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Subject: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: DougR
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 05:02 PM

I have a classical guitar I have owned since the early 1970s. The label inside reads "Orlando Guitar, Model 305 and Japan. Anyone know anything about these guitars?


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Áine
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 04:21 PM

Refresh.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: DougR
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 04:59 PM

Thank you, Aine! For the Refresh.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Áine
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 04:18 PM

No problem, DougR. I'm sure someone has the info you're needed, we just need to keep refreshing this thread until they see it.

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 04:23 PM

I'm checking Doug

Rick


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: DougR
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 07:21 PM

Thank you Aine and Rick. I felt certain that someone on the Mudcat would know something about the the Orlando. I bought it about the time the Goya classical guitar was considered the one to have but I couldn't afford the Goya at the time.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 10:59 PM

Hi Doug. I think Orlando was the name used by whatever distributor handled it in your part of the country. About 3 to 400 brand names came from about 8 guitar building factories in Japan (and later Korea and Taiwan) at that time. Same situation with strings. Many folks thought that every brand of strings was different in some way, but the vast majority were made by Labella, Vinci, or D'merle. I own a very well made rosewood guitar with the brand name "Shero" (inlayed in pearl) on the headstock. Even though I'm pretty experienced in tracking down instruments, I've had no luck at all narrowing it down to under six or seven possibillities. Figure it was made in the same factory as instruments labeled "Morris", but that's just a guess.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 11:09 PM

Thinking of the brand name bit, I can't remember if I have mentioned it before but I saw 2 identical (except for the badge) in a local music shop. I think one was labeled Epiphone and the other Ozark but there was about £100 difference on the price tags. I mentioned it to my friend who had the shop and he agreed that they were the same and checked his prices and they were correct according to his lists... I think it was that manodlin that we then looked for in the Samick catalogue and found what looked to be the same instrument...

Jon


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: DougR
Date: 24 Jan 00 - 05:05 PM

Thanks, Rick. Makes sense to me.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Dave W WA USA
Date: 28 Jul 04 - 12:29 AM

I have a model 301.
Got it in 1972 in Covina, CA.
I would like to know more about who made it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: michaelr
Date: 28 Jul 04 - 03:25 PM

I also have an Orlando (steel string). I call it Tony.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Blackcatter
Date: 28 Jul 04 - 04:03 PM

I live in Orlando, but that probably doesn't help.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,me
Date: 10 Oct 04 - 01:20 PM

i have a 12 string orlando


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 05:45 PM

I own a Orlando nylon classical Model A 583. I tried researching but no luck


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Joe@ImagesByJoe.com
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 01:43 PM

Doug, I have a model 305 Orlando.
Your best source for info, is the veteran guys & gals who service the work bench at any good guitar shop like McCabe's in Santa Monica, California.
The sound of the 305 I found very nice. The annular rings on the front are closely spaced. I don't think the top is made of plywood, rather solid wood (I may be mistaken). The sides and back appear well constructed.
The action has held up pretty well since I have owned it. It came in our family in the early 70's. My sister gave it to me when she got a much more expensive guitar, buy I think it sounds as good the more expensive one.
For its size it has very decent projection.
It stays in tune well with seasoned strings.
It is my learner guitar

Regards,

Joe, Los Angeles, California


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 01:09 PM

yeah i have an orlando steel double o style acoustic
i call her lucia
she has a wierd adjustable metal bridge
she loves me


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,TCSMFX
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 12:25 PM

I have an Orlando Model 310. Very interesting story to go along with it. But, I have researched the net extensively and found only 2 things and that was today. 1st: there is 1 (one) Orlando on E-bay and 2nd: this Post I just happened to come across. If anyone finds any more info please advise. I am at tccheek@earthlink.net

Good luck and thanks.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,uriah90620@yahoo.com
Date: 25 Nov 04 - 02:25 PM

Would you happen to know how much the Orlando 310 is worth; my friend has one and was wondering aboutthe value.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,james in protland ore
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 02:29 AM

I own a very nice acoustic 6 string...have had it since 1980 was used when I gotit....All I know is that they were made in the 70 in japan and I guess they made acoustic and electics


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,james in protland ore
Date: 02 Dec 04 - 02:35 AM

would love to know how much it worth....


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,toyznstuff
Date: 22 Dec 04 - 01:45 PM

a friend of mine had/has an electric Les Paul "custom"copy that was awesome!!! this was back in the early 1970's.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Kathleen M
Date: 17 Jan 05 - 01:50 AM

I have an Orlando guitar model 316 (pint size) it is 40 years old with original strings and it is still in tune and has a beautiful tone.   My husband who plays guitar very well was impressed. Does anyone know what it is worth? My father got it for me when we lived in the San Fernando Valley Mr Finn of Finn's music store (great guy with a terrific family). I was so small that they got me either 1/2 scale or 3/4 scale guitar.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,netabean@yahoo.com
Date: 24 Jan 05 - 10:53 PM

If anyone can give me some follow up information about Orlando guitars and a specific model (305), that would be great.
Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,keiandrs8@aol.com
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 12:37 AM

i have the 315 classical Orlando guitar has amazing tone
and has wonderful harmonics and feel


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,LeeC
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 09:23 PM

I have an Orland 710E or 7101 that I bought around 1970 in L. A. area. Given the time I probably spent less than $200 and maybe more like $100. It says "Guitarra Classica de Espana" on the inside but it also says "Made in Japan". It has a 2" neck at the nut. Much wider than my Fender Jaguar but I was going for a different style and is kind to my fat fingers. Seems to be fretted well and is true up and down the neck thankfully because there is no adjustment at all. It's been through a lot including the '94 earthquake and has held together but I wish it had more volume - although I've always had nylon strings. I just bought a new Gibson banjo and am tempted to buy a new guitar as its mate but the Orlando seems to serve its purpose well enough. Hope this has some value for you.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,j
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 02:30 PM

hi , can u give me some hints for buying a new guitar .
bay :)


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,daisy
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 01:55 PM

I picked up one of those bad boys but it dosent have a model name or any thing just the stock #


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Mark in Pahrump
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 06:50 PM

I have an Orlando 310 that my wife bought in the SFV in the early '70's for cheap. I also have a '61 Goya G10 I bought for $150 from a pawn shop in OC in about '72. I think the Orlando is every bit as good as the Goya, and better in fact, given that my action on the Goya is WAY too high, and can't be adjusted.

mwhalen@presmark.com


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,pstrwldr
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 11:52 AM

I have an older 12 string, Model 337, serial # 0612 (stamped on the inner block). I bought it because it reminded of my friend's Orlando 12 he was given back in 71 or so when we first played together (now 34 years ago). No idea what the age is or the origin.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Live_Wire_100@yahoo.com
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 09:43 PM

I own an SG bass copy by Orlando. It doesn't have a serial number anywhere and it is a smaller scale than a regular bass. I bought it in 98 at a store across the street from the Guitar Center in Hollywood,CA. I paid about $250 for it. I wish I had more info though. It's a nice instrument.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 04:39 PM

I also own an Orlando, Model 305. I purchased it at Montebello Music, in Montebello California around 1969 or 1970. It still sounds great and plays very well. That is all I can tell you. If you find out any additional info, please let me know.

