The Gibson Les Paul Junior 1956 Sunburst Electric Guitar is used by guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong of the world-renowned rock band Green Day. Billie Joe named this guitar "Floyd," which served as the inspiration for his signature Gibson model and remains his favorite guitar. In an [interview for Guitar Player](http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/green-power-billie-joe-armstrong-drives-green-day-in-new-directions-on-21st-century-breakdown/11832) he also notes that this guitar was used for recording "21st Century Breakdown". "I mainly played a ’56 Gibson Les Paul Junior, but I also had a Slash model Les Paul, a Jimmy Page model Les Paul, and my ’59 ’burst."more
"1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior in a sunburst finish… Gibson offered these guitars from 1954 thru early 1959 in two colors, sunburst and TV yellow (There are a few black ones out there that are double cutaways). The TV yellow being the most desirable and designed to show up on a standard black and white television of the era. A straight blonde color would blend in too much and not showcase the looks of the guitar. Les Paul Juniors came into the spotlight being used by my friend and yours Leslie West in the late 60?s and early 70’s (you can see Leslie on the Live at the Beacon Theater DVD sitting with his wife next to Kevin Shirley). Bare bones and simple the P-90 pickup was a killer combination of brightness but enough power to achieve overdrive from the amps of the day. So go out and find an old Sunn Coliseum or a 100 watt Stramp amp, crank up “Never in My Life” or “Theme from an Imaginary Western” and the rest will sort itself," Joe Bonamassa says, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/guitar-of-the-week-30-1956-gibson-les-paul-junior/).more
On the [Gear page](http://www.billyduffy.com/gear/gibson-les-paul-junior-tv-yellow/) of Billy Duffy's website, he says, "This one goes back to an offshoot of the Camp Freddy band and we played a party at on a stage in the parking lot of the Gibson Guitar Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson flew us out there and we played a bunch of cover songs and we each got to pick a guitar that Gibson would make for us in the Custom Shop. I chose the TV Yellow Les Paul Junior and the guy who actually made it handed it to me and I played it in the gig there and then. It’s a very Plain Jane simple guitar designed in the fifties... Apart from them putting my name on the headstock, the only thing I had them customize was that I had them make it with the slimmer neck which is to my particular taste."more
"This Les Paul Junior is a double stuffed oreo of classic rock majesty. Not only did this guitar come from the personal collection of Rockford's own Rick Nielsen, but it also comes from the absolute golden era of Gibson production and origin of all Les Pauls. Wrap-around tailpiece (replacement), classic sunburst finish, smoking P-90 pickup -- everything you want out of a LP Jr shines on this guitar in high style," reads this entry on [Reverb.com](https://reverb.com/item/465507-rick-nielsen-s-1956-sunburst-gibson-les-paul-junior).more
"Other electric guitars used by Young on his recent tour include a 1956 Les Paul Junior of Cragg’s that he calls a “really rude, in-your-face killer,” and a second ’53 goldtop that the tech assembled as a stand-in for Old Black," reads [this article](http://www.guitarworld.com/node/2561).more
On Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr111.html) it says: "Used by Kim/Jim: 1992-2006 1992 -- DEGDBB (Swimsuit Issue) 2001 -- EEBBF#F# (Sympathy for the Strawberry) 2002 -- EEBBF#F# (Sympathy for the Strawberry - KIM) (Eric's Trip, Shadow of a Doubt - JIM) 2003 -- EEBBF#F# (Sympathy for the Strawberry - KIM) (Eric's Trip, Shadow of a Doubt - JIM) 2004 -- GGDDD#D# (Pattern Recognition, Dude Ranch Nurse, Mariah Carey... - KIM) 2005 -- GGDDD#D# (Pattern Recognition, Dude Ranch Nurse - KIM) 2006 -- GGDDD#D# (Pattern Recognition - KIM) NOTES: I had no idea, but apparently Kim was using this guitar way back in 1992! Definitely seen at November and December 1992 gigs, instead of the 'Snoopy' Les Paul for "Swimsuit Issue". Shared by Kim and Jim on the Murray Street tour. Tuning altered to GDD# for Nurse tunes, Kim's first use of SY's oldest remaining tuning! "Mariah" may have been in EEBBF#F#. Sunburst finish 1 pickup Rosewood fretboard 1 toggle switch 2 knobs Peace sign sticker Listed on 2002 sets as "peace jr". Listed on 2004 sets as "lp jr"."more
