Gibson Les Paul Junior – U.S.A. – 1958


Electric Solid Body Single or Double cutaway guitar


Mahogany body and neck

Rosewood fretboard

One P-90 single-coil pickup


The budget study guitar with single cutaway was the most successful model of the Les Paul series. But after four years the instrument underwent a number of cosmetic changes. Suddenly it was visually distinguished from the rest of the models in this series in that it had a pointy cutaway on the underside of the body.
The rest of the guitar remained unchanged, the mahogany body and the mahogany neck, with a rosewood fretboard, were glued. The P90 single-coil pickup with one knob for volume and tone was in the same place. The new model could also be ordered in the standard colors: Sunburst, Ebony, TV Yellow, White and Red.
The Les Paul Junior with double cutaway has not been very fashionable, but has always remained a popular model. The model appealed to the imagination of a young Paul Reed Smith when he designed his early PRS guitars: “It took me two years to design that body shape, midway between a Stratocaster and a Les Paul Junior, if you look closely..”
In 2012, Gibson made a double cutaway Les Paul Junior for Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Used by artist(s): Billie Joe Armstrong (Greenday)

Last updated on 12 May 2020
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