Might get a '56 LP Junior. Yes?

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  1. bigjim

    bigjim Member

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    A local store has one. I'd have to trade my vintage '62 Fender Jaguar and then some for it, but I really want it. It's priced around $5500. Would like to hear some thoughts from owners and all. Thanks
     
  2. Sean French

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    I used to own a '57 Junior. Killer guitars. Those P90's are as good as it gets.

    Is the '56 all original with original case?
     
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    JefeMaximo Huge Member Silver Supporting Member

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    That price is a bit high, but not out of whack for retail. There are few guitars that sound as good as a vintage Junior - clean or nasty.
     
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    Thank God I acquired my '56 Jr around 1980/81 when it was $400.00.
    At some point, they were around $12K but the vintage bubble burst...........

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  6. bigjim

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    Don't know about the case. If it's not original, I suppose I could use that to negotiate a little.
     
  7. bigjim

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    Looks just like yours axe4me. We he handed it to me off the wall, I was surprised how light it was. Felt under 7lbs easy.
     
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    It is a light guitar.
    One of the first things you'll notice about that guitar, is how resonant it is unplugged.
     
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    Yea...57s had some good wood...

     
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    I've got a '56 TV Model. Easily one of my best and one of my favs, I've had it the longest of all my guitars, so long I only paid $1200. for it. Light, resonant, sounds good unplugged, great for slide, all the standard stuff. It sounds great playin' country which most Gibson electrics don't excel at IMO. At rock and blues based R & R it's just amazing. Lots of different tones to be had by using the tone and vol. knobs. I'm fortunate in that I have several really nice vintage guitars and this is easily my most played. When I don't bring it to the gig band members are like WTF, Where's the Junior? Prices are pretty reasonable on these right now. Get rid of the Jaguar, you won't be sorry IMO.
     
  11. 57gold

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    Would get a 1957-1959.

    Pick ups on 1956s closer to the bridge than 1957 on Jrs. Later ones sound fatter and have more versatility out of the one pick up guitar than the early ones. Reason 1956s in similar shape to 1957 or 1958 single cuts are cheaper. Jr fans know this and seek out the latter ones.

    Have a 1957 Jr and a TV, heck I'll attach a photo of my LP "family", below.

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    Check out the spacing from bridge to PU on mine versus the 1956 in the photo. Pretty significant move...got this from Gil Southworth and Gregg Levy, two Jr lovers/dealers.
     
  12. bigjim

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    I'll take one off your hands if you'd like.
     
  13. Cuthbert

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    Any Gibson from the "Golden Age" in the 50's is probably a good buy.
     
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    I remember buying a '56 Jr. for $125.00 back in high school. Great sounding guitar. Wish I still had it. I found a similar one years later for $175.00 and that was also a very instrument. I think those old Juniors were some of the best instruments that Gibson ever made.
     
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    '62 was the first year Jaguars came out so it's a tough call. The jaguar if it's completely original may be worth more than the JR in the near future.
     
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    Not to be an enabler or anything, but if you can swing it.... YES!
     

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