les paul junior

1959 ES-140
1961 Les Paul Junior
2007 SG Classic
2011 SG Standard Exclusive
1969 SG Standard
1968 SG Special
2006 ‘60 Strat Relic
2005 Limited '66 Strat Closet Classic
1988 American Standard Stratocaster
1966 Jaguar
1965 Duo Sonic II
1966 ES-330
2009 USA '62 Wilshire Reissue
1971 ES-335
1997 Rickenbacker 360
1959 ES-140 3/4T (again!)

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1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway

Some guitars don’t need an introduction. Case in point: Gibson’s Les Paul Junior is as iconic as they come. No muss, no fuss, just plug and play. The one piece body and chunky one piece mahogany neck are the main ingredients in this tonal powerhouse. The single pickup means one less magnet dampening the strings and the wraparound bridge does a great job transferring those vibrations making the guitar sing. This beauty is up there with the best of them. The red paint of this era is notorious for fading but we actually love this “faded” look on everything from the Junior’s to the iconic “Bursts.” An all around winner!

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Clifford’s mood brightens later in the dressing room when Irwin presents him with a birthday gift from the band, which Irwin had been planning for months: two black custom-made Gibson Les Paul Junior guitars. “Holy fuck!” says Clifford, opening the first case, putting his hands over his face. When he sees the second guitar, he screams: “This is the best day of my life! Oh, my God! Holy fucking shit! This is literally the last fucking thing I expected!” He gives Irwin a huge hug.
—  ok but this part was cute x
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Usually when I hear the word “knob”, it is being used by someone derogatorily with reference to me (or some recent behaviour of mine), e.g. “F*ck but that DeeBee™ is knob!” or “In my life I have never so much as met as big a knob as you, DeeBee™, and trust me I have met some pretty f*cking huge knobs in my time…”

But in the context of this post, “knob” refers strictly to “guitar controls”, and not “bellends”, “wankers”, or “boner-biting dick-fart f*ckfaces”.  Just thought I would clear that up before we start.

There’s a nice little cross section of Gibson knobs here, including “witch hat” knobs, which may be my favourite knob name, and “bells” which are my favourite design, but the name ain’t so great…  

Also, you’ll notice that the Ricky knobs are labeled…I am guessing this is because Ric has an arrangement of the tone and volume knobs that is different from Gibson - so if you are used to playing Gibsons, you will be perpetually reaching for the wrong knob (i.e. tuning the tone down when you meant to be turning the volume down and vice versa).

PS: Reaching for the wrong knob is the 3rd leading cause of violent death in Canada.

  1. 1966 Gibson ES-330. 
  2. 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior
  3. 2009 Gibson ES-339
  4. 1997 Rickenbacker 360
  5. 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior (again!)
  6. 1968 Gibson SG Special
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2012 SG Standard P-90 and 1961 Les Paul SG Junior.

Also some randoms:

  • Random 1: Suburban Hell.
  • Random 2: Train in Vain
  • Random 3:  I Drink Alone, but double-fisted.  PS: double-fisted means having two drinks on the go at the same time…and not the other thing you are thinking.  PPS: it’s soda water.

Also, dust is the BANE OF MY EXISTENCE as a guitar photographer.