1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior jr. Sunburst Single Cut
This 3.7Kg rough looking final year 1957 two-colour brown-to-yellow sunburst Les Paul Junior is pretty much all original except for a big 'ole headstock break that went straight through it's face as if it was cut in half by the sword of a medieval knight....
The good news is that it sounds crazy! We all know that a guitar that looks like this one sure aint no wall hanger... It has the original P90 Dog Ear pickup, wraparound bridge, studs, (no post lean repairs!) pot's, Bumblebee capacitor, knobs (!!), pointers, finish etc. The tuner buttons always seem to have shrunken and/or crumbled so the tuners have been replaced for replica Klusons. The neck is a chunky handful like a 59 with a hint of a "V" and it plays very easy up and down. It is an extremely lively and resonant guitar with an attitude and attack like there's no tomorrow. The finish is all original except for some touch ups around the headstock repair. The finish on the top of the body shows a lot of faded letters, words and signs which seem to be the remnants of stickers applied by the previous owner as he thought it was the coolest thing on earth. At least it's not a refin. The axe comes in a non original Les Paul case.
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.