1955 Gibson Les Paul Junior

This is a vintage 1955 Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar. This particular early-production, 2nd-year example, serial number 5 9880, is in excellent 100% all original condition. This nice example is well-preserved and completely intact. The Les Paul Jr. has arguably become the most revered student model guitar ever produced. The same simple features that made this full-size 24.5″ scale length Les Paul Jr. affordable then are the same that make it so great today. With a single P-90 pickup and an all mahogany slab body/neck construction, the no frills Les Paul Jr. produces simply great tone. Not to mention the fact that most other 1950’s guitars that don the ‘Les Paul’ silk screen are worth considerably more. This collection-worthy example is accessible for those looking to also play and enjoy this great gutiar, so don’t miss out on this great bargain!

Serial Number: 5 9880
Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.
Pickup Output/Resistance: 7.80Ω

This single-cutaway 1955 Gibson Les Paul Jr. features; the large ’59-style profile neck, an excellent neck angle with correspondingly low action, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, attractive gold speed/barrel knobs, “no-line” Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, as well as, vintage (circa ’56) single-line Kluson replacement tuners, (1) dog-ear P-90 pickup, the larger- yellow center sunburst finish (as opposed to the less attractive tu-tone version with a small amount of yellow, seen in ’54 only), and a light-weight wrap-around tailpiece.

This particular example in very nice 100% original condition with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications whatsoever. All of the original hardware is in excellent shape, and the original Tobacco sunburst finish is particularly nice as well. In an effort to preserve it in absolute 100% all original condition, we opted to instead provide an additional set of vintage appropriate spec tuners for the replacement of the disintegrating plastic buttons of the originals. The guitar comes with two sets of tuners: the original no-lines, and an appropriate single-line set.

Aside from displaying seemingly inevitable weather-checking and the usual case wear, this guitar is in very nice vintage condition. In fact, the only significant flaw, is the superficial heat damage, that darkened and blistered some of the finish in a small confined area of the back. From the front, the guitar presents extremely nicely, and looks very attractive exhibiting almost no fading at all. Similarly, there is not a lot of edge wear, dings, nor dents to the side of the body, which is usually the case on these unbound slab-body models. The tailpiece stud sockets are clean, crisp, and void of cracking, sinking and notorious tilting. The original frets display expected wear on mostly the first 3 positions, but remains quite playable. The guitar weighs 7 lbs. 10 oz., but honestly feels much lighter. This guitar was recently acquired from the original owner. Believe it or not, it had been stored in a high desert garage for over 40 years. Resultantly, it is very dry, super resonant, and the hot (7.80Ω) P-90 pickup screams through the now acoustically-cured body. It feels fantastic and sounds better than most we’ve sold.