Possible NGD - '56 Les Paul Junior - Ideas?

'Hege

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I have a friend who works at a local large retailer. Whenever he gets something special traded in, guitar, amp, pedal, he’ll take a break and call me to see if I am interested. If yes, I will put down some amount for a 30 day layaway, and then spend the following Sunday at the store with my tools doing my diligence.
Gives me at least 30 days to establish what I can about the item before totally committing, and a few opportunities to light her up and see what she’s got… with a number of amp choices.

Case In point, he calls me last Sunday afternoon (now yesterday), a trade in of a 1956 LP Junior Sunburst #6123xx, not in original case, but in what looks to be nice condition. Fat neck, sends me a couple photos, shown here, and I so I do a down payment to put it on layaway.

I’ll be taking a close look under the hood next Sunday, and will have the old UV light and small tools in hand. I read something about the “leaning posts” and I see that this one has not had the pickup relocated away from the posts, that move apparently in early ’56 to avoid breakout at the post on the treble side. So maybe a really early ’56?

I would appreciate any thoughts, ideas, things to look for, caveats, from the experts here as I move forward. I know there are quite a few Junior champions/experts/lovers here.

It might be my first guitar from the 50’s. At least the Juniors are not too outrageous in price. Many in my collection came to me this way, the old “call on the sly”. Sometimes a retailer, sometimes a pawn shop, sometimes a buddy “who knows someone” selling a guitar.

I am one of the lucky ones whose wife is totally supportive of my habit(s), for the record!

Could be $2 for the brag jar there, I realize. Possible incoming ’56 LP Jr. AND a supportive wife.

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Thanks!
 

yamariv

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Wow, she looks really nice actually!! That's quite the buddy who gave you a heads up on a score like that! :dude:

When you go see it take pics of all angles and post them on here with any concerns you may have and we'll take a look for you. From what I see she looks to be nice and original. Curious to see pics of the control cavity and the underside of the P90 to authenticate it as 50's.

As for the posts leaning, once you get it just pick up a repro set of 1 inch long studs and bushings and pull the short bushings "if still original" out and insert the longer ones. Juniors of that time should already be drilled 1 inch deep from the factory (go figure..) You can get a nice set from Mojo Axe and other places (no affiliation, just a happy customer)

BTW, if it plays and sounds nice do it! You won't regret having a nice Vintage Junior in your arsenal :applause:I expected mine to sound good but was really blown away by the sound and feel of my old girl, she's a rock beast!

Keep us posted!
 

jvin248

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Nearly same age, this video convinced me I needed a Junior in the fleet (I have lesser friends though).

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bossaddict

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The tuners are non-original, but it looks really nice overall. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
 

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It looks straight from the pics not that I’m an expert. I wouldn’t worry too much about the bridge location I’ve spent years playing my buddies 55 and it was a fantastic guitar even with a headstock repair. Juniors are great great guitars. If you bond with it and it seems legit and the price works grab it you won’t be disappointed.
 

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Serial number denotes later 1956 production. Tuners should be single line Klusons, but the ones on it aren't repros but rather from the mid-sixties. May have been put on a while back when the original buttons shrunk and there were no replacements available. Otherwise looks like a nice straight guitar to me.
 

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I had a '56 Junior and it had no problems with TP leaning, I read that they fixed that problem in '56, I don't know exactly when but mine was fine.
Al
 


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