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
"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
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
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.