Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong bought his first Les Paul junior back in 2000, he's been hooked. Since then he's rarely seen on stage without one. Throughout the past decade, Billie Joe has played various Les Paul Jr's, a Les Paul Special, an SG, and his acoustic signature Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong J-180. Armstrong has even gone so far as to play old Green Day songs, that were originally recorded on other types of guitars, on his LP Jr. So let’s take a look at Billie Joe live on stage with his many Gibson guitars!
“The first time I ever picked up a Les Paul Junior, it was my guitar which I call Floyd. I plugged it in and it was just the sound that was in my head for so many years,” Billie Joe said in an interview with Gibson.com in 2006. Floyd is a sunburst 1956 Les Paul Junior, and it was used as the basis for the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Jr. According to Armstrong, the signature model is basically identical to Floyd, with the exception of the neck, which is based on a 60’s style neck which is traditionally a bit thinner than the 50‘s necks, making it easier to play. Here’s Green Day playing “American Idiot” live on Good Morning America. Armstrong is playing a Sunburst LP Junior. It is difficult to tell whether it is Floyd or his signature model.
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