus for me. Played through an Egnator Tweaker amp the P90s ring through great. I'm surprised by the bass frequencies I'm hearing out of these pickups. Very good sound.
i'll say this, i dont own one but yesterday a played it and liked it so much i had to write a review! not the finish is great looking and it feels great in your hands. before i tried it out i always thought "P90? Pffft heck with that they look weak looking!" boy was i wrong. they have bite to them! the best picture representation i can give is a shark. tough, edgy, and full of bite! i recommend trying this guitar out, its awesome!
i walked into my local GC and saw this beautiful guitar one the wall i was on a budget so i tried about 5 or 6 epiphone les paul standards and tried a gibson with humbuckers but none of those compare to that clean p90 sound through a marshall half stack enough said this guitar takes all the epiphones out for only a few hundred more its worth every penny
I ordered this Guitar online in the Tobacco Burst finish. I had read some reviews stating that Gibson's quality control was poor and was somewhat nervous about what I was going to receive from UPS. I was pleasantly surprised by the guitar I received. The finish is superb. I like the feel of the neck as well as the sound of the P-90s. I owned a Gibson Les Paul studio in the 90's and though I loved the guitar, I found it very heavy. This guitar is not as heavy as the studio. Though the tone is different from the studio I am very much falling in love with this guitar. I am glad that I bought an American made guitar in 2012 that was just as beautiful as the one I bought in 1994. Im glad there is still pride in the products coming out of Gibson U.S.A.
I am amazed at the quality and features of this guitar for the money. I got the tobacco burst and it's beautiful, not a single flaw anywhere. The binding on the neck is a nice plus and the P90's are awesome! I cant believe Gibson put such a low price on these, im sure they are going to go up. Action was low with no buzzes and the frets are perfect. I bought a hardshell case cause the gig bag sucks. I am going to put Grover 502c locking tuners on it. The holes in the headstock are the same size and the bottom screw on the back of the tuner is in the right spot for the Grover locking tuner screw. Buy this Les Paul and you will love it!
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