Best Amp for a Gibson Les Paul Junior (our pick)
We've been touting the Marshall DSL series as one of the highest-value amps on the market for a long time. It gives you a reasonable price point and some high-dollar features including an all-tube circuit, emulated output, and two channels to work with. Reverb is a nice touch as well.
With a single P-90 pickup, the Junior is not Gibson's most aggressive Les Paul. It's a bluesier guitar, and the single pickup arrangement is somewhat limiting in terms of the flexibility you have from the guitar itself.
So I'd recommend pairing it with an amp with the following features:
- Two channels
- Heavy and light gain sources
- A flexible EQ
What's the best amp pairing?
I would also pair the Les Paul Junior with an amp that is similar to the Junior, in terms of quality, price range, and musical style. There are several options that would fit these descriptors, but my top recommendation is the Marshall DSL40CR.
We'll list some other amps for comparison, then cover more details about the DSL40CR as it relates to the Les Paul Junior.
More amps we like for the Les Paul Junior
This is a comparison table that includes the DSL40CR along with three other amps that we recommend for the Gibson Les Paul Junior. Use the compare buttons to see them side by side. You'll be able to see basic specs, live pricing, and demos of each amplifier.
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Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb
Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb
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We've touched on a lot of the features already, but we'll do a quick recap here. The DSL40CR gets the nod for being a good style fit for a Gibson Les Paul (Marshalls and Les Pauls have been paired together for a long time), along with the multiple channels, and tube circuits. Emulated outputs, reverb, and even a MIDI input are nice adds.
- Can handle both heavy and subtle styles
- Onboard distortion sounds great
- Back panel is more comprehensive than past DSL releases
- Tone quality meets the Gibson standard
- Tone flavor is a nice compliment to the P90 humbucker
- Price has run up in recent years, especially for combo amps in the DSL series
- No head version available that we've seen
Why we like the DSL series
There are certainly a lot of potential amp fits for the Gibson Les Paul Junior, but the DSL40CR just checks off a ton of boxes we like to see. Plus, it's Marshall. Any Gibson Les Paul should be paired with at least a reputable brand that has some legacy attached to it. This puts Marshall and Fender amps at the front pretty quickly.
Here are a few additional amps in the DSL series that would be worth a look for the Gibson Les Paul Junior:
Most of what we've said about the DSL40CR would apply to the rest of the DSL series. Take some time to read the specs, and if you have questions about these amps, or the Gibson Les Paul Junior, feel free to reach out via the comments section below. We think these amps would make a great pairing with your Gibson Les Paul Junior.
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