“He fell in love with this guitar. He played it the entire night and it sounded phenomenal”: A lost first-year Gibson Les Paul Junior has been brought back to life against all odds – and Jared James Nichols wants to buy it

Matthew Scott
(Image credit: Matthew Scott YouTube)

The guitarist who discovered a near-unsalvageable first-year model Les Paul Junior in Kansas has completed its restoration – and the results are a sight to behold. 

Musician and YouTuber Matthew Scott first shared his discovery back in October last year. At the time, he said the build (now confirmed to be a 1954 example) was in “the worst condition I’ve ever seen”, and that was no understatement: the guitar was clinging on for dear life.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.