Ed


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,e.loy@verizon.net
Date: 27 May 05 - 09:37 PM

Wow lot's of info here about Orlando guitars but nothing very helpful to me.I found one in an antique shop recently and almodt bought it's a model (336) 6 string acoustic with the cool ajustable bridge and i think mahogony neck very much like an old Crestwood 12 string i owned back in the early eighties.the were asking $108 but after I noticed the raised tail piece I said forget it>It may cost too much to repair it and it looked like it was stored in a barn.It had tons of dust inside of it and what appeared to be bird droppings!The sad thing was it had almost zero fret wear.I may go back and try to get it for $50 later....


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Jake
Date: 28 May 05 - 03:56 PM

I have an Orlando "Custom" Les Paul copy. It's very well made and nice loking guitar. It's very heavy dark wood with white binding and a maple neck. Neck plat says "Made in Japan". I think it's as good as the real thing. I love it. I got it at a garage sale about 14 years ago.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,some kid who wants to sell his guitar
Date: 30 May 05 - 08:32 PM

yeah, I have an orlando model 301 and I just want to sell it. looks like its pretty old. I got it from my friends brother and was hoping it would fetcha high price although it seems im out of luck. oh well I just want to know the price. contact me if you know the price at max_2627@yahoo.com.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Nov 05 - 02:14 AM

I have two guitars model 302's "japan". My grandfather purchased both in phoenix, but I dont know what year. Both have beautiful rose wood (I think) yellow to red on the front. Both sound great but one has begun to peel back at the bridge. I pulled up Orlando Guitars to find out about them, and saw this question. I know very little about them. sorry


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,orilllynow
Date: 10 May 06 - 07:25 PM

i have a orlando guitar model # 301 made in japan. afriend of mine gave it to me.plays buetiful.just wondering about the year or what its worth.anyone can help me i would apreciate it,thankyou.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: DougR
Date: 11 May 06 - 02:26 PM

Guest, orilllynow: I was a bit shocked to see this thread revived on the Mudcat. I still have my Orlando and when Jed Marum was a guest in my home last year he strummed it a bit and declared, "Decent guitar."

DougR


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,youngblumfeld
Date: 13 May 06 - 12:08 PM

I was just given a Orlando Model 304 by a nice lady i know in boston...have yet to string it up....this may be a 'dead' thread...but that was one model that nobody seemed to have mentioned in this conversation about orlandos...any '304' owners out there?
is the inlay real?
what are the black sections in the lower bouts about?
solid wood or ply?
be well,
yb


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Lid
Date: 08 Jun 06 - 02:46 AM

I have an orlando telecaster copy, where is the model number on these things?
my uncle gave it to me and my grandfather gave it to him many years ago, bought somwhere in socal.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 08 Jun 06 - 01:58 PM

I recently bought an Orlando 12 string for 25 dollars. My luthier looked at it and said that it wasn't the usual 12 string neck on a dreadnought body, it's actually braced for the extra tension. It has a zero fret and an adjustable bridge(both of which would not be my 1st choice), but strung with Lead Belly gauge strings and tuned down to B and it's a killer. It's a model 337. For under a C-note (if you figure in the cost of the setup and strings)it wasn't a bad deal, I figure.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Peterson from Long Beach
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 08:54 PM

I have a steel string model 336 and it sounds wonderful after I put some grovers on it to keep proper tuning. It has a cross motif on the headstock, thin, oblong fret markers, and a guild style pickguard. Spruce top and rosewood sides and back......I was just playing some   fingerstyle Townes Van Zant and was getting lost in the mellow but crisp tone of the guitar. This is the perfect camping or kick around guitar because it's not worth much but sounds better than most guitars out there, including the higher end ones.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Robbie from chippewa falls WI.
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 05:26 AM

I have an orlando rickenbacker copy that I got off of the goodwill auction site.Its an EXACT copy of a 330,except it had crappy "harmony" style pickups and a cheesey vibrato on it(ok I guess it wasnt an EXACT copy but the body,neck,2 layerd pick guard, and truss rod cover were exact).I replaced the pickups with some decent humbuckers,replaced the bridge with a tune-o-matic,and put a trapeze tail piece on it. It has a set neck joint that cracked when my drummer knocked it over.When I had it repaired the fix it guy said that there was about 4 or 5 in. of wood after the fretboard and that it was stuck in the body with some shims and a bunch of glue.He reglued it and sunk 2 screws in the top of the body above the neck pickup securing it to the body(I know I cant spell Im a musician and its 4:17 in the morning).After all that This guitar just SCREAMS.I took off the metal orlando name plate at the top of the headstock and had a friend make some ric style vinyl stick on letters for the truss cover.So now its my WRECKENBACKER.Check out my myspace page to see some pics of it(myspace.com/superbeatle)There are also some pics of it on my bands website(thetwerps.com).Enjoy.Robbie Cadwell.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 06:17 AM

I know that didnt help at all but guitar players love talking about their guitars.Mabey some day somebody will be able to tell us WHO THE HELL MAKES THESE DAMN THINGS!!!!!!!thank you


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Robbie in chippewa falls WI>
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 06:18 AM

Sorry I blew up;)


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Karl
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 05:31 PM

I had an Orlando Les Paul Custom that my dad bought for me for Xmas 1969 from Finn's Music in Sherman Oaks, CA. It became my first professional guitar as I used it playing in a few bands making a few bucks as a kid. I used it until Xmas of 1975 when I finally got my first real Gibson Les Paul. I then sold the Orlando to a friend who liked it and have regretted it ever since. Luckily, I found an Orlando Les Paul on Ebay, exactly like the one I had and realized they weren't too bad for being a copy. Plus it brought back a ton of good memories. I wish there was more info on the guitar and the company that made them.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 11:53 PM

got one too...
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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 01:40 AM

Saw this old thread and wanted thought I'd add to the mystery... got an Orlando Guitar Model 310, Japan as the label inside says... my mom bought it in the San Jose area in the early 70's... other than that, no additional info.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Guest, Kim
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 04:18 PM

