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  •  SOLD  1996 Orville ES-335
    Happy marriage of Gibson and Japanese craftsmanship
Excited to introduce another beautiful MIJ vinage, Orville ES-335! In literally mint, shiny condition. Sorry to say to the previous owner but he must be one of the babyboomers who had lots of cash but not enough time to play. Hardly touched for about 25 years, this guitar shows no signs of any scratch,es dents, wear. So 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 - 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 J hints it was made by Terada music, using Japanese pickup. Citing here an article from a Japanese Orville forum - 'Pickup must be made by Nissin Ompa. While ObG US pickup sounds louder and chunkier, Japanese pickup plays delicate, especially in pitching high tone.' Also compared to Gibson ES-335, Orville matches or arguably surpass the feel and touch. 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.