Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.9 (99 votes)
Gibson: Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior
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Sound — 9
I play through a Vox Valvetronix VT30, no pedals. I play usually punk rock, a bit of classic rock, rockabilly, alternative, and a bit of blues riffing here and there. I typically just use stock overdrive and sometimes a bit of delay. This guitar fills each music category well, although chords seem to be the strength of this Les Paul Jr. This guitar can give sparkling clean tones, deep and rich bass tones, and definitely packs a punch with some good crunch tones and hardcore blues. Metal isn't really an option for this guitar, maybe so, but I've tried and it only fairs barely (the musicality and dynamics in metal with this guitar is lost in my opinion). The H-90 pick-up, I am sad to say, does not exist and is only a P-90 pick-up, which is a bit noisy but better than an average single-coil's noise. I often have to roll down the volume knob while recording so the humming doesn't interfere, but this is just a small thing. The tone knob is basic and easy to use, and I can get some nice tones from the guitar without adjusting my amp.

Overall Impression — 10
I am very impressed with this guitar, although it did take me a good amount of time to start getting used to playing a Gibson. I've been playing for 2-3 years now, and I also own a Squier Strat with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rail SH-1 bridge pick-up and a Fender Acoustic guitar. I wish the H-90 pick-up did come with this guitar, or the noise-cancelling came with this guitar. I would definitely buy this guitar again, maybe in a Vintage sunburst finish or again in classic white. I love a lot about this guitar, mostly how long the nickel hardware I think will last. Anything else? Buy it. It will be worth it.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is a tough one. It's very heavy, and for a year I haven't had to change the strings because it maintained a bright, loud output. None of the hardware has broken yet, and I've dropped this guitar more than a lot. You may want a strap-lock, because when the straps fell off that usually led to most of the fallings of the guitar. I would definitely gig with this alone, but its emphasis on chords might lead you to bring a backup just for other songs involving more intricate playing. The finish is thick and very nicely made, and will last for a long time to come.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I've had this guitar for about a year, and I have to say, a year has seemed to change this guitar quite a bit. At first, the action was nice, but the neck was a bit too straight and didn't fit my hands too well (compared to a Fender). A slight buzz exists in when hitting the low E string, but that's easily fixed. The finish for classic white is easily dirtied by certain leathers, but a quick cleaning should do the trick. The pick-up was beautifully placed for that nice, punchy output, and the bridge and nickel-hardware helps with delivering nice sustain.

Features — 10
This guitar is very expensive compared to its other counterpart, the Standard Les Paul Jr., which I found for $800-$900 price range compared to this axe. The feature most focused on this guitar is either the special H-90 pickup, which adds more of a punch to the tone and is noise-cancelling, or the fact that it's a named-guitar from a very popular pop-punk rock band of a generation. There is only a volume knob and one tone knob, which is on any Standard Les Paul Jr. This guitar is equipped with a 60's style slim-fitting rosewood neck, 22-frets, and are each hand-made so that each of these guitars will have their own dimension to the guitar. Also built is mahogany body with an air-tight space between the neck and body, an excellently crafted bridge, and it comes in three colors: classic white, ebony, and Vintage sunburst. At the back of the headstock there is a signature from Billie Joe Armstrong artfully written. It also comes with a free case with Green Day's Lightning Man logo and a leopard finish inside. Nickel hardware.

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    emphaticleech
    druggietoad2k5 wrote: DLXJRVO wrote: Fuck Billy Joe Faggot! No way in hell does he deserve a signature guitar from Gibson when he plays on an EPIPHONE JR. that's $90. Not to mention the fact that he is probably the worst guitar player to ever live. ? That would be Tom DeLonge. He plays Gibson guitars, not epiphone. Get your facts straight.
    Ever notice... most people that insult Billie Joe can't even seem to spell his name correctly?
    druggietoad2k5
    DLXJRVO wrote: Fuck Billy Joe Faggot! No way in hell does he deserve a signature guitar from Gibson when he plays on an EPIPHONE JR. that's $90. Not to mention the fact that he is probably the worst guitar player to ever live.
    ? That would be Tom DeLonge. He plays Gibson guitars, not epiphone. Get your facts straight.
