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  •  SOLD  1989 Orville ES
    Happy marriage of Gibson and Japanese craftsmanship
Fantastic design and functionality. Hardly touched since its inception in 1989. This defines the term 'mint' condition. The superb condition and perfect maintenance makes me bow to the previous owner, thanking for how carefully he looked after the guitar. No hesitation for 5 star marks out of 5! When you look through the photos and find anything seemingly like scratch, dent or crack, let me know then I am confident to show you the magnified pictures still as clean as the brand new ones.

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.