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...
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.
This contradicts what information is accepted, so if you have one like this, let me know.
Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.
Don't get me wrong, Orvilles are great guitars, and I found them all to be made much better than their USA counterparts, but they all lacked the unique feel andplayability that has earned Greco, Tokai and Aria Pro II their growing stellar reputations.
And also, don't judge an Orville by whether it has "by Gibson" on theheadstock or not.
Lower Right: The fourth and fifth numbers of this seven-digit potentiometer date code reveal the last two digits of its year of manufacture. Hi Brian, There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.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.
K stands for Kuramae, Yamano's wholesales division.