I have an Orlando 12 string, model 337, made in Japan, that my parents bought for me in the early 70's in San Diego. I have been interested in selling it and trying to do research online about how much it might be worth. I have been amazed at how little information there is out there about them. I did see a picture of a Kent guitar, also made in japan, that looked exactly like my Orlando.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,jwolfk
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 01:05 AM

Ibanez makes them, early to mid 70s. Copied most of the popular guitars of the era with decent quality, before copyright infringements were inforced.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,jwolfk
Date: 04 Mar 07 - 01:07 AM

wow, thats an old thread.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,a friend
Date: 06 Mar 07 - 07:27 PM

i have a model 303 in perf condition i piked up for 15 bucks. its a six string classical and sounds great. i wanna know more about these


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,zebhooker
Date: 10 Mar 07 - 01:43 PM

I have an Orlando SG copy, but the bridge mysteriously broke(metal fatigue?) in half a few yrs ago, in it's case in a safe spot. I have been unable to find a replacement bridge for it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,sam
Date: 09 Jun 07 - 08:23 PM

I know absolutely nothing about guitars I apologize ahead of time. I'm trying to find out about an old guitar in excellent condition with beautiful detailing- the inside reads Orlando Guitar model # 1241. Thanks for any help offered


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,syzygous
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 01:43 PM

I got my Orlando Classical 6 string model 304 in 1974 from my guitar teacher in Malibu for $125 as I recall- he had a 2nd story studio in a white stucco building right on PCH. He was a student of Pepe Romero and a fine musician. He was very keen on the Orlando for its tone, volume and playability. I still play it and love it. No defects at all. Solid red spruce top, mahogony neck. Always stays in tune. Wish I could remember that cat's name...


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,frameupstory
Date: 16 Jul 07 - 07:32 AM

I own an Orlando 6 string hollow body electric guitar Made in Japan.
Vintage tremolo,hand made bridge,perfect contition.


It has big humbackers....How do u call these??

serial 0087363


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Laurennabeth
Date: 21 Jul 07 - 01:48 AM

I have an Orlando 302 ... His name is Joshua, and my dad got it in a thrift store for me for my thirteenth birthday. I've always wondered about him. He's a great play, and very well made (although he's slightly chipped :( ) Anyway, I just got a Westminster from my grandmother and I was wondering about it... it's cool that both my guitars were 70's made. Exciting.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: DougR
Date: 30 Jul 07 - 01:11 PM

Wow! Somebody really dredged up an old thread. Still have my Orlando but my playing id hasn't improved.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,bostonbob3
Date: 10 Aug 07 - 11:17 PM

I have an Orlando 335. A friend gave it to me in '86. I looks and sounds great to me. It has a lot of intrinsic value because of the woman who gave it to me.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,pinoy guitarist
Date: 22 Aug 07 - 11:47 PM

hi1

im from tha philippines.

i have an orlando lespaul guitar(japan). great sounding guitar!

pinoyguitarist@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Matt,
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 12:18 PM

Found an Orlando 301 in the back of a storage room still in hard case, excellent condition, I suspect its student guitar quality, but seems to be made out of quality solid wood, the number printed on the inside is 0876, Could be the manufacture number. Hang on to it cause it may be worth something in 80 years! Kidding. Will continue to investigate with local guitar shop and let everyone know. Matt, AZ


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Cameron
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 02:32 AM

Doing research on an Orlando I just got. It is a double cutaway with arch top electric, no 335 style block, but a sound post at the bridge.

I found a picture of a Univox guitar circa 1968 that was a 335 clone that had the exact same pickup selector switch plate and pickups. So I believe these guitars were made by Aria in Japan. hope that helps.

cameron
senior amp tech
torres engineering


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Buddy
Date: 16 Nov 07 - 04:32 AM

I think if your question was, "is it rare?," or "is it worth a lot of money?," that's been answered. I've had mine since June 1969, and I wouldn't sell it even if it were worth a lot because my mother gave it to me. The guitar cost $40.00 in 1969. It's a 303.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 17 Nov 07 - 03:56 AM

Orlando Guitars - what an act!

The only man to juggle live canaries.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,dusty
Date: 09 Dec 07 - 12:36 PM

I just purchased an Orlando Ukelele from an estate sale, it is beautiful, also says Made in Japan on it, by the charachter lines in the finish I guessed it was older than 1970s but I could be wrong, absolutely no info out there on the Ukes.. oh well.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,jon
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 05:53 PM

purchased an old aria classical A-587 recently, during research came across a pic of an orlando 305, virtually identical! alien like head -rosette-saddle designs-hopethis helps


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Slainte
Date: 16 Dec 07 - 02:34 PM

I have an Orlando A575 acoustic I'm restoring for my daughter. Seems a nice enough guitar. Anyone know anything about this model? Kind of weird that this thread is so long-lived. Good, but weird.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Nicole
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 04:39 PM

I'd love to find out something about them. My grandfather gave me an Orlando electric guitar... (and forgive me... I'm such a newb when it comes to anything so if I misname a part...)

But, it's got Orlando inlaid in pearl on the head, two dials for volume, two dials for tone, and a switch for either rhythm or treble. It's 6 strings and the body and neck are made from some really dense dark wood (red in color, mahogany perhaps?). There is no model number anywhere. :(

At any rate, I'd love to find out more about it. The cool thing is that I have a pic of my grandpa playing it in the very early 70's. Awesome pic too. Hee hee.

Anyhow, if anyone finds any information, I'd love to hear it! madamegato@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Simon Lucas
Date: 04 May 08 - 05:36 PM

I just bought an Orlando at a swap meet. This is a black, 6 string solid body, two pickups. Very well made, I'm looking for some knobs which were missing. Reading the thread, seems Orlando was responsible for both electric and acoustic guitars. I'm no expert on electrics but this one looks like a Les Paul copy. Anyway, it needed help, so I bought it, and it is now part of my collection of assorted stringed musical instruments. For anyone local to Los Angeles, I have found the Pasadena swap meet on the first Sunday of the month always has a few interesting instruments, I seem to find something every month, much to the wife's displeasure!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Goodsonbasinger
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 09:27 AM

I got one at a yard sale 20.00 .It is great , nice woods, good sound , nice action . I am pleased.Made by Ibanez I see.........hmmm. cool!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,B Joyce DeNecochea
Date: 16 Jul 08 - 01:04 PM

Hi -- I have an Orlando guitar -- all I know about it is that my husband (boyfriend at the time) bought it for me at a music store in Whittier, CA - about 1969. So that will give you a time frame of how old they are. I agree, it does play beutifully, and I am just now today, going to have mine restrung!!

take care,


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 05:10 PM

Have a an Orlando Guitar Model #304. The white plastic strip at the end has chipped off causing the first string to sit right on the wood (near where you tune the guitar). Does anyone know where I could get parts for this guitar? It's been in my family since the 1970's; My father got in in the San Fernando Valley somewhere. It has a really nice sound. It is solid wood.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,oh by the way
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 05:11 PM

By the way it is an acoustic Model #304.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Orlando 310
Date: 19 Dec 08 - 02:00 AM

Im looking to buy a Orlando 310 (replace one I damaged) for a family member.

