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
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
2 x Orville PAF humbuckers
3 way switch
2 x Volume & 2 x Tone Controls
New Thomann fitted hard case