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


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Up for sale, a 1989 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom LPC-EB in perfect working order, 100% original save for an upgraded carved bone nut. 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 fairly lightweight example at 9lbs 2oz, this guitar delivers the goods, 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 Bill Lawrence-designed Super Humbuckers, known colloquially as Gibson's "circuit board" pickups. These short-lived medium output pickups handle gain extremely well, delivering a detailed array of tones that can be bright and growly or thick and punchy with the flip of a switch. This Black Beauty has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Medium C, measuring .830” 1st fret, .980” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, trapezoid inlays
-Frets: Medium, no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, bone (upgraded)
-Tuners: Gotoh, metal keystone buttons
-Serialization: G-89 prefix (dating to 1989), inked

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany, Maple
-Pickups: Gibson Bill Lawrence-designed Super Humbucker x2
-Harness: Untouched solder, full-size Japanese 500k pots date to May, 1989
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, stopbar
-Plastics: Black speed knobs, black pickup rings/switch surround

The gloss Ebony finish exhibits a very faint, finish-deep split on the back of the headstock where one would otherwise find a volute, smooth to the touch and not structural in nature. There are dings and scuffs of varying degrees across the body, largely on the back and perimeter, with pick scuffing across the strum path and some shallow marks along the neck profile as well that don’t distract the palm while fretting.

A padded gigbag is included.