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1989 Orville Les Paul Custom LPC-75 Black Beauty Guitar by Gibson, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1989 Orville Les Paul Custom LPC-75, honestly played and 100% original. 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.

Made in the Terada factory in Japan, this Orville is an impressive instrument with lower output PAF-style pickups, a carved maple top, and solid, non-weight relieved mahogany body. The bridge pickup is chiming, clear, and harmonically complex, with equal parts clarity and growl. The neck pickup has a bit more girth and fullness, perfect for soloing or clean passages where you need a mellow yet articulate sound. The guitar weighs 10lbs 3oz, delivering a natural tone with plenty of punch and sustain. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Orville has fresh 9-42 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The mahogany neck has a classic slender 60s C profile carve with modest shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets are intact and retain their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, playing cleanly in every register. The nut has Gibson's full 1 11/16" width. The gold-plated tuning machines on the headstock turn smoothly and are stamped "Made in Japan" on the gear housings, with light patina on the metal tulip buttons. Produced in 1989, this Orville has a silver foil sticker stamped with the serial, denoting production at the Terada factory.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with the traditional Gibson Les Paul electronics layout. The guitar boasts PAF-style pickups with braided pickup leads that read in the mid 7k ohm range, and full-size pots which date to '88. There is light patina on the gold pickup covers, and more pronounced pitting on ABR-1 and stopbar. Plastics include the quartet of original aged speed knobs and multi-ply pickguard. There is pick scuffing across the guard, and a couple tiny nicks on top between the knobs. Cosmetic wear on the Ebony gloss finish includes buckle rash at the bass-side waist, scattered dings and scuffs across the back, and a few additional marks on the bass-side upper bout on the side. The neck profile is a flawless silky smooth gloss, and this Orville is structurally sound, 100% original, and dialed in to play its best.

A gigbag is included.