‘63 SG Junior

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  1. Rusty Chops

    Rusty Chops Well-Known Member

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    Shown with 2019 version (in front). The ‘63 is browner, and has a bigger neck.
    They sound very close (‘63 gets a wound third).

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    With my CS RI ‘64 Standard

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    Nice duo. The '63 should sound fatter with the pickup further from the bridge.
     
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    It does.
    The “Les Paul” (‘63) version has nickel wound strings with some time on them, and a wound third.
    The red one (2019) has fairly new nickel plated steel, and is crisper.

    Both (either) have controls that are quite effective, and sweep the same. I can get into a nice turned down “acoustic” vibe.
    I would say the pickups are close in response at either end of their ranges.

    Of course the vintage one has a bigger neck, and crisper edge carving. Otherwise the 2019 is pretty close, except for some minor differences.

    I like ‘em both. The ‘63 will probably get slightly bigger strings now: maybe even flat wounds.
    Love gliding around on them, and they remind me of my guitar teacher (c 1962).
     
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    Bein’ Sunday, today I goofed around with my guitars all day (just like every other day) and put a medium 720 set of GHS Brite Flats on the ‘63, since they come with 22w third string.
    Took the bridge off to get some penetrating oil into the Allen adjusters and found the guitar was once red, but faded to brown evenly everywhere except under the bridge.
    Set up now for 0.011” - 0.050” strings now (truss rod still works good).
    Sounds and plays great, and the smooth feel and balance are bonus gravy.
     
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    Congrats on the 63 les paul junior!

    Looks very similar to mine. What's your approximate serial number? Mine is 1207xx. I assume it's one of the last with les paul on the headstock.
     
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    Stock and original. No fret wear.
    I love it!
     
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    Cool. What about your pots? I imagine they're Centralabs? 1963 or 62 date codes?
    Mine are 134 6321 (21st week of 1963)

    Fyi, (in case you're not aware) you can email Gibson customer service and they can give you a shipping date from their ledgers.
     
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    Haven’t looked (yet).
    I’ll get to it after I finish yesterday’s procrastination.
     
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