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Item Reviews for: Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior with Gig Bag  -  GIB LPBJ2 LIST

The Ultimate In Coolness of All Guitarage (nuff said)
By: T. Frye from Fort Worth, Texas      Submitted: 5/12/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. A Green Day Classic (keep it as it is) or The Basic Bones for a 1958 TV Jr. reissue. (give it a real P-90 and a torty pickguard) "The makin's fo some serious blow yo face out rock n'roll". An absolute "unheard of" value, the best kept secret I know. I contacted Gibson in Nashville and this guitar is out of production. Once they're gone, they're gone. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It's a Gibson. It's made like a Gibson. It's one of the standards that other companies use as a gauge to build their own guitars. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The P-90H doesn't sound like a single coil P-90 nor does it sound like a humbucker....somewhere in between. It's "buzzier" than a P-90 and less "muddy" than a humbucker. Great clean tone. Fairly tame in the dirty mode. Pop a real P-90 in this puppy and it will "foam at the mouth". Finish How did the stain or paint job look? MUCH more authentic 50's TV mustard color than the photograph shows. Looks "TOO HIP TO SKIP" in real life. The grain shows through like real TV Junior should. And this one doesn't cost $8,0000. A REAL rocker's dream.
Dont buy this unless its for display...
By: from unkownlocation85933      Submitted: 4/13/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? For the price, this is garbage. I bought this because i saw a cheap, LP Jr...what I got was a display piece. You cant play it because it doesn't stay in tune. If you only play power chords, then your good...otherwise you're in trouble. Also if you remove the pick guard, you'll see that the neck has a huge gap between it and the body...not good for sustain or durability. I'd only recommend if youre a die hard green day fan. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Tone isn't bad, but it's not great. The H90 seems to steal some bite that p90s have. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Well, honestly it looks like they painted it on thick to cover imperfections in the wood.
Incredible LP Jr for the price
By: Mumbleswitch from South Carolina      Submitted: 3/7/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Sharp frets, nut looks like it was cut for "9's" but came with "10's" and the action was very high. Other than that, the guitar is flawless. Great light Nitro finish with wood grain showing through. Grenadillo fretboard is a little lighter color than rosewood but has a really nice grain pattern. General Your general opinion of this product. After a good setup, this guitar plays and sounds like a VOS '58 Jr. Couldn't be happier. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The H-90 is very hard to distiguish between a stock P-90 and sounds fantastic. Great growl. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Perfect. No blemishes.
Forget BJA, this is a solid rocker
By: Chris from North Carolina, USA      Submitted: 2/19/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The level of attention to detail and craftsmanship has really restored my faith in Gibson USA. In my 26 years of playing, I've owned a pretty wide variety of guitars from various makers (both foreign and domestic). Many were good, some great, some bad. I had a 1990 Gibson Les Paul Studio, and the fit/finish on that guitar was poor at any price. This LP Jr Doublecut is as near to flawless as can be done by human hands. Nitro lacquer finish is incredibly well done. Granadillo fretboard (my first after 20+ years of rosewood) is surprisingly nice. Lots of texture to the wood, a bit harder in feel, but sound is very close to rosewood. Frets were crowned and polished very evenly. Setup was pretty spot-on, but had to do intonation adjustments for my climate and fretting style. Third-party gig bag is nicely padded and embroidered. General Your general opinion of this product. I found it easy to look past the BJA 'endorsement' and saw a quality LP Jr Doublecut with an incredibly hot H-90 pickup. The LP Jr has always been a raw guitar: simple features with focus on tone. The mahogany body and neck bring a richness of character to the sound, and a surprisingly useful Tone knob allows the single pickup to change voicings to closely mirror what you would expect a neck pup to sound like on an SG. The wraparound bridge, while not offering the adjustment range of a Tune-O-Matic, does allow for better sustain and *much* less string tension (read: far easier bending of notes). This guitar will hold it's own to most styles short of full-on metal. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? For a one-pickup guitar, this pup surprised me at it's tonal dexterity. The Volume and Tone knobs are very usable in range, and truly change the voice of the guitar from biting to mellow. Tube amps require rolling off a small bit of volume on the guitar for truly clean playing, as this H-90 pickup has a LOT of grit. The H-90 is very expressive, and responds well to differing pick attack and technique. The overall tonal palette has a significant growl through most of its range, but it will tame down to cleaner tones with some coaxing. The H-90 (basically a P-90 with a slave coil underneath) eliminates some of the hum but not all. Think of it as a refined P-90 and you'll get the idea. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish under the lacquer is like a thin paint or thick stain - you can see some of the mahogany grain lines but the paint isn't totally translucent. Pretty cool.
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