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Fretboard inlays

Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:21 pm
by Koubayashi
I have owned around 40-50 Orvilles and ObG's over the years.
One thing I noticed is that more than 50% of them must have been glued badly from the factory cause the inlays fall off or are lose.
anyone else with this experience?

Never happened on my Grecos, Burnys or Tokais.

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:29 am
by villager
always...

only ObG's

they used a glue which becomes brittle with age...

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:52 am
by Koubayashi
villager wrote:always...

only ObG's

they used a glue which becomes brittle with age...
I have experienced it on Orvilles as well. the K-series have this problem as well which is another argue for them being made in Japan.

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:53 am
by villager
yes that makes a lot of sense, funny how never happened with the same era Fuji-gen Greco's, same place same time..different glue!!

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:42 am
by barburny
+1 My Orville came minus most of the markers and the rest where ready to fall out

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:03 pm
by Koubayashi
villager wrote:yes that makes a lot of sense, funny how never happened with the same era Fuji-gen Greco's, same place same time..different glue!!
No other guitar made in Fujigen has this problem.
Darn Orville :evil:

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:04 pm
by Koubayashi
barburny wrote:+1 My Orville came minus most of the markers and the rest where ready to fall out
That sounds like the typicall orville guitar.
My local guitar shop must make a fortune on me and all the inlays I buy :D

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:30 pm
by villager
its the bloody filing down I hate, cos they are always too thick....

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:56 pm
by Koubayashi
villager wrote:its the bloody filing down I hate, cos they are always too thick....
Yup. And the color is always off so changing 1 = changing all.

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:21 pm
by villager
ah but u can dye them...

Re: Fretboard inlays

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:52 pm
by Innadaze
Koubayashi wrote:I have owned around 40-50 Orvilles and ObG's over the years.
One thing I noticed is that more than 50% of them must have been glued badly from the factory cause the inlays fall off or are lose.
anyone else with this experience?

I noticed the one you got off YJ recently had some fret markers already missing.

I've seen this before, but I must've gotten the other 50% because I've never had that problem with any of my OBG's.

...and I can be pretty rough on my guitars.

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:24 pm
by barburny
villager wrote:its the bloody filing down I hate, cos they are always too thick....
Yup I had some great fun doing just that but had it mastered by the 12th fret and was missing chunks of fingenail and tips

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:38 am
by MIJvintage
I have owned only the Fugi Gen Orville examples (no letter prefix - 6 digit serial #)

never had a single problem with any position marker on any of them; great quality guitars :)

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:36 am
by japanstrat
It seems like the inlays dropping out problem is mostly with the Terada made G serial Orville by Gibsons and the K Orvilles from the photos I've seen.

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:49 pm
by MIJvintage
japanstrat wrote:It seems like the inlays dropping out problem is mostly with the Terada made G serial Orville by Gibsons and the K Orvilles from the photos I've seen.

I thought the OBG models were supposed to be a better quality product than the Orville line :-? ..................