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Orville's Cheaper in Japan?

 
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Purplexi
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:07 am    Post subject: Orville's Cheaper in Japan? Reply with quote

Hi all, new guy here! Hey I was wondering; if I wanted to collect Orville By Gibson and Orville guitars, would it be cheaper to collect them over there? I realize the cost of travel is prohibitive but the prices of Nippon guitars seems to be going up steadily. They're priced as high as used American Gibsons here in the U.S.!! Thank you
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get Orville for very cheap in japan, but Orville by Gibson, it's another story: You must count between 80 000 and 100 000 ? minimum ( depending on the model and condition). Especially if you go to Tokyo, where it's quite expensive. And you won't find so many as they all went abroad.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

..........it's called free enterprise aka the law of supply & demand, with many sellers doing the same thing, and not just with guitars.............
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Orville's Cheaper in Japan? Reply with quote

Purplexi wrote:
Hi all, new guy here! Hey I was wondering; if I wanted to collect Orville By Gibson and Orville guitars, would it be cheaper to collect them over there? I realize the cost of travel is prohibitive but the prices of Nippon guitars seems to be going up steadily. They're priced as high as used American Gibsons here in the U.S.!! Thank you

Not that long ago, they used to go for a lot less in Japan. I've got a '93 OBG LPR very similar to the one Villager pointed out that I believe I got for about $400 from a pawn shop full of gardening tools in Higashine city (Yamagata, Japan) about 5 or so years ago:



Just like showbiz, there's luck, timing, "who-ya-know" and a certain amount research and legwork involved in getting a good OBG for not a lot of $$.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes supply and demand MIJ, i just wonder if the demand will stretch to that price...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

villager wrote:
well this ObG was bought by the seller for 116000 yen, or under ?600

http://page13.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/r44360230

he is trying to sell it for ?1300....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170202227948&ih=007&category=38086&ssPageName=STORE:PROMOBOX:NEWLIST#LIST


Yes, thank you I saw that listing. It promted some outrage and even a few laughs over at "Harmony Central's" electric guitar forum. I would imagine the price will come down although someone might be foolish enough to pay such a wishful sum. Hopefully not.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, it came down from $2600 to a somewhat more sensible $1900. Still it must seem over the moon to some of you veteran Orville buyers who got in during the under $500 era. A couple of other offers on Ebay this week were more encouraging to new buyer/collectors like myself. One OBG-LPS, a quilt top tobacco burst is bidding fairly low and I also saw a white LP/SG that I did not know Orville ever made. Sorry I don't know how to put up an Ebay link yet but I'm sure most of you guys are checking those listings anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To post the link...put the cursor over the url and right click and copy then in your posr right click and paste ...all done..

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://cgi.ebay.com/1989-Orville-by-Gibson-Japan-SG-Custom-3-Pickup-RARE_W0QQitemZ290217066496QQihZ019QQcategoryZ47073QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't even have to go to Japan. Just buy them from Yahoo Japan like a lot of us do. With the fall of the dollar the market there has somewhat collapsed. I just bought an OBG RI for 40% less than I paid for the same model 4 years ago. I am thrilled.
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