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  •  SOLD  1997 Orville ES-335
    Happy marriage of Gibson and Japanese craftsmanship
An astonishiningly fine Orville ES-335 on sale. This beautiful MIJ vinageis literally in mint shiny condition. Possessed by only one owner, who bought this guitar 16 years ago, probably aiming to play every day until the frets wear off but in reality had no time under the hectic working condition in Japan... thanks to that, the guitar shows no signs of any scratches, dents, or wear. So no hesitation for 5 star marks out of 5. When you look through the photos and find anything to mark down, let me know, 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 highly sought-after vintages for Japan vintage guitar hunters.

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.