Jon's take on my vintage favourites.... late fifties Les Paul Junior and mid-fifties Les Paul Black Beauty, re-interpreted and re-mastered to satisfy my jumbled guitar lust! A truly remarkable guitar


J1 Special vs

The combination of a carved, one piece, 2.25" deep mahogany body and one piece mahogany neck, makes the J1 Special an extremely resonant guitar with plenty of natural sustain. We are careful to select lighter mahogany to keep the guitar weight down to around 8lbs. Rosewood is chosen for the fingerboard adding a warmth to the tone and each board is carefully selected for its rich, dark colour. A nice detail of this guitar is the formed tortoise shell pickguard that follows the contours of the hand carved top. 

All hardware is high quality, nickel plated and made in the US. The lightweight ABM wraparound bridge/stopbar is fully adjustable giving perfect intonation and the Grover deluxe tuners have a 14 to 1 gear ratio for fine tuning. The guitar is fitted with high quality CTS pots and a Switchcraft toggle switch. A 50’s wiring scheme is used in all our guitars as we have found that it minimises treble loss when rolling back the volume. 

The Bare Knuckle single coil P90 pickups come as standard and combine the best tonal elements of both humbuckers and single coils. The wide, squat coil creates a fatter tone compared to a Strat or Tele, while the twin magnet design lends all the power of a humbucker. High notes can really sing and when played through a slightly driven tube amp, wonderful harmonic feedback is possible.



S P E C I F I C A T I O N 

BODY & TOP  Carved top, one piece solid mahogany (2.25"/57mm)

NECK  One piece mahogany, quarter sawn


FINGERBOARD  12'' radius, dark rosewood

NUT  43mm Bone

BINDING  Neck: flame maple

FRETS  22 Dunlop 6100 jumbo

MARKERS  Mother of pearl Wave inlays

TRUSS ROD  Adjustable double action


LOGO  Etched brass or gold wetslide

HARDWARE  Nickel plated, aged

BRIDGE  ABM wraparound fully adjustable stop bar

TUNERS  Grover Deluxe keystone

CONTROLS  Volume and tone for each pickup, Switchcraft 3-way selector switch

CAPACITORS  Jensen paper in oil .022 bridge .015 neck

KNOBS  Amber top hat

FINISH  'Aged toned' nitrocellulose

COLOURS  Faded Cherry red, faded TV yellow

CASE  Hiscox hard shell

PICKUPS  Bare Knuckle 'Nantucket 90' P90s, aged

BRIDGE  DC: 7.9  Magnet: Alnico V

NECK  DC: 7.1  Magnet: Alnico V


Fretwire, Neck dimensions, controls, pickups and degree of ageing can all be specified