NBD - Gibson Les Paul Junior DC

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JSandbloom, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. JSandbloom

    JSandbloom Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Redding, Ca
    Lakland Basses
    just arrived today. Setup is pretty rough. Will submit review this evening. Until then, here’s a picture.

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  2. I've really enjoyed mine so far, I hope you like yours! HNBD!
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  3. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Want to hear all about. May be in my future, if y'all think they are worth it
  4. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    congrats love that color, i've got the red one, fast neck, fun to play, and the chicks dig it
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  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Wow, that really looks good.
    All the online pics so far haven't done the black finish justice ..yours definitely does.
  6. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Nice! Looks great in that black!
  7. JSandbloom

    JSandbloom Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Redding, Ca
    Lakland Basses
    The Bass was rough in the setup department. The neck had a pretty decent bow and the bridge was jacked up petty high. Used the included adjustment tool to get the neck in good shape and dropped the bridge and it made the neck feel great. The rosewood neck was VERY dry. So I applied some lemon oil and it brought it back to life! The bass is very playable now.

    The sound of the bass is very.....mid rangy. When it’s in humbucker mode I don’t like the sound of the bass. It’s very upper midrange voiced and it’s annoying. May sound good in a mix. In coil tapped mode it sounds great!

    Overall you’re paying for the Gibson name. If this was an Epiphone it would probably cost you 250 bucks and probably be just as good quality wise. I’m not disappointed and I’ll keep it in my collection for alittle bit.

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  8. Biffa

    Biffa Inactive

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
    Sweeeeet, always loved the D Cs
  9. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    glad to hear another take on the sound even if it's unfavorable and varies from most other assessments, I think for a lot of us the jury is still out on these at the 1K level and every angle needs to be heard if we can't get one to know first hand. keep us appraised and good luck!
  10. Resonance129


    Feb 15, 2011
    Happy NBD :bassist:
    I've been curious about those since seeing them on a few websites. As already said, the "real" pics you took look way better than any stock photos I've seen on the websites.
    I was wondering if you've had it on a strap yet. Any diving issues?
  11. Barton Lee

    Barton Lee Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2018
    I really wanted to buy one of these but decided that I'd better play one first. The setup on the one I played was decent and I really liked the look of it, but the pickup and tone was underwhelming to me. I only played it through a small Fender Rumble and didn't spend a lot of time tweaking the knobs, but the sound was as mentioned above, very upper mid voiced. I didn't have much more love for the coil tap sound as that seemed to lose even more low end. It's a very cool little bass and spending more time with one could change my opinion.

    I was willing to pay significantly more for the Gibson name, but just not that much. For the same new price, the Fender Mustang JMJ is a better value, I think. I had one of those for six months and liked it a lot but traded it nonetheless. After trying the Gibson, I picked up an Epiphone Embassy Pro, which I liked far more and bought it, for a third of the cost of the Gibson.
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  12. KB5


    Sep 28, 2012
    I didn't want to like these basses but I do. I wish they were 32" scale though. I don't know what's up with Gibson and rosewood fretboards these days. Some of them are so dry they almost look grey. Both of the Jr's I tried sounded great and were very well finished except for dry boards. I want to get my hands on a couple of these pickups to mess around with.
  13. dmt


    Apr 19, 2003
    Orbiting Sol
    Any thoughts on whether an Epi Embassy Pro/Thunderbird Vintage Pro pickup could be fit on this Gibson LP Jr. DC bass?

    That Bassbucker pickup just looks like something I wouldn’t be satisfied with, lol. I couldn’t find any info on it, but I’m guessing the pickup is ceramic, a construction I’m not a big fan of.

    Otherwise, I like the look of the bass, the classic-but-modern vibe, the short scale, the Gibson name and the price
  14. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    Wow. Thats some serious string spacing! Never noticed because Ive never seen it from those angles. Passed by one today at Sam Ash, should have played it but had no time.
  15. "Bassbucker" is simply a marketing gimmick, if you've seen YT videos of this bass one of them clearly shows that it's De Cola pickup as found on 2013/2017 EB. It might have been wound differently for this bass, but I doubt that there's a huge change in sound. While I loved these on my EB5, I'm not certain how I'd react to them on a DC but that's by far the smallest concern in my book. YMMV.

    I'm reasonably certain that one could fit just about any standard T-Bird pickup in DC, since I remember seeing post from someone who actually swapped the plastic cover of this PU for the chrome one made for a Bird, but I haven't tried this myself.
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