Gibson Les Paul Junior Owned and used by Chris Barron of Spin Doctors Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959)

Gibson  Les Paul Junior Owned and used by Chris Barron of Spin Doctors Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1959)
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Gibson Les Paul Junior Owned and used by Chris Barron of Spin Doctors Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 921053, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, gig bag case.

This is a somewhat worn-in but great-playing 1959 double cutaway Les Paul Junior, the 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 guitar was previously owned by Chris Barron of NYC stalwarts The Spin Doctors and comes with some related memorabilia. It is a well-used but undamaged and unaltered guitar that remains an excellent player with a great pedigree.

This Junior was made in late 1959 (the 6-digit serial number means all 5-digit possibilities had already been used up) and has typical '59 round-backed neck profile, just a bit less meaty compared to some from earlier in the year. The body is the thick slab-o-mahogany 1950's construction, the neck joins the body at the 22nd fret making the entire fingerboard accessible. The Junior mounts a single "dogear" P-90 pickup by the bridge, a tone and volume knob, and not much else! A single-layer tortoise celluloid pickguard and a silkscreen logo on the headstock complete the cosmetic trim. The entire guitar carries a deep cherry finish.

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 and Max's back in the '70s), these double cutaway Juniors are a classic of the bare-bones genre. This great sounding Junior was in Chris Barron's arsenal for a while ("Picked it up touring" is his recollection) and is now 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 Junior shows a decent amount of cosmetic wear, but unlike many has no neck or heel breaks and a very good neck angle to boot. The cherry lacquer finish has faded somewhat but still has a decent amount of red left in it. The surface has numerous dings, dents and scrapes but no large areas of finish loss except for a swath of belt-buckle wear to the back. The rear treble corner of the headstock has a decent sized chip missing. The pickup and wiring are original and unaltered including the now-coveted "Bumblebee" tone cap.

The hardware is also original with a couple of exceptions: The correct original Kluson tuners have been refitted, with some visible work around the original bushings where the holes were previously slightly enlarged. The knobs are the correct style but appear more recent, and an extra strap button has been fitted to the upper body cutaway horn. The tailpiece and studs are original, it looks like the small allen screws adjusting length are later. The backplate covering the electronics cavity is original, the screws again appear more recent. The frets have been crowned down a bit but have plenty of life left in them.

The instrument is housed in a nice well-padded older gig bag, with some memorabilia in the pocket including an old Xeroxed set list, three personalized Spin Doctors picks, an enigmatic signed note on the back of a coffee bag and a copy of Chris' most recent CD, with a matching sticker. This old Junior just oozes vibe, as cool as it gets even before you plug it in. Overall Very Good + Condition.