Orville SG 61 reissue 1989 Ebony

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Orville SG 61 reissue

This is the 61 Reissue with bindings and trapezoid inlays and a set of Gibsons 490R and 498T pickups. It was made by Terada for Yamano Gakki.
Bridge and tailpiece by Gotoh.
Rosewood fretboard with medium jumbo frets that are in good condition with some wear but no real grooves or dents.
Really nice and comfy 60’s style neck profile.
Weight: 3.21kg

The names “Orville by Gibson” then “Orville” were chosen in tribute to the founder of the brand, Orville Gibson.
The production of guitars began in April 1988 by Yamano Gakki under the brand “Orville by Gibson”.

So why did Gibson decide to make guitars in Japan? The simple answer was, to compete with the excellent copies the Japanese were making at a much lower price (Greco, Fernandes, Aria, Tokai, Ibanez, Yamaha, etc). Fender did exactly this back in 1982 by creating Fender Japan.
The demand for these American guitars continued to grow with the years but the Yen rate was too low for the Japanese to be able to afford them.
The copies of Gibson and Fender made by Japanese brands were sold around the world. The solution for Gibson was to have their own guitars licensed in Japan so that they could sell them at a more competitive price but still retain the stellar craftsmanship the Japanese were known for.

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