I will check this site frequently and hope somebody replies.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,clabo
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 12:43 AM

I
have an orlando 310 for sale....

wcamichael@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Jeff DeMarco
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 06:15 AM

I have a 1959 Orlando Model 333. It is in excellent condition, great wood, superb tone and plays like a dream. I would stack it up, pound for pound against my Taylor or my Martin...

If I ever were to consider selling it,it would only be for one hell of a lot of money...

I truly love this guitar...

Peace,
Jeff DeMarco


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,C.Bryce - NSW. Australia
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 06:12 AM

I have an Orlando Les Paul Custom copy that is really knocked about but sounds great ( modern Asian copies just are not close )and plays very well. It is Old!! and needs a refret.
I took it to an extremely reliable and knowledgeable guitar repairer in Brisbane and he said that it had all the characteristics of the early Ibanez copies from the Hoshino Gakki company in Japan. That is all I've been able to find out about Orlando guitars. He said that it is highly likely that some USA importer just had the Japanese guitars rebadged to sell through his/her particular distribution network. Probably the business people involved are long gone taking their history with them - an interesting thought for some research. I nearly didn't buy it ( in 9/06 when I found it going very cheap ) but now I'm really glad I did.
I hope some guitar lover finds out some more.
Let's hope music brings more people together.
All the Very best - Chris.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,guitasurfa69
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 04:40 PM

just scored a orlando sg copy looks old plays nice.this site the only place fond any info.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Kim in Oregon
Date: 19 Apr 09 - 01:01 AM

I have an Orlando 12 string acoustic. I've been carrying it around for 35 years. My parents bought it for me in the early 70s. I was thinking about selling it until I saw this thread! It really is a very nice guitar. I've always thought it just as nice to play as my Yamaha 6 string. Hmmm. Maybe they'll be the topic of the Antiques Roadshow someday! haha


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Don Chino
Date: 21 May 09 - 09:58 AM

I have a orlando model 301 i have never seen another one I have had it for about 6 years. ORLANDO GUITARS ARE BAD ASS!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Cathleen
Date: 23 May 09 - 03:43 PM

I have a model 305--my mom gave it to me for Christmas 1970. I had been taking lessons for a year by then. I love it. It's still in excellent condition.   I will never sell it!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 02:59 PM

I just bought an used Tele copy on Craigslist for $80.00, the add mentioned it needed screws for the pick ups. Somebody totally butchered the body to install some humbuckers who were lose. I took the p/u off and saw they were Gibson T-Top worth around $600.00.....can't wait to get the guitar back from Carruthers. The body is a little thinner than the normal telecaster, a nice cream color, the neck is a three piece neck (maple?)with a rosewood fingerboard.

Love Craigslist....


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 06:47 PM

I bought an acoustic flattop Orlando guitar when I left the Navy in April of 1970. It looked a lot like a D-28. It had great tone, but I didn't like the slightly curved fretboard or the upper action. I paid about a hundred


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Emcat
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 06:57 PM

I bought an Orlando acoustic model in the LA area in April of '70. I paid about a hundred and twenty five dollars for something that looked like a D-28. It always sounded and looked great. I did not care for the slightly curved fretboard or the high end action, though, and replaced it with a rare Martin D-21 in 1983. I then gave it to my nephew who still plays it today. Subsequently, I have added a Martin 0018V and a 1966 Martin 0016C to my collection. But I fondly remember the happy hours learning to play on the Orlando.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Picklelerner
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 11:31 PM

i think im like most people on this thread, im looking at my late great uncle's guitar and it has the les paul look and says orlando on the tailpiece and that its made in japan, but it seems to appear NOWHERE on the internet. maybe its just special lol beautiful guitar tho


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 09 - 09:46 PM

I am not an expert but I have been collecting guitars since 1969. The comments regarding the manufacturing of guitars in Japan circa 1970 appear to have some validity. A buyer would buy a batch of guitars and place a name on the guitars import them to the U.S. and sell them through a number of stores. The same guitars ordered by a second buyer would have a completely different name and be imported to the U.S. and sold through a second shop. Same guitars different names. I bought a "Crown" classical six string through Wallichs Music City in 1969. I am sure the same guitar was sold under several other names. Spruce top, rose wood back and rose wood finger board. Today at a garage sale I bought a six string Orlando, in a cardboard case with three sets of new strings for $12.00. She started the negotiations at $15.00. The edge of the sound hole is painted black so I cannot determine whether the top is solid Spruce. It is not important what your guitar is worth. If you like it and the sound is right, enjoy the heck out of it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 09:41 PM

I have a Orlando les paul. I found it years ago at a small swap shop in the country of upstate New York. The old man that owned the shop noticed me looking at all his vintage guitars and amps and that I couldn't afford what he had. He asked me to come back the next day and he would bring some more in he had stashed in his attic at home. I went the next day and he had a few more for me to look at. They're cases were covered with years of dust but inside was a treasure. The one was a beautiful Orlando les paul, black with gold hardware. Semi hollow body, pearl inlays, white and black trim, and in perfect condition. I got it for 65 dollars and it is still the best guitar i have ever played..


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,troy
Date: 05 Nov 09 - 04:23 AM

the orlando's are japan made crap! i bought one for ten dollars. a lot of people on here want to know the value of there orlando's??? the only value they can have is their history.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Bill
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 09:22 PM


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,bmc
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 04:04 PM

Had an Orlando archtop in 1968 and just found another on e-bay. Lot of memories. Beautiful shape with sunburst, mop pick guard and selector switch plate. Could it be the same one I had? I'd like to think so due to the rarity and the fact that it was still in the same state, but who knows. Saw another guitar for sale almost exactly like it but with the Aria logo, so I tend to agree with that crossover connection. As an aside I've got a 60s Voxton, similar style but no striking comparisons like Cameron mentioned with the model he saw.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 01:47 PM

perfect condition. My dad bought it for me around 19670. Still plays well and sounds better every year. Nice to know there are others out there.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: tkdo13
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 12:04 PM

A vintage Orlando Classical guitar... nylon strings.... from the early 1970's.

Model 1254

It's priced at $200, does anyone know or can suggest how much should I pay for it now in 2009?

