Gibson guitar serial number dating
If you want a Gibson guitar, and want it made right, then an Orville will do.
The standards to which these were held to were so conforming that I found most ofthese instruments to be carbon copies of Gibsons and also of themselves. This was not the case for Greco, Tokaiand Aria Pro II...
The domestic models had the Gibson open-book headstockdesign while the exported models were given the usual Epiphone design.
The regular line as well as their "Elite" line of guitars were all made in the samefactories as the Orvilles and Orville by Gibsons.
And also, don't judge an Orville by whether it has "by Gibson" on theheadstock or not.
Many collector friends have said that they think the Orville by Gibsons are overall better guitars andwhile this may be so, many collectors have disagreed with this notion.
There were many high-end and mid-range models of these guitars under both logos; I think mainly that the model number and original price dictated quality, not particularly the logo.
K stands for Kuramae, Yamano's wholesales division.
No letter beginning the serial number = Fuji Gen Factory-built.*Y = Production Year*M = Production Month*P = Production Number In 1998, Gibson and Yamano Gakki decided to end the production of the Orville models to focus on the expanded production of the Epiphone line, which wasdesigned both for the Japan domestic market as well as exported models destined for far-off lands.
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