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Gibson Music City Jr. with B-Bender - Ash Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from Chicago June 19, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Update to Previous Review

    Now that Mr. Glaser himself demonstrates how to change the B-Bender to a G-Bender on video (as promised by Gibson over the phone with their stellar customer service folks), I have to update my previous review and give 5-stars for this most surprising version of a LP Jr.

  • from February 27, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist Musician. I (try ;o) to teach guitar to my workmates and love to play with my band whenever I get chance.

    I have dreamt of it, Gibson made it!

    I was very surprised to spot this guitar at my local store. I wouldn't have imagined Gibson releasing such a guitar. To me, a Les Paul with such appointements (ash body, "tele" shaped pickguard, maple neck and fretboard, black dot inlays, b bender) was more relevant from a luthier's custom order than Gibson. I love my Gibson and Fender guitars so the idea of owning a mix of both worlds got me gassing about this beauty.
    I have to say that I never played a b bender before I tried out this guitar and I have to admit it's fun. You won't trigger it by accident as you really need to push on the neck (spring tension is adjustable and so is the bending action: half a step to at least one full step which is the default setting).
    The P90 sound really good and the split on the bridge P90 can act like a boost depending on how you set your amp: nice!
    The neck is very comfy although I would have preferred a thicker heel - just like my '79 LP Special 55 RI. Since the heel does not meet the top of the body back, you feel the rough angleof the back with your hand when you play on the hi frets. I will get use to it...
    The wood grain is superb (3 piece body with a one piece table top to enable fitting of the Glaser bender mechanism I assume) and the satin finish very thin. I assume this makes the guitar "breathe" but it may wear out a bit faster than typical gloss finish?
    Not really a problem as I love the look of worn out Teles.
    The case is specific to this model: brown molded with no Gibson USA inscription on it which I prefer. Instead you get a sort of tooled leather finish that's really cool. The guitar came with a Gibson owner manual (no mention of this model nor the b-bender...), a truss rod key, strap locks and the QA checklist. I think I'm missing a documentation on how to set the b-bender device unless Gibson think it's easy to guess?
    A really cool and affordable guitar that stands out from the crowded market. You can play anything on this guitar, it really sings and is absolutely not restricted to country players.

  • from Chicago Suburbs April 3, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Gibson LPJ B-Bender

    This is a super example of a Les Paul Jr. that sounds and "breathes" differently from other Les Pauls I play. Very snappy, responsive sound, like a Telecaster, but with more growl from the P-90s (which happen to be tapped for more tonal options). The fretboard can get dirty quickly, but that's the nature of this kind of board. Comes with a very cool case that's Western-themed (another Gibson departure)

    The cons of this purchase (and have been told this is temporary) is no instructions for changing the b-bender to a G-bender. Eventually a video will be present to allow changes and get to some G-bending fun.

    I gave it four stars: not for the quality of the guitar, or the stellar service and price given to me, as well as fast shipping by Sweetwater: it's that Gibson has no direction for this user to change the B to G-bender as advertised in its promotion

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