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Les Paul Jr. Club!

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Swee_tone, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. macdog

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    Well, I am finally in the Junor club now that I have an SG Junior. I was in the local branch of one of our national retailers and first of all I tried an ES 330. Nice enough but both examples I tried sounded a bit anaemic – not nearly enough guitar for the money. My 335 is far superior. There were also two nice SG Juniors. I plugged in the cherry example and what a difference! Blew the 330 into the weeds – strong, ballsy, felt alive in my hands. The other Junior was an ebony one. Lighter in weight but also a great sound. So, I'm all ready to buy when the salesman turns over the guitar and right across the back is a burn mark where some fool has rested the guitar on a rubber stand. Checked the ebony model and it has two burns, one on the body, one on the neck. The salesman said he'd give me a call if he could find another one.

    A week and a half later I get a call out of the blue. There's one still in its box up in Sydney if I want it. A few days later (after another eye operation) and it's mine! It's a 2011 model, lovely cherry. Fantastic sound! Really muscular. I think these are discontinued so I was very lucky.
     
  2. tonyj

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    Congrats on grabbing the '11 SG Junior. I'm sure you are going to love it.

    Too bad you have to take a swipe at the ES330 though - apples and oranges in my opinion. It's different to the ES335 as well - as you well know, being the owner of one.

    Thank goodness that the lads from Liverpool found, loved and popularised their 330s and Casinos, as they and the thousands of others that followed did. Guitars that have brought smiles to the faces of millions, and will continue to do so. Wonderful guitars!!

    The SG Junior is no doubt a good guitar, although some might prefer the original LP Juniors, either SC or DC., but to compare any of the Juniors with an ES330 is like comparing Harleys to a Porsche. You just can't, they are so different. :confused:
     
  3. macdog

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    Yep, I get what you are saying Tony. The 330 wasn't bad; I guess I was expecting something pretty special after the universal rave reviews they've been given. As a diehard Beatles and Stones fan I was ready to be impressed. And I love P90s! But I just found the Junior more 'alive'. My wife would have killed me if I'd suggested I get the 330! So for me it was not about the comparison so much, as they are, as you say, so different. The Junior has more attitude,which is a plus for me. And I can't rave too much about the 335 - just fantastic.
     
  4. tonyj

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    Hey macdog not to worry, the 330 is in my humble opinion, a fantastic guitar and deservedly so. The 335 too.... and worth every penny. I happen to like many of the ESs for one reason or another.

    However, having said that, the LP Juniors are - perhaps the one guitar that I love the most. Simplistic, full of attitude, and as I've said before on these forums, they can sound like angels or can become total head bangers, depending on how they are played. Just tweak that tone knob and lean in to her! I just love them and consequently have a small collection of them, including vintage S/C and D/C versions, and C.S versions. I also have a Junior Bass, and some LP Specials. I wake up each morning to a 2010 Gibson LP Junior, which I bought cheaply on holiday last year - perhaps the last of the rosewood fingerboard models and now, like yours, has probably been discontinued for a while. It's the first guitar I play each day - just ahead of my coffee ..... being retired allows me to do that. :)

    Like you, I love the P90 pickups and seem to acquire them whenever I get a chance, but only if the price is right, and the good lady is not watching. It's a P90 addiction I think!! ;)

    Enjoy your SG Junior my friend. You can not go wrong with your choice, and remember it probably won't be your last Junior ....and you chose wisely.
     
  5. macdog

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    Wow, cool collection! I am very envious!
     
  6. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

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    Epi SG Jr!

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  7. macdog

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    Nice!!!
     
  8. caliban335

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    I just took delivery of this 1996 Orville Les Paul Junior over the weekend. It's a little beat up, but sounds and feels great.

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  9. macdog

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    Likewise, very nice!
     
  10. SirJackdeFuzz

    SirJackdeFuzz Friend of Leo's

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    Just got mine last week !

    So it is also kind of a NGD for me then, albeit a wee bit belated !

    Not your average P90 Junior, but a Junior nonetheless, right ?
    I am going to replace the stock pick up (490T - i think) with a Phil X PX-100



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  11. davesowden

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    Mid 80s Burny "rock'n'roll" Special and a 1992 Greco double cut. My 2 favourite guitars by far!
     

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  12. macdog

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    As Homer Simpson might say: "P90s, is there anything they can't do?"
     
  13. gonetroppo

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    Just got this 2012 Les Paul Junior from a friend. I've never been a big LP lover but I'm really digging this little no nonsense instrument. Sounds great through my Princeton Reverb too! My 2c - it's not just a rock n' punk guitar (which is what you tend to hear quite often)..

    It's heavy too! Thinking about throwing in a neck pup... But will sit on that a while...

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  14. MatthewDickin

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    Don't do it! It doesn't need a neck pickup!
     
  15. SpareRibs

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    Hello,
    I kinda got one.
     

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  16. tonyj

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    Allow me to share a couple of Gibson LP Juniors that I was lucky enough to pick-up in the past few months; A 1956 Gibson SC LP Junior, and a 1959 DC Junior.

    The '56 SC is 100% original and in excellent shape. It came in its original 'alligator' case, but is now kept in a Gibson Chainsaw type case that I received with the 'package'. The guitar really has that amazing Junior tone, whether its the spine tingling P90 'snarl' or the familiar 'clean' tone.

    The '59 DC had been well gigged when I acquired it. It arrived in a correct for the period, 'road worn' Lifton hard case. It also came with its original P90 pickup etc., along with some other useful and original bits and pieces, which were inside the case.

    The best news? With closed eyes, this thing sounded like a million dollars. OMG!..... "this is fantastic" .... were my first thoughts. It was a darkened car park, and the owner had driven into the city, where we met. He found an outlet, plugged in his amp, and away he went ..... so I truly did hear it before I really managed to see it. It was love at first sight.

    In an effort to improve her in the seventies, she had received a set of 'upgraded' tuners, a monster size pickguard and a 1970's 'harmonica' bridge. This was how she arrived. She sounded amazingly good, but was definitely on the ugly side of pretty. Thankfully however, she is now almost back to where I want her to be and without losing any of her immense charm. This guitar is truly a wonderful sounding vintage Junior, with a ton of hard earned experience behind her, but she has an heart of gold.

    Both are keepers BTW, and for all the right reasons.

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    The 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior in sunburst.

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    A 1959 Gibson Les Paul DC Cherry Red Junior, during renovations - strings and knobs removed etc.
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    ..... and after most of the renos were done, i.e. strings, original vintage type pickguard, knobs and wrap-over bridge, all replaced. The bushings for the Harmonica type bridge proved impossible to remove from the body, without risking permanent damage to the body. The bushings went almost all the way through the mahogany body. Wooden, but removable plugs, were installed in the bushing thread holes, as a cosmetic 'fix'.

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  17. gonetroppo

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    Some lovely Juniors here - love the simple rock ethos of these geets :)
     
  18. Gearhead88

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    NGD !!

    Picked this up this week , I had a deposit on it for a couple weeks.

    2014 Les Paul Junior Special , P 90's , gloss TV yellow.

    Lovin it !!! lotsa Balls !

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  19. telecat33511

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    This was a rescue
    I rescued it
    IT rescued me
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    I got it for Christmas 2011
     
  20. Duffy

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