Gibson Les Paul Junior Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959)

Gibson  Les Paul Junior Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1959)
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Gibson Les Paul Junior Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 921563, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a truly superb example of an original 1959 double-cutaway Les Paul Junior, amazingly well preserved for being over 60 years old. It is really about the cleanest of these we have ever seen. This version of Gibson's perennial student solidbody is the very cool if fairly short lived stepping stone between the original slab-bodied single-cut 1950s design and the elegantly sculpted SGs of the 1960s. This new version was introduced in mid-1958 and phased out in early 1961.

This particular gleaming cherry Junior was made around the end of 1959; the 6-digit serial number indicates all 5-digit possibilities had already been used up! The body is the thick slab-o-mahogany 1950's construction with rounded edges, dressed in a beautiful unfaded deep cherry color. This Junior as always mounts a single "dogear" P-90 pickup by the bridge, a tone and volume knob, the classic Gibson stop tailpiece/bridge unit and not much else! A single-layer tortoise celluloid pickguard and the silkscreen logos on the headstock complete the cosmetic trim.

The neck joins the body at the 22nd fret making the entire fingerboard accessible, Gibson's new concept at the time. It has the typical '59 chunky round-backed neck profile, a bit less meaty perhaps with a hair more dressed away on the sides compared to some from earlier in the year. The unbound, dot inlaid rosewood fingerboard carries the larger frets Gibson started using around this time, perfect for the heavy-bending rock guitar styles still in the future in 1959.

The Junior in any form is one of the all-time classic rock guitars, with a roaring tone when cranked that can be dialed back to a sweet midrangey bark at lower volume. An old "New Yawk" favorite (these were inevitable sightings plugged into Marshalls at CBGB's and Max's back in the '70s), these double cutaway Juniors are a true classic of the bare-bones genre. This great playing and sounding Junior appears to have seen very little use over the past 60+ years and is looking for a new loving home!
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is simply an exceptionally clean guitar overall, showing just light signs of use over the last 60+ years. The finish has a superb cherry color with just the slightest hint of fade on the top (yes we peeked under the pickguard to verify that). There are some very small dings, dents scuffs and handling marks overall but really these rarely show up in this kind of condition anymore. There are no cracks, breaks or any other repairs. Internally it is untouched original. The original frets and fingerboard show hardly any wear and playability is excellent. This is as nice a cherry Junior as we have ever had, complete in its very well preserved original alligator chipboard case with a cool period strap in the pocket. Excellent + Condition.