NGD 1989 " Orville By Gibson" Les Paul Custom!!!

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  1. Gergo

    Gergo Well-Known Member

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    I have been wanting one of these for years, but until now have not been able to find one that was listed less than $1100 that was not beat to hell. I came across this one that a guy in South Carolina had listed. It cost me a little less than $1000, shipped, with a Gibson hardshell case. That may seem like a lot of money for a Japanese-built guitar, but this one is in really nice shape, and with minimal fret wear (probably 85% left on the frets). This does have a little tarnishing of the gold hardware (I mean, it IS a 30 year old guitar), but it has NO buckle rash, or major dings or major scratches. It's very clean. Looks like it may have never been taken out of the house.
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    I have read a lot about the "Orville By Gibson" models, and how they were essentially a Japanese-built Gibson.

    Well, the build quality on this guitar is so over the top high quality that I think that is BETTER than my current 2003 Gibson Les Paul and the last Norlin-era Gibson Les Paul that I had. This guitar is as close to perfect as you can get. It plays like a dream, with almost zero fret buzz at all (I get a little on the lower strings when I pick harder), and best of all, this thing sounds KILLER!. Amazing tones that quite frankly, blow a lot of Gibsons out of the water. Even unplugged, it is very loud, and you can feel the wood in the body vibrate.

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    The Orville by Gibson series, were the higher-end Orvilles, and this has a nitro finish, Gibson hardware, and Gibson pickups. As far as the pickups go, I was expecting it to have the 57 Classics, but when I played the guitar, I kept thinking that while the pickups sounded great, that they just sounded too hot to be 57 Classics (which I am familiar with since I have a set in an Agile AL-3110M). I pulled them to check out the neck joint and confirm the maple cap, I discovered that this one has the Gibson/Bill Lawrence HB-R and HB-L "circut board" pickup set. I know that opinions on these pickups are all over the place, with there being everything from "I pulled them immediately", to "They are my favorite Gibson pickup". But, like I say, I really like them, and are thrilled to have a set, since they are pretty hard to get, and I likely would have never found and bought a set.

    Just out of curiosity, I wonder what people here think of these pickups.

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    Here you can see the neck joint, and maple cap. I am used to seeing tons of glue around the neck joint, but there is none visible here.

    Odd thing about this guitar is that it has Grovers, and I don't think any of the '89 Orvilles came with them, only the ones from the re-issue series in the early-mid 90's. I could be wrong here. They do look to have been added later though because the gold in not as tarnished (or should we says "naturally reliced"?)

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    Here you see that it was made in 1989 in the what I think was the Terada factory. The G stands for Gibson pickups and hardware. The Orville's that did not have the nitro finish and Gibson parts had a J at the beginning, meaning it had Japanese parts.

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    Anyways, one odd thing that I need to resolve is finding the black pickup rings to put back on the guitar since the previous owner swapped them out. I have a feeling it's going to be a pain in the ass finding rings with holes that match up. Any ideas?

    Also, this guitar has a rosewood fretboard, that is died dark. I really wish that it had the ebony board, but can't have everything I guess.

    All-in-all, I am thrilled with the guitar, and can see it becoming one of my very top "go to" axes.

    Happy to be a member of the Orville club.

    Any other members of the Orville club here?
     
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    PsychoCid Well-Known Member

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    Bump for awesome
     
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    Nice score! I’ve always wanted to check one of those out. HNGD!!
     
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    toomanycats Well-Known Member

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    That's about as nice as they come. I don't mind the tarnish on the hardware one bit.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Stunning guitar. As for finding pickup rings that fit correctly, if everything else about it is to Gibson spec, why wouldn't regular pickup rings be as well?
     
  6. Gergo

    Gergo Well-Known Member

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    Yup. Good point
     
  7. JeffBeck

    JeffBeck Baldy McBaldhead Staff Member

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    Dude. That is a seriously beautiful guitar. I don’t know how you could make it any more attractive.
     
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    LongBlackTie Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely stunning! HNGD
     
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    I like it when the gold hardware gets tarnished.

    But seriously, you should sell that guitar immediately.....to me!!!

    Congrats on the NGD, that is a seriously most excellent axe!
     
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    Japanese Gibson's...Perfection.
     
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    I just saw one of these on my local Craigslist, but in black. Yours looks so much better! HNUGD!
     
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    Nice score finding one of those state side, and in that condition.
    HNGD!!
     
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    Let me know if you ever sell it.
     
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    HNGD - that is beautiful! +1 for @tobijohn - Orville was supposed to have original Gibson parts
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    wow.
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    I'd love to try a nice Japanese LP like that some day. She's a beauty!
     
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    This....is a beautiful guitar. I’ve stalked these as well, just never pulled the trigger. @Niko Souza has an Orville, it’s sweet. As far as Japanese Les Pauls, I went the Burny route and have two fantastic Burny Customs, and I also have an Edwards standard. Again, congrats on your Orville!
     
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    Great guitar in one of my very favorite configurations. Happy for you Gergo!
     
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    That is an awesome LP! Congrats on the score, I'm sure you'll enjoy it for years to come!
     
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    Very nice; congrats.
     

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