Photo credit: True Vintage Guitar

Introduced in 1961, the Junior slotted above the Melody Maker and below the Special. It was produced continuously for a decade, until both the Junior and Melody Maker were effectively replaced in mid-1971 by the SG-100. However, there was a limited run of SG-100 Junior models in 1972. Since then, it has been reissued occasionally and is widely considered a staple of the SG lineup by fans.

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1961 - 1965[edit | edit source]

1962 Les Paul Junior in Cherry

  • 1961-1963: $147.50
  • 1964: $155
  • 1965: $165

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Hot hide glue
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Brazilian Rosewood fretboard (1961~1964)
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (~1965)
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Medium Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • Silk-screened "Les Paul Junior" (1961-mid 1963)
    • 17o pitch
    • 14o pitch (Mid/Late 1965?)
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width (1961-1965)
  • 1 5/8" nut width (Mid 1965)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (Late 1965)

1965 SG Junior in Pelham Blue w/ bound neck

Binding:

  • None

Note: Polaris White & Pelham Blue finished models sometimes had bound necks, but were always painted over the side of the fretboard regardless.

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • Short AlNiCo V magnet (sometimes AlNiCo II)
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • Centralab pots (1961 - mid 1963)
    • CTS pots (mid 1963 - 1965)
    • Ceramic "orange drop" capacitor

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Chrome Hardware (1965)
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines

Photo Credit: Thunder Road Guitars

    • 12:1 ratio
    • White plastic oval buttons
  • 2-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard (1961-1963)
    • Shallow bevel angle
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard (1964-1965)
    • Shallow bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Bell knobs (early 1961 only)
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece (1963-1965)
  • Optional Short Vibrola (1962-1964)
  • Standard Short Vibrola (1965)

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • TV Yellow (1961)
  • Polaris White (1962-1965)
  • Ebony (Custom Order)
  • Pelham Blue (Custom Order)
  • Cardinal Red (Custom Order)
  • Sunburst (Custom Order)

1966 - 1971[edit | edit source]

1970 SG Junior in Walnut

  • 1966: $165
  • 1967: $169
  • 1968:
    • January: $179
    • June: $189
  • 1969: $199
  • 1970: $225
  • 1971: $250

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel (1966-1968)
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (mid 1969-1971)
  • Set-in construction
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays

      Photo Credit: Vintage and Rare

    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock
    • Medium (1966-1968)
    • Narrow (1969-1971)
    • Body-color-matched (1971)
    • Volute (mid/late 1969-1971)
    • Gibson logo decal (1966-1969)
      • Classic font style
    • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo (1970-1971)
      • Squared font style
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970-1971)
    • 14o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 5/8" scale (1966-1969)
  • 24 9/16" scale (1969-1971)
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • None

1966 Polaris White w/ binding

Note: Polaris White & Pelham Blue finished models sometimes had bound necks, but were always painted over the side of the fretboard regardless.

Electronics:

  • One "Soapbar" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • Short AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Chrome or white plastic oval buttons
    • Closed gears
  • Mandolin style 3-on-a-plate tuning machines (sporadic)
    • 14:1 ratio
    • Chrome oval buttons

1971 headstock design

    • Open gears
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard (early 1966)
    • Shallow bevel angle
  • 3-ply "Batwing" pickguard (mid 1966 - 1971)
    • Shallow bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Reflector knobs (1966 - mid 1967)
  • Black Witch Hat knobs (mid 1967 - 1971)
  • Compensated bridge
  • Short Maestro Vibrola

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Polaris White (1966-1968)
  • Walnut (1969-1971)
  • Sparkling Burgundy (Custom Order)

SG-100 Junior (1972)[edit | edit source]

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As the SG-100 was being replaced by the SG I in late 1972/early 1973, some were made with the SG I's style of control plate.

