Orange – a pillar of the guitar amplifier industry – has announced an expansion into the guitar-making business with its new OE-1 model.
Designed by Orange's Technical Director, Ade Emsley, and constructed by luthier Jason Burns at Blast Cult in London, each OE-1 will be built to order. Stock features include a two-piece mahogany body, an ebony headstock with a mother-of-pearl, hand-cut Orange logo, a 24.75”-scale mahogany neck, and a 12”-radius ebony fretboard boasting 22 frets with black dot fret markers.
The guitar's neck profile is designed to resemble both a ‘59 Les Paul soft V near the headstock, and a big C shape nearer to the body, with chessboard nitro binding on the body and headstock further distinguishing the guitar.
In terms of pickups, the OE-1 is offered with a choice of a pair of custom Mojo dogear UK Filtertron units, or two alnico Staple soapbar P90s.
Visually, the OE-1 boasts a two-tone Gold and Ivory colorway on the front – with a natural mahogany gloss finish on the back – while additional appointments include Grover tuners, a Tune-O-Matic bridge, Stop Bar tailpiece, and custom-turned brass control knobs.
The Orange OE-1 guitar is available now – with an estimated order lead time of around four weeks – for $5,452. It comes with a Hiscox hard case.
For more info on the guitar, stop by orangeamps.com.
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