My Orville Les Paul Goldtop

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  1. PAFHumbucker

    PAFHumbucker Well-Known Member

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    I picked this baby up about a year ago from Reverb and gave it a Boston makeover with Dimarzio Super Distortions and Grover tuners. I also decided to rewire the guitar with new CTS pots and a switchcraft switch.

    The bridge is now a Gibson ABR-1 with Graphtech saddles and the tailpiece is held in place with Tonepros locking studs. I also changed the bridge posts to imperial posts set deeper in the wood. The knobs and plastics were all replaced with brand new parts.

    I've got all the old parts tucked away if I feel the need to restore her to her original condition.

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    You've got a fine instrument, there.
     
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    Thanks for posting that's a gorgeous looking LP!
     
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    Outstanding!!
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Nice Orville, the gold top is lighter than Gibson.

    Is it made in Japan and what year is it ?
     
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    I thought Tom scholtz ‘s main Boston guitsr was a n lp deluxe with a mini hb in the neck and a hb in the bridge?

    I think yours is cooler
     
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    PAFHumbucker Well-Known Member

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    That is the difficult part. It doesn't have a serial number on the headstock. I'm assuming it was one of the years where the serial numbers were on a sticker.
     
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    PAFHumbucker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    There are two he's used over the years. From what I remember they are both 68 Goldtops. He sanded the finish off of one of them and replaced the P90 in the bridge with a Super Distortion. The P90 is still in the neck position.

    The other 68 still has the finish and Super Distortion's in the bridge and neck. He also has a custom nut he created and some contraption for the stoptail he can use to mildly tune and detune the guitar.
     
  9. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    When I was looking for an inexpensive Les Paul, I played Tokai, Orville, Epiphone Japan with open book headstock, .....

    My favorite was (and is) a Gibson Les Paul Tribute Gold Top, awesome Les Paul and real Gibson for 800 Euros .

    I made some cool upgrades :
    - Buffing finish
    - Blank '59 truss rod cover
    - Black plastics and 5 ply pickguard
    - Historic switch tip and black plate
    - Nickel metal jack plate
    - Gold knobs
    - Gibson ABR-1 bridge
    - Hand made body binding


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    Some Tokai Love Rock have the same light gold finish,


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