The Gibson Les Paul Jr.
is a solid body electric guitar introduced in 1954 as an affordable, entry level Les Paul
. It was first released with a single cut body style however models with a double cut body style were later introduced in 1958.
The goal for the Les Paul Jr. was to have a high-quality guitar that was still affordable. For this to happen, the Jr. was stripped down to the basics; one pickup, one volume knob and tone knob. It was equipped with one P-90
dog ear pickup in the bridge. It was originally released in sunburst, but Gibson introduced the TV version, because of the Junior's unforeseen popularity among professional musicians, who would be featured playing the guitar on television
, and therefore a color that would look good on black and white television was introduced. Today this is known as TV Yellow.
In the 1960s and 1970s the Les Paul Jr. became very popular because of its simplicity and distinguishable tone when played through a high gain amplifier
. The P-90
pickup gave the guitar a distinct crunch that was desired by rock
players of the time, including Leslie West
, Luther Grosvenor
(a.k.a. Ariel Bender
) of Spooky Tooth
and Mott the Hoople
, and Johnny Thunders
of The New York Dolls
and the Heartbreakers. A Les Paul Junior also became John Lennon
's guitar of main choice during his post-Beatles
The Les Paul Junior was originally introduced in 1954 as a single cutaway model, with its double cutaway... Read More