Gibson Les Paul Junior question

Oldguitarguy

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I always thought they came with one HB, but just saw one with two HB’s that looked a lot like a Gibson LP Studio. Is that a real thing? How is the quality on these LPJ’s generally? It is of course on the cheaper range for Gibsons. Any thoughts?
 

DougMen

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Jun 8, 2017
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I always thought they came with one HB, but just saw one with two HB’s that looked a lot like a Gibson LP Studio. Is that a real thing? How is the quality on these LPJ’s generally? It is of course on the cheaper range for Gibsons. Any thoughts?
They use the Junior name too freely now. The original Jr. was a slab body with no binding on the neck or body, dot inlays, and P90. Now that name is all over the place on many Gibsons. Originally, a two pickup Jr. was called a LP Special. And, neither came with HBs. That's a development from Gibson in modern times. It started with using the name Jr. on a bare bones LP or SG style guitar with a single bridge pickup, whether fitted with a P90 or HB.
 

DougMen

Dr. Squier
Jun 8, 2017
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Honolulu, HI
I always thought they came with one HB, but just saw one with two HB’s that looked a lot like a Gibson LP Studio. Is that a real thing? How is the quality on these LPJ’s generally? It is of course on the cheaper range for Gibsons. Any thoughts?
Looking at Gibson's and Epiphone's websites, I see no current guitars with HBs or two pickups labeled Jr., but that doesn't mean it hasn't been done in the past. Someone more knowledgeable about Gibsons will have to chime in to confirm or deny if that ever existed.
 

dbrian66

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Jul 14, 2017
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Maryland, USA
Post a picture of you can. Gibson has made a lot of different “Jr.” type guitars over the years.

In my opinion, Gibson makes great guitars at all of their price points. A lot of the lower priced instruments are straight up rock and roll machines! Nothing fancy, but lots of cool factor!
 

Oldguitarguy

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Post a picture of you can. Gibson has made a lot of different “Jr.” type guitars over the years.

In my opinion, Gibson makes great guitars at all of their price points. A lot of the lower priced instruments are straight up rock and roll machines! Nothing fancy, but lots of cool factor!
I went back to find the ad and it’s gone! I should have jumped on it at around $600. It looked good. After reading posts and looking around, I think it was a special. Oh well. Gotta move fast. Thanks all for the input.
 

DrBeGood

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I went back to find the ad and it’s gone! I should have jumped on it at around $600. It looked good. After reading posts and looking around, I think it was a special. Oh well. Gotta move fast. Thanks all for the input.
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duceditor

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May 29, 2014
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It’s back. Discussions under way.

View attachment 246650

There's nothing "Junior" there. Well, apart from it having a p94 -- a P90 sounding, HB sized, PUP — in the bridge position.

The controls are pure 'Paul. As are the bridge and tailpiece. The photo is not fully revealing, but I think the body is at least somewhat carved (though lacking a maple cap).

Nope. Nice guitar, but NOT a Junior.

:)

-don
 
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archetype

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Oct 24, 2017
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Not sure if Gibson ever called a 2 pup LP a Junior. I think it's more of a popular mistake brought up by sellers not knowing what they have.

The brainiacs in Gibson's product group made an LP Junior Special 1999-2004, then again in 2008. It might have had a belly cut. Two P-90 pickups. There was nothing"Junior" about it and I still think the name is stupid.
 

duceditor

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May 29, 2014
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The Monadnocks, NH USA
The brainiacs in Gibson's product group made an LP Junior Special 1999-2004, then again in 2008. It might have had a belly cut. Two P-90 pickups. There was nothing"Junior" about it and I still think the name is stupid.

Howz that compare with all the types of guitars Fender Inc attaches the name "Tele" to?
Sure leaves us missing Ryan, doesn't it!

-don
 

DJGranite

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Feb 7, 2012
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That could be a "VM" Les Paul Studio.
VM=Vintage Mahogany, like the late 50s Customs it was an all mahogany guitar, No maple top.
Came before the Faded did. 2003-2007
Colors were Worn Brown and Worn Cherry.
Mine is 2005, Worn Brown
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Low price without a cases looks to be around $850ish.
A good value.
I hope this is helpful
 

dbrian66

Squier-Axpert
Jul 14, 2017
10,368
Maryland, USA
That could be a "VM" Les Paul Studio.
VM=Vintage Mahogany, like the late 50s Customs it was an all mahogany guitar, No maple top.
Came before the Faded did. 2003-2007
Colors were Worn Brown and Worn Cherry.
Mine is 2005, Worn Brown
View attachment 246682
Low price without a cases looks to be around $850ish.
A good value.
I hope this is helpful
I think you nailed it! Great info.
 


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