Gibson Les Paul Junior Solid Body Electric Guitar (1960)

Gibson  Les Paul Junior Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1960)
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Gibson Les Paul Junior Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1960), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 0-3777, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This is a very nice-looking and great-playing example of the double cutaway 1960 Les Paul Junior, a fairly short lived stepping stone between the original single-cut 1950s design and the elegant SGs of the 1960s. This model is one of the simplest of all Gibsons, with a single P-90 pickup by the bridge, a tone and volume knob, and not much else! The entire guitar carries a deep cherry finish and the neck joins the body at the 22nd fret, making the entire fingerboard accessible.

This one was made in early 1960 and has a flatter neck profile than the typical '59 but not as shallow as examples from later in the year. The body edges on this guitar are more rounded than the 1950s models, but still with the thicker slab-o-mahogany construction. The Junior in any form is one of the all-time classic rock guitars, with a roaring tone when cranked but also a sweet midrangey bark at lower volume. An old "New Yawk" favorite (these were inevitable sightings at CBGB's back in the '70s), these double cutaway Juniors are a classic of the bare-bones genre.
 
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.).

Overall this is a very clean Junior, with some light play wear but no repairs. The finish has a bit of fade on the front and the back of the neck, but overall presents a good cherry color. There are some small dings and dents but nothing too serious; there is one lighter spot on the top that looks like a small finish patch or something. No heel or headstock repairs on this one (as there often are on double cutaway Les Pauls); this remains a completely solid undamaged guitar.

The tuners were changed at one point and are now restored to the original Klusons, and there are small holes visible on the back of the headstock from this. The pickup is original and the wiring is all original period components, but the solder joints look like they were re-done along the way. The one-piece wrap-around bridge/tailpiece unit is a high grade repro, including the studs. The neck angle is excellent and the P-90 pickup is set very close to the strings, which is not true of all of these! The frets show some wear in the lower positions but have lots of meat left on them; this is a great-playing and very powerful-sounding Junior. Includes a modern HSC. Overall Excellent Condition.