I Love Me Some Old P90s Nailed to a Slab of Mahogany - 50's Jr + Special content

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I recently added these two beauties to the collection. Both were single owner guitars (not the same owner). Both all original. The '59 Junior sat under a bed for much of it's life. I'm looking forward to breaking it in as it's probably the loudest guitar I now own - super vibrant and rings like the most glorious/rockin' bell. The '56 Special has been played in a good amount. Very soulful guitar - I love the neck tones on this one. Had to rotate the magnets in one of the pickups as it came wired out of phase. I may ultimately consider a refret on the '56 but I'm enjoying it for what it is now. Both of these have been on my bucket list of guitars for a while so I'm super stoked to finally add them to the fold.

Enjoy some pictures!








 

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Love me some slab mounted P90s! I need a Special. Have a Humbucker jr, building a doublecut jr kit (P90), a humbucker size P90 Tele and really would love a P90 filled Special to fill my wish list. Oh, I have a P90 equipped 60s Tribute,too. Guess I like P90s and slab guitars!
 

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Great looking pair! Congrats!
 

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Sweet Fancy Moses.

Two stunning slabs o'wood. Well done.
 

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Excellent pair you have there! Can't go wrong with 50s P90 Gibsons!
 

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Niiiiiiice! Either one of those alone would have been a great find but the pair is just awesome.
 

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enjoyed the photos a bunch!! any thoughts on the necks or fret size between the two?
 

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Too cool.

By the way, Great photographs...well done.
 

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Thanks, everyone!

enjoyed the photos a bunch!! any thoughts on the necks or fret size between the two?
Certainly! I haven't taken measurements yet so this is just off of feel/memory.

The '59 Junior has that great, full, Goldilocks '59 neck. A little smaller than the neck on my R8. Feels very similar to the 59 ES-300 I sold to fund this. Frets are big 59 frets - the ones on mine have no fret wear. Plays "like buttah". Pretty much as good as it gets, imo.

The '56 Special actually feels somewhat similar, thickness-wise, but has a subtle/soft, almost V to it. Still very, very comfy. The frets are small. Mine has a decent amount of fret wear near the neck. Toward the neck joint, not as much. It's still very easy to play but bends aren't quite as easy and I do get a little more buzz when I really dig in. Will likely refret this one a little down the road, considering putting on bigger frets, but haven't decided yet.

Too cool.

By the way, Great photographs...well done.
Thanks!
 

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One other big difference I've noticed is the neck angle. It is much more shallow on the '56. Tailpiece is nearly all the way down to the body where on the '59 steeper neck angle allows for the bridge to be a good ways off the body.
 

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indeed there is something special about a hog slab and p90´s :dude:
 

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I recently added these two beauties to the collection. Both were single owner guitars (not the same owner). Both all original. The '59 Junior sat under a bed for much of it's life. I'm looking forward to breaking it in as it's probably the loudest guitar I now own - super vibrant and rings like the most glorious/rockin' bell. The '56 Special has been played in a good amount. Very soulful guitar - I love the neck tones on this one. Had to rotate the magnets in one of the pickups as it came wired out of phase. I may ultimately consider a refret on the '56 but I'm enjoying it for what it is now. Both of these have been on my bucket list of guitars for a while so I'm super stoked to finally add them to the fold.

Enjoy some pictures!








Double yummy..may faves!! Passed on a '57 TV many years ago & I still regret it...aaah!! Finished up swapping a Squire Strat for a '59 Jnr back in the 80's & then had it resprayed TV...why?...'cause my man KEEF has one!! Still got the original tuners/bridge etc. tho.
 

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Wowza, they are both really beautiful and in real good condition !
My favourite would be the red one though, that might just be the most beautiful cherry red I've ever seen. Interesting to see that it has laquer checking though, seeing that it was in its case mostly.
 


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