Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail.
In guitar lingo, being “ruined” is when you play something so good, there’s no going back to what you once had. No Gibson guitar has evoked this expression more than the Les Paul™ Junior. In the 1950s it was sold as a student/budget model — as simple as a set-neck electric guitar could be. But after a while, the humble Les Paul Junior caught the ear of professional guitarists who appreciated its sonic purity and minimalist components. Gibson Custom Shop has proudly kept the recipe the same for this Historic Reissue. From the solid mahogany and hide glue construction to the vintage-style wiring, the classic Les Paul Junior is back…and ready to “ruin” you. It features Ultra Light Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged finish treatment, paired with lightly aged hardware, simulates decades of light play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era.
Under the leadership of Master Artisan Tom Murphy, Gibson Custom Shop’s Murphy Lab performs one specific function: to craft artfully aged instruments using the most cutting-edge tools available. These guitars are targeted to one of four distinct levels of age and wear, ranging from Ultra-Light to Ultra-Heavy. This Les Paul Junior features Ultra-Light aging, boasting unique lacquer checking with minimal playing wear. It’s as if the guitar spent most of its life in its case. VOS patina hardware puts the final touch on this exquisite instrument. Beyond that, this guitar’s extra-rolled fingerboard binding mimics the broken-in look and feel of a Golden-era Gibson. If you clamor for the authenticity and distinct character of a well-worn vintage-style instrument, there’s a Murphy Lab-aged guitar that will feel like it was tailor-made just for you.
Gibson Custom’s detail-oriented construction and unwavering dedication to tradition materialize everywhere on this 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cut Reissue. It was made completely according to old-school specs, including the 1-piece mahogany slab body for enhanced resonance. Gibson purists will appreciate the solid mahogany neck and chunky “C”-shaped profile that perfectly fills the hand. A single dog ear P-90 sits in the bridge position, alongside a wraparound bridge/tailpiece, volume, and tone controls. It’s all held together with hide glue, too, making it a true Gibson. Rest assured, every component on the guitar has been carefully selected to bring this axe as close as possible to its vintage brethren.
The 1957 Les Paul Junior Single Cut Reissue doesn’t just have the look of a classic. It also plays and feels like one. The comfortable neck carve feels chunky and wide — when you wrap your hand around it for the first time, you’ll lose yourself in the feeling that enticed thousands of players in the golden era. The neck is complete with a 1.6875-inch nut width. Like all Gibson guitars, this instrument was Plek’d before leaving the factory to ensure smooth, flawless playability.
- Faithful re-creation of a classic Les Paul Junior
- Murphy Lab Ultra-Light Aging simulates the look of a case-lived, Golden-era classic
- 1-piece mahogany body supplies a solid tonal foundation
- Custom-wound dog ear P-90 pickup delivers a snarling tone
- Chunky “C”-shape neck profile feels solid and secure in your hand
- Plek’d frets play effortlessly
- Nylon nut prevents string binding