Thank you,
David.

tkdo13@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Jesse
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 07:28 AM

Yes, a guitar will sound better over time..unless you store it in a damp room.. I bought an orlando bass looking just like a Gibson SG and I love the sound. I don't plan to sell it, I just wonder what the origin is. Only made me want to know more when I could find no current company.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 09:36 AM

Just got my Orlando 12-string setup with a tailpiece(the bridge was pulling up). I have it strung with Lead Belly-gauge(.14-.70)and it's tuned down to B. It's a killer.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,duane harnes
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 12:26 AM

I picked up a $125.00 model 336 sn.776 about two years ago in a used book store. It had a large scratch down the front and some other cosmetic damage. Frets were worn down to the nub. the orlando is the best sounding guitar that I have an is and absolute joy to play. Thier value is in the playing. You probobly couldn't get much for one so your better off to play it or gift it to someone who will play it and enjoy. Several "experts" have said that it was an ibenez made guitar so that seems to be the real deal. Mine has the adjustable copper bridge which I have not seen on any other guitars anywhere. If this a knock-off then what was it copied from...Hmmm


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Jeannine
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 07:47 PM

I was googling Orlando guitars & found this to be the one & only source of info. My parents bought me a used one to learn on in the late 60's. It's been in a hard case & rarely played...I didn't practice & my 2 daughters didn't pick it up. After reading this thread, I'm thinking twice about selling it in a garage sale. It's a 336 & still in beautiful shape.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 11:55 AM

Maybe they were originally sold by an importer in Southern California. Lots of them in that area.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,bman
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 03:59 AM

i also own an orlando twelve string.... best sounding,action, and electronics.... i was playing it a few days after purchase ... heard something in the f holes... it was a slip of paper from the ARIA company seems my little girl was made in 1952 by them yes japan!!! but who could ever put this guitar down? 58 years later and still rockin #0025... bought it for $125 from a (d.a....) and i wouldnt sell it to save my life....


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,DeniseThorpe
Date: 25 Sep 10 - 04:49 PM

I just inherited an Orlando classical guitar from my mother who took up classical guitar because I played. I got a nice Taurus guitar years ago and then gave Mom the Yamaha my parents had bought me in 1966. She played for years and then gave up playing and gave my old Yamaha to my brother. When she passed away, it was a surprise to me that she had this Orlando. It says the model is 317 which I haven't seen in this thread or the other I found. It's a lovely guitar with dark orangish-brown wood on the face. The bridge has obviously been replaced because it's white and the other plastic parts on the guitar are yellow. I wish I could ask Mom where she got it. She wasn't the type to go to garage sales.

I just put strings on it and it sounds so good that I had to try to find out about it. I guess it will remain a mystery, but I love it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Ginny
Date: 07 Oct 10 - 09:35 PM

I have an Orlando 12 string guitar that I purchased in the mid 1970's. Also have a 6 string and don't play the 12 much so I want to sell it but can't find much info out there and don't know the resale value.
Anyone have insight as to where/how to determine this?
Thanks
Ginny


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 07 Oct 10 - 10:26 PM

I paid $25 for my Orlando 12 at a flea market.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Tyler from Springfield Oregon
Date: 26 Oct 10 - 01:08 AM

I have an old Orlando guitar n can't figure out absolutely anything out about it
It was my grandpas n it's a model 311 all I kno besides that is it was madexun Korea
Somebody please help me
I'm desperate


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Marc at Breedlove
Date: 02 Nov 10 - 10:16 PM

My father had an Orlando 305, he bought it in 1969 from a shop in Seattle by UW. He said he paid $400 for it then, the shop owner was very fond of this particular guitar. He recalled that "Paul Simon played an Orlando..." I haven't verified this, but its a fun story. He said the back and sides are solid Rosewood, I bet the top is too. There are no brand markings on the guitar other than a simple identification sticker visible through the sound hole. He recalled being directed to the small shop by the wife of the pastor who married him and my mom. The pastors wife was apparently a guitar player, and quite good. He bought the guitar from a girl who worked at the shop named Miriam, who "as I recall, was jewish, and a phenomenal guitar player."

My inspection of the guitar shows no flaws, it has some wear from age. The inside is very clean. My dad thought the top was Ash, but I feel it may be spruce... not sure though. The top is a really nice piece of wood. Rosewood fingerboard, peghead overlay with a "zipper" style inlay down the middle of the slotted headstock. The original tuners are silver with white tuning buttons, facing backwards from the front of the headstock. I believe the binding is rosewood as well. The rosette is simple, maybe a decal... but hard to be 100% sure of that, the finish appears to raise only by 100ths of an inch over the inlay/decal. It looks very nice, regardless. The bridge is rosewood with a small amount of inlay decorating it to match the sound hole and peghead.

I'll never sell this guitar. But sometimes it is the story behind the instrument that makes it special. Maybe helpful to someone, maybe not.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Po' Boy
Date: 20 Jan 11 - 10:43 AM

I've got a great old late 60's Orlando LP copy that I bought in the mid 70's. I've never been able to find out too much about them. I did also own an Orlando steel-string acoustic, I gave it away to a friend who accidentally destroyed it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,guest.congo
Date: 31 Jan 11 - 11:51 PM

Give up on searching Orlando and check out Conrad. Not sure about the acoustics but I've had several 6 and one 12-string Orlando 335 copies and can say that they are exactly the same as the Conrads, which actually have a searchable history. All those came out of the same consolidated Japanese factories (different specializations)...heigt, winston, ventura, teisco, conrad, orlando and on and on.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,brandon
Date: 02 Feb 11 - 09:38 PM

I bought an orlando 10 or so years ago and never looked in to it. The old lady told me she had it for years in the garage and had got it from somebody who may have been the original owner. She got it in the 60's and he had well before that. With that being said one day I was talking to a fellow collector and I was telling him about a couple rare finds I got my hands on. When I mentioned the orlando and told him the story, he offered me 5 grand without seeing it. I told him it was in good condition and after making clear I would never sell it ( because its sound is priceless ) he told me in good shape its worth 14 to 15 grand depending on the buyer. I've been unable to verify this but he would of handed me cash that day and driven the 40 or so miles to my house, so its gotta be worth something.........but if it really is I wouldn't sell it anyway


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 03 Mar 11 - 11:18 PM

I bought a 301 in 1968 from a local music store here in the provinces of south Calif. I was a college student at the time. I paid about $45 for it, no small change for a student. It's still a nice guitar.

