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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / SG Junior or LP Junior?

davywhizz
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Mar 2nd, 2012 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My next guitar will have a single p90. I really like the Gibson Custom Shop 1957 LP Junior which I've had a loan of for almost a year (must give it back some time)but I'd also like a SG. The first good quality guitar I ever had was a 1972 SG Standard. As ever, I would welcome the FDP wisdom.

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Lansing, MI

Mar 2nd, 2012 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only new SG Junior I know about is a non-CS model, and it has a Slim-Taper neck. That is a consideration if you like that '57 RI, which is like playing a telephone pole.

I seem to get muscle cramps from Slim-Tapers, so I only like the baseball bats. But SG Juniors are very cool guitars.

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Mar 2nd, 2012 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never played an SG Junior, but I love LP Juniors. Honestly a single Gibson P-90 is always a good way to go, it may come down to the body type and neck profile you prefer.

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Mar 2nd, 2012 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the balance of the LP over the SG and have owned both. The SG feels more neck heavy due to strap button placement.

Access to the second octive of the neck is much better on the SG however.

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Mar 2nd, 2012 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Either one is a tone beast! The simple mahogany construction is alive with flavor. And despite the single pickup, don't buy the "one-trick pony" argument. The tone knob matters. Where you pick and strum matter. How hard you hit the strings matters. I have an LP Junior and an SG Junior. The only real differences between them are body thickness (SG is lighter), and upper-fret access; the SG allows you to easily reach beyond the 17th fret, all the way up. The other issue is how they hang on a strap. Some players dislike the SG's tendency to neck dive. But as long as you're hanging onto the handle (neck), it's not going to dive.

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Mar 2nd, 2012 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a '99 SG Junior. It is a straight out raw rock screamer. The fretboard was somewhat roughly cut for the nut and I ended up changing the tuners. Those were the weak spots. It has a fat 50s neck which I luv and a very nice cherry finish. Very light. I have a SG Classic with 2 P90s and there is a difference between 2 and 1 pickups. The Jr just has a touch more edge IMO. I'd like to get a Les Paul Jr at some point just because, but you can't go wrong with either.

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Mar 2nd, 2012 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a '64 SG Jr and it is a tone monster. I just cannot imagine a better sounding guitar. The P90 manages to be both rude and sweet depending on how hard I dig into it. My band covers everything from The Small Faces to Judas Priest, and last show I took the Jr and kept expecting to change it for another guitar at any time, but at the end of the night it was still strapped on.

I don't notice any neck diving issues with mine.

BTW, this is a great time to buy a vintage Jr. If I could swing another one I would.

davywhizz
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Mar 3rd, 2012 02:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only very slight disappointment with the CS LP Junior I've got on loan is the tone control is unuseable below about 3 on clean settings. I've tried some of the cheaper satin-finish LP Juniors in shops and found a better tonal range. Ideally I'd like to find a decent funk sound - is it about getting the right pots and cap?

Paul G.

Rhode Island, USA

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Mar 3rd, 2012 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Firebird I!!!

Second choice LP Jr.

P.

Peegoo
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Mar 3rd, 2012 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Davywhiz, funk tone generally isn't defined by a P90. But, you can play any music on any guitar. It it were a funky, honky tone I wanted out of a P90, I would lean toward a cooler (weaker/low power) wound P90, and jack it up close to the strings. Add a little compression, and you're 75% there.

Paul L

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Mar 6th, 2012 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does it have to be a single pup model? I've currently got my eye on a new SG Standard with P-90s (actually, just ordered one). If I had to choose, I'd probably lean towards the SG Junior. Never cared for the LP Juniors/Specials that much.

Uncle Pat

Central KY

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Mar 7th, 2012 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love my '65 SG Jr. There is magic in that 47 yr old dog-ear that I don't hear in modern versions.
Every time I think about selling it to get something I'd be less afraid to take out and gig with...I just can't.


Peegoo
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Mar 8th, 2012 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gig that guitar, Uncle Pat. Guitars were meant to be played and heard!

carsten

on the rhine

Mar 9th, 2012 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi!

i´ve had a a couple of (more recent) juniors, as well as a (more recent) sg junior.
i really like the playability (and looks) of the sg, but i thought the lp juniors had a better/more "beefy" tone.

cheers - C.

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