Up for sale, a 1990 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Standard LPS 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 notably lightweight example at only 8lbs 4oz, this iteration of a late '50s Les Paul features a particularly uncommon gloss Vintage Sunburst finish on the carved maple top, paired with a solid mahogany body and one-piece neck capped with a dark tight-grained rosewood fretboard. The original pair of USA-made Gibson Bill Lawrence-designed Super Humbuckers, known colloquially as Gibson's "circuit board" pickups, were seen only from 1988-90 in Gibson's USA lineup. 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 Standard 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-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and ideal substance. It’s a perfect middle ground between the more drastic 60s and 50s Gibson neck carves of the era, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a jet black cut of this particular tonewood featuring pearloid trapezoid inlay and the original medium jumbo frets. The frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 4-10. 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 Kluson-style tuning machines with vintage-spec push-in bushings and transparent keystone buttons. The inked serial number dates to '90, 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 nickel-plated Nashville bridge and corresponding stopbar which show uniform surface patina, paired with chrome pickup covers. Plastics comprise the original quartet of amber bonnet knobs, cream pickup rings, and single-ply pickguard. The Vintage Sunburst ("Tobacco Sunburst" in Gibson's USA nomenclature) gloss finish highlights light flame figuring in the maple on the treble side of the two-piece carved top. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few shallow dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back. The fretboard shows some small, faint marks, mostly between frets 7-12 that can’t be felt by the fingers while fretting, and the gloss finish on the profile is flawless.
A molded SKB hardshell case is included.