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 its resonant mahogany body, sturdy glued-in Gibson neck, and now a pair of Gibson 490 humbucking pickups has created a guitar with surprising reserves of power and crunch at an extremely appealing price. Now the Les Paul Jr Special w/ humbuckers 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.
Reviewed by 11 customers
When I first purchased this guitar, I always prefaced telling people about it saying "It doesn't look nice, but it rocks." Well, I've changed my mind since. It does look nice in its simplicity. In fact, I prefer it. Because of the low price (relatively speaking..), I have no problem keeping it out in the open where I can pick it up and practice whenever I can. This guitar rocks hard, like its big brother Les Pauls. I absolutely love mine. It feels nice in the hand, and paired with a quality amp, it is dynamite. The sound is one of quality, and you can tell that the woods and construction render a beautiful tone. I did change the pickups to taste because I prefer more of a smooth lead tone as opposed to the wall of crunch. To me, pickups are the one part of any guitar subject to change to personal preference.
My bro-in-law bought a P90 version Jr Sp in tobacco sunburst satin and I couldn't believe how nice it was and the playability not to mention tone. I just had to have one but I wanted a gloss black finish with humbuckers. Wow what a fantastic guitar! The fit and finish were excellent. I bought chrome covers for the buckers and man does it look sweet! The sustain on it is awesome. Plays like a dream. Comes with 10 guage strings which has become my favorite gauge. The deal I got on it was amazing for an American made Gibson Les Paul. Nice, nice guitar!
I recently purchased the Les Paul Junior Special with humbuckers. It plays great and stays in tune very well. It's a no thrills Les Paul but that's what I was looking for. A lot of the punk bands from the 70s that I like used a Les Paul Special so that what I wanted for playing. They didn't have the 2 humbuckers but it sounds great nonetheless. Totally happy with the purchase. Even though the ebony version I bought didn't come with a pick guard as shown in the picture on GC website. Makes it all the more special I guess. Great buy and you won't be disappointed.
Went to GC looking for a Les Paul. Really wanted one with P-90's but played about 15 different types of Les Paul's. I actually only picked up the Satin Black Special because it was on sale. I expected it to play like a guitar in that price range. Boy was I surprised. The feel of the neck and the buttery smooth baked maple finger board had me hooked instantly. I immediately started putting the quiver of Les Paul's I had around me back on the wall. This guitar played better and sounded better than ones costing upward of $2k. Needless to say the Special and I went home together.
Bought this guitar 4 weeks ago. The tone, the looks (satin cherry) and the feel are incredible. Had to adjust the intonation but is perfect now. I am so impressed with the tonal quality and sustain. You can hear the guitar go through several tonal sounds while holding a note. The price is fantastic. Would pay several hundred dollars more but am happy with what I paid. I would recommend this guitar to anyone from beginner to pro.
I recently purchased the Les Paul Junior Special with Humbuckings and satin yellow finish. I currently own a 77 Les Paul Standard but was looking for a lighter Les Paul that I could gig with. I purchased this guitar on line from Guitar Center, it arrived quickly and was well packaged. The guitar has a nice playing neck with no fret buzz and the pickups sound great. It does not have the gloss finish of a Les Paul Standard but for the price you can't beat it. The only adjustmnents needed were a minor string height change and re-setting the intonation. I have played this guitar out and am pleased with the sound and how it plays.
My Les Paul Special (Satin Cherry) arrived yesterday. I am completely impressed. I owned a "74" Les Paul Standard that was unfortunately stolen and I would put this guitar up against it any day. The action is smooth, the look is fantastic, the humbuckers scream. I can't say enough about this guitar. Highly recommend to anyone.
I purchased this Axe from Guitar Center and it was shipped Internationally (Canada). It came well packed and without a scratch on it which was a relief. The setup was right on out of the box, intonation and string height were perfect, just tuned it and ready to go. BTW the Gibson strings are very good which is a nice surprise. Got the satin tobacco burst model and it is beautiful. It is well finished, extremely light, and comfortable to play. The headstock is beautiful in a simplistic way. And this thing rocks through my Marshall Tube. The 490's break up very nice for all the typical rock styles such as Skynard, Nugent, AC/DC etc. I had an 2007 Firebird ($2000) that is not come close to this guitar. Gibson quality is definately on the upswing.
I have had a lot of Les Paul guitars. My favorites have always been the one that were not overly expensive. A while ago I realized that Gibson guitars have a signature sound that is hard to copy. My point is this, a Gibson, expensive or cheap,is going to sound like a Gibson. If you buy an Epiphone it will sound somewhat like a Gibson. Same with other brands. Why buy another brand if you can get the real thing at the price of the copy. This guitar is a WINNER. I got the gloss yellow. It screams vintage vibe. The overall tone is great. The 490 pickups sound good. The neck is BOUND. That's a feature of the more expensive Gibsons. I love the gloss finish. It you can afford it , get it! It makes the instrument look and feel like the top shelf. This is the real deal. GET ONE WHILE YOU CAN. The sound, feel,and look are 100% Gibson. Stop looking and thank me later!
When I saw the price on this little Les Paul, I just HAD to go to my local GC to check it out. They had only had one on the wall so I grabbed it and plugged it into an Orange TH30. Let me start by saying that the playability of this guitar blew me away. I hate to say it, but it felt better than my 1991 Gibson SG Special. The sound from the 490R and 490T pups is outstanding, both clean and dirty. I was weary of the baked maple fretboard, but It did not disappoint. It has nice mellow lows with just the neck pickup and bright highs without being shrill with the bridge pickup. It was love at first sight. I went back today (about a week later) and there she was on the wall right where I left her. She had a few more dings but still sang as sweet as the day we first met. I did some wheeling and dealing, including a trade-in of my ESP B-50 bass, and walked out with another sweet Les Paul! If you have the means to play one of these, I highly suggest you do. I was lucky to find a good one with the first one I picked up. But by all means, play a few until you find the one that's right for you. All in all, this is an outstanding deal on an amazing guitar.
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