Orville by Gibson 59/57 Reissue vs Epiphone 1959

darkvoice

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It looks like in the past Japanese Orville by Gibson 1959 reissues were very sought after and commanded high prices.

With several excellent 1959 Reissues over the last couple years, are these Japanese OBG RI guitars still valued as highly? How do OBG compare to Epiphone models such as 1959 Outfit, Lazarus and Norm Burst (not exactly 1959, but 1960 which is close)? These can be had new for $600-850 for 1959 Outfit or $900-1000 for Lazarus, and you will get brand new guitar in case vs 30 years old OBG in questionable condition.

Considering these new offerings, do people still search for OBG 59RIs? What prices do these sell for?

How about OBG 57RIs? There wasn't an Epiphone reissue of 1957, so are OBG 57RIs more desirable than 59RIs? How are they priced compared to OBG 59RIs?
 

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OBG 59R, 57C and 57B still bring a high return in Japan. Go to Digimart and search for them. Some sold items still remain with "sold price" listed.
 

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I have the Bonamassa black beauty and every Orville I ever played blew it away. It’s a nice guitar, I enjoy playing it, but it still has that cheap feel to it. I’ve played a few Epi 59’s and I’d say they’re a bit better but still not on par with an Orville.
 

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I have an Epi '59 and absolutely love everything about it. I find myself grabbing it over its more higher valued closet mates. It just works for me. Even so, it ain't an MIJ or an Orville.
 

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How much do OBG RI 59 or 57 go for? Are there any substantial differences between 59 and 57 (besides 57 having a pickguard)?
Are 59 more valuable than 57? Prices on eBay are all over the map, it's hard to see real values.
 

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You're looking at about $1200$-$1500 for an ObG reissue, the Custom reissues will cost you more.

That's around the price of pre-owned American Gibson LP Classic or Traditional and approaching Standard. Will OBG 59/57 be on par with these real Gibson models?
 

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I would say that the 59 I has was as good or better.

@wulfman took this pic before I bough the guitar.
ObG 59RI4.JPG
this pic
 
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Yep, that what I've seen lately. Of course that's US dollars.
 

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I'm pretty sure Gammy passed it on to someone else.
This ObG 57C is a recent acquisition that is in great shape and cleaned up nicely.
They are out there and prices seems to be spiking a bit as with Grecos and other old Japanese guitars. Nice solid built guitars.



 

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I'm pretty sure Gammy passed it on to someone else.
This ObG 57C is a recent acquisition that is in great shape and cleaned up nicely.
They are out there and prices seems to be spiking a bit as with Grecos and other old Japanese guitars. Nice solid built guitars.
That's a beauty! Enjoy it!
 

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