Orville and Orville by Gibson Guitar Brand History Orville and Orville by Gibson Guitar Brand History

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Epiphone was a family business established in as "the House of Stathopoulo" by Anastasios Stathopoulo, a greek violin maker.

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Later, productions was moved to Korea. The standards to which these were held to were so conforming that I found most of these instruments to Dating epiphone japan carbon copies of Gibsons and also of themselves.

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Now most guitar production went to Philidelphia although the labels still said New York. Many of the imported instruments bear a label with Gibson's Kalamazoo address and no mention of Japan or Korea, which can be misleading.

When CMI purchased Epiphone, they got all of Epiphone's current stock of parts including bodies, necks, pickups, etc. Emperor, DeLuxe, Broadway and Triumph. The domestic models had the Gibson open-book headstock design Online dating queensland the exported models were given the usual Epiphone design.

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Pre Epiphones are of very high quality and are generally much scarcer than later models. I've had over Orvilles and Orville by Gibsons and there were exceptional examples of both model types.

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Later solidbody models with mini- humbucking pickups bring less money than Gibson equivalents with standard humbucking pickups. 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.

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None are especially valuable, although Epiphone workmanship and playability is equivalent to Gibson of the same period. The Aria and Gibson Epiphone Japan partnership ended in with the production of Epiphone guitars for export being moved to Korea.

By Gibson has used up all the original New York-made Epiphone parts, and then used Gibson parts made in Kalamazoo. This is the most useful part for people looking at buying an Orville, Orville by Gibson or Epiphone guitar.

And also, don't judge an Orville by whether it has "by Gibson" on the headstock or not. Epiphone Japan[ edit ] Epiphone Japan was first established by Gibson in the early s with the dealership mostly being managed by Aria in cooperation with Gibson.

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The regular line as well as their "Elite" line of guitars were all made in the same factories as the Orvilles and Orville by Gibsons. InGibson ended its relationship with Yamano Music.

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Mid-range and low-end models are generally regarded as student model instruments. The Stathopoulo family regained control again inbut few if any instruments were made in and It was decided upon to use "Orville" as the new brand name, dedicating the brand to the founding father.

Gibson and Yamano Gakki ended Dating epiphone japan relationship in late Most hollowbody Epiphone electrics bring less than the equivalent Gibson models.

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When the "Orville by Gibson" series was launched inGibson was also selling American-made Gibson guitars, Japanese-made Epiphone guitars, and Korean-made Epiphone guitars in Japan. Gibson used these "New Yorker" parts in conjuction with their own parts when making Epiphones from to The most collectable models are those made from when body sizes were increased, up to the end of New York productions Gibson established Epiphone Japan in the early s with the production and distribution being managed by Aria in cooperation with Gibson.

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 by no means is a testament to it being a better instrument than other brands.