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Gibson Les Paul Junior Faded Electric Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul Junior is a long-running classic. With a P-90 pickup and a rounded neck profile, the Gibson Les Paul Junior Faded has been a favorite for decades. (11) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Gibson Les Paul Junior Faded Guitar

As the competition to develop and market affordable and professionally built solid body electric guitars was heating up in the mid-1950s, Gibson branched out into new directions that would eventually yield a wide variety of new and innovative Gibson products at various price points. Among those new products was the Les Paul Junior single cutaway model, which quickly became Gibson's best-selling model and the instrument of choice for such legends as Leslie West, Steve Marriott, Keith Richards, Mick Ralphs, Mick Jones and Paul Westerberg.

Gibson's Traditional Rounded Neck Profile

No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The rounded neck profile on the Les Paul Junior emulates the neck profiles most commonly found on Gibson's iconic Les Paul models of the late '50s. As with all Gibson necks, it is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the rosewood fingerboard gets glued on, the rest--including the final sanding--is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of the rounded neck profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

22-Fret Rosewood and Ebony Fingerboard

Ebony and rosewood has always graced the fingerboards of the world's finest stringed instruments, including many of today's Gibsons. The fingerboards on the Les Paul Juniors are constructed from the highest grade ebony and rosewood on the planet, and are personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factories. The resilience of these dense and durable woods make the fingerboards extremely balanced and stable, giving each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. Rosewood fingerboards are available with the Satin Vintage Burst and Satin Cherry finishes, and ebony fingerboards are available with the Satin White finish.

A Vintage-style Wraparound Bridge/Tailpiece

A classic piece of hardware, the wraparound bridge/tailpiece on the Les Paul Junior offers a simplicity and functionality that is hard to match. It provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust intonation and string height as needed, and yielding an incredible union between the strings and body, resulting in excellent tone and sustain.

Classic Dot Inlays

The classic dot inlay is one of the most distinguishable features of many traditional Gibson models, including the Les Paul Junior. A figured, swirl acrylic gives these inlays that classic "pearl" look. They are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers.

One-piece, Solid Mahogany Body and Set-Neck Construction

Two of the most central features of the Gibson Les Paul Junior are its one-piece, solid mahogany body, and its set-neck construction, or glued neck joint. Like the majority of Gibson's classic guitars, the neck of the Les Paul Junior is set into the body's neck cavity using glue, which ensures a "wood-to-wood" contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and the body, thus allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks. As with all Gibson woods, the regimen involved in selecting the right body wood and the formula to dry it out is extensive. First, the wood is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the Gibson factories. These onsite inspectors also ensure that the plain maple comes from corporations adhering to the forest-saving standards of the Rainforest Alliance, of which Gibson is a proud member and sponsor. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This ensures all woods are dried to a level of "equilibrium," where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods' machinability and finishing properties, and adherence to glue. Consistent moisture content means that every Les Paul Junior will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.

Gibson's Legendary P-90 Pickup

The legendary P-90 - introduced in the early 1950s - is Gibson's truly legendary singlecoil pickup, and offers the soulful, classic tone that only a P-90 can. Delivering more warmth than a standard singlecoil pickup, with higher output and sweet treble response, the P-90 continues to be one of the most popular pickups today, offering a distinct and powerful tone that remains unmatched in the face of relentless impersonation.

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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Mississippi Queen! You know what I mean."
Sound: This is a junior. It has only 1 sound, awesome. If you like to set it and forget it, this is the guitar for you. The P90's are great, and at this price you can afford to upgrade them if you choose to. I preferred to leave them in. Feature: The guitar itself is a great buy. When I got it the gig bag got pitched immediately and it went into a hard case. That is the only reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10. The guitar itself came well set up, out of the box and has quickly earned a place in my stable of guitars. It doesn't do everything, but what it can do makes it a valuable addition. The hardware is decent, and the tuners are acceptable. This is made inexpensively, so these things should be expected. Does a 50's junior come with top of the line hardware? Of course not. So expect this model to be the same when you order. It is very well put together, and one of my favorite guitars to play. Ease of Use: One pickup. One volume. One tone control. Doesn't get any easier. Plug it in and play. Quality: As I said before, the guitar is well made, but I was a little disappointed in the finish. I was expecting a little more uniformity in the finish, but that's what happens when you order off the Internet. Places on the guitar are completely painted thick enough you can't see the woodgrain, and there are places where you can't see any paint. Most of the guitar is like a whitewash and you can see woodgrain through the finish. Most of my guitars are relic in appearance, so it doesn't bother me, but it may bother you. The guitar still plays like a dream though. Value: If you are looking for a great guitar that sits well in the mix, look no further. If you are looking for a 2 pickup les Paul, this is not the inexpensive alternative for you. Manufacturer Support: Never had to use them. The Wow Factor: Just a great guitar at a great price. Mine is white and it's a head turner for sure. Overall: I would get another if I lost this one. Such a nice sounding guitar.
Style of Music: Blues, Rock, anything danceable...
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "This guitar is NOT a Junior Les Paul in the sense of the word."
Sound: Fantastic sound for blues, jaz and punk rock sound. You lose no flexibility with this guitar. Syas in tune throughout. Definitely worth the price given the $2,000+ price of a custom Les paul. Feature: basic featrures but if you have a nice tube amp (Fender, etrc.) you will get all the sound you need. Ease of Use: Tune it to your desired style and just play. As mentioned, your amp will guide you to the best sound. Quality: Solid mahoghany. Great design. Value: I would pay twice the price. Manufacturer Support: No issues with suport, especially if you purchase it from a reputable store. The Wow Factor: Unusual in it's design and used by Green Day's front man, although I am sure his is customized. Overall: A fine guitar for professional use.
Style of Music: Blues and folk/bluegrass(with my acoustic)
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