This SG Junior, from the first year after Gibson renamed it from the Les Paul, has a nice broken-in feel to it. With some brown discoloration in the nitrocellulose over the cherry finish, it has a classic look that marks its age more than most of the other SGs we have.
Body : Mahogany, cherry finish. Medium weight.
Neck : Mahogany with rosewood fretboard and dot inlays. Fairly thin, round profile.
Pickups/Hardware : One P-90 pickup a bit warmer than most. Wraparound bridge/tailpiece. Three-on-a-plate Kluson tuners.
Setup/Playability : Nice broken-in feel with clean neck. Feels great for rhythm playing in particular.
Cosmetic Condition : One missing inlay at the 9 th fret. Nice tarnish on the hardware. Finish has moderate player wear with a number of dings and dents on the top and back. Slightly brown finish.
Original chipboard with no handle
This one is an excellent Junior for a player. It’s been played and has had some good care taken of it, and is ready to go for more onstage use. It’s had a good refret with wide, high frets, as well as a replaced nut and strap buttons. As a result, it feels like a guitar you can rock out with a bit more than most. The best of these SG Juniors have a powerful and effortless feel, owing to their light weight, small size, and great playability, and this is one that embodies the vibe of these guitars.
Body: Mahogany with cherry finish
Neck: Mahogany with rosewood fretboard and dot inlays. Medium-thin, round profile.
Pickups/Hardware: One bridge P-90. Bright and strong output. Wraparound bridge.
Setup/Playability: Plays smoothly with wide, high frets. Responds well to heavier playing. Very stable, strong feel.
Cosmetic Condition: Fine checking throughout body, little finish wear that doesn’t affect playability. A few pickguard breaks around the edges.
Modifications: Replaced nut, strap buttons. Refret.
Weight: 5 lbs 14 oz
Case: Original chipboard (missing handle)
This Junior has a unique feel among the many in the store. Although under six pounds, it feels relatively heavy for a cherry SG Junior! It features a slightly rounder neck than most, although with the typical nut width, and a deep cherry finish that hasn’t turned brown at all. Definitely worth checking out for any player.
Body: Mahogany with cherry finish.
Neck: Mahogany with rosewood finish. Medium-round profile on thin nut width.
Pickups/Hardware: One P-90 in the bridge position. Nice and bright. Typical wraparound bridge/tailpiece and three-a-side Kluson tuners.
Setup/Playability: Nice tension and fairly low action.
Cosmetic Condition: Some dents around the top, but not much finish wear overall. No checking or pickguard breaks.
Modifications: Newer unlabeled black speed knobs.
Weight: 5 lbs 14 oz
Neck: Mahogany neck with a medium-round profile, 1 11/16” wide nut, rosewood fretboard, 12” radius, and dot inlays (Electronics all original with 1964 pots)
Pickups/Hardware: Kluson Deluxe tuners, one P-90 (Rated at 7.5kOhms), volume and tone controls
Cosmetic Condition: The finish is all original and nicely checked throughout the guitar. The top is in great shape with some average play wear on the guard and a few chips along the lower bout and the bass cutaway. The pickguard is shrinking slightly and has caused it to crack at a few of the screw holes. The back and sides also have some chips around the edges but no major buckle rash or structural damage. The neck is nice and smooth for the most part with some uniform checking lines and a few small blemishes. There is one larger chip in the finish on the side of the 3rd fret but overall the neck looks great. The headstock has some minor wear around the edges but mostly small chips and dings and no cracks or repairs. This SG Jr. is looking great for its age!
Playability: The strings are low, play nicely, and ring out clearly across the board.
Modifications/Repairs: Repro tuner Gromets on the 3 treble strings.
Weight: 5lbs 11oz
Case: Original chipboard
Neck: Mahogany neck with a medium-round profile, 1 11/16” wide nut, rosewood fretboard, 12” radius, and dot inlays
Pickups/Hardware: Kluson-Deluxe tuners, One P-90 (Rated at 8.1kOhms), volume and tone controls
Cosmetic Condition: The finish is all original and has faded to more of an orange-red. There is a lot of wear from use over the years with plenty of dings and chips around the edges and play wear on the guard. There are screw holes that have been doweled and touched up throughout the top. The back and sides have a good amount of buckle rash but it is mostly light dings and scratches with no structural damage. The neck has faded very nicely to an orange-ish tan and has some dings and dents from play wear. The headstock has a descent chip on the top left corner as well as some other wear but no cracks or repairs. This SG Jr. still has a lot of life left in it!
Playability: The strings are low, play great, and ring out clearly across the board.
Modifications/Repairs: Refretted, all hardware except the tuners and bridge have been replaced (Repro pole pieces, and vibrola.). Holes in top have been doweled and touched up with finish.
Weight: 6lbs 4oz
Case: Non-original hardshell