Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute DC Bass review

Short of scale and small of body, this Junior makes few concessions to the modern player – but it's a lot of fun

Gibson Les Paul Jr DC Tribute DC Bass
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

Tons of fun, if you’re seeking a particular aesthetic, the Les Paul Jr DC Tribute DC Bass is an affordable taste of US-built Gibson bass history and a fine choice for some old-school tones.


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    The small scale format is portable and accessible.

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    Very playable.

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    Authentic stylings and tone.


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    Small dimensions may not suit everyone.

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Short-scale bass guitars are definitely an important aspect of many modern bass players’ gear arsenal, thanks to their lesser string tension, the relief they give to your fingers, shoulders, and lower back, and possibly their airplane cabin-friendly dimensions. 

We’ve road-tested quite a few shorties in recent years, and there’s no sign of the flow of shorts letting up any time soon. Gibson have sent us their recent Les Paul Junior bass for review, subtitled Tribute in homage to the company’s original EB-O from 1959, so let’s see how it matches up.  

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.