Up for sale, a 1993 Orville by Gibson Les Paul Standard model LPS-59R in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This flame top Honey Burst '59 reissue Les Paul is an absolute stunner and the top-tier reissue model offered in the "Orville by Gibson" line with factory-installed USA Gibson '57 Classic PAF humbuckers. Made exclusively for the Japanese market and seldom 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 Fujigen factory.
This guitar truly delivers everything you want in a good Les Paul, with a solid mahogany body and neck, solid maple cap, glued-in long tenon neck joint, and a pair of factory-installed Gibson USA humbuckers. This early pair of '57 Classic PAFs humbuckers are wax potted with Alnico II magnets, retaining the original PAF stickers on the baseplates. The pickups in this Orville translate the instrument's clear acoustic voice into a powerful array of big, crisp voicings. The bridge pickup has the growl, midrange cut, and dynamic clarity you’d expect, while the neck pickup is girthy and thick while still retaining enough clarity and definition to pair with your favorite fuzz box without getting muddy. Additionally, the pickups clean up decently when backing off the volume a touch, and the tone controls are equally as responsive. This Orville weighs 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-48 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a comfortable medium C-shaped profile, very representative of a ’59 profile carve and not a “baseball bat,” but round and substantial, gaining more heft and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard and measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features flared trapezoid inlay and original vintage-style frets with binding nibs (matching Gibson spec). The frets have their full factory height and ample meat, practically pristine and playing easily in every register. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the original bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The nickel Kluson-style tuners are intact on the headstock, which has the correct "open book" shape and "Orville by Gibson" pearl inlay. The serial number is also inked in the correct font on the back of the headstock with a single digit for the year spaced apart from the rest of the serial, just like a genuine 1959 (or Custom Shop R9) model.
All of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and a three-way pickup selector toggle. The neck pickup cavity also reveals the vintage-correct long tenon joint, ensuring the best body/neck connection for maximizing sustain and resonance. The hardware includes amber bonnet knobs and cream pickup rings and pickguard that match the body binding. The nickel hardware shows light uniform patina, and the ABR-1 bridge and stoptail combo provides optimal stability and intonation. The Honey Burst gloss-finished maple cap highlights the lively curly bookmatched flame figuring which extends evenly across the top. Exceedingly well-kept, cosmetic wear is limited to just a few faint pick scuffs on the treble side of the strum path, and a couple exceedingly minor marks on the back. The clear factory protective plastic is still intact on the rear control cavity cover, a testament to the sparingly little use this guitar has seen in the past nearly three decades. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
This Orville is a classic example of Gibson-sanctioned Japanese craftsmanship, boasting the Les Paul's vital combination of tone woods and a pair of impressive PAF-style humbuckers to match.
A gigbag is included.