Orville Les Paul Custom LPC-75 MIJ Antique White & New Hard Case
This Orville Les Paul Custom was made at the Terada factory in Japan in 1991. It has aged really nicely with the antique white yellowing & discolouring in places. The gold hardwear has also tarnished and some of the screws are a bit rusty but I think this all adds to the vintage look of this 29 year old guitar. Weighing in at 4526 grammes (just under 10lbs) it's a heavy beast but there's no chambering on this body! For anyone who wants to know a bit more about these great Japanese built guitars which were made under the Gibson umbrella, here is some history:
The reason they are so popular is that they are really well made guitars from either Fujigen or Terada factories in Japan. There are Orville by Gibson guitars & Orville guitars. Both were made at the same factories to the same high quality but the only difference with an OBG guitar is that they had USA Gibson pickups & electrics
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 a faithful reproduction of a Les Paul Custom but at a fraction of the price with a super heavy Mahogany body & neck. A carved Maple top. A bound ebony fretboard & gold coloured hardwear. As I said, don't expect pristine as it's been used over it's near 30 year life. Points to note are that the nut has been replaced as well as one of the strap buttons which is chrome, not gold . There are various dents and scratches all over the guitar but about what you would expect from it's age. The frets are good with no indents and the neck is straight. The Japanese made PAF pickups sound fab & the guitar sustains really well
Orville Les Paul Specifications
Body Material: Solid Mahogany with Maple carved top. Antique White finish.
Triple bound body, neck & headstock
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: 4526 grammes (9.996 lbs)
Gold coloured hardwear
Enclosed tuners stamped "Made in Japan"
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