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This is the most useful part for people looking at buying an Orville, Orville by Gibson or Epiphone guitar.

My overall judgment is that, while these guitars are of higher collectible value to guitarists because of the affiliation with, and use of the name, Gibson, this byno means is a testament to it being a better instrument than other brands.

I've had over 100 Orvilles and Orville by Gibsons and there were exceptional examples of both model types.

From about 1934 forward, the serial numbers were ink typed directly on the label (Long Island label) or letter pressed on the label (rectangular Masterbilt label, Green label and Blue label).

see pictures Quite often the serialnumber was also blind stamped (some handwritten) on the underside of the bridgefoot.

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.

Named after the founding father of Gibson guitars, Orville H.

Gibson, these fully-authorized Japanese guitars came into existence through partnershipsbetween Gibson USA and various Japanese manufacturers and dealers (such as Aria, Matsumoku and Yamano Music) that extend back into the 1970s.

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.

In 2006, Gibson ended its relationship with Yamano Music.

You can research and find in much greater detail, information about the histories of these brands on other websites, but for me, the important part is to judgean instrument upon its merits.

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