Other than the difference in headstock logo and pickups, there are noother hidden or outward differences that I am aware of.Many collector friends have said that they think the Orville by Gibsons are overall better guitars andwhile this may be so, many collectors have disagreed with this notion.This means that the Pot was manufactured by CTS company in the 15th week of 1974.

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This should never be the only method used, but quite often it can help back up evidence already acquired to date an instrument. First you need to get underneath, to the circular disc on the bottom of the shaft at the opposite end of the knob (which may, or may not, have to be removed depending on the instrument).

In most cases if it’s not made unreadable by blobs of solder, you should see a six or seven digit number.

As it was decided that someof these guitars would be equipped with Japanese-made pickups and some with USA-made pickups, they decided to include the post-script "by Gibson" for themodels that had pickups of American origin.

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.

Yamano Gakki decided to go with a different name for this expanded line of guitars, that were designed in the exact form of the most valuable and sought-afterclassic Gibson guitars.

It was decided upon to use "Orville" as the new brand name, dedicating the brand to the founding father.

Again, that’s why Pot codes should always be used to reinforce the date of the guitar and not be the sole source.

Parts are often replaced and there are signs to look for which we’ll get more into in a later post.

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.