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I rank these guitars on the whole as mediocre Japanese guitars.
This is a boldstatement, I know, but when you compare these guitars to early Greco, Tokai and Aria Pro II clones, they just come up a little short in the mojo and vibedepartment.
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.
All “Orville” guitars were equipped with Japanese replica PAF pickups, while the “Orville by Gibson” guitars were usually equipped with authentic Gibson USAPAF ’57 Classics, and sometimes the original Bill Lawrence HB-R/HB-L or Gibson 490s.
Other than the difference in headstock logo and pickups, there are noother hidden or outward differences that I am aware of.
There were 5 different methods used to date Orville and Orville by Gibson guitars and two factories involved withbuilding them, so I've developed the simple chart below to assist you...*F = Factory: G, J & K beginning the serial numbers denote that is was made by the Terada factory: the "G" ink stamp means the guitar should have Gibson USA pickups, and "J" for Japanese pickups.
made to high standards as well, these brands often hand-carved their necks to feel different and finish options were not pinned down to onlya few standard options, so to ensure each guitar had a different feel, vibe and even tone, since they all used so many different types of pickups.
The Orvilleseither had the Japanese low-quality humbuckers or the Gibson USA humbuckers, so the tone was not as varied.
I've had over 100 Orvilles and Orville by Gibsons and there were exceptional examples of both model types.
Get your hands on one and see for yourself ; ) Andrew Originally, I bought one of these in Japan when I was there and there was a little "Made in Korea" sticker under the silver serial number sticker.