HOWEVER....THIS is really interesting, espeically given the article above! Epiphone’s Emperor model first appeared in the mid-Thirties, another product of the jazz archtop “size wars” that raged during that era. When Fuji-Gen joined together with Terada in making the Orville by Gibson guitars in late 1992 and the Orville guitars in 1993, serial numbers were used on all of the Orville guitars by both Fuji-Gen and Terada with Terada using a J letter serial number for all of the Orville guitars they made after the K Orville guitars ended in 1993. There were two Japanese guitar factories involved in all of the Orville by Gibson and Orville production and they were Terada (Japanese) ?? The Epiphone Japan guitars that were intended for export do not have a Gibson style open book headstock. Reissue Serial Number Format: Late 1992-1995. After Fuji-Gen were contracted by Yamano Gakki in late 1992, Fuji-Gen were assigned to make most of the Orville by Gibson and Orville solid body guitars and Terada shifted to its more traditional role of mostly making Semi Acoustic guitars .The production of the Terada solid body K Orville guitars and most of the Terada solid body G serial Orville by Gibson guitars were ended in 1993 as a result. I know there is the model page on their website. Fender established Fender Japan in 1982 and contracted Yamano Gakki (Japanese) ???? Epiphone is a musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos. After opening Fuji-Gen Hirooka Inc, Fuji-Gen resumed large scale set-neck guitar production. You can post now and register later. The second reissue serial number format was a YPPPP format. What I am trying to find is some ads they had for this guitar and information such as production numbers (how many were made during 2007?) ], ãEpiphone 1958å¹´è£½ FT-79 Texan Natural [Super Rare!! Standard Epi headstock. beginning in 1989 and in 1990 the Orville by Gibson and Orville model prices were increased. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled those of Gibson. × Orville signature models and Orville ebony fingerboard models retailed for 85000 Yen . The reissue year is in the model number (LPS-57C = 1957) and the 1957 and 1959 Les Paul and 1961 SG reissue models were made from late 1992-1995 with some guitars having limited production runs. The Orville by Gibson and Orville EB-3 SG Bass guitars which were priced at over 90,000 Yen were given G letter serial numbers by Terada. Gibson and Yamano Gakki ended their relationship in late 2006. . There were a number of changes to the Orville by Gibson and Orville model range between their beginning in 1988 and their end in 1998 that are shown in the Retail Release History section.  and Fuji-Gen (Japanese) ???? Yamano Gakki Japan, Epiphone Japan, Orville by Gibson Catalogues. The Orville by Gibson and Orville series were distributed by Yamano Gakki and were priced midway between the American made Gibson guitars and the Korean made Epiphone guitars. Gibson and Yamano Gakki decided not to use the Epiphone brand name for the expanded model range and so the Orville name was chosen instead. I didn't know if there was an Epi catalog for there regular line. That doesn't mean they're still being sold in the shops. Serial numbers are not always essential when only one guitar factory is making all of the guitars, as the distributor (Yamano Gakki) knows exactly which guitar factory made the guitar even when the guitar has no identifiable guitar factory serial number. When the K Orville guitars were made between 1989 and 1993, Terada were the only guitar factory making all of the Orville by Gibson and Orville guitars. I'm totally mistaken, as that would mean we could still find Japanese produced Epi's! Fender and Gibson opened Japanese branch divisions to make guitars in Japan using the Fender/Squier or Gibson/Epiphone brand names for the Japanese market. Standard Epi headstock. 1993-1998: Fuji-Gen no letter serial number Orville guitars. Y is the production year, 0=1990, 1=1991 etc. ...trying to put all the pieces to the puzzle together' date='..I think you guys are both right. Proudly Handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana by Gibson Acoustic Luthiers, the Made in the U.S.A. Epiphone Texan is built using a solid Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany back and … The Terada G serial number letter basically stood for "Gibson pickups" and the Terada J serial number letter basically stood for "Japanese pickups". For example G3 6942 is dated 1993 and was made by Terada, 4 7345 is dated 1994 and was made by Fuji-Gen, G306385 is dated June 1993 and was made by Terada, 412562 is dated December 1994 and was made by Fuji-Gen. The Elite is no longer available and, as per my post on another thread, the www.gakki.com site is just an old site which unfortunatly still says the Elite models are available, which they appear not to be, It would be great if we had a Japanese member of the forum who could make heads or tails of the Gakki site. The Terada G, J and K serial number Les Paul guitars featured a mixture of medium, medium long and long tenon neck joints. B.C. Vintage Instrument PDF Catalog Downloads Out Of Print Digital Catalogs & Literature in PDF format ~Nominal processing donation for each selection to help offset some of the costs involved~ Cover Description Sample Pages 1953 All I need is more GAS!! Retail release information from Yamano Gakki catalogues . Gibson Brands, Inc. respects your right to privacy. remove that page, from their website??? ], ãEpiphone Flying V White [Duncan PUæè¼], ãEpiphone Casino Natural [Made in Japan]. In 1995 the Orville by Gibson models were discontinued and only Orville models were continued until 1998. Nothing’s Carved In Stone のギタリスト生形真一氏のエピフォン初となるシグネチャーモデルがリリース :『Epiphone Shinichi DAMN...did you see that sweet "335' date=' with binding and block inlays!!! For Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan semi acoustic models from 1987 to approximately 1997, the serial numbers are in a YCPPP format. From 1988 to 1989 a YYPPPP serial number format was used for the Orville by Gibson guitars and Orville SG bass EB-3 guitars. All the guitars and basses catalogues of the Japanese brand Aria - Aria Pro II are available for free. Gibson Brands, Inc., the world's premier manufacturer of musical instruments and professional audio equipment. Gibson established Epiphone Japan in the early 1970s with the production and distribution being managed by Aria in cooperation with Gibson. You cannot paste images directly. The Matsumoku guitar factory in Japan was used to make the Aria Epiphone Japan guitars. Starting in 1989 a new serial number format of YMMPPP was used for the Orville by Gibson guitars and Orville SG bass EB-3 guitars. During the 1970s and the 1980s, certain Japanese Guitar companies using brand names such as Ibanez, Tokai, Burny, and Greco were making high quality copies of Fender and Gibson guitars. And the Elitist versions were lost as the stock ran out. Epiphones of this time were built in a much better factory than the newer Korean ones. Ricochet, March 9, 2009 in Epiphone Electrics. The first reissue serial number format was a YMMPPP format. In 1988 Yamano Gakki decided to expand the Epiphone Japan model range to include solid body models as well as semi acoustic models. Yamano Gakki distributed Gibson and Korean Epiphone guitars and also produced a limited range of Epiphone Japan semi acoustic guitars in cooperation with Gibson. Good luck buying that 12-string Riviera.... Orville by Gibson guitar headstockOrville by Gibson (Japanese) ????by???? They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label.
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