“The worst condition I’ve ever seen”: A lost Gibson Les Paul Junior from the 1950s has been found in a near-unsalvageable state – and it could be a first-year model

Old Gibson Les Paul Jr. from the 1950s
(Image credit: Matthew Scott/YouTube)

A lost Gibson Les Paul Junior that is speculated to be a first-year model from 1954 has been discovered – and it might require one of the most extensive guitar restoration efforts in recent memory.

The electric guitar itself was scouted by guitarist and YouTuber Matthew Scott, who traveled to Wichita in order to size up the single-cut, which – in the words of its proud new owner – was in “the worst condition I’ve ever seen”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.