Orville LP Junior Doublecut - show your 'working class-LPs'!

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Orville LP Junior Doublecut - show your 'working class-LPs'!

Post by mojoburst » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:58 pm

Hi MIJ-Guitar -Fans!I?d like to show you my first Orville Les Paul-Model:
Orville Les Paul Junior Doublecut HC (cherry) LPJD-70, mij 1995, serial-# 511365. The Guitar came directly from Japan. It is a true bargain. Some dents, dings & chips, nothin? major. Needed to polish the frets and did a complete setup. 1 day later I decided to make it a 1995-to-1958 -conversion. Here?s a list of my modifications:
- reliced the glossy clearcoat (incl. dents, dings, finish-wear in arm rest-area)
- aged all nickel-parts like screws, jack-washer, dogear-polepieces, tuners, the 'new' Faber wraparound stoptail and alu-strap-pins
- installed 2 US Pots 500kOhms & german 'TubeAmpDoctor'-PIO-cap 0.022mf 600V
- wired it ?50s-style
- smoothened the edges & corners of the P-90 dogear-cover
- reliced the tortoise-pickguard
- aged 2 black top-hat-knobs

The result is:
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The Guitar plays like butter. The mahogany-grain is very tight & fine! Superb Quality results in excellent tone! Everlasting sustain! A very resonant, full & strong tone when played 'dry', connected to a (tube-) amp the guitar becomes a tonal allrounder.
- Vol. on 5, tone on 5 = sweet, jazzy notes, clear, no muddy sounds.
- Vol. on 5, tone on 8 = nice & round rhythm-sound
- Vol. on 8, tone on 5 = creamy blues-chrunch & rock-leads
- Vol. on 10, tone on 7-8 = chunky rock?n roll & fat punk rock-sounds
- Vol. on 10 & tone on 10 = killer-twangy funk- & sharp cutting edge-tone
Whispering sweet tone to growling thunder, chunky chords to dryest twang - no problem!

NOW IT?S UP TO YOU! SHOW YOUR 'WORKING CLASS-LES PAUL' !!
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Post by f5joe » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:29 pm

Great looking Orville!

Here's my beater '58:

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Post by mojoburst » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:36 am

COOL!
A 'real' ?58? First production run. Seems to have rounder body-edges. Haven?t noticed that till now.
Is it the original Trussrod-cover?
I should change the tuners to the 'white button-version' to give the Headstock the right look.
THANX for the great pic!!
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Post by f5joe » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:37 am

Yes it's a '58. It's a beater though due to total refin. Apparently, the body edges were rounded off to remove dents ...... that's all I can figure. No, not an original trc.

But, she sounds and plays like a million bucks.

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Post by mojoburst » Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:19 pm

An original 1958-Junior! KILLER! I really love the tone of old Guitars. ...and old cases do have also something special!
By the way...
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Post by f5joe » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:45 pm

This old case has got a case of musty. Old guitars have got to pass the stink test, imho. :lol:

Nice pic, btw.
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Post by JohnA » Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:34 pm

Here's my OBG's one doublecut one single :D

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Post by Innadaze » Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:29 pm

mojoburst wrote:NOW IT?S UP TO YOU! SHOW YOUR 'WORKING CLASS-LES PAUL' !!

Sure thing!

Here ya go.....

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Post by mojoburst » Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:50 pm

A nice pair of ObG?s, JohnA! Innadaze,THANX for the great pics!!
I really love Les Paul-type Guitars (usually they?re singlecuts), but from the 'Junior' model-line I?d always choose the DC?s! I don?t know why.
Every Les Paul-collection should show a Junior-model, cause it?s an excellent example of the founders marketing politics in the late ?50?s (to built a Les Paul-model for EVERYONE!). P-90 -equipped LP?s are rare too, compared to the millions of humbucker-type Lesters. The Juniors have a 'rude' sound, like an agressive dog. Les Paul standard-models with P-90?s are on the 'brave' side, cause they have much more wood to create a warm tone.
Actually i?m a fan of non-PAF-type Pickups (as you can see in the following Picture), but that changes periodically...(as you can see in another picture :wink: )
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PLEASE show more JUNIOR-pics! I know they?re somewhere out there !!
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Post by f5joe » Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:22 pm

Please play fair you two! :o
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Post by mojoburst » Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:34 am

Hi there!
I replaced the original all-nickel Tuners with self-aged Kluson Double-Line 'white knobs'. The period-correct '3-on-a-strip'-machines needed additional screw-holes, so I mounted the 3/3-single tuners:
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SOME MORE JUNIOR-PICS OUT THERE ???
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Post by El Polifemo » Wed May 13, 2009 12:21 am

My new 1988 Greco:
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According to som people, this is more or less the same guitar as the Orville Jr?s.

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Post by mojoburst » Wed May 13, 2009 1:51 am

Hi, El Polifemo

Seems to be an all original Guitar, except the strap-pin at the upper cutaway, not sure about the speed-knobs. Very strong cherry color! The specs seem to be the same to my Orville LP Junior, so I think you?re right. Please show some pics from the back of your guitar & headstock (serial-#).

THANX for the great pics! :P
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Post by El Polifemo » Wed May 13, 2009 2:15 am

mojoburst wrote:Hi, El Polifemo

Semms to be an all original Guitar, except the strap-pin at the upper cutaway, not sure about the speed-knobs. Very strong cherry color! The specs seem to be the same to my Orville LP Junior, so I think you?re right. Please show some pics from the back of your guitar & headstock (serial-#).

THANX for the great pics! :P
Here ya go

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Post by mojoburst » Wed May 13, 2009 6:46 am

YEP! Same Specs. I?m learning a lot here in 'Tokai Forum'! After upgrades and relicing were finished I had the great opportunity to check out my ORVILLE LP Junior DC with a Marshall late?60s Plexi 50W Halfstack and a Fender Tonemaster & 2x12" Cabinet, wich was a great experience. I came to know the flexibility of this 'simple' Guitar by experimenting with different knob-adjustments. It?s ALL there! I became a Junior-fan these days and started collecting all conceivable informations about the Gibson LP Juniors from the mid- to late ?50s as well as about the MIJ-counterparts from all brands. If you know something ?bout that, please let me know or post it here.

FURTHER PICS REQUIRED, please!
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