Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Review & Prices

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Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Review
  • From Gibson Custom's 2022 Murphy Lab series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 1-Piece Solid Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Dog-Ear P90 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: (/)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • Wraparound bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 60s SlimTaper Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Strip with White buttons tuners
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2022 Murphy Lab series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 1-Piece Solid Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Custom Dog-Ear P90 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: (/)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • Wraparound bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 60s SlimTaper Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Strip with White buttons tuners
  • Compare Specs >

Verdict: is The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged a Good Guitar?

Made in a country with top quality control, which means you should get a high-quality instrument made with good materials and excellent attention to detail. It's a guitar with decent playability. It comes with really good pickups but lacks in other sound-related aspects. It's a well-balanced guitar for playing solos and chords. You can find other models with valuable features (locking tuners, stainless steel frets, etc) for a lower price. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Hard Rock or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 69
Build quality 75
Value for money 58
Overall Score 73
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Prices

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Is the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3600, which means that the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged costs around 142% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in United States.

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Is The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Easy to Play?

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Scale Length Comparison
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Neck Profile
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's neck thickness is approximately 0.82'' (20.8mm) at the first fret, and 0.93'' (23.6mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Gibson Custom website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a D type neck. It's similar to a C shape, and it's one of the most common shapes right now. It's a bit flatter and thinner, even though sometimes it has a bit more shoulders. It's a fast type of neck that is comfortable, and shredders love it.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged has a fingerboard radius of 12". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Asymmetrical Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
10'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Nut Width
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Nut Width

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size found in electric guitars. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

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Frets

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

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Fret Size

Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Fret Size Comparison
Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's frets are Medium Jumbo size. These sit somewhere between a Jumbo and a Medium fret. They're not quite as tall as a full Jumbo, so you'll still feel the fretboard, but you won't feel it as much as with medium frets. This is a good size if you want to make it easy to press the strings but would also like a little bit of ''feedback'' to know when to stop pressing so the notes don't go out of pitch.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Does the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Gibson Custom. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged's configuration is P90. These pickups are, in fact, single-coil pickups, although they look like humbuckers. They have more output than single coils, but less than Humbuckers. And the same thing could be said about their tone; they're not as warm as humbuckers but not as bright as single coils. This gives a lot of versatility to P90s, as they can be used for many different genres, but it's used more often by players looking for a vintage tone.

Like any other single-pickup-guitar, it should have good sustain since there will be less interference with the vibration of the strings because fewer pickups means less magnetic interference. However, you're stuck to one tone option, unless you use effect pedals.

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22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Custom Dog-Ear P90 Bridge Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Custom Dog-Ear P90 Bridge Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Custom Dog-Ear P90 Bridge Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Custom Dog-Ear P90 Bridge Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Custom Dog-Ear P90 Bridge Pickup

Versatility

Naturally, the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged doesn't come with a pickup selector because it's a single-pickup guitar. These guitars have less versatility, but they're good for practicing. Besides being cheaper, limiting yourself to a single-pickup guitar can help you improve by learning to control the tone with your technique and playing style. Things like playing further away from the bridge for a warmer tone, or plucking the strings fast for a snappy sound can help you become a better player.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

What music genre is the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with P90 configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 100
Sustain 65
Versatility 40
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 69

How well is the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Built?

Where is the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged is made in United States. Guitars made in the USA have the reputation of being the best instruments you can get. This statement isn't as accurate as a few years ago, but you should still expect top-quality from a guitar made in this country.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged:

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Body
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Neck
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood Fretboard

The body and neck are made of Mahogany. This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Finally, the fretboard material is Rosewood. Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

Bridge

The bridge is a Wraparound. The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged has a Nylon nut. It's an extremely resistant material with very low friction, so it's great for guitar nuts. It will last for a long time and won't get your guitar out of tune. It's not found in most modern instruments only because it's difficult to work with for the luthier due to its hardness, so you'll find it mostly only in vintage guitars.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 76
Features 50
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 75

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Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Ebony Ultra Heavy Aged Specs

General
Brand: Gibson Custom
Year: 2022
Configuration: P90
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: Murphy Lab
Colors: Black
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: 1-Piece Solid Mahogany
Bridge: Wraparound
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Kluson Strip with White buttons
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Material: Mahogany
Decoration: Celluloid Dot
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: 60s SlimTaper
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.82'' (20.8mm) - 12th Fret: 0.93'' (23.6mm)
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Nylon
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs: Bell
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Custom Dog-Ear P90 (Single Coil / Passive)