Whitstable Guitars

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

1996 Orville Les Paul Joe Perry Trans Black & new hard case



Here's another "hard to find" guitar. Orvilles don't come up that often in Japan & when they do, they are very quickly snapped uo so I miss out on a lot. I was lucky enough to get this one . The reason they are so popular is that they are really well made guitars from either Fujigen or Terada factories in Japan.

Orville guitars were made in Japan from 1988-1998 when Yamano Gakki took over the distribution of  Gibson guitars in Japan. They decided to expand the brand & so guitars were built in the above mentioned facilities for Gibson USA but were branded Orville, which was Gibson's christian name. Orville & Orville by Gibson guitars are very highly rated. They are really well made. In 1998, they changed the name from Orville to Epiphone Elite but essentially they are the same guitars

This Orville is the Les Paul Joe Perry (Aerosmith) model which has a translucent black finish on the Maple cap. The guitar is made from Mahogany with a Maple cap, as other Gibson Les Pauls are. The effect, as you can see is stunning. I'm sure that the top is flamed Maple & not veneer or fotoflame. I have attached a couple of photos which show the cap with the pickups removed. You can see the grain of the Maple going through the cap all the way to the top. The other photograph shows a long tenon joint was used in the construction. The guitar also has an Ebony fretboard.

The overall condition is very good for a 20+ year old guitar although there are a few small knocks and dents around the edges as shown in the photographs.

Orvilles were equipped with domestic made PAF pickups whereas OBG's were fitted with Gibson USA pickups

Orville Les Paul Specifications

Body Material: Solid Mahogany with Maple carved top. Translucent black finish

Neck material: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Rosewood

22 medium frets with block inlays

Scale Length 24" 

Width at 1st fret 42.5mm

Width at 12th fret 52.5mm

Weight: 3802 grammes (8lb 6oz)

Enclosed tuners (unbranded)

Tune-o-matic bridge & stop bar tailpiece

cream pickguard

2 x Orville PAF humbuckers

3 way switch

2 x Volume & 2 x Tone Controls

New Thomann fitted hard case

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black 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

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