Ngd - 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior

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  1. Deep Purple fan

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    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.
     
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    Congrats.

    You dipped your toes into the juicy world of 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior.

    I'm spoiled too.

    You may want to note........the headstock veneer is Holly.

    Again, congrats.

    The student guitar made for pros.


     
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    Thanks. Your guitar is a cream puff. Hold on to it. I had a long search finding one that was not damaged or modified.
     
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    Congrats !
    They're hard to beat

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    Although , I gotta say my VOS 2007 beats my 56. I think I like it because the neck is just a little bit more exaggerated girth-wise, makes it even more comfortable

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    Last USA road trip I brought the '58, just because Double cuts aint as popular as they were in the late 70s /early 80s
     
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    Congrats! You now have a piece of rock n roll history. That thing likely will appreciate in value.
     
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    Congrats on your new/old ax:cool: HN/OGD, stunning and as you have already said, mojo and plays fantastic, nice score, that baby is older than I am !!
     
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    Very cool and congrats! Interesting to note the placement and angle of the bridge is different between the two.
     
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    It's good to be Junior-d Up
    Bursts r boring

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    Juniors are such great guitars.

    I've posted this before.

    You acquired that beauty at a phenomenal price.

    You are VERY fortunate.



     
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    Down the road I will probably get a 58 or 59 DC LPJR. THE TRICK WILL BE FINDING ONE.

    THANKS...Much appreciated

    Thanks! I think you’re right. I think they will only go up in value. The neck on this one looks solid but in my search I found many with cracked necks and headstock.
     
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    Nice. Those are some sweet guitars in your arsenal.
     
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    Down the road, check out an SG/LP Junior.

    My '62.................

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    My Juniors..............

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    Saw him open for Purple in 2006. What a sound! He came back to play Smoke on the Water with Steve Morse. They jammmed trading licks and then burst into Smoke. Pretty awesome.
     
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    While I think prices are stupid , I think they're leveling off a bit
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    They're out there . I still feel like the DC's are as popular / coveted as the singles....every bit as much mojo though, In fact ,I read an interview / Junior shootout with Leslie West ....of the half dozen or so guitars that he tried , He declared a double cut as the winner

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    Everytime I choose to take the DC out as the designated Les Paul ,I never regret it

    Dig , My SG Junior thru a "proper " amp ... don't count them out either

     
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    Congrats on your most beautiful Les Paul Jr. The one thing that caught my eye was the pre war Gibson Logo across the face of the headstock ? I have seen the pre war Gibson logo on newer reissue Les Paul Jr. As I looked at your photos it seems to me that the photos are of 2 guitars ?
     
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    Thanks. The one you are referring to is the 2018 Les Paul Junior. It’s a very nice build. The older guitar is the 56 LPJR.
     
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    Very nice , I bet she sounds awesome , and the way you described the neck it has to feel so good in your left hand . My compliments on such a vintage beauty !
     
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