Oriole was an inexpensive line produced by Gibson in the mid-to-late 1920s, making mostly banjos at that time. Although not much is known about Orioles they make excellent conversion candidates, as is the case here. This Oriole tenor was built around 1928, and has a full thickness 11" rim with shoe & bracket hardware and has been retrofitted with a period-correct hexagon flange from a Style 1 Gibson. The resonator is a beautiful curly maple model made by Steve Gill. Although the maker of the conversion neck is unknown, it is very high quality and matches up with the pot perfectly. This is a excellent instrument for anyone looking for a reasonably priced early 5-string conversion that is not only light weight, but plays and sounds wonderful.