SOLD! - 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior jr. Sunburst Single Cut
This beautiful LAST YEAR 1957 two-colour brown-to-yellow sunburst Les Paul Junior is pretty much all original. No repairs, no replaced stud hole bushings, no post lean repairs etc. It simply is an amazing example without any breaks or repairs! The action is nice and low with room to spare.
Original Dog Ear P90 Pickup, wraparound bridge, studs, pots, knobs, pointers, finish etc. No cracks or breaks, this axe is in very nice original shape! The tuner buttons always seem to have crumbled so the tuners have been replaced for aged klusons. The neck is a chunky handful but plays ever so easy. It is a lively and resonant guitar with wide array of sounds that weighs 3.6Kg. Comes in a non original case that fits like a glove.
Introduced in 1954, the "budget" Les Paul Junior was designed for and aimed at beginners. It did not pretend to be anything other than a cheaper guitar. The outline shape of its body was the same as the gold-top and Custom, but the most obvious difference to its Les Paul partners was a flat-top solid mahogany body. It had a single P-90 pickup, governed by a volume and tone control, and there were simple dot-shaped position markers along the unbound rosewood fingerboard. It was finished in Gibson's traditional two-colour brown-to-yellow sunburst, and had the wrap-over bar-shape bridge/tailpiece like the one used on the latest goldtop. The September 1954 pricelist showed the Les Paul Custom at $325 and the Les Paul Junior at $99.50. The gold-top meanwhile had sneaked up to $225" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, p. 25).
"At the time they were intended for guitar-teaching schools, but they have now become revered for their direct rock'n'roll spirit" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul, p. 23). So successful was this model, that an astonishing 9,750 guitars were shipped from the factory during its production run between 1954 and the end of 1957.