1989 Orville ES
Happy marriage of Gibson and Japanese craftsmanship
Quick introduction on Orville by Gibson - it is a Gibson's sub-brand, marketed and sold in Japan during the late 80s and most of the 90s. Gibson-designed and Japanese-made excellent guitars were sensationally hit in the domestic market for about 10 years until Gibson decided to unify Orville brand with Epiphone. Due to the quality, playability and rarity ObG is one of the must items for Japan vintage guitar seeker these days.
Serial number G894171 hints it was made by Terada music, using Gibson USA original Bill Lawrence HB pickups (G in the serial coming from 'G'ibson), manufactured in April 1989. Exactly same feel and touch with its upper rival Gibson ES-335 DOT. There are debates where some people put ObG even higher than Gibson, while some, comparing to the Japanese hand-crafted brands such as Aria Pro II, Greco and Tokai, degrade ObG by lack of variety in exotic designs and sound. Well I still want to single out this terrific guitar, as it is simply too remarkable to be treated as one of those old Japanese guitars.