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  •  SOLD  1997 Orville ES-335
    Happy marriage of Gibson and Japanese craftsmanship
An elegantly fine Orville ES-335 on sale. All parts functioning good, and no sign of dents / cracks / chips. What concerned me though was the holes drilled on body, rim, bottom, and the rear headstock. Seemingly a Bigsby used to be in place, also the different type of pickguard and tuners used to be put. To address this cosmetic issue I took the guitar to Tokyo's best known luthiers (ESP workshop) and had them repaired including lacquer refinish on the body. Now it looks excellent and shiny. Please ask me the detailed photos if required.

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.