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1990 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom 3 Pickup Black Beauty LPC-W/3PU Vintage Guitar w/ Hangtag, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom 3 pickup Black Beauty model LPC-W/3PU in showroom-clean, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original padded gigbag and hangtags. 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 rare outside its country of origin, this Orville is an official Gibson-licensed guitar and the result of a partnership between Gibson USA and their Japanese distributor Yamano Gakki. Named after Gibson’s founder, Orville Gibson, this discontinued Orville model was crafted to exacting standards at the Terada factory.

The tonewood complement comprises a mahogany body with a carved maple top, a mahogany neck with a long tenon joint and a bound rosewood fretboard, yielding a natural acoustic response that's both rich and detailed, qualities faithfully captured by the 490R and 490T humbuckers. Based on the PAF platform, the 490 pickups are wax-potted for optimal feedback rejection and with accentuated upper midrange.The trebles have plenty of growl and cut, and lows are thick and punchy with plenty of sustain. This Les Paul Custom weighs 9lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s-style C-shaped profile carve with a hair more heft and shoulder in the upper registers, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark cut with block inlay, and the stock medium fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock is framed by multi-ply binding, with Gibson's correct "open book" shape and split-diamond pearloid inlay. The gold Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch with lightly greened keystone buttons.

All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness with braided leads, and full-size Japanese pots date to July, 1990. Ths gold-plated hardware all has plenty of shine, including the pickup covers, ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar. Plastics comprise the quartet of bonnet knobs, amber switch tip, and the raised four-ply black pickguard. The cavity covers retain the factory protective film, underscoring how little usage this guitar has received over the years.

The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and this guitar is extremely well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to just a couple faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.

The original Orville by Gibson-branded padded gigbag is included, along with the Japanese hangtags.