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Gibson Les Paul Junior 3/4 Solid Body Electric Guitar (1960)
Gibson Les Paul Junior 3/4 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1960), Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 0-3494.
This is a very nice example of one of Gibson's more oddball "golden era" creations -- the 3/4 size version of the classic double cutaway 1960 Les Paul Junior. This diminutive short scale model was intended for young students, but proved a fairly short-lived experiment as the 3/4 concept was not extended into the SG line of the 1960s. The most instantly noticeable feature of this model is that the neck/body joint is unusually positioned at the 15th fret, instead of the extended 22-fret construction of the standard Junior and Special. While this makes the guitar exceptionally handy, it means the upper part of the fingerboard is much less accessible than the full-size model, and the bridge is positioned much farther back on the face than most solidbodies. The balance of the guitar is quite different from the standard long-neck Junior, but comfortable in a different way.
Like the standard Junior, the 3/4 model features a slab-sided double-cutaway mahogany body with a deep cherry finish; the body size is the same for both models. The simple pickup rig is also the same as all Juniors with one P-90 pickup, and a tone and volume knob, but the pickup is like the bridge mounted farther back on the guitar's face. This particular guitar is unusual in mounting an early Maestro Vibrola, which would have been an extra-cost option at the time. Only 96 of these 3/4 Juniors were shipped in 1960, and the total of this little double-cutaway screamer is well under 300. While perhaps not one of the all-time classic rock guitars, this is still a very fine-playing instrument with a roaring tone when cranked but also a sweet midrangey bark at lower volume.
Overall length is 34 1/8 in. (86.7 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. (572 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).
Very nice overall, clean and original with no repair or heavy wear, just small dings and scuffs to the finish. The top finish is a bit more faded than the rest, but still retains a decent cherry hue. The tuners appear to have been changed and then restored at some poin; there are some chips around the bushings and a single small hole drilled through the face -- odd, but inconspicuous. The only other oddity we note is all the screws for the pickguard and backplate are not the usual standard ones used by Gibson at the time, but are consistent and appear to have been there for some time. Despite its unusual handling characteristics, this is a fine-playing and sounding guitar, one of the more eccentric Gibson solidbodies perhaps but still a product of the company's greatest era. Includes the original alligator-grain chipboard case in serviceable condition. Excellent Condition.
Item # 7538
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