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Anyone Love Juniors

mbowen

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HI guys have not seen a thread in a while dedicated to -IMO-one of the best of the old Les Paul's the Les Paul Junior.If you would like to please post a shot of your JR or JR's for a lot of you and tell us why you love your Junior.Thanks guys i hope there are are a lot of Junior lovers out there ,Mike B.
1954-Maple Body

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1957--Trade Show Guitar with White Pickguard and Knobs

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I love the way a good JR vibrates almost to the point of shaking out of your hand.Nothing sounds like a Junior hate it or love it they have a unique sound-IMO,Mike B.--more of my JR's
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mbowen

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Great to see an SG Junior in the mix!
I agree great guitars so so underrated IMO.It is actually a Les Paul Junior still in 1962,or at least that is what it says on the Headstock[see photo of 3-JR's headstock's earlier].Tom seems to let some guitars that do not actually belong in this section 1962 , stay as long as they are not the main topic of the thread.That or he just gives me a break because i am old and senile and do not know what year is what half the time,thanks Mike B.
 

frazettafan

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Super guitars, Mike - you have great taste! Which one of all these is your favourite?
 

Tom Wittrock

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Back when I had a large collection:

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yeti

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I own and play a butchered junior because that's what I could afford when I was looking for a guitar. (These days I could afford more but I ain't looking to buy anymore)
Juniors are okay but not underrated, I think they are rated just fine. I'd much rather have a special or P-90 Goldtop.
It was a student model after all and people make too much of them, IMHO.
I still love mine, but for different reasons.
 

J.D.

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Great pics, especially of the variation of the TV Yellow color.

Reason most think they are under-rated is the pricing. Basically everything any "Golden Era" Gibson has "desirable" (i.e. BRW, old growth Mahogany, neck carve, hardware, electronics) at a small fraction of the price of a 'Burst or most anything from that era. Considering most play rock predominately on the bridge pickup they have all the ingredients to be desired :jim
 

thin sissy

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I personally think that as far as bridge pickup tone goes, nothing beats a Junior (well, a tele is as good, but another flavour). Since getting my Jr. I think I wish all LP's had wraparounds and dogears...

Of course there is a limiting feature on the model, the fact that it only has a bridge pickup might not make it suitable in every situation. But playing them through a good amp very loudly in a band setting is hard to beat, they are simple, light and very responsive.

These are all my own experiences, and I must admit I've never played a burst or humbuckered goldtop.

For good measure, here's my old bog standard '57:

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torger

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my `57 beater. will try to get some better pictures in sunlight tomorrow



trgr:)
 

elcidd

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'56 and '59, both have headstock repairs, and sound absolutely great. Definitely two of my favorite players.
 
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