    JayLacelle
    The H-90 pick-up, I am sad to say, does not exist and is only a P-90 pick-up
    Incorrect the H-90 is a stacked-humbucking pickup.
    GreenDayfan445
    fencernick wrote: JayLacelle wrote: The H-90 pick-up, I am sad to say, does not exist and is only a P-90 pick-up Incorrect the H-90 is a stacked-humbucking pickup. Thanks lol, i didnt realize that till now. Ive gotten mixed responses on this one when i was asking about it, saying the h-90 doesnt exist or its stacked
    Well you might allready know but the H-90 does exict and it's just a JayLacelle wrote it's a stacked double-coil p-up and it's hum-cancelling.
    jacksonguitars!
    Worst peice of garbage gibson makes you pay for stick to a les pual standard from gibson dont waste your money on this billie joel piece of shit
    Geordie Lad
    If you like the standard JR and can afford one of these then i would pay the extra and get it. It is so much better built (no plastic crap like the standard JRs) The H90 Is not hum-canceling i promise you. It is loud and you just have to live with it if you want one. It comes with a cool case and is finished in Nitro Gloss that gets dirty easy but also looks the complete nuts! (Top Finish) The sound is more warm, hot, thick and puchy than a standard p90 and if you turn the tone knob 1 mark you can expect a much bigger change in tone than on a standard with the ability to go to the highs but also way lowwer than any standard JR. Like any guitar you can solo on it and if you do a good job yourself it will repay you with verry crisp clear notes, but it is not an easy guitar to play due to it having a restricted next near the 14th fret meaning you really have to claw your hand around the thing when hitting those real high notes. Playing chords weather clear or dirty is where you will most likely be impressed, lots of sustain and clarity. I Jam with a bad that already has a guitarist who plays an SG Standard and the mix of H90 and the two humbuckers of the SG really do compliment eachother with the SG filling the room and the BJLP waking the overall sound up giving it an edge that would find most other guitars simply adding more noise. I hope you know what i mean when i say that. Summany- Ok so the H90 is noisy and wont fill the room like a Les Paul or SG etc. would but it is something that is a little bit special, offering a more crisp less droney sounds than many counterparts and i highley recomend atleast giving it a try if your looking for that new guitar sound!
    MaNoWar123
    people saying he hardly plays solos, now, hes mostly strutting around the stage, or hes playing the chords. but i really want that guitar
    lao123
    bambi_slaughter wrote: If anyone buys this they should seriously smack themself in the head. With the guitar too. Why pay $1500, an extra $600 for BILLIE JOES guitar. Not only does it only have one pickup, is not great for playing (compare fender neck to a gibson, youll know what i mean ), you are paying extra money to put more into already sold out rockstars pocket. Get a clue people and spend your money on something worth it. You could get a real nice les paul for that kinda money.
    I find Gibson necks much easier to play haha. I agree that it's overpriced though. People are willing to pay that much for signature models I guess
    HGS
    The only difference between this and a regular LP junior is the pickups? How lame. No cool finishes or anything? And it costs $1400? Only a hardcore Green Day with lots of cash to burn would buy this waste.
    Karabiner07
    bambi_slaughter wrote: If anyone buys this they should seriously smack themself in the head. With the guitar too. Why pay $1500, an extra $600 for BILLIE JOES guitar. Not only does it only have one pickup, is not great for playing (compare fender neck to a gibson, youll know what i mean), you are paying extra money to put more into already sold out rockstars pocket. Get a clue people and spend your money on something worth it. You could get a real nice les paul for that kinda money.
    from a big green day fan, all i have to say is: true, i mean, i have an epi les pual standrad and it sounds way better than that guitar and chaeper also
    bambi_slaughter
    If anyone buys this they should seriously smack themself in the head. With the guitar too. Why pay $1500, an extra $600 for BILLIE JOES guitar. Not only does it only have one pickup, is not great for playing (compare fender neck to a gibson, youll know what i mean), you are paying extra money to put more into already sold out rockstars pocket. Get a clue people and spend your money on something worth it. You could get a real nice les paul for that kinda money.
    GreenDayfan445
    What the **** is DLXJRVO talking about??? BJ doesn't play epiphone, he plays Gibson. He has idea what he's talking about , he can't even spell Billie Joe right If you don't know what the hell you're talking about don't write at all.
