There’s something so simple and straight forward about the Les Paul JR that has found it in the hands of rock, country and blues players for years and years. Like the other 2015 models, this LP JR has the super low action, wider neck, zero fret and GForce tuners, yet can also do the simple things as if you were smashing out tunes with Creedence or Tom Petty. Don’t forget that gold hard case. Tough and solid and much more usable (for me) than a beautifully sculpted and adorned shaped hardcase with leather handles and embossing that in reality is only going to get beaten up when loading in and out of gigs, vans and rehearsals – cool!
A delightful Vintage Sunburst, it’s got that deep brown woody gloss with darker hints towards the edges and neck pocket with just the right amount of wood grain showing through. The flat top is mahogany and the slim taper neck has a rosewood board. Available in cherry and yellow they’ve got the vintage looks covered.
The Simple Things
Plugged into a 60s Princeton, I found the LP JR to be chimey, tough and aggressive with the ability to smooth out a little when balancing the volume and tone controls. This P90 is marketed as ‘brighter and more percussive’ and definitely has some nice edge to it. It’s great for bashing out open chords and rootsy licks further up the neck. The wider fret board is noticeable, but for me it didn’t feel like it was getting in the way and the good intonation and ability to bend and use open strings with higher voicing without cringing over my tuning really helped.
May The Force Be With You
I’ve read some mixed opinions on the G Force system, and I understand that traditional guys aren’t typically going to be on board with the new changes.That said, the Auto Tuning functions worked well while I was playing with them and seemed pretty darn accurate.It’s amazing to flick a button, hit a string and watch the motorised tuners do their thing. Could be a great tool for those using several different tunings and it is relatively inconspicuous.
Back To The Future
Whilst the JR doesn’t always get as much exposure as its bigger brother,it’s a fun guitar to play that really has a nice spot to sit in the tonal palate of guitars. This 2015 model can be straight ahead with its single P90. Tone and volume controls make it a great rock and blues guitar or slightly more futuristic when flipping between tunings on the G Force. Either way it’s a nice playing axe with plenty of tone fora little guy.
Hits and Misses
Gotta love the P90 grunt
Beautiful classy finish
Not as much tonal versatility as other Les Paul models
Width at Nut: 46 mm
Finger Board: Rosewood
Pickups: Single P–90 Dogear Alnico Slug Pickup