THE RI­VALS

Guitarist - - Review -

Gib­son USA’s 2019 Les Paul Ju­nior Trib­ute DC (£699) shoots for the post-1958 dou­ble-cut out­line in a choice of four ‘worn’ satin colours and a sin­gle soap­bar P-90 at bridge. It uses a ma­hogany body with maple neck and rose­wood fingerboard.

PRS’s S2 Sin­gle­cut Stan­dard Satin (from £899) is an­other stripped-down satin fin­ish op­tion with a choice of three colours, dual #7 cov­ered hum­buck­ers, four con­trols and ad­justable wrapover bridge. This one has all-ma­hogany con­struc­tion with a rose­wood fingerboard.

In the UK, the re­vi­talised Gor­don Smith is mak­ing some cool Jr/Spe­cial-style gui­tars in ei­ther sin­gle- or dou­ble-cut out­lines. Lots of op­tions, too, on the cus­tom or­der mod­els, such as the GS, which starts at £600. A model with a thick poplar body, maple neck, rose­wood fingerboard, sin­gle P-90 and ad­justable wrapover bridge, for ex­am­ple, would cost you around £780.

PRS S2 Sin­gle­cut Stan­dard Satin

Gor­don Smith GS1

Gib­son 2019 Les Paul Ju­nior Trib­ute DC

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