Gibson Les Paul Junior

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  1. leviathan

    leviathan Member

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    I was thinking about picking up a Gibson Les Paul junior from musicians friend there about $850. I was wondering what you all thought about this guitar, the quality of them and pickup. Is there a better option out there around the same price? Thanks guys.
     
  2. musicofanatic5

    musicofanatic5 Supporting Member

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    Yes, buying a used LP jr. not from MF. You'll get more for your money.
     
  3. edwarddavis

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    If I were you , I would , look at other options , used , other brands that would get you way more for you money . Look for a Robin Avalon sport one pickup model, a used Giffin T . Theres a very cool , dont laugh, Agile one pickup Gold top LP 3100 model on Rondo music. They are more than decent guitars and pretty cool

    This is my Robin , you can get a used one at a great price maybe a bit more or less than the junior but way worth it , great guitar , no its not FS
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    this is sold out but I want one


    file:///Users/edwarddavis/Downloads/Agile%20AL-3100%20Gold%201%20X%20P90%20at%20RondoMusic.com.webarchive
     
  4. aidan7737

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    I recently had this same conundrum. Ended up pulling the trigger as they are so cheap for a US made guitar (we are in Aus here). I was after an axe to compliment my teles and the inertia behind the sound of a solid slab of mahogany was enough to do it. For me, the Gibson P-90 is plenty good. Can twang and growl, but I have little experience with P-90s so may upgrade to a Lollar in the future. The guitar looks similar to the one above, dog ear pick up and a few more bits of wood. All up very happy with the Gibson LP Junior.
     
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    My local shop has a demo in sunburst for $599. Also has a cherry, brand new, for $699.
     
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    With the amount of way cool cheap guitars out there you have some pretty cool choices that would take very little to make them in to a great guitar .
     
  8. JefeMaximo

    JefeMaximo Huge Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Blatant plug: I have a Custom Shop '57 reissue Junior (TV Yellow) for sale in the Emporium.
     
  9. Last

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    The reissue Juniors are almost a completely different guitar when compared to the regular LP Jrs.

    The Historics are a one piece Mahogany whereas the regular USA Jr. is a multi-piece body. I've seen up to 5, yes 5 pieces. Yikes! And they can weigh a ton (again compared to the Historic line).

    I've owned a bunch of Juniors (my favorite guitar) & I keep going back the the Historic '57.

    Costs about double but well worth it IMO.
     
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    I bought one from MF a few years ago. It plays well and sounds good in spite of the multi-piece body. I like mine quite a bit. Would I rather have a CS model? You betcha ya, but I have a few other guitars to get before I upgrade to a CS model.
     
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    That Avalon is quite nice!! :rockin
     
  12. sears

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    Can we talk about the distance from the P90 to the bridge? That Robin gets it about "right," meaning the distance I see on most Gibson Juniors. Every now and then, you see a Gibson with the pickup visibly farther away from the bridge, and you see it on a lot of the clones.

    I like the diagonal of the non-intonated stopbar, close to the P90. Otherwise it looks wrong to me. Has anyone noticed the same thing, and actually played a junior-ish guitar with the pickup farther away, and felt it made a difference?
     
  13. Amp360

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    A couple years back you could get the singlecuts with a nitro finish brand new for $750 and the SG (from MF) Junior for the same price.

    The new one has that cheapo finish and costs more. I would look for a used one.
     
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    A Junior is a GREAT guitar for your arsenal. If you consider going the used route an Orville (MIJ) is a fine option & value. I have not played the newest Gibson standard Juniors, but thought the prior run (with nitro finish) were cool. The Epi 57 RI Custom Shop are nice guitars for the $ also. If you want to spend Custom Shop money, you'll get the top of the line... lots of options to choose from depending on your budget!
     

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