early 60s gibson jr?

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  1. TerminalVertigo

    TerminalVertigo New Member

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    I bought this on ebay in the last year, perhaps could some "experts" sound off as to what i have?

    The serial decodes to 62-64. guessing jr due to no fret binding, but confused by the full size back rout :?


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  2. sgtbeefheart

    sgtbeefheart Well-Known Member

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    I'm no expert, but it looks all wrong.

    Two main things that rule out early '60s are the pickguard,
    and what appear to be '97 pickups.

    However it could be that the neck and body are early '60s,
    and it's been "seen to".

    Others with more knowledge than I have will be along soon.

    BTW, my '67 Jr. has binding.

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  3. TerminalVertigo

    TerminalVertigo New Member

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    [quote author=sgtbeefheart link=topic=21721.msg260527#msg260527 date=1310000502]
    I'm no expert, but it looks all wrong.

    Two main things that rule out early '60s are the pickguard,
    and what appear to be '97 pickups.

    However it could be that the neck and body are early '60s,
    and it's been "seen to".

    Others with more knowledge than I have will be along soon.

    BTW, my '67 Jr. has binding.


    the pickups were antiquities, but now they are lollar p90s.

    I'm only referring to the body itself, just not sure what it is.
    Welcome to the forum.
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  4. Kevin James

    Kevin James Active Member

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    Looks like a 62 JR that was hacked. The heel shape is correct for mid/late 62 (large heel with soft V shape at the top).

    I say hacked instead of modified because the routes look VERY crude and like a home job. A second pickup was routed out and the control cavity rout was enlarged. Obviosly the large guard is not correct either as well as the tuners, Nashville bridge and stop tail etc. Could be a cool player though. Hopefully the price ws right (and in this case by right I mean UNDER $1000).
     
  5. TNT

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    I agree verbatim with Kevin James.
     
  6. oldrockfan

    oldrockfan Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Kevin too. It was common for folks to buy the cheaper junior and then add route it out to add a second pup back in the day. It hurts resale value but certainly can still be a good player and cool old guitar.
     
  7. AxRab

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    Yes!, Carcass of a early 60's Junior.....
     
  8. gtone

    gtone Well-Known Member

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    The person that took a chisel /and or drill press to that guitar should be shot. Man, I hate to see hatchet jobs like that! If you're gonna rout the damn thing (which is a sin all by itself), at least try and make a nice job of it.
     
  9. SG Lou

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    I agree with Kevin and AxRab............Hacked Jr. it is !
     

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