It was last used by my elder daughter when she was in HS 10 years ago, and before my brother lent her his Gibson. She was a quick study and became quite good. She has her own axes, now, of course.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,GUEST, Eric
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 03:22 PM

I am so glad to find this string. Have been looking for a long time to figure out about my Orlando model# 312. This is a classical style without a pick guard, has the sticker around the hole. Other than the sticker it has quality rosewood, etc.
Got it as a gift from a friend after I was injured in 2001 and wanted to learn to play. With the wide neck at the nut which helped me tremendously with large fingers. The couple pair of different nylons that I strung both of different styles have played well. The sound is crisp and clear up and down the entire neck.
I lost touch of my friend so I was unable to see where he got it. But we were in the San Fernando Valley at the time where both of us had grown up. (lots of years - over 45) This guitar was really enjoyed by somebody down the line because it not only has fret wear on the learning top three but Very solid wear at 8-14. Still plays great despite the wear.
It has brought me much pleasure and I have no plans on selling it as it would cost me 400-500 to match the sound quality. Thanks to all for sharing their piece of the puzzle. Aria in Japan seems to be the closest clue so far. Will keep posted of any info I find.
Play well!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,atlantis8
Date: 26 Jun 11 - 06:25 PM

I have a Model 306 purchased around 1965 or so. It's still in fantastic condition and plays extremely well. My father bought it new for me to replace my very 1st guitar, which I then gave to him. The tone is very nice. I recently bought an Epiphone Goth LP and love it, but there will always be room in my heart for my Orlando 6 string acoustic. As most have stated in this thread I lived in Southern California at the time of purchase.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Mark S. in St. Lou
Date: 09 Jul 11 - 10:01 AM

I recently aquired a 305 classical from the left coast. The seller said it would require a little cleaning. Little was an under statement! The frett board was caked with dirt and the rest pretty filthy. Makes a guy wonder how anyone could let that happen? Anyway, after much labor and a new set of Savarez, I'm go over my Santa and His Six String book by Lisle Crowley, heavy. Which I highly recomend for beginner fingerstylers. Lookin to replace the saddle with bone but it sounds great as it is!!! I've read the thread 2 to 3 times and have enjoyed the stories. This tone would be hard to replace and it looks like this ones' story is gonna end well!!!!! Many years of joyous pickin & strummin to all and may God Bless...


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Mel
Date: 30 Jul 11 - 05:59 PM

I have Orlando Model 310 Japan. It has a sticker at the back that says: Cunningham Music Center, Santa Monica Calif 1939. If you are interested in buying it, please call me at 310.435.9768.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,John Puentes, Geneseo, IL
Date: 03 Aug 11 - 03:25 AM

I have also been fortunate enough to have an Orlando 305 fall into my hands.
My daughter's brother-in-law had given it to her for her kids (my grandkids) to play: he had never played and knew nothing about it. When I found it, my grandkids had almost trashed it: broken the top at the front, and the bridge was coming off. I "disgustedly" took it from her and told her I would try to fix it and give it back to her kids when they would respect an instrument more.
I was able to fix it easily, and you can barely tell it was damaged.
So I put a set of cheap nylon strings on it, and started playing around with it.
The more I played it, the more I liked it.
Not only did it play like a dream, it sounded awesome.
Now, I keep it hanging in my tv room, and get it down often while watching tv and just mess around on it, playing along with commercials and practicing.
The more I play this guitar, the more impressed I am. Just a sweet mellow tone, and fairly decent volume when you want it.
What a find!
My grandkids may well have to wait to get this back as part of their inheritance!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,leo
Date: 21 Sep 11 - 10:54 PM

i also would like some info on orlando guitars i have a vintage Paul McCartney fiddle bass guitar


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Sharon
Date: 16 Oct 11 - 01:04 AM

I have an Orlando #317 - purchased from a little music store in So. Pasadena in 1973. I think it was around $100 - a birthday gift from my grandfather. I never played it much - my hands were too small. Still in the original cardboard box - it does have a nice tone. Taking it to be re-strung - if I get any info I will pass it along.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Howzit
Date: 17 Oct 11 - 10:41 AM

I recently picked up this Orlando P Bass. Pretty sweet for a vinatge 70's bass made in Japan.

Here's my thread on talkbass: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/orlando-p-bass-matsumoku-813355/


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,mayflower57
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 09:37 PM

Does anyone know if the Orlando model 310 is a regular acoustic guitar or a classical? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,BadjerJim
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 02:37 AM

This is a very interesting thread.

In 1970, i was 14 yrs old and taking guitar lessons. Er, Classical Guitar lessons: my father didn't want me to become a dope-smoking rock-n-roller. I was using a hand-me-down beater guitar... and my teacher at the time sold Mom that I needed a new guitar. The music store had just received a shipment of Orlando guitars.

I remember to this day, as my mother pondered over the Orlando guitars in stock. I remember the store owner/salesman said: "This is the best, it is solid wood... but the difference in sound is very slight from this other one, which is $20 less." I remember begging Mom for the better one. She finally caved in and bought me the Orlando model 305. Her purchase price at the time was about $100. This, in 1970.

I still have that guitar, and am looking at it now. Oh, by the way, I've played guitar all my life, and am now in the industry: I am Director of Public Relations for a guitar manufacturer. So I know a lot about guitars.

The Orlando model 305 has Rosewood back and sides. By inspection, it's not clear whether it's solid Rosewood or laminate. But from that era, East Indian Rosewood would have been practical and inexpensive for Orlando. I'm certainly not going to drill holes to find out!

On the back of the model 305, the Rosewood is 'book matched" - lending more credence that this is solid Rosewood.

The purfuling (binding) top and back is Rosewood. There is hand-inlay at all areas of the binding (white-ebony-white), and with the age of this guitar, you can feel the 'raise' of the binding. It's not a decal or a fake: this is hand-inlaid stuff.

The top wood of the model 305? I'm not sure. With age, it could be Spruce or Cedar. My best guess is Cedar. But I'm certain that it's Solid wood, not a laminate, based on my comparing the grains of the wood from inside the soundhole vs the top. Internal bracing is standard Classical Guitar stuff.

The neck appears to be of Mahogany, and has a Scarf Joint that angles to the peg-head (bummer). The fretboard is Rosewood, and there's a Rosewood cap on the top of the peg-head. Oh and yes, a decal as a stripe down the peg-head. The tuners are adequate for a guitar of this vintage.

For the model 305, the Nut and the Saddle are of unknown material, but can be easily replaced/upgraded.

Overall, this is a beautiful guitar that defies its age, and certainly its original price. I have compared it with high-end Student Guitars up to the $3000 range, and it still excels.

Mom would be proud that I've kept this guitar for 40+ years. It still plays and sounds incredible.

