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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 in 1972. Since then, it has been reissued occasionally and is largely considered a staple of the SG lineup by fans.

Related:

1961-1966 Edit

1962 Les Paul Junior

1962 Les Paul Junior in Cherry

  • 1962: $147.50 (~$1200 in 2017)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
65 pelham jr bound fb

1965 SG Junior in Pelham Blue w/ bound neck

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Hot hide glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Brazilian Rosewood fretboard (1961~1964)
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (~1965-1966)
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • Silk-screened Les Paul signature (1961-1962)
    • "Junior" screened below signature
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 14o headstock pitch (1965-1966)
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 1 5/8" nut width (1964)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (1965-1966)

Binding:

Note: White & Pelham Blue finished models occasionally had bound necks. However, most were just painted over the edge of the fretboard

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • Short AlNiCo V magnet (sometimes AlNiCo II)
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor
Junior-0

Photo Credit: Thunder Road Guitars

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Chrome Hardware (1965-1966)
  • 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 (1963-1966)
  • Optional Short Vibrola (1962-1964)
  • Standard Short Vibrola (1965-1966)

Finishes:

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

1967-1971 Edit

70 jr

1970 SG Junior in Walnut

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel (1967-1968)
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (mid 1969-1971)
  • Set-in construction
    • Titebond glue
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Volute (mid/late 1969-1971)
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo (uncommon)
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970-1971)
  • 14headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale (1967-1969)
  • 24 9/16" scale (1969-1971)
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • Short AlNiCo V magnet (sometimes AlNiCo II)
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
    • "Swimmimg Pool" route (1969-1970)
      67ish jr

      Photo Credit: Vintage and Rare

  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • Chrome or white plastic oval buttons
    • Closed or open gears
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard (early 1967)
  • 3-ply "Batwing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (early 1967-1968)
    • Shallow bevel angle (1969-1971)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Reflector knobs (1967)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs (1968-1971)
  • Compensated bridge
  • Short Maestro Vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut (1969-1971)
  • TV Yellow (1967-1968)

SG-100 Junior (1972) Edit

Sg100 jr

As the SG-100 was being replaced by the SG I in late 1972/early 1973, some were made with the SG I's style of control plate.

  • Limited run: 272 produced

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Poplar body
    • No cutaway bevels
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
SG I jr 2

SG I transitional model w/ replaced bridge

Neck:

  • 1-pc Maple?
  • Set-in construction
    • No angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Large Open Book headstock
  • Volute
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 14headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90
    • Short AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
    • Chrome cover w/ "Gibson" engraving
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gibson Deluxe 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
    • Closed gears
  • Single-ply Les Paul pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Witch Hat knobs
  • Chrome front-mounted control plate
  • Black plastic front-mounted control plate (late '72/early '73)
  • Fully adjustable bridge
    • "Gibson" engraved bridge cover
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece (late '72/early '73)

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut

1991 Reissue Edit

1991 jr-0

Wine Red

  • 1991-1994

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-100 "stacked" humbucker
    • Black plastic cover
    • ~7-9k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover tuning machines
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Ebony
  • Wine Red
  • TV Yellow

2000 Reissue Edit

2001 jr 2
  • 2000-2005

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Rounded '50s profile
  • Set-in construction
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gibson Deluxe tuning machines
    • White oval buttons
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
    • 1-ply black (2005)
  • Black Reflector or Bell knobs
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Ebony
  • Wine Red

2011 "Junior '60s" Edit

2011 jr 60s
  • 2011-2012
  • $849

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Baked Maple fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut
    • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
2011 jr 2

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • TonePros Kluson tuning machines
    • 16:1 ratio
    • "Green key" buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, double-ply
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2016 Reissue Edit

2016 jr
  • Limited "Proprietary" Run

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson logo
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Kluson Deluxe tuning machines
    • White oval buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
    • "Junior" script
  • Black Reflector or Bell knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry

2018 Reissue Edit

2018 junior
  • $1,429

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
  • Silk-screened Gibson "Script" logo
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Tektoid nut
    • 1 11/16" width
2018 jr2

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~7.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Gibson Deluxe tuning machines
    • White oval buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, double-ply
  • Black Bell knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Vintage Cherry