  • Limited run: 272 produced

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Poplar body
    • No cutaway bevels
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

SG I transitional model (w/ aftermarket bridge)

Neck:

  • 1-pc Maple
  • Set-in construction
    • No angle
    • Titebond glue
    • Joins body at 18th fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Large Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • Volute
    • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
    • 14o pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90
    • Short AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8.5k Ohms D.C. resistance
    • Chrome cover w/ "Gibson" engraving
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS pots
    • Ceramic capacitor

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Kluson Deluxe 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Enclosed gears
    • Chrome Keystone buttons
  • Single-ply Les Paul pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, single-ply
  • Black Witch Hat knobs
  • Chrome front-mounted control plate
  • Black plastic front-mounted control plate (late '72/early '73)
  • Fully adjustable bridge
    • "Gibson" engraved bridge cover
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece (late '72/early '73)

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Walnut

1991 - 1994 Reissue[edit | edit source]

Wine Red

  • 1991-1994

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • '61 Reissue style heel
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-100 "stacked" humbucker
    • Black plastic cover
    • ~8-9k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Ebony
  • Wine Red
  • TV Yellow

2000 - 2007 Reissue[edit | edit source]

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  • $699 Street (2007)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

2006 Coral Pink (Image Credit: Top Shelf Instruments)

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Rounded '50s profile
  • Set-in construction
    • Standard style heel
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Soapbar" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • White oval buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Batwing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w or 1-ply black
  • Black Reflector or Bell knobs
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Ebony
  • Wine Red

Limited Runs:

  • Yamano Japan
    • 2006
    • White pickguard
      • Coral Pink
      • Carribean Blue
      • Corona Yellow

2011 "Junior '60s"[edit | edit source]

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  • 2011-2012
  • $849 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • Standard style heel
    • Joins body at 19th fret
  • Baked Maple fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Corian nut
    • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

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Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • TonePros "Kluson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 15:1 ratio
    • Green Keystone buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, double-ply
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry
  • Ebony

2016 Reissue[edit | edit source]

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  • Limited "Proprietary" Run
  • Japanese market exclusive
  • ~$1,290 - $1,370 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • '61 Reissue style heel
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • TonePros "Kluson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 15:1 ratio
    • White oval buttons
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • White oval buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w
    • "Junior" script
  • Black Reflector or Bell knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Heritage Cherry

2018 Reissue[edit | edit source]

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  • $1,219 - $1,429 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • '61 Reissue style heel
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Gibson "Script" logo decal
    • "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" banner (rear)
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Tektoid nut
    • 1 11/16" width

Electronics:

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  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

2018 jr2.jpg

  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • White oval buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, double-ply
  • Black Bell knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Vintage Cherry

2019 - Present[edit | edit source]

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  • $1,399 Street

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Slim taper profile
  • Set-in construction
    • '61 Reissue style heel
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Acrylic dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Narrow Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • 17o pitch
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • Graph Tech nut
  • 1 11/16" nut width

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Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90 w/ black plastic cover
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8k Ohms D.C. resistance
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • Orange Drop cap

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover "Gibson Deluxe" tuning machines
    • 14:1 ratio
    • White oval buttons
    • Manufactured by Ping
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover, double-ply
  • Black Bell knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Vintage Cherry

Historic 1963 SG Junior Reissue (2020 - Present)[edit | edit source]

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  • $2,999 Street

Body:

  • Solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • One-piece construction
  • Historic deep beveling
  • Tapered horn tips
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
    • VOS patina
    • Aniline dye

Neck:

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  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Medium C profile
  • Set-in construction
    • Hot hide glue
    • Unsheathed truss rod
    • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
    • Pearloid dot inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Medium Open Book headstock
    • Gibson logo decal
    • 17pitch
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
    • Leveled by Plek machine
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • Nylon nut
    • Cut by Plek machine
  • 1 11/16" nut width

Electronics:

  • One "Dog Ear" P-90
    • AlNiCo V magnet
    • ~8K Ohms DCR
    • Black plastic cover
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots
    • Hand-wired

Hardware:

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  • Nickel hardware
    • VOS patina
  • Gotoh Kluson-reissue tuning machines
    • 12:1 ratio
    • 3-on-a-plate style
    • White plastic oval buttons
    • Single line
  • 3-ply pickguard
    • Standard bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • Single-ply
  • Black Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • Compensated Aluminum wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry Red 

Limited Runs:

  • Bright TV Yellow
    • 2020 
    • Japanese market exclusive 
    • $3,199 Street 

Other Variants[edit | edit source]

Brian Ray '62 SG Junior[edit | edit source]

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