Gibson Unveils New Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior

(Image credit: Marianne Ulett/Gibson)

Gibson has teamed up with Neil Young, Promise of the Real and Willie Nelson & Family guitarist Lukas Nelson to create the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior.

Based on Nelson’s own '56 Junior, this guitar features a single-cutaway slab mahogany body, fat ‘50s-style mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets and dot inlays.

Sonically, it has a specially-voiced dog-ear P-90 with Alnico III magnets and single volume and tone gold speed knobs, hand-wired with orange drop capacitors and original spec 500k vintage audio taper pots.

Elsewhere, the Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior features a ‘50s-style wraparound bridge with an intonation-improving compensation contour, aged nickel-plated hardware and original-spec Vintage Deluxe strip style tuners.

Lukas Nelson poses with his new signature Gibson Les Paul Junior

(Image credit: Marianne Ulett/Gibson)

“The beauty of this guitar is that it is very versatile with the sound," Nelson said in a statement. "In fact, I can get a lot of different tones just from the P90 and the way that I attack the strings and through the intonation and the vibrato that I give.

“If I hit it lighter, it doesn’t break up as much. If I get into it, it gets a lot of grit and dirt and breaks up. It’s a versatile tone, which I’m pretty grateful for. Frankly, Gibson has been nothing but incredible to us - to me - since I’ve met them. And this guitar has taken me on a long journey. It’s taken me to some amazing places, and I hope that a lot of other people get the same opportunity with their version of my guitar.”

The Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior is available now - in a deluxe satin Vintage Sunburst finish - for $1,599.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at and He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.