Up for sale, a 1997 Orville Les Paul Standard model LPS-80 in perfect working order, with a saturated Tobacco 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, solid maple cap with a figured Photo Flame maple 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 9lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a quintessential medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlays and the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and good meat, showing light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending beneath the plain strings until fret 9, 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 bone 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, 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 amber bonnet knobs, amber switch tip and cream pickup rings and pickguard. The Tobacco Sunburst finish highlights the straight Photo Flame figuring across the top. Cosmetic wear includes light buckle rash on the back bass-side lower bout, with a few additional minor marks on the back and some small nicks on the body perimeter. There is also one localized spot of finish touch-up in the black of the burst on the bass-side lower bout edge of the top. The neck profile has a smooth gloss with just a couple small nicks on the bass-side shoulder behind fret 10.
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.
A gigbag is included.