This extremely collectible, extremely beautiful single-pickup electric guitar shows light normal signs of playing time including wholly expected (as is, we’ll keep the light on for ya’) chips on and around the polished black headplate and headstock. It has the gold, postwar script "Gibson" decal logo, the decal reading "Les Paul JUNIOR" thereunder, horizontally, and the black, bell-shaped truss rod cover held in place by two Phillips screws above the nut. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, which has 16 frets to the body joint and 22 frets total, is inlaid with 10 pearloid dots in 9 fret positions (it has a double dot at 12th). It is bestowed with the long, amoebic black pickguard held in place by three semi-recessed Phillips screws; the single black dog-eared P-90 pickup is located just above the adjustable (up/down/forward/backward) wrap-around fixed position tailpiece. The body and back of neck show standard signs of playing including three small circles on the bass side of the pickup and bridge - one being a chip but the lower two may be from an alien landing (of extremely tiny aliens) that went unmentioned in The UFO Journal, that documents these visits.
This instrument displays normal finish checking and the typical array of nicks, chips, scratches, scuffs and scrapes that one expects to see on a Gibson electric made in 1957. There are, in addition, two relatively small areas on the back of chemical reaction from a vinyl strap and buckle marks. On the back of its headstock it is marked "2nd" which means that, when it left the factory in 1957 there was some sort of minor cosmetic flaw that, now, since it’s been played and used, cannot be found (or seen). The back of the neck shows its own collection of nicks and dings, chips and scrapes. The tuners are original Kluson Deluxe with the "o" doubling as the oil hole, and the serial number is rubber stamped near the top back of headstock and then, as the factory is famous for, finished over, while the small number "2" (the digital version of the scarlet letter of Hester Prynne) is stamped into the back of the headstock just as they did during the last 10 seconds of the TV show "Dragnet.” There are nickel-plated strap buttons on the upper bass side and bottom side with some circular strap marks above the upper one. For the statistically minded, this guitar weighs 8 pounds, and 1.6 ounces.
Although this is not the pristine virgin as promised us in The Book of All Things Worth Owning, it is, in fact, a wholly original and delightful vintage Gibson Les Paul Jr. made at exactly the correct time. Its presence in your living room will provide you the culmination of nearly every thing you have ever yearned for. Well, not THAT, maybe, but most of the other things involving vintage electric instruments. If this outline of its delights meets your approval, please phone us at the Domicile for Senior Fretted Instruments at Staten Island at 718 981 8585. You will, we feel, never regret owning something this beautiful, this elegantly simple and fine sounding and yet so very affordable. NOW ON SALE! WAS $6180 BUT NOW "Not $6180:"