Up for sale, a 1994 Orville Les Paul Standard in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, with a warm Cherry Sunburst gloss finish on the solid maple top. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic 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 Fujigen factory.
This guitar evokes the look and feel of a late '50s Les Paul Standard with a solid mahogany body and neck, maple cap with a Foto Flame figured veneer, glued-in long tenon neck joint, and a pair of original nickel cover humbucker pickups. Crafted in the low-wind PAF mold, both humbuckers meter at just over 7k ohms, with great top end articulation and dynamic range. The pickups in this Orville translate the instrument's clear acoustic voice into a great array of tones, with a ripping bridge pickup that can deliver great chunk and a touch of compression. The neck pickup is glassy and smooth, offering both warmth and detail. The instrument is fairly lightweight for a Les Paul at 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this tonewood with pearloid trapezoid inlays (7th fret inlay is a clean replacement) and the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and good meat, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, playing easily in every register with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. Matching traditional Gibson spec, the guitar features a 24 3/4“ scale length, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The original nickel Kluson-style tuners are intact on the headstock, which has the correct "open book" shape and a few small finish chips on the edges.
All of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup (the full-size Japanese pots date to April of '94), wired to a three-way pickup selector toggle. The hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge and stopbar, with uniform surface patina across the nickel plating. Plastics include a quartet of gold bonnet knobs, amber switch tip and cream pickup rings and pickguard. The Cherry Sunburst finish highlights the ripples of Foto Flame on the top, and there is some broad checking/splitting of the veneer on the bass-side of the top, which can lightly be felt but with smooth edges. Cosmetic wear includes some scuffs and shallow nicks on the back and body perimeter, with some very light raised speckling of the finish on the lower bout on the back consistent with a very minor finish reaction, likely from a case/gigbag lining. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with some small nicks clustered behind frets 6-7.
This Orville is a classic example of Gibson-sanctioned Japanese craftsmanship, boasting the Les Paul's vital combination of tonewoods and a pair of rich-sounding humbuckers to match.
An Orville-branded gigbag is included.