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./topic/54419-id-your-epiphone-here-serial-key-guitardater-link-factory-codes-a-worldwide-guide-part-3/page__st__380__p__968094#entry968094 The Guitar serial dater isn't that accurate and there are many 'Fake' Epiphone's and Gibson's out there that have serial numbers that fit the description but in fact are Fakes from China. KC It appears there is a Limited edition Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul on this page (The Trans Blue LP) I'm not sure what 'Limited Edition' really means in the true context.
It was decided upon to use "Orville" as the new brand name, dedicating the brand to the founding father.
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.
It wasn't until 1986 when Yamano Gakki took over the distribution of Gibson (and Korean-made Epiphone) guitars in Japan, and later in 1988, decidedto expand their lineup of guitar models, that things really got rolling for the Orville and Orville by Gibson brands.
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.
This guitar, known as "The Log", was later shown to Gibson executives, who initially passed on the idea of building them, but they changed their mind within a couple of years and the Les Paul Model guitar as we know it today was first released in 1952.