K stands for Kuramae, Yamano's wholesales division.
No letter beginning the serial number = Fuji Gen Factory-built.*Y = Production Year*M = Production Month*P = Production Number In 1998, Gibson and Yamano Gakki decided to end the production of the Orville models to focus on the expanded production of the Epiphone line, which wasdesigned both for the Japan domestic market as well as exported models destined for far-off lands.
I rank these guitars on the whole as mediocre Japanese guitars.
This is a boldstatement, I know, but when you compare these guitars to early Greco, Tokai and Aria Pro II clones, they just come up a little short in the mojo and vibedepartment.
Named after the founding father of Gibson guitars, Orville H.
Gibson, these fully-authorized Japanese guitars came into existence through partnershipsbetween Gibson USA and various Japanese manufacturers and dealers (such as Aria, Matsumoku and Yamano Music) that extend back into the 1970s.
I've had over 100 Orvilles and Orville by Gibsons and there were exceptional examples of both model types.
Get your hands on one and see for yourself ; ) Andrew Originally, I bought one of these in Japan when I was there and there was a little "Made in Korea" sticker under the silver serial number sticker.
All “Orville” guitars were equipped with Japanese replica PAF pickups, while the “Orville by Gibson” guitars were usually equipped with authentic Gibson USAPAF ’57 Classics, and sometimes the original Bill Lawrence HB-R/HB-L or Gibson 490s.
Other than the difference in headstock logo and pickups, there are noother hidden or outward differences that I am aware of.
For this reason, it is not as easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it was made.
Epiphone stamps each guitar with a serial number, however, which when deciphered can tell a guitarist all he needs to know about the guitar.
This contradicts what information is accepted, so if you have one like this, let me know.