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scooticus
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:40 pm    Post subject: Orville Serial# ID Reply with quote

I'm looking at buying an Orville 335 with serial # J683125. Can anyone tell me where and what year it was made? Any pitfalls to watch for?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Orville Serial# ID Reply with quote

scooticus wrote:
I'm looking at buying an Orville 335 with serial # J683125. Can anyone tell me where and what year it was made? Any pitfalls to watch for?


Read this for dating and where it was made:

http://www.guitarsjapan.com/orvillegibsoninfopage.html
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much. I guess I misread the first # - '68 is a bit early
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own a 95 Fujigen-built Orville goldtop LPS that I love and have been looking for a 335 to go w/it. Any real differences between Terada and Fujigen guitars?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Orville serial numbers at http://www.guitarsjapan.com/orvillegibsoninfopage.html are all over the place.

The J serial numbers were not used until the OBG's finished in 1995 and therefore no more Terada OBG G letter serials, so the J serial numbers are only on Orvilles from 1995-1998 and the J serial numbers were also on early Epiphone Japan guitars as well.

The J letter was used by Terada when the model line just went to Orvilles in 1995, so the serial in the first post is a 1996 Terada made Orville if the first number after the J is a 6.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks japanstrat. Good info is hard to come by. The guitar in question was very clean, but a little too rich for me @ $1400. I'm still looking for a 335 - ObG or Orville - and time is on my side.
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