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GIBSON BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG LES PAUL JUNIOR

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Simple, straightforward, and to-the-point rock tone : that’s why Billie Joe rocks a vintage Junior and why you’ll love the Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior electric guitar. Billie Joe’s signature model is a modern re-creation of the vintage Juniors he plays on stage. While the Junior may have started life as a budget model, it has proven it has the muscle to deliver the powerful sounds needed for modern music. The flat-top, single-cutaway mahogany body and single dog-ear, double-coil H-90 pickup combination is unbeatable for punchy, defined-yet-dirty tone. The mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard (ebony on classic white model) and ’1960 slim-tapered neck profile is comfy and gives you something solid to hold on to. It also has a wraparound compensated bridge, nickel tuners, and volume and tone controls.

Special H-90 Pickup

Gibson’s H-90 stacked double coil pickup is the result of a close collaboration with Billie Joe Armstrong. It offers the snarl and punch of a classic, vintage P-90, but with none of the 60-cycle hum that usually plagues traditional singlecoil pickups. This was accomplished by simply taking two singlecoils and stacking them on top of each other, resulting in the hum cancellation effect that occurs in a regular humbucker. With a few adjustments, Gibson’s engineers were then able to secure the vintage sonic characteristics of the singlecoil, making the H-90 another example of Gibson’s drive to stay one step ahead.

’60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile

No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The ’60s neck profile on the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. As with all Gibson necks, it is machined in Gibson’s rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the rosewood fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of the ’60s slim-taper profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Solid Mahogany Body and Set-Neck Construction

Two of the most central features of the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior are its solid mahogany body, and its set-neck construction, or glued neck joint. Like the majority of Gibson’s classic guitars, the neck of the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior is set into the body’s neck cavity using glue, which ensures a “wood-to-wood” contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and the body, thus allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks. As with all Gibson woods, the regimen involved in selecting the right body wood and the formula to dry it out is extensive. First, the wood is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled wood experts before it enters the Gibson factories. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This ensures all woods are dried to a level of “equilibrium,” where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods’ machinability and finishing properties, and adherence to glue. Consistent moisture content means that a Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.

Wraparound Tailpiece

A classic piece of hardware, the non-compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece on the Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les Paul Junior offers a simplicity and functionality that is hard to match. It provides a firm seating for the strings, and allows the player to adjust intonation and string height as needed. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain.

Features

Body

  • Body Style Les Paul
  • Body Species Mahogany

Neck

  • Species Mahogany
  • Nut Corian
  • Nut Width Standard Gibson: 1.695" +/- .050"
  • Silkscreen Gibson Logo + Les Paul Junior
  • Special Features Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Decal
  • Truss Rod Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Cover Bell-shaped cover

Fingerboard

  • Fingerboard Species Rosewood (Ebony on Classic White)
  • Inlays Acrylic Dot
  • Frets 22
  • Scale Length 24 - 3/4"

Hardware

  • Plating Finish Nickel
  • Tailpiece Wraparound Tailpiece/Bridge
  • Tuners Vintage White Button Strip

Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup P-90H
  • Pickup Cover Yes
  • Controls 1 Volume - 1 Tone
  • Control Pocket Cover Black Plastic
  • Control Knobs Black Tophats on Classic White, Gold Tophats on Vintage Sunburst, Amber Tophats on Ebony

Finish

  • Ebony , Classic White or Vintage Sunburst

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- Thomann (de)

Sources

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