Gibson Les Paul TV Junior Solid Body Electric Guitar (1958)

Gibson  Les Paul TV Junior Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1958)

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Gibson Les Paul TV Junior Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1958), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 8-2365, limed mahogany finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a great-sounding, all original Les Paul TV Junior, a superb example of this classic '50s solid-body. It features a fairly lightweight mahogany body and a single, very punchy P-90 pickup. The "TV" model is the same structurally as the Les Paul Junior, distinguished by a "limed mahogany" finish on the body and neck instead of a dark sunburst. This variant is quite a bit rarer than the standard sunburst version -- only 429 TV Models shipped in 1958 compared to over 2,400 sunburst Juniors.

The "TV" designation supposedly refers to the increased visibility the light-finished guitar would offer on the flickering monochrome sets of the day, although as this was considered a student model, who might actually be seen playing it on television is an open question. Maybe on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour...

The neck on this one has a typical chunky '58 profile and feels solid as can be. The P-90 pickup is mounted under the "dogear" plastic cover fairly close to the strings, giving it a very powerful output. The wiring is completely untouched including the now-venerated "Bumblebee" tone cap, and the black numbered knobs typical of the late '50s. The tuners are strip Kluson Deluxes, and the designation "Les Paul TV Model" is stenciled on the headstock under the Gibson logo.

As the name implies, the Junior was the most basic of Gibson's 1950s Les Paul line, with a single pickup, tone and volume knobs, and simple bar bridge/tailpiece. This lack of complexity has stood it in good stead in the 1950s and beyond.

While designed as a student guitar, the Junior has become justly renowned as one of the crunchiest and most powerful of straight rock guitars, with fantastic natural overdrive capabilities when paired with the right amp. The combination of the solid, thick mahogany body and neck with the single solidly mounted P-90 and bar bridge maximizes tonal response. Many players prefer this model to all others for both crunch rhythm and searing lead.

From Leslie West to Mick Ralphs, and Johnny Thunders to Paul Westerberg to Billie Joe Armstrong, Gibson's original 1950s Les Paul Junior has proven itself over and over to be the most basic of rock machines, as simple and effective as they come.
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This TV model remains ALL original with some typical light wear but no alterations or repairs. Even the fragile and usually broken or replaced plastic jackplate is still intact. The finish is quite dark with a more ochre hue than many; it has some typical wide checking but does not appear to have faded a lot over time.

There are small dings and chips and scuff marks to the pickguard from picking, but no major wear. The original frets show some light wear, but the guitar still plays very well; a great example with the typical powerhouse sound. Includes the original alligator-grain chipboard case. Excellent Condition.