Oral History Information
Company NameOriolo Guitar Company
Don Oriolo grew up in a very creative home. His father was the cartoonist behind such characters as Casper the Friendly Ghost and Felix the Cat. Don developed a passion for music as a child and played in bands growing up, as well as writing songs. His introduction into the music products industry came when he designed a series of instruments for the C.F. Martin & Company, which featured Felix the Cat. The project gave Don the idea to design and develop other themed guitars and ukuleles, which he launched at the 2010 Nashville NAMM Show under the name Oriolo Guitars.