This is a vintage 100% original 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar. The Les Paul Jr. has arguably become the most revered student model guitar ever produced. The same simple features that made the 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.
1957 is, without a doubt, the golden year for Les Paul Juniors. That is because less than a year later, in 1958, the design would deviate to incorporate an additional cutaway. The single-cutaway 1957 Jr. features the large ’59 profile neck, an excellent neck angle, and attractive gold top-hat knobs. This particular example in very excellent 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 very nice as well.
This very well-preserved example would rate a strong 8.75/10 on a very conservative condition scale. But beyond being a clean unmolested example, this guitar is amongst the best sounding and playing Juniors we have had the pleasure of offering for sale. In fact, this guitar has been in my personal collection for many years based upon being the best sounding one I have owned.
This guitar includes the original alligator soft case which is in comparably great condition. The only non-original part on the guitar is the inevitably replaced Kluson tuning machine button caps.