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1991 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom LPC Cherry w/ 490 Humbuckers, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1991 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Custom in 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 discontinued Orville model was crafted at the Terada factory.

Weighing 9lbs 14oz and offering plenty of natural sustain and punch, this guitar truly delivers everything you want in a good Les Paul, with a solid mahogany body and neck, carved maple top, glued-in neck joint, dark tight-grained rosewood fretboard, and a pair of early USA-made Gibson 490R and 490T humbuckers. This Les Paul Custom has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, ready for stage and studio work.

The mahogany neck has a modestly slender ‘60s-style C profile carve with moderate shoulder and a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and graduating to .935" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features block inlay and the original medium jumbo frets which have good meat and crown, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7. 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" pearl inlay, along with a set of gold Gotoh tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. The inked serial number dates to '91, 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 ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar, exhibiting uniform surface patina across the gold plating. Plastics comprise the original quartet of gold speed knobs, black pickup rings, and multi-ply pickguard which shows some pick scuffing. The gloss Cherry finish is vibrant and saturated, with a few pinhead-sized nicks on the bass-side lower bout on top, and a few minor marks and finish scratches on the back and body perimeter. The neck binding has ambered, with some shallow marks on the profile carve mostly behind frets 3-5 on the treble-side shoulder, with one finish chip through the gloss also on the treble-side shoulder behind fret 8.

A gigbag is included.