First let me say that I am NEW to guitar playing...lol
Just curious as to what the difference between a Jr. version of a guitar is and the regular? For instance... the Les Paul Jr. (intro level guitar).... does Jr. mean for kids??? Should an adult buy a regular size or does it even matter? Thanks!
It generally means a less expensive, less-fancy version. One pickup instead of two, flat top instead of carved, bolt-on neck instead of glued-in "set" neck.
Just to clarify, it has nothing to do with the size of the guitar, or appropriate age range.
It will probably depend on the make/model of guitar you are looking at. While the Les Paul Jr. may just be a simpler, lower-cost full-size model, there are other manufacturers who sell smaller-bodied guitars designed for younger/smaller players that may be considered a "Jr." model.
A Les Paul Jr. is an entry level Les Paul. 1 Single coil instead of dual humbuckers, single tone and volume knobs. It has little to do with how old or how big of person it is intended for, although Billy Joe Armstrong is pretty short.
outside of the les paul jr, a jr designation almost always means it's a 3/4 scale guitar, designed for travel or smaller hands.
Jr often means a short scale guitar which is shorter than a regular guitar. The Epiphone Les Paul Jr however is a full sized guitar 24.75" scale.
The pickup on the Epiphone Les Paul Jr. has one humbucker pickup (not a single coil per se).
Here is an advertisement for one of those:
Epiphone Les Paul Jr Special (from Kelly industries).
The Epiphone LP Junior Special is similar in looks to that of the Classic Les Paul. It's probably one of the better beginner's electric guitars. It comes with a single humbucker pickup and two knobs (volume, Tone). This is one of the least expensive guitars out there. The body is made of tonewood with a bolt on Mahagony neck. The 24.75" scale neck is made of mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. The hardware is chrome with a stop-bar tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge. The single Humbucker is positioned at the bridge and has a high gain output. The neck also features a dot inlays.
A fantastic first guitar or one of the more affordable intermediate electric guitars for those who've always wanted a Junior to call their own You would be surprised when you pick up this guitar as the weight of it is more than most guitars in it's class. I've a few of these over the years and they have a dense tone to them. The workmanship isn't the greatest but I would consider it great because of its price range. The tuners are ok but do go out of tune.
Yet another ad"
Classic Les Paul styling combined with a lustrous finish makes the Epiphone LP Junior Special Electric Guitar one hot-looking axe. Fast-playing neck and resonant tonewood body enhance the amazingly powerful, sustain-drenched tone of the single humbucker in the bridge position. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece create more sustain and make string changing easier. A fantastic first guitar or a very affordable solution for old hands who've always wanted a Junior to call their own.
Keep in mind it may need to be set up a bit like a lot of new guitars out there. There is no shortage of great used guitars out there....
You can find all this on a wikipedia entry but...
The Les Paul Junior was introduced in the 50's. It had the Les Paul shape, but unlike the other 50's Les Pauls (the Goldtops, Standards, Specials, and Customs) which have curvy, carved maple tops mated to mahogany backs, the Les Paul Junior were flat-tops cut from a single piece of mahogany.
It shipped with one P-90 single coil pickup, and had 2 knobs for tone and volume compared to the dual humbuckers and 4 knobs of some of its more expensive LP siblings. It had a stop tailpiece like its big brothers, but not the tune-o-matic bridge (adjustable saddles).
Also, regular Les Pauls have large fret inlays and bindings along the fretboard and body edges, the junior does not.
The early Gibson Les Pauls were fantastic guitars, with a warm sound thanks to the all mahogany body.