It is not sure whether this is a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior, or not. In [this](http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/How-Gibson-Guitars-Helped-the-Eagles-to-the-Top.aspx) Gibson article, here is what they say about his 1950's Gibson Les Paul Junior. "But the guitar that most of us associate with Frey is his ‘50s Les Paul Junior nicknamed “Old Black.” The book, The Eagles FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Classic Rock's Superstars states that the guitar was a gift to Frey from longtime friend Jackson Browne. “Old Black” has been retrofitted with a P-90 in the neck position. During recent years, Frey has also been known to play a Sunburst Les Paul on stage."more
"On his frequent tours, Walker always takes along a ’72 Les Paul, two newer Firebirds, a ’60s Les Paul Junior, an EB-3 bass, an '80 EDS-1275, and a ’62 Hummingbird. Though Walker says he began his collection by buying and selling various guitars, his producing job means he no longer has to sell any." - excerpt from Gibson interview.more
The 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior was used on "Fanatic", as said in her [Vintage Guitar interview.](http://www.vintageguitar.com/14329/nancy-wilson-2/) She says : "I used most – my ’61 Les Paul Junior, and a guitar I designed for Gibson just before Heart went on the blocks for awhile in the early ’90s."more
"Carrabba loves old guitars. For electrics, he tours with a 1961 Gibson Les Paul Jr. and a racing striped 1967 Fender Mustang with a matching headstock. Both are strung with D’Addario EJ21," reads [this](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/22686-rig-rundown-dashboard-confessionals-chris-carrabba) Premier Guitar rig rundown.more
"So I've got the Junior and obviously there are lots and lots of differences in this line that you can see in a [previous video](https://youtu.be/G3bkHoooWt4) we've already shot...which gives you all the things about the tuners and what not. But let me give you the basic differences of this particular beautiful guitar from Gibson Guitars. To start with it's solid, it's solid, in the plan view there's no room to really put holes in it" - Rob at 2:29 of this #product-demo.more
The Gibson Les Paul Junior is actually quite the guitar. It plays very well, also light, and very reliable for stage performance and in the recording studio. It has a sharp tone that can be easy modulated given the time to physically edit. Naturally, the price tag is relatively cheap for one, however, you may need to waltz around guitar shops around the area and play them for yourself, before you make a definite decision.
Much easier to build than its older sister but not less as performance. Great massive mohogany neck, soft succulent rosewood fingerboard, solid mohogany body and an imponent P90 near the bridge. This is the recipe for one of the most elementary and in the same time best guitar is ever built.
In Heritage Cherry, this guitar is gorgeous. Simply put, it is a dream to play. The nitro lacquer makes it so comfortable on the hand to play, and the one bridge p-90 is so versatile. G-Force tuners were removed for Gold Grovers. Lovely guitar. Used to record on You Earn What You Get (2017).
See a shot of the headstock here -> https://twitter.com/nickpoprocky/status/652536291364618240
What can i say...this guitar is timeless. The P90 gives an amazing hall of fame rock n roll tone. The price is amazing and its been one of my main recording guitars for about 5 years now.However the tailpiece is horrible, because you can't really do a pro set up. I decided to take it to a luthier and he added a proper Les Paul style bridge. This is the only problem that i can think of, everything else is simply great. Obviously there are more versatile guitars out there, but this one delivers just what you need for any type of rock music.
Bought this guitar 2 weeks ago. I was amazed that a guitar with just a volume knob and a tone knob could give you so many different tone colors. Turn the volume knob to 3 and it will be a very clean sound, but turn it all the way up tomorrow and you'll be in for a great overdriven sound. Great guitar. The only thing I didn't quite like was the wrap around bridge, it was kind of hard to get the intonation right, but once I got it, this guitar was sounding great.
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