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1992 Orville EB-3 SG Bass Cherry w/ Varitone & Gibson USA Case, Japan Yamano


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Up for sale, a 1992 Orville EB-3/SG Bass in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A result of a partnership between Gibson USA and their Japanese distributor Yamano Gakki, the Orville line of instruments were made to be sold exclusively to the domestic Japanese market, and as a result are rarely seen outside their country of origin. Named for Gibson's founder, Orville Gibson, these instruments are faithful, officially-licensed iterations of Gibson's most famous instruments, with the exceptional quality attributed to the Fujigen factory in Japan.

Surprisingly versatile, the EB-3 delivers warm, midrange rich snarl from the mini humbucker in the bridge position, and powerful low end thump from the neck position USA-made Gibson "Mudbucker."  The four-way rotary pickup selector offers a bevy of tones at the flick of a switch, and coupled with an extremely wide ranging pair of tone knobs, it's easy to dial in a sound that works well with a band and fits in just right in a studio environment. A short scale affair strung with 45-100 roundwound strings, the bass weighs 6lbs 13oz and has been setup with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges. The profile shape gains notable roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. On the rosewood fretboard, the original fretwire is just shy of medium jumbo with plenty of meat and flawless, well-rounded crowns. The scale length is 30 1/2", and the bone nut measures a slender 1 1/2" in width. The headstock retains the original Gotoh-made chrome tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the headstock has the classic Gibson "open book" shape, with the Orville text and crown inlaid in pearloid. The G-prefix serial number is typically reserved for the USA-pickup equipped "Orville by Gibson" models, and in this case reflects the GIbson USA EB neck position pickup.

The electronics work as intended, with the EB-3's typical control layout of dual Volume and Tone knobs coupled to the four-way Varitone rotary selector. The original full-size pots date to '91. All of the original hardware and plastic parts are present, showing light patina on the nickel-plated three-point bridge, while the chrome pickup covers are bright and clean. The plastics are near mint save for a touch of pick scuffing across the guard. The gloss Cherry finish shows some small dings and a couple tiny finish chips on the lower bout body edge, with light buckle rash central to the lower bout and also on the back of the bass-side body horn. There are a few additional dings and minor marks on the body, largely relegated to the back, while the neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

This Orville EB-3 is a rare, long ago discontinued model produced under Gibson's Orville brand, with the high quality of the celebrated Fujigen factory.

This bass comes complete with a Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case and corresponding Gibson USA case candy.