- Nov 19, 2007
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Don't do it.A guy asked me to trade this Jr with his true historic cc46 kathtyn in mint conditions. What you guys think?
I only ever owned one Historic, which was a great guitar after a neck reshape (massive and horrible originally), a load of changed parts, and some major work to make the fingerboard respond to the truss rod like the old ones do. It only ever got close at best. Oh and pickups, went through a few before it sounded anything like. Great guitars, some amazingly so I am told, but they are copies of 50's guitars.
And OK, my favourite 50's original Junior has had 2 refrets (needed it, 2nd one my fault, I thought a '55 would be better with big frets first time around, I now know better), a changed bridge, repair to a rattly truss rod, and a frozen volume pot that resulted in me breaking the pickup earth solder joint when putting a replacement in. And there is quite a bit more to the story.
But the main thing is: me and that '55 Junior are bonded at the hip. Looking at my 50's Juniors and Special, the only guitars I have a similar relationship with is the JV Squier Strat I have had from new in 1983, and one '59 Standard replica that is incredibly special to me. But long and short, 50's Juniors are outrageously good guitars, and while everyone has been trying to replicate the '59 Standard, no-one to my knowledge got remotely close to a good Junior, maybe because they are still relatively affordable.
If the guitar can speak to you, listen to it. It will become an amazing part of your musical journey. Don't expect it to be an easy trip on either part (I left my best guitar behind at a gig in Birmingham, and it was the less than observant singer that noticed, made me stop the car and turn back). When I think of some of the most beautiful musical moments of my life, there was an original LP Junior involved. If I could afford a blackguard Tele I am told they have a similar effect.
Enjoy the trip; it will be worth it.