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Early 61 Junior2

Photo credit: Total Vintage Guitar

Introduced in 1961, the Junior was the entry-level model and was produced continuously for a decade, before being effectively replaced in mid-1971 by the SG-100. However, there was a limited run of SG-100 Junior models. Since then, it has been reissued occasionally and is largely considered a staple of the SG lineup by fans.

Related:

  • SG-100
  • SG-100 Junior
  • SG Special

1961-1965 Edit

1962 Les Paul Junior

1962 Les Paul Junior in Cherry

  • 1962: $147.50 (~$1200 in 2017)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction using hot hide glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Brazilian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl dot inlays
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (~1965)
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • Silk-screened Les Paul signature (1961-1962)
    • "Junior" screened below signature
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 14o headstock pitch (1965)
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 1 5/8" nut width (1964)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (1965)

Binding:

  • *White & Pelham Blue finished models occasionally had single-ply bound necks
    • However, most were just painted over the edge of the fretboard

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • Short bar AlNiCo 5 magnet
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • Ceramic capacitor

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Chrome Hardware (1965)
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • White plastic oval buttons
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Bell knobs (early 1961 only)
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece (1963-1965)
  • Optional Short Vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Polaris White
  • TV Yellow
  • Pelham Blue (Custom Order)
  • Cardinal Red (Custom Order)

1966-1971 Edit

1970 SG Junior

1970 SG Junior in Walnut

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (1970-1971)
  • Set-in construction using hot hide glue
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl dot inlays
  • Open Book headstock
  • Volute (late 1969-1971)
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970-1971)
  • 14headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • Short bar AlNiCo 5 magnet
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • "Swimmimg Pool" route (1969-1970)
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • Chrome oval buttons
    • Open gears
  • 3-ply "Batwing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (1966-1968)
    • Shallow bevel angle (1969-1971)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
  • Black Reflector knobs (1966-1968)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs (1969-1971)
  • Wraparound bridge/tailpiece
  • Short Vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut (1969-1971)

(2000 Reissue) Edit

  • 2000-2001

(2012 Reissue) Edit

(2016 Reissue) Edit

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