Gibson introduces the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut 03-Sep-12
Gibson has introduced the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut. Here's the full story in Gibson's own words...
The Les Paul Junior was first introduced in 1954 as a more affordable "student model," the little sibling to the Les Paul model. Since that time it has become a no-nonsense favorite of countless punk and garage rockers, beloved for its straight-on power and playability. It's of little surprise that this utilitarian instrument should appeal to the premier punk rocker of his generation, and Billie Joe Armstrong has used a Gibson Les Paul Junior right from the very start of his tenure with Green Day. In honor of Billie Joe's achievement in taking the punk ethos, attitude and energy right to the top of the mainstream without once compromising his vision, Gibson USA presents the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut, a great partner to the original single-cutaway Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior, and a guitar that is primed to get you straight into no fuss, no frills rock 'n' roll. Designed in the image of the late '50s rendition of the breed, the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut is crafted with select tonewoods and an advanced rendition of Gibson's hallowed P-90 pickup, the noise-cancelling H-90, with a double-cutaway body and subtle custom graphics to help it stand out from the crowd, and includes an extra special new Gibson gigbag with a stylish surprise lurking inside.
The meat and muscle of the Les Paul Junior has always come from its solid slab of prime mahogany, a rich, resonant tonewood with a sweet and balanced harmonic content and excellent sustain, and the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut is no different. Gibson USA crafts the guitar's mahogany body in the iconic double-cutaway style of the Juniors of the late '50s and early '60s, and dresses it in an eye-catching, high-gloss "TV Yellow" finish, in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer. A traditional black plastic pickguard is adorned with a custom hot-stamped silver Billie Joe Armstrong "Adeline skull" logo, a subtle nod that this guitar is something special. The solid-mahogany neck is carved to Billie Joe's preferred slim early '60s profile which is fast and extremely comfortable, and topped with a fingerboard of rich brown granadillo, an exotic Central American hardwood with a look, feel and tone similar to rosewood, with extremely good durability. In keeping with the simplicity of the original Juniors, the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut has a simple vintage-style wraparound bridge, a component known for its solidity and sustain-enhancing powers.
With such a great foundation in place, the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut rams it all home through a great new rendition of Gibson's beloved P-90 single-coil pickup. The H-90 stacked double coil pickup is the result of a close collaboration with Billie Joe. It offers the snarl and punch of a classic, vintage P-90, but with none of the 60-cycle hum that usually plagues traditional single coil pickups. This was accomplished by simply taking two single coils 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 single coil, retaining traditional Alnico V bar magnets and 42 AWG coil wire, making the H-90 another example of Gibson's drive to stay one step ahead. As ever, the pickup is routed through a single volume and tone control.
It all comes protected in a stunning new Gibson USA gigbag with a stylish "leopard skin" plush lining and red external "Shockman" graphic, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty, as well as Gibson's acclaimed 24/7/365 Customer Service. Check out the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior Double Cut today, and prepare to get rockin'. Features
Solid Mahogany body with iconic Junior double-cutaway
Mahogany neck with Billie Joe's preferred slim early '60s profile
Powerful P-90 Plus pickup in the bridge position
Vintage-style wraparound bridge
Hot-stamped silver Billie Joe Armstrong "Adeline skull" logo on pickguard
Gibson USA gigbag with a stylish "leopard skin" plush lining and red external graphic
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