I was pleased that he offered the Mandolin Cafe the following Vintage Gibson A Mandolin guide.The Vintage Gibson guide was made possible in part by Maxwell Mc Collough who provided the beautiful photographs you see in the A-Model guide.I have noticed, that in the last year prices have gone up a lot.A year ago on E-bay you could easily buy a plaintop 1983-85 RLG 50 for 350-400 $, today they sell for 700-800 $ and if you want to by one from a dealer in Europe, You will have to pay 800-900 $.There were even a few Kalamazoo amplifiers produced from 1938 to ’40.The Kalamazoo solidbody electric line was conceived at a time when guitar companies could sell just about anything they could make or lay their hands on.The basic "A" and "F" model shapes were developed around the turn of the century, and have become the basis for most serious imitators since.Regular production began in the early years of the 1900's, and continued unbroken until the WWII years, and again afterwards up to the modern times. If it doesn't sing, forget it- there are enough of them out there that you will eventually find one that you like.
If you see no serial number on your Orville, the sticker was likely removed.No letter beginning the serial number = Fuji Gen Factory-built.*Y = Production Year*M = Production Month*P = Production Number Mfg. *The "J" in this model # denotes the use of Japanese pickups.1989-1998 S/N Type 2 FYMMPPP 105437 Made by Fuji Gen factory in May of 1991, production # 437. Not the least of which is the fact that it features a good bit of technological innovation and is, well… Kalamazoo was a budget brand created by Gibson around 1965, the height of the ’60s guitar boom and lasting until 1970 or thereabouts.The Kalamazoo line also included a few electric archtops and some Hawaiian lap steels.