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1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior Vintage Guitar TV Yellow w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior in excellent condition and in perfect working order, sporting an expertly applied nitro lacquer refinish and tasteful relic treatment in TV Yellow courtesy of Riggio Custom Guitars. This golden-era Gibson guitar features a quintessential mid-1950s neck profile carve, also notable for having *zero* cracks at either the headstock or heel.

Save for a MojoAxe lightweight aluminum wraparound bridge, this Les Paul Junior retains original electronics and hardware. As befits its reputation, this is an extremely lively instrument, with the smooth, muscly growl of Hondurdan mahogany and an acoustic voice that chimes and punches in equal measure. The Les Paul Junior has a dynamic, touch-sensitive quality that responds instantly to your pick attack, with equal parts glassy clarity and wooly, P-90 warmth. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar and weighing 7lbs 14oz, this Les Paul Junior plays exceedingly well with low action and fresh 10-46 strings.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve, shy of “baseball bat” girth, with slightly more modest shoulders and a feel that balances substance and speed, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. Essential to the resonance of the instrument, the long tenon neck joint extends beneath the pickguard. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard has lightly rolled edges, retaining the original slender banjo frets that have good meat remaining given the fret size, lightly leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime and currently showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut is intact, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains its original finish and "Les Paul Junior" silkscreen text. A set of vintage Kluson Deluxe single line tuners is currently mounted, and these tuners function as intended. A different tuner set was at one time installed, as evidenced by the halos of larger washers on the headstock face, and there is some minor missing mahogany north of the tuner ferrules (original tuner ferrules are installed and stable on all tuner posts). A 6-prefix inked serial has been replicated, as this detail was removed during a prior finish attempt.

The original P-90 pickup is present with a clean bobbin and original wind, metering at 7.95k ohms. The wiring harness boasts an original Grey Tiger paper-in-oil tone cap and IRC pots which date between late '54 and early 1955. The hardware includes the MojoAxe lightweight aluminum wraparound bridge with subtle compensation on top, anchored to vintage stoptail studs. The guitar was at one time converted to have an ABR-1 bridge + stoptail, and the previous stoptail holes have been cleanly plugged with matching mahogany and are extremely hard to spot, even with the full transparency of the TV finish. Plastics include the original one-ply pickguard, original pickup cover, and a pair of modern aged black bonnet knobs.

All body contours and full neck profile depth were retained prior to the new TV Yellow nitro lacquer finish, and it's worth reiterating that the guitar exhibits no headstock or heel repairs. The TV Yellow nitro lacquer was expertly applied and lightly relic'd by Riggio Custom Guitars, highlighting the grain of the Hondran mahogany body. There is no wear on the body beyond Riggio's simulated aging, and the neck profile has a smooth gloss finish, with just a few very shallow marks beneath the current finish.

A vintage black tolex Gibson hardshell case is included.