Pre "by Gibson" Orville serial number help?

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Pre "by Gibson" Orville serial number help?

Post by stringking28 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:45 am

Hi everybody, I'm new here and this is my first post. My name is George and I'm 16. I'm from the States.

I have a lead on an Orville, not "by Gibson" Goldtop Les Paul believed to be either a 86 or 87. The serial number is 6 digits with no letter. Is this a valid serial number? If so, how do I date it? It ends with 85 but starts with 5. Would this make it an 85'? Any help appreciated thanks.

Also, any other info on pre-ObG Orvilles would be helpful too. Thanks.

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Post by marcusnieman » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:01 am

Read this.... good info here. (Orville didn't preceed Orville by Gibson - Orville was all MIJ and OBG used US components):

http://www.guitarsjapan.com/orvillegibsoninfopage.html

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Post by japanstrat » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:26 am

The Orville by Gibsons started in 1988 and went to 1995.
The Orvilles started in 1989 and went to 1998.
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Post by stringking28 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:38 am

So there was no Orville before 1988?

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Post by Crash » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:57 pm

stringking28 wrote:So there was no Orville before 1988?
That would be correct.

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Post by stringking28 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:08 pm

Ok, I got it figured out thanks. The guitar in question is a 1995 Orville Gold top. Some dings and scratches.

How much do these usually go for in USD?

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Post by marcusnieman » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:18 am

stringking28 wrote: How much do these usually go for in USD?
Nothing usual about any guitar prices in this economy.... it's a lousy time to sell and a great time to buy. Have you looked on ebay? There are a bunch of Orvilles on there ranging between $600 and $800.... and there is an Orville goldtop for sale at $1275 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Crash » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:56 pm

stringking28 wrote:Ok, I got it figured out thanks. The guitar in question is a 1995 Orville Gold top. Some dings and scratches.

How much do these usually go for in USD?
I don't know if a gold top commands anything extra or not but it is a good time to buy. I just bought this 89 ObG Custom for $750.00. It was already in the states and that price included shipping and a brown Gibson USA hardcase. In general, great shape with a ding or two here and there, to be expected for a guitar that is 21+ years old.

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Post by Koubayashi » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:27 am

marcusnieman wrote:
stringking28 wrote: How much do these usually go for in USD?
Nothing usual about any guitar prices in this economy.... it's a lousy time to sell and a great time to buy. Have you looked on ebay? There are a bunch of Orvilles on there ranging between $600 and $800.... and there is an Orville goldtop for sale at $1275 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Prices are dropping on Japanese axes.
They were overpriced over the last 2 years and now people realised that it is easier to add 100? and buy a Gibson. Which I agree with.

To pay thousands of ? for a veneer top is in my opinion a bad deal.

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Post by Koubayashi » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:28 am

Crash wrote:
stringking28 wrote:Ok, I got it figured out thanks. The guitar in question is a 1995 Orville Gold top. Some dings and scratches.

How much do these usually go for in USD?
I don't know if a gold top commands anything extra or not but it is a good time to buy. I just bought this 89 ObG Custom for $750.00. It was already in the states and that price included shipping and a brown Gibson USA hardcase. In general, great shape with a ding or two here and there, to be expected for a guitar that is 21+ years old.

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Looking good!
Maple top?

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Post by Crash » Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:39 am

Maple top.... that is a good question, I am not sure to be honest. All I know is that is the best guitar I have ever owned.

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