I just picked up a 1956 Les Paul Junior. No breaks, all original finish and electronics...to include wiring. The seller said it was all original....only thing I suspect is not is the bridge. This guitar has loads of Mojo. The 56 Les Paul came original in sunburst, with a single direct mounted dog ear P90, mahogany slab body, mohogony neck and Brazilian rosewood fret board. The wood they used in the 50s is simply hard to get today in a production guitar. The construction was typical 50s Gibson top shelf. Part of the charm of old Les Pauls from the 50s is the neck. This one does not disappoint. This one has a chunky fat neck. Not baseball bat fat but still chunky. Very reminiscent of my 1958 reissue. The guitar has all this natural aging that looks awesome. Playability is amazing. The action is low. The Brazilian board has a great feel. If you’re not used to single pick up guitars it does take a little time to get the hang of it. The key is using and mastering the two controls. It is a rock n roll machine. The single P90 measured 7.8 which gives it more than enough juice. Thing will sustain forever and through a dirty amp just out right growls. It might have a bit more mid and low freq than a PAF pickup but this guitar has that Les Paul DNA and compliments my other Les Pauls nicely. I paid $4300 which is on the low side of normal. Much of that premium has to do with age and how rare these things are becoming that are not damaged. I do have a 2018 Gibson USA LPJR with similiar specs and three custom shop Les Paul 1958/59 reissues to compare it to. The 2018 LPJR is a nice guitar and I recently reviewed. The build on that is very nice, the neck is similiar and the pickup a bit hotter. The vintage 56 LPJR actually sounds hotter and is woodier. The difference is noticeable. The vintage neck is chunkier. If you’re not a collector or not really into vintage guitars, the Gibson USA from 2018 (street price new $1400) is good enough. It certainly has a P90 with balls and was nicely put together by Gibson USA. I was looking for that vintage feel and the vintage guitar has the tone I was looking for. The vintage one feels special in your hands. The old LPJRs are great guitars and unless I break it the guitar will appreciate. Which guitar is more fun to play and sounds the best? I keep playing the 56. Clear edge to the 56 but like I said, the 2018 LPJR is a great alternative. I’ve had the 56 for 2-3 weeks and have about 20 hours of play on it. Here are a few pics of new and old.