Les Paul Juniors aren't really for everyone, and I'm not sure I totally jive with them. This was a reissue model that was released during 1977, and it was a copy of the 1955 model that came out long ago. The guitar features a mahogany body, mahogany neck with a bound rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.
The guitar had a pretty decent setup on it, but it had some worn frets and was banged around a bit. Considering that this guitar is pretty old, it's no real surprise. The frets had your standard grooves in them that occur from years and years of playing. The nut itself was actually new, so no issues there. The binding itself was aged nicely, but I noticed that it was starting to come off around the edges, and that'll be a bit of an expensive repair. It's hard to fault it too much considering how old it was, but expect some issues when you buy guitars this old.
The guitar sounds pretty cool with the P90s in it. Keep in mind that this guitar is made more for old school classic rock more than anything else, so its pickups seem to be designed around that. The bridge pickup was pretty low output, but it got a really nice P90 tone, especially through a cranked Marshall. I didn't get to try it out through one of the NMV Plexis because it would be too loud, but it sounded good through the DSL. The neck is cool for a neat clean tone that you don't normally hear, and it can do some pretty cool low gain leads, but I was struggling a bit due to its lower output.
These guitars can be really cool for certain styles, and having one around makes them really useful in the studio. However, I don't think I could ever use this on stage due to the fact that it's a bit limited in the overall tone, I've found. It can do that one tone really great, but that's about it.
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Buttle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Made of 77, special edition of the Lespaul '55
Made in USA ... of course!
Oval logo on the back of the head, "Les Paul 55-77 Made in USA" in gold lettering, the serial number confirms the date of manufacture.
Finish line with the above picture "Tobacco Sunburst"
Mahogany body in one piece, flat table. Mahogany neck, 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard. INLAYS round pearl.
Mechanical Gibson chrome stamped with the "Tulip" Metal.
Tune-O-Matic tailpiece and chrome. 4 smoked black buttons, black plate 5 ply (B / W / N / B / N)
Clear varnish on the back of the neck and body. Cream binding on both sides of the handle.
Two P90 pickups. Mine (bought used) had no more than one coupled with a Seymour Duncan SH4, the evil being done it remained that way until his thirtieth birthday for which I offered two Gibson Burstbucker-Pro The result is great!
The handle of the copy in my possession is like "slim type 60", but the profile of the sleeves are almost unique pieces in Gibson, it is shaped like a "C" very flat and very comfortable.
The frets are medium in size and relatively low due to several alterations due to their thirty years of service, the next time it is the maker ...
The key is slightly convex, access to acute asssez is easy, the body being thin (flat table)
Weight 3.8 Kg, honorable without being huge, muscled, and then some and not others ...
The sound of the original P90 side handle was very round, with few acute and became very fat distortion. Too bad his brother next bridge is gone, it was probably better than SH4 who replaced ...
But a guitar is the first violin and it has character, lots of heat and is more than respectable.
It supports quite well the changes in temperature and is given, a sign of a good violin.
Both Pro Burstbucker him go perfectly. I rediscovered the guitar with these pickups! The spectrum is very rich and delicate balance.
Like all guitars, suitable for one who will discover its riches regardless of style. But it is a very versatile guitar.
3000 bales paid at the time. I do not know his side and I tape ...
More than twenty years together, not about to part with it!
At ease in all styles, easy to play, robust and timeless ...
I have long hesitated to change the pickups, but I do not regret, his character is highlighted.