If anyone else has an Orlando model 305, please respond. My take: these are incredibly well-made instruments from the past, as Japan struggled to prove that they could make quality musical instruments.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 11 - 03:20 PM

I bought an Orlando Les Paul Japanese copy in the mid 70's from a friend. The Orlando Les Paul is probably the best sounding guitar I have ever played.
It is customized with special small hollow cavities just under each of the hummbucker pickups in the arch of the Les Paul design, that adds to the unique tone quality of this guitar. It's the only Les Paul copy manufacturer I know that did this! It's a rare find to locate one of these amazing guitars!!!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 04:42 PM

According to this site Orlando guitars might be from the Matsumoku factory rather than FujiGen: http://torchharrison.hubpages.com/hub/Japanese-Manufacturers-of-Made-In-Japan-Badged-Guitars-from-1950-to-1980

I emailed the guy and he is 100% certain they are Matsumoku crafted and is looking to confirm before posting.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Jimzim
Date: 09 Jan 12 - 10:10 PM

I bought an Orlando Model 301 six string accoustic back in 1972 from a music store in Costa Mesa, Ca. I had compared it to a similarly priced Yamamha ($60) and another guitar slightly higher priced and liked the more full sound of the Orlando best. Though I've owned a number of guitars over the years, I still have the 301 ! I also was given an Orlando four string banjo by my father, some years ago !


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Matsumoku
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 03:08 PM

Here is a thread with pictures at www.matsumoku.org:

http://www.matsumoku.org/ggboard/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=8460

The Orlando Archtop Hoollowbody is like the Aria 1202T and the Orlando Viola bass like the Aria 19XX. There are pictures of an Orlando Telecaster, P Bass, SG Bass and acoustic.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,nancy oliver
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 10:46 AM

My father bought an Orlando for me for Christmas in the late'60s. It had better sound than many I have heard. I can't find ot anything about it either. Unfortunately it is in need of repair. It is my pride and joy. I was hoping the value would justify the repair costs.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,To Nancy
Date: 02 Feb 12 - 01:21 PM

Eventhough your guitar is made in Japan, possibly by Matsumoku, Orlando guitars do not hold much value other than sentimental.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 07:31 PM

I have an Orlando A583 acoustic nylon string guitiar. It was used then, purchased in 1972. I recently took it out of its case, had it repaired and new strings ...$36 dollars. I have 2 other guitars, one being a 1963 Martin 000-28. My Orlando plays so easily and sounds extra fabulous! Im so glad I didnt purge this 1st guitar of mine during my major house cleaning! I can not find a value any where


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Judi
Date: 19 Mar 12 - 12:48 AM

I have my son's Orlando 6 string electric guitar. He passed away last year. It had belonged to his high school friend, and he had it for over 2o years. He didn't play, but kept it because his friend died in a car accident. Now I have it. I know nothing about guitars, and could find no info about this one. It has #101276 written in pencil inside the body. There is no model #, it just says Orlando. It has 5 knobs, a switch,and a big, I think, tremolo bar. It's black with a white piece on top of the base where the knobs are, and on the tuning part. It's in good shape, but covered with lots of dust.This thread has been interesting. I will come back to see if I get any response.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 19 Mar 12 - 07:51 PM

...only enough to know, that I wouldn't buy one, as a first choice.

GfS


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Yoguy
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 09:21 AM

I have had my Orlando 310 nylon classical for about 30 years. My step mother who grew up in Burbank, CA owned it originally. She may have bought it near Venice Beach as she lived in the canals area in the late 60's and early 70's. she died in 1984 but I sorta already took over the playing of that guitar around 1980. It isn't quite as beat as Willie Nelson's beater but damn near. The second and third frets on the board are worn down over a quarter inch deep from the bending of the A and D strings and it has taken quite a few hits to the floor over all the years. However, it rings true to this day. Most of the damage was done before I ever got ahold of it. Imagine Venice Beach hippies banging on this thing for a couple of years. New tuners, strings and a cleaning and daily playing has made me yet again appreciate this haggard beauty. The deep tones are just amazing. This guitar has traveled the states and was abused more than slightly but now resides in Colorado and gets taken out to the porch and is played with respect and a joy that few know. It isn't the only guitar I own, however it is the only guitar that I've written about. I wrote lullabies for my daughters on it 30 years ago, it suffered searing heat of the Joshua Tree National Monument days, the freezing chill of high Sierra nights and yet it still plays well. I am thrilled to have found this thread because I remember when "made in Japan" was synonminus with cheap but who understood back then cheap would also bring joy for a lifetime? Testimony to a good glue job with quality materials. Buy a new guitar? Well, I guess, if you have to.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Apr 12 - 12:27 PM

Yo ivee got an Orlando mando model 17517, heard
Its a 70's vintage, its gorgeous, amazing tone, I think it sounds
Better than my buddys Kentucky and or mk, ive had it
For over a year and tuned it twice, maybe, boy does
It ever hold its tune!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Wekadog
Date: 08 Apr 12 - 11:07 PM

A couple years ago I bought an Orlando 334 classical guitar on EBay. I focused on it primarily because the seller was close enough that I could pick it up and save the $35 shipping costs. Competative advantage, you see. Seller said it was like new, and it was except for a detail I'll get to in a second. Since I was the only bidder, I took it away for a cool $12.50.

I was surprised to see it had a solid spruce top rather than laminated. Unfortunately my seller, knowing nothing about guitars, had just put a new set of steel strings on, and lifted the bridge a tad. I was dissapointed, but put on the correct strings, and played it anyhow.

Slowly, I came to appreciate what a well made and great sounding guitar this is. Nothing in the under-$200-when-new class can touch this. Heck, if it weren't for the damaged bridge, I would pay $200 for it used.

If you've got one, if it has low action and sounds good, *don't* let go if it. You may be looking at $300-$400 to replace it.

Just one man's opinion.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Wekadog
Date: 08 Apr 12 - 11:12 PM

Further to my previous post, it was in southern California I picked up this Orlando 334.

Just as a previous poster noted, it seems to be mostly this part of the world, country and state that Orlando guitars show up.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Just Me
Date: 17 May 12 - 02:16 PM

Hi. I just seem this thread, and wanted to say that I have two Orlando 335's, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. Great copies of the Gibson's 335, with almost identical sound and tone quality. Resonates forever!!!!! If you have one---keep it! If you DON'T want to keep it---I'LL BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bought both new in the Mid 60's, and they are simply old friends that have stuck around all of these years...............


