Recently Acquired '59 Gibson Les Paul Junior

TattooedCarrot

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I posted a pic in a couple other threads but figured I'd take some decent pics in daylight and introduce the new love in my life. It's a player condition '59 with no breaks and the original P90, but I think everything else has been replaced. Not sure about the pickguard or rear control plate they might be original. I replaced the tuners (Allparts) and bridge (Faber) because it had chrome Grovers and a Badass Bridge when it came to me and it has 80's Japanese pots and a Russian PIO cap. Easily the coolest playing, sounding guitar I've ever owned. I was really surprised how good it sounded. The neck is round and full, but not a baseball bat like many reissues. I wish Gibson made this neck today.

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Drawde

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Looks awesome. I love juniors, the simplicity of one pickup but still get a wide range of tones. I have a 63 lp/sg jr, one of my favorite guitars.
 

pickdropper

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I think that's sort of the best of both worlds, really. You've got the old body and pickups but the modern tuners will work just fine. I'm assuming the price was right because of all the changes, which would work for me, too.
 

crifasta

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Wow. That's just perfect. A bucket-list guitar right there. Congrats and enjoy.
 

Texsunburst59

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VERY nice looking guitar with a lot of mojo.

I'm still waiting for the right '59 Fender or Gibson to snag.

It's my birth year, and it'd be really nice to get one for a VERY good price.

I'm very patient, so I'll just wait........................................
 

datguytim

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Sweet '50s Junior!!!! Get yourself a Mojoaxe compensated wrap tailpiece instead of the current one on it - it'll look more like it's supposed to & stay in tune/intonate perfectly (as perfect as a guitar gets - which is never 100% perfect!).

A good Junior is a true gem: rock and roll machine, yet incredibly versatile - USE THOSE KNOBS!!!!!!
 

shovelhead82

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Congratulations on your new Junior. I used to own a 60 or 61 and later a 59. The 60 had a thinner, flat neck profile and the 59 had a nice round neck shape - not too big, just right. Both had hot P90's. I still have the tuners from the 60 when I installed Grovers in the early 70's.
 
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rambleon

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That's beautiful. I have a double cut jr that I built and it has that fat 50s neck. There's something very satisfying about playing those necks...they force you to really dig in. I hope to buy myself a true vintage jr some day.
 

SackvilleDan

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Very sexy! not sure what's going on with the area just below the bridge (was it infilled with a different piece of mahogany?) but that guitar looks like it's got some stories it's waiting to share with you... enjoy!! :D
 

Daka3

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Sweet, sweet guitar. On my bucketlist too. Kudos for losing those pesky Grovers and reverting to the correct, so much cooler Klusons. Oh, man, that thing just looks the t*ts!
 

OiRogers

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Beauty.

I landed a refinished '59 Melody Maker earlier this year for about what my 2014 MM set me back... the neck is absolutely amazing. Gibson really hit those necks out of the park.
I aim to upgrade to a different '59 model at some point.. a Junior with that P-90 is most likely, but the Melody Maker will be in my collection forever as far as I can tell.
 

PBGas

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Neat! The stories that guitar could probably tell would would great!

Many congrats
 

TattooedCarrot

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Sweet, sweet guitar. On my bucketlist too. Kudos for losing those pesky Grovers and reverting to the correct, so much cooler Klusons. Oh, man, that thing just looks the t*ts!
Not sure, previous owner thought it was a mystery repair of some sort but I don't think so, looks more like someone scraped the crap out of it, as if there was a sticker or something that left adhesive and they scraped it off harshly and then tried to buff it out, just not sure. Similar mystery on the upper horn, there's a circle that is still red and not faded brownish like the rest, as if something was there covering it. You can feel a slight indentation or difference on that spot, but the grain and finish appear original and unmodified so again, another mystery.
 




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