Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

Orville Japan Les Paul Custom 1997 & new fitted Hard Case


Japanese Import

Orville guitars have long been very highly regarded. They were introduced following a partnership deal between Yamano Gakki & Gibson and produced in Japan from 1988 & 1998. The guitars were built at bothe the Terada & the Fujigen Gakki facilities to a very high quality. There is no difference between the Orville & Orville by Gibson models other than the latter was usually fitted with Gibson USA pickups & the Orvilles were fitted with Japanese PAF replicas

This particular guitar was made at the Fujigen facility in 1997 so it was one of the later Orvilles to be produced. This particular guitar is in overall very good condition for a 20+ year old guitar. It does have some replacement upgrades, most notably a Gibson USA PAF 57 Classic at the neck position and a Dimarzio DP190 at the bridge. I also noticed that the pickup surrounds & screws had been replaced. Everything else is original.

Yes, the guitar has been used but the frets are in very good condition with no indents. The neck and headstock are all good & have never had a repair. The gold hardwear has suffered some tarnishing but I think this adds to the aged look. Pots and switches are all good & the guitar is supplied with a fitted hardcase

The guitar plays superbly with nice low action

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black fitted hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit. Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £30 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

Specifications for Orville LPC

Name: Les Paul Custom

Years: 1997

Made in: Japan

Finish: Ebony (Black)

Body type: Solid body

Body material: Mahogany

Neck joint: Set-in with smooth heel

Scale Length 24.75"

Bridge: Gotoh 

Tailpiece: Gotoh 

Hardware colour: Gold / gold knobs

Neck material: 1-piece mahogany

Inlays: Block

Frets: 22

Nut: Bone

Machine heads: Orville Japan (non-locking)

PU Config: HH

Bridge PU: Dimarzio DP-190

Neck PU: Gibson USA PAF 57 Classic

Controls: 2 volume / 2 tone / 3-way toggle 

Weight 3.854kg (8lb 8oz)

Thomann fitted hard case

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the Paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping