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1994 Orville Les Paul Standard LPS-75 Trans Amber, Gibson-Licensed w/ Lambertones & USA Harness, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1994 Orville by Les Paul Standard model LPS-75 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, upgraded with Lambertones pickups and a wiring harness with all USA-made components. 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 long ago discontinued Orville model was crafted at the Fujigen factory.

This guitar evokes the look and feel of a '50s Les Paul Standard with a solid mahogany body and neck, solid two-piece carved maple cap, and glued-in long tenon neck joint, yielding a warm, articulate natural acoustic profile. The Lambertones humbuckers include their Crema and Grinder models, delivering a distinct sound in each position on the three-way pickup selector. In the neck position is a Crema, designed in the vein of a PAF with a warm-yet-present sound and exceptionally detailed highs. The bridge position Grinder has a hotter wind, designed specifically to balance output with dynamics, drive with clarity, and presence with compression. This Orville weighs 9lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, gaining additional heft further up the fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect, with just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock has the correct “open book” shape, and the stock Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with consistent patina across their nickel-plated gear housings.

All of the electronics function as intended; the Lambertones humbuckers are wired to an upgraded harness with modern CTS 500K pots and Sprague Orange Drop tone capacitors. The hardware includes a nickel-plated no-wire ABR-1 bridge and chrome stopbar. Plastics comprise a quartet of gold speed knobs, cream pickup surrounds, and an aged cream pickup selector ring.

The Trans Amber finish is a semi-gloss, distinct from the high gloss finish seen on most Orvilles. Cosmetic wear includes a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter, as well as an area of buckle rash on the back central to the waist. The top, by comparison, presents cleanly, with just a scant few tiny chips on the bass side of the lower bout. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with some small, shallow marks on the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.

A Roadrunner-brand padded softshell case is included.