Orianthi Panagaris Interview – Acoustic Review

Orianthi (she is famous enough to be known by just one name) is a famed guitar player – she has worked with Alice Cooper, and was chosen as lead guitarist for Michael Jackson’s Wembley shows before his untimely passing.

Although known primarily as an electric guitar player of considerable skill, Orianthi is a massive fan of the acoustic guitar, and this has led to her recent collaboration with Gibson Guitars, resulting in the release of her Orianthi SJ-200 Acoustic Custom signature model.

Acoustic Review’s Andy Hughes had a chat with Orianthi about her new guitar, starting with her excitement at being involved with the legendary Gibson organization.

Orianthi said : I started with acoustic, as most people do, and I wanted an acoustic with the playability of an electric, particularly the neck.

When Gibson approached me, I was blown away at the idea of working with them on this new guitar. I was with them in 2009 and 2010, and then went to other companies, and have come back again.

They are an amazing company and they are lovely people and of course they make such quality instruments.

They put so much heart and soul into everything they do. The chance to go to Montana and work with Robi Johns their Director Of Sales And Marketing, and LR Baggs, the legendary pickup designer, I had such a great time.

Orianthi’s first new studio album in seven years and his first new solo music in six years, “O”, came out in November via Frontiers Music Srl.

Born in Australia, Orianthi was inspired to learn guitar at a young age after discovering his father’s vinyl collection. She rose to international fame at age 24 after the release of her single song. “According to You” and a high-energy endorsement Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Although she had already been invited to play with the likes of Carlos Santana and Steve Vai, the general public had not previously heard of this captivating guitar prodigy.

Her recognition was further increased when Michael Jackson called with an offer to be his guitarist for his dates at London’s O2 Arena. Although the concert series was not to be like this, the release of the behind-the-scenes documentary “This Is This From Michael Jackson” showcased Orianthi’s masterful performance, as well as her creativity and collaboration.