I loved my 2019 Junior. About a year ago I found a 2019 LPJr Tobacco Burst Single Cut on Craigslist. It had been produced at Gibson only 6 months prior to my purchase. The Seller lived in a rural area and I agreed to meet him 1/2 way when he was coming 'into town' to 'get his hair cut'. It was nearly dead mint with all paperwork and I bought it on the spot. When I got it home I realized that it smelled horribly of some type of pipe/cigar smoke....impossible to have discerned in a hair salon. I tried many things over a long period of time to get the smell to abate but to no avail. This is the type of smell that after playing....it stays with you for the entire day no matter whether indoors or outdoors. I loved that guitar....but I couldn't take it anymore.
I put an ad on Craigslist this week and had a bite within 1 hour. I told the Buyer that it was mint but that it smelled of smoke and I just couldn't take it anymore. He debated whether he wanted to deal with the smell but he decided to meet me...and he bought it immediately.
I then called my buddy at Guitar Center and told him that I was looking to replace that Junior with a new one....that I wasn't in a hurry...and to call me when a deal arose. Thinking about it...I don't know that I have EVER purchased a brand new guitar in my life. Two days later he sends me a photo of a floor model priced VERY reasonably...and he says that because of the floor model price he can order me a new in the box Junior and have it shipped to my house for the same deal. I said 'do it'. I was going 'potluck' and assuming I'd receive a 2020 and hoping for a light-weight example. I ordered the guitar on Friday at lunch time and the new guitar arrived in an unopened box on Saturday (yesterday) at noon. I live in KC so the distribution center is about 20 miles from my house.
The 'new' Junior that I received is in fact a 2019 serial number same as my previous Junior. Aside from some very slight finish dimpling directly adjacent to the fretboard on the guitar's top (dust in those corners next to the fretboard during finishing?) the guitar is perfect. Compared to my smoked LPJr...this one feels EXTREMELY light and according to my bathroom scale weight with (a) me holding the guitar vs. (b) me alone on the scale....the guitar weighs either 6.8 or 7 lbs. I'll have to figure out a better way to weigh the guitar....but it is FAR lighter than my previous Junior for sure.
I am a little disappointed that it wasn't a 2020 Junior that arrived at my door. I am a little disappointed that the finish is even slightly distorted....albeit this blem is VERY difficult to see without perfect light and the blem is in a place that is difficult to detect. My goal had been to replace that smoky Junior with the same guitar...hopefully a 2020 and lighter version...and one that of course didn't smell like a cigar's a-hole.
It plays beautifully right out of the box. It is the only guitar model that I have ever sold and immediately re-purchased an identical model. These are just really fun, well made, easy playing guitars. I could nit-pick it to death I s'pose....but man....sub 7lbs brand new Junior....I'm happy with it. It cost me about $200 to 'trade-up' from my used CL purchased boat anchor weight smoked LPJr to this feather-light new-in-the-box example.
Perfection?...seldom....but methinks this worked out pretty well for me. If anyone is on the fence about these Juniors...I can't speak highly enough about them. I went from saying "Gibson wants HOW MUCH MONEY for those?" to now having bought two of them inside of a year.