This is a vintage 100% all original 1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior 3/4 electric guitar with the original Lifton hard case with a brown exterior and a pink interior. 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. Being a 3/4 sized example, the Les Paul Junior (Junior) is the best 3/4 (small student sized) electric guitar ever made. Incredibly perfect for a super high-quality practice guitar, woman’s guitar, a different voicing, or that unique collector’s piece, the Les Paul Jr. 3/4 is quite rare and definitely under-valued.
This 100% ALL ORIGINAL double-cutaway 1960 Gibson Les Paul Jr. 3/4 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, Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, a black pickguard, original light-weight wrap-around bridge, black top-hat knobs, original pots with bumble-bee capacitor, original hardware and the original Lifton 3-latch hard shell case.
This particular example, serial number 0 3495, is in very excellent, well-preserved, 100% all 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 cherry red finish has faded very attractively and has weather checked beautifully. There is little playing wear on the guitar, and almost zero fret wear. The only visible wear are a few random dings around the edges from case wear, as well as, similar wear patterns on the back of the neck.
In addition to being in excellent shape, this guitar is an amazing instrument. The original P-90 pickup is super efficient (8.24Ω), with a thick, robust and warm tone. Expressive with a slight enveloping quality, the combination of this pickup with this guitar is pretty exceptional. The large neck profile vibrates with sustain when plugged in to a high-wattage amp and played loudly. The original medium-large sized frets are completely intact, have tons of life left, and have not been dressed or milled.
The original baby Les Paul Standard style case is in fantastic condition. All latches work perfectly and the case does not emit any odors. The guitar weighs 6 lbs 6 oz as can be seen in one of the last photos.The original 3-ply (b/w/b) plastic input jack plate was slightly chipped, and though it is original and is included, I have installed a vintage spec replacement. A vintage era appropriate strap is also included.
While this guitar is a 3/4 sized Les Paul, there are numerous Les Pauls that don’t perform half as well as this little baby!