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1989 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty LPC-EB w/ USA Bill Lawrence Humbuckers


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Up for sale, a 1989 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Differentiated from the standard Orville-branded instruments, the "Orville by Gibson" guitars represented the highest tier of Japanese construction, outfitted from the factory with USA Gibson pickups. Made exclusively for the Japanese market and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this Orville is an official Gibson-licensed guitar and a result of a partnership between Gibson USA and their Japanese distributor Yamano Gakki. Named after Gibson's founder, Orville Gibson, this long ago discontinued Orville model was crafted at the Terada factory.

A medium weight example at only 9lbs 6oz, this guitar truly delivers everything you want in a good Les Paul, with a solid mahogany body and neck, carved maple top, glued-in long tenon neck joint, dark tight-grained rosewood fretboard, and a pair of USA-made Gibson Bill Lawrence-designed Super Humbuckers, known colloquially as Gibson's "circuit board" pickups. Seen only from 1988-90 in Gibsons, these medium output pickups pair particularly well with Les Pauls and handle gain with ease, delivering an articulate array of tones that can be bright and growly or thick and punchy with the flip of a switch. This Les Paul Custom has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a medium C shape with modest shoulder, and it's an easy-playing neck with ideal substance, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features block inlay and the original flawless frets, slender in width with plenty of height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays well in every register, and the neck is straight with a responsive truss rod. The nut is a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 11/16" in width, providing optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock has Gibson's correct "open book" shape and "Orville by Gibson" pearloid inlay, along with a set of gold Gotoh tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. The inked serial number dates to '89, and the "G" prefix denotes the USA Gibson pickups.

All of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, wired to a three-way pickup selector toggle governing the USA-made Gibson humbuckers. Hardware includes the original Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar, and the gold plating is extremely clean with just a touch of patina on the bridge saddles. Plastics comprise the original quartet of black speed knobs, black pickup rings, and multi-ply pickguard. The clear protective factory film is still intact on the rear control cavity and switch covers, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen in the past 30+ years. The gloss Ebony finish shows only a few light finish scratches in the clear coat mostly relegated to the back, and a couple shallow dings as well (also on the back), while the gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.

The original Orville by Gibson-branded gigbag is included.