    Ruzaldeen
    DLXJRVO wrote: Fuck Billy Joe Faggot! No way in hell does he deserve a signature guitar from Gibson when he plays on an EPIPHONE JR. that's $90. Not to mention the fact that he is probably the worst guitar player to ever live.
    billie uses a gibson. i bet you didn't saw the bullet in a bible concert. he uses a gibson. check his headstock. you're a douchebag
    deryckfender
    That DLXJRVO is a dick....he doesn't even know who he's talkin about..he's talkin about tom delonge of blink 182 not billie joe who is a fukin great guitarist
    emphaticleech
    jetfuel495 wrote: Private Eye wrote: jetfuel495 wrote: I've actually played this guitar on several occasions, and while I do believe that you're essentially overpaying for a name, it's a fun guitar to play. Real thick punchy tone on this one. Definitely not for shredding though. well yeah, it's Billy Joe Armstrong. He doesn't even play his own solos live. It's a shame too, he can really play, he just doesn't. (Listen to their first 2 albums before Dookie) Yeah, I searched up some live videos of when those guys were still like 19 and was blown away. Still don't have those two albums though.
    Eh, he's more of a showman now. I can definitely respect him for it. I saw them live on the 21st Century Breakdown tour and they played "At the Library" ... and he ripped the solo, so he's still got it. He just chooses not to play them anymore, and I don't think it's really a biggie. Jason White has been a friend and guitarist for Green Day and Pinhead Gunpowder for a long time, he might as well be GD's fourth member. :] I've played on this guitar, and I love the feel of it. True, it's way too expensive... but it's a perfect guitar for what it's meant for. And that's just to thrash the FUCK out of power chords! It truly is wonderful.
    fencernick
    soupdragon wrote: I don't see why you gave it a 10 overall when you only gave it 10 in the features category. Review with your head, not your heart.
    I gave it a 10 because overall, it is a very reliable guitar and ive grown to use it more frequently and such. i dun hav to do calculations to know overall, the guitar is great
    Amuro Jay
    Private Eye wrote: jetfuel495 wrote: I've actually played this guitar on several occasions, and while I do believe that you're essentially overpaying for a name, it's a fun guitar to play. Real thick punchy tone on this one. Definitely not for shredding though. well yeah, it's Billy Joe Armstrong. He doesn't even play his own solos live. It's a shame too, he can really play, he just doesn't. (Listen to their first 2 albums before Dookie)
    Yeah, I searched up some live videos of when those guys were still like 19 and was blown away. Still don't have those two albums though.
    soupdragon
    I don't see why you gave it a 10 overall when you only gave it 10 in the features category. Review with your head, not your heart.
    leony03
    Gu1tar_guy1010 wrote: I just don't see how you give the features a 10 when the guitar only has one pu, volume, and tone knob.
    because thats all the features it needs and it does them well
    Gu1tar_guy1010
    I just don't see how you give the features a 10 when the guitar only has one pu, volume, and tone knob.
    fencernick
    JayLacelle wrote: The H-90 pick-up, I am sad to say, does not exist and is only a P-90 pick-up Incorrect the H-90 is a stacked-humbucking pickup.
    Thanks lol, i didnt realize that till now. Ive gotten mixed responses on this one when i was asking about it, saying the h-90 doesnt exist or its stacked
    Private Eye
    jetfuel495 wrote: I've actually played this guitar on several occasions, and while I do believe that you're essentially overpaying for a name, it's a fun guitar to play. Real thick punchy tone on this one. Definitely not for shredding though .
    well yeah, it's Billy Joe Armstrong. He doesn't even play his own solos live. It's a shame too, he can really play, he just doesn't. (Listen to their first 2 albums before Dookie)
    Amuro Jay
    I've actually played this guitar on several occasions, and while I do believe that you're essentially overpaying for a name, it's a fun guitar to play. Real thick punchy tone on this one. Definitely not for shredding though.
    Underjoggle
    This guitar is very expensive compared to its other counterpart, the Standard Les Paul Jr., which I found for $800-$900 price range compared to this axe.
    Fuck Gibson.