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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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