1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior

Here is a vintage 1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 9 8685, is in near mint 100% all original condition, and includes the original soft case, the original leather strap, the original hang tag, the original instrument cable, and original miscellaneous strings! Recently brokered from the original owner, this fine specimen is perhaps the best incarnation, featuring both an iconic ’59 the large-profile neck shape and larger factory fret stock. With a classic hand-rubbed cherry red finish in extremely well-preserved condition, applied over a gorgeous double-cutaway body design, this is one of the best examples we have ever seen to be made available online.

The Les Paul Jr. has arguably become the most revered “student” or “budget” model guitar ever produced. The simple features that made the Jr. affordable back then are the exact 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 100% all original double-cutaway 1959 Les Paul Jr. features: that large quintessential ’59 profile mahogany neck with a superb neck angle, a mahogany slab body, a beautiful hand-rubbed cherry red finish, a single dog-ear P-90 pickup, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, single-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, a faux tortoise material pickguard, original light-weight wrap-around tailpiece, black top-hat knobs, original Stackpole pots (134 852) with bumble-bee capacitor, original hardware, original faux alligator soft case, the original guitar strap, the original instrument cable, the original hangtag with original purchase price, and miscellaneous vintage strings.

This particular example is in extremely excellent, pristinely-preserved, 100% all original condition with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications whatsoever. All of the original hardware is in super clean shape, and the original cherry red finish is very crisp as well. As is sometimes seen, this guitar features a highly attractive hand-rubbed cherry red finish, as indicated by the lack of color in the pickup and control cavities. While most examples are typically manufactured with a sprayed finish, for whatever reason this particular one was treated with an incredibly rich hand-rubbed cherry finish that represents the absolute epitome of Gibson’s famous cherry red color. When the pickguard was removed for photos, it was evident that the guitar had not faded by a single shade, and that the coloring is just as vibrant today as the day it was made!

In addition to being in excellent shape, this guitar is an a-m-a-z-i-n-g player’s instrument. The original P-90 pickup (7.76Ω) is super efficient, with a thick, robust and warm tone. Expressive with a slight enveloping quality, the combination if this pickup with this guitar is pretty epic. The large ’59 neck profile vibrates with sustain when plugged in to a high-wattage amp and played loudly. The original large-sized frets are completely intact, have tons of life left, have not been dressed or milled, and contribute to this guitar being an overall amazing experience. The neck angle is steep and allows for sufficient bridge height, and thanks to the deep sockets, the posts are perfectly vertical.

1959 happened to be Gibson’s golden year during their famous electric guitar golden era, and it is truly represented quite well, even with this “student” model guitar. This is as good as a Jr. gets. As mentioned above, this guitar includes the original alligator soft case which is in correspondingly excellent condition, along with, the original strap, a vintage cable and a vintage string packet: all of which were found in the case when purchased.