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1995 Orville Explorer Gibson-Licensed Guitar Ebony, 100% Original, Japan Terada


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Up for sale, a 1995 Orville Explorer in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Made exclusively for the Japanese domestic market in small quantities and quite rare 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 Orville model was discontinued decades ago and was crafted at the Terada factory.

The guitar weighs 9lbs, with a clear acoustic voice and stock humbuckers that deliver cutting top end, focused lows and enough midrange presence to stand out in the mix. The humbuckers handle gain very well with good feedback rejection, and we've had this Explorer professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings.

The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has flawless medium jumbo fretwire, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Gotoh-made “Made in Japan” tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the J-prefix inked serial number denotes Japanese-made pickups and also Terada factory production.

All of the electronics function as intended and the solder joints are untouched, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Volume/Volume/Tone controls. Plastics comprise the original trio of gold speed knobs and the one-ply white pickguard, which has some requisite scuffing along the treble side of the strum path. The ABR-1 bridge and stopbar both have clean nickel plating.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some minor dings on the body as a whole, light buckle wear on the back, and some chipped finish on the back treble-side body point. There’s also one shallow ding on the top central to the lower bout. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, and there is some finish checking central to the carve behind frets 1-3, imperceptible to the palm while fretting and non-structural.

The original Orville by Gibson-branded form-fit faux leather gigbag is included.