1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top

So here we are again, this time we’re looking at a very nice made in Japan Orville Les Paul Gold Top. And to start off, before we get into looking at the pics, lets have a listen to her. Dazza was kind enough to demo this guitar using a couple of amps.

First up lets check out how she sounds through a Ceriatone JTM45, the cab is a 1×12 Fargen, fitted with a Celestion 70th anniversary G12H. The distortion used in the video is my ProCo Rat2 pedal, which is a made in the U.S.A model.

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In this next video, Darren is playing through a Marshall JCM800, sorry about the audio on this next vid, this one was shot before we started using the mics during our video recording sessions…. It’s also before I swapped the cream plastic pick up surrounds for black ones.

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Now admittedly, I am not an authority on the history of Japanese guitars, I’ve owned a few now, but the information regarding Japanese made guitars, especially during the whole Law Suite period is a little blurred and depending on which website you land on, you are bound to get a slightly different story, so your not going to get a history lesson here today folks, we’re just going to admire this wonderful piece of Japanese craftsmanship.

Orvilles are technically a licensed Gibson product, so they don’t really fall into the whole Lawsuit debate in any case.

Anyways, this guitar is a sweet axe…. when I first got this guitar it had the cream pickup surrounds, which you can see in the next pic, but if you look closely you’ll notice that the pickup surround for the neck pup was a little warped and had a rather large gap between the surround and the pickup, no big deal, but me being a bit of a tinkler, I decided that it was a good enough reason to swap the cream for black plastic parts, as you will see further on in the pics.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top


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So as you can see this Orville was in pretty good shape when I bought her. It had the typical Gibson style open book headstock with the vintage Tulip style tuning pegs.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Open Book Headstock

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Open Book Headstock

I really love the inlays on these Orvilles, as you can see in this next pick the trapezoid inlays set into the rosewood fretboard, have a very pronounced and distinct pattern to the mother of pearl inlay. The frets were also a nice and chunky fret wire, with nearly no wear making this a sweet guitar to play.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Trapezoid Inlays

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Trapezoid Inlays


Orville 1997 Les Paul Standard / LPS-85F Electric Guitar made in Japan #GP029

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I was really impressed with this guitar, the quality workmanship was clearly evident all over it, the only cosmetic issue it had was where the binding had developed a small crack just under the volume and tone knobs, but apart from that, it was obvious that this was a very well made guitar. It also had a beautiful balanced weight and feel to it. At 3.8kg it would balance really well on your leg when sitting down to play and was light enough when standing up with the guitar on the strap.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Knobs

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Knobs

The chunkier frets and Burstbucker neck pup added to this guitar being a great player, and fantastic sounding Les Paul, it also had the long neck tenon construction, just like the much sought-after vintage Gibsons..

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Long Neck Tenon

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Long Neck Tenon


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I’ve never personally owned a U.S. made Gibson, but from all reports the build quality of these Orvilles rivals that of many of their USA-made counterparts. The #1 Burstbucker in the neck provided a very Gibson sounding accent to this guitar.

The Dragon II Treble in the bridge gave it a bright and almost Strat sounding flavor when played clean, with distortion it helped cut through with ease.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Pickups

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Pickups


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Solid Mahogany construction (not chambered or drilled), and surprisingly not overly heavy, it was a very well weighted guitar that didn’t break your back, but didn’t feel light or flimsy either.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Pickup Selector Switch

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Pickup Selector Switch

The all nickel parts, including the bridge and stop bar tail piece were starting to show signs of aging.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Body

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Body


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1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Bridge and Tailpiece

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Bridge and Tailpiece

As far as I can tell, according to this website… http://www.guitarsjapan.com/orvillegibsoninfopage.html the serial number on the headstock suggests that my Orville Gold Top was made in 1995 in the infamous FujiGen factory.

The vintage style nickel Tulip tuners are the originals, and are very smooth and held the guitar in tune without issues.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Vintage Tuners

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Vintage Tuners


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Since owning it, the guitar only ever left my house when I went to do some videos with Dazz, so it is in essentially the same condition, cosmetically, as when I bought it.  Besides the typical play wear, a few scratches on the back, a couple of minor paint chips and the small hair line crack near the knobs there was no major issue or problems with this guitar.

I love this next pic, check out the mahogany wood grain of the back of the guitar, how beautiful does that look?

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Mahogany Wood Grain

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Mahogany Wood Grain

The next pic shows the solid single thickness of the Mahogany body.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Solid Mahogany Wood Grain

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Solid Mahogany Wood Grain


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The neck was a very comfortable profile, a tapering D shape, which felt very comfortable to play, wasn’t too thin or thick, which is well suited to my medium sized hands.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Solid Mahogany Neck

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Solid Mahogany Neck

One of the things I really liked about this guitar was it having a clear coat on the back. You could see all of the joinery, so unlike some of the cheaper Epiphones I have had with painted backs, there was no hiding anything on this guitar, all of the joins were impeccable, no thick glue lines to be seen anywhere.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Solid Mahogany Neck Joint

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top Solid Mahogany Neck Joint


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The next few pics were taken after I swapped the cream plastic parts for the black ones, I actually preffered it with the black surrounds and scratch plate. What do you think?

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pickup Surrounds

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pickup Surrounds

I was tempted to turn it into a Joe Bonamassa copy, but never got round to mismatching the knobs.

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pickup Surrounds

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pickup Surrounds


Tokai LS128F BS, Les Paul type, Made in Japan, w/ Gibson Burst Bucker, g7378

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1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pickup Selector Switch

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pickup Selector Switch

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pick Guard

1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top with Black Plastic Pick Guard

So there you have it folks, my made in Japan 1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top, what a killer guitar. If your in the market for one of these and find one under a Grand, grab it, you wont be disappointed.;-)

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2 thoughts on “1995 Orville Les Paul Gold Top

  1. Hey man nice website I’ve seen a bunch of your vids online this one looks awesome especially with the black hardware. I love jap Paul’s especially since gibsons are all chambered and drilled out with crap tenons now

    • Hey Don, thanks for the comments. Yeah I love the Jap gear, I have a couple of Jap Pauls, (still yet to post pics though) and they are very cool guitars, for the price you can’t go wrong.
      cheers

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