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,PhxBird
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 08:24 PM

I have an Orlando 305 that I bought back in 1979 in Phx, AZ. I was taking guitar in H.S. and these were the guitars we were using in class. My teacher highly recommended them so for my 16th birthday my Mom and I split the cost of one, which I think was about $150. I stopped playing after I graduated, but I always kept my guitar and am now thinking of learning to play again. It's been kept in a nice case this whole time and pretty much just needs to be restrung and tuned and I should be good to go. Glad to know from this site that my music teacher was right and that these are decent enough guitars.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,phoxie
Date: 20 Aug 12 - 12:57 PM

I have a Model 317 I got in Phoenix in 1970. It was my graduation present. My parents let me pick which one I really wanted so naturally I chose the more expensive model (it DID sound better, BTW) and paid $100 for it. Still sounds great!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Dec 12 - 03:11 AM

i have orlando model 311 korea   ...,i just want to know   where it was made.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 21 Dec 12 - 07:05 PM

I have an Orlando Model 312 I bought in the early 70's. It has a spruce front and rosewood back. It has never failed me with its beautiful tone and resonance even after all these years of travelling the world. I have heard guitars played that cost $1000+ but none any better than the Orlando which were made in Japan.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 21 Dec 12 - 08:20 PM

"Anyone know Orlando guitars?"

Yes, and he's a very very nice guy.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Kaytlinhe
Date: 06 Jan 13 - 08:18 PM

I have had a guitar since the 1970's, it is a Classical Orlando guitar, Model 310 which was made in Korea! Does anyone know what I can get for a guitar like that?


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 13 - 12:04 AM

I'm about to buy one for 35 dollars can't wait now


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Guest, Marius
Date: 03 Feb 13 - 04:41 PM

Bought a guitar in Stockholm, Sweden which I believe is an Orlando Rickenbacker 330 copy. No name or marks, but its built as described here and in these pictures: http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=53671
The guitar is a total wreck. New paint and some bad tuners and bridge. After removing some of the paint I found the original sunburst colour and old wear and tear. This guitar has been played a LOT!
It has humbuckers which I think has been canged, and now all I have to do is get it back to a playable state. I hope it will play great!

Hope to find out more about the guitar soon.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Gary
Date: 07 Apr 13 - 02:28 PM

Bought a model 301 steel 6-string acoustic in 1970 in Palos Verdes (Southern CA) for around $100 new. It's been in a closet in it's original case for most of the last 30 years (I never played much). Other than a few scratches on the back from belt buckles, it's in great condition.

Back in the mid 1970s at a party in the Malibu area, a friend of a friend -- a session guitarist who had worked with Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt (testing my memory now...David Lindey or Lindsey, something like that) played around with it for a few minutes and wanted to buy it from me immediately. He said the action was as good as his Martin 6 string, and the sound superb. I thought about it seriously, but decided to keep it (despite being a college student who could have used the money). Later that evening when I told him my decision, he smiled and told me to never sell it; he said this guitar had great sound and was worth way more than the original cost.

Judging from the previous posts, many other people agree -- Orlando made (or was the name brand put on) a quality guitar from Japan with a great sound at a relatively inexpensive price. Inexpensive does not mean cheap. Almost every musician who has played my guitar over the years has tried to talk me into selling it, and that alone speaks volumes.

I originally found this thread googling Orlando guitars because I was considering selling it, since I don't play it. But after reading this thread, I think I'll keep it. Someday, someone will appreciate it, even though it's hard to find any information about the history of Orlando guitars!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Mr.Soul
Date: 10 Jul 13 - 04:43 AM

My first guitar was an Orlando classical that I got as a high school graduation present in '75. I quickly moved on to an electric guitar and didn't really play it much for a while. In recent years, however, I rediscovered what a great guitar it is, and my son now plays it as well. I have used it on several recording projects and it sounds great. I also own an Orlando 5 string banjo and an Orlando mandolin, both of which are great instruments. Both of these were purchased in the mid to late 70's through a music store in southern California. Like everyone else here, I have often wondered about the company that manufactured these but have been unable to find anything about it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,G
Date: 15 Jul 13 - 08:14 PM

Find out anymore since these 12 yr old posts. I added pics to give you a
better idea. Let me know if you have any questions or noticed any clues. Mine a classical marked Korea model 310 wifwh all kinds of inlay and rosewood

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!

Peace,

G

PS email me at Matt.garrison.uga@gmail.com for pics or further!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Malcolm M.
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 07:18 PM

In 1977, my brother and I bought a pair of Orlando 335 acoustic 6-string, steel string guitars for $80 each in the SF valley (SoCal). In the ensuing decades those guitars have been played for countless hours in practice, as well as at gigs and recording sessions.

They aren't the very best-sounding guitars ever made (suffering from poor dynamic range and slightly muddled tone), but they're good enough that it wasn't until we could afford radically-better instruments that we bothered to get different guitars.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 11:48 PM

Orlando now make a nice Guitarlele


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,gitmonkey
Date: 04 Sep 13 - 05:58 AM

Orlando Guitars are made overseas. The headquarters were in Orlando, Florida.
And it is mentioned that Tony Orlando may have been a part of the operation.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Sep 13 - 03:54 AM

I believe they were made in Japan in the 70's.   I have a Les Paul style and a 12 string. The 12 string is ok, the Les Paul is super. Light weight , plays and sounds like a dream.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Sep 13 - 07:41 PM

I gathered my info from guitar price books. The name Orlando came from the city.
Tony was a not a actual part of the company. Although he may have been brought in as an advisor or something similiar to that.
I have 13's on the 12 string tuned down to a C sharp. A minr third all strings, kinda boomy and a nice tuning for a change.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Ghost
Date: 12 Jul 14 - 10:15 AM

Planning to go purchase a "Vintage Orlando Acoustic Guitar" on "Craigslist" with info posted about as vague as found here. Currently on Ebay various Orlando guitars are selling from $399-1200, The ad says the only id on the guitar is #283, which I thought might be a model number. I guess if I buy it I will have to name it, and tell all the kiddies what I learned...(i.e. they seem to be, as were most Japanese guitars better made, longer lasting, and increasing in value with age more than any of the other Asian countries that were given the business of making cheap knock off Imports which is why, I would guess, Japan quit,unwilling to manufacture Junk just to compete.)


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Sep 15 - 06:32 PM

I am looking to buy a cream/yellow/vintage white Orlando telecaster copy. I sold one years ago and would like to purchase another. Please email me at joejitsumd@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Nor Elgan
Date: 21 Jan 16 - 12:53 PM

I recently picked up a nice Orlando 315 made in Japan, a vintage acoustic for sure, I cleaned it up, tuned it up and it plays and sounds great, all laminate I believe.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Edward
Date: 04 Mar 16 - 06:15 AM

Hey fellow guitar aficionados! I got my Orlando classical guitar in Studio City, CA for $40 about 3 years ago. I did not know much about the guitar from the seller's posting other than it was an Orlando. I did an Internet search on Orlando guitars and came up with only this tidbit of info - that The Orlando guitar company was a Japanese company from the 1970s that was trying to make its mark in the U.S. guitar market and that the Orlando guitars had some significant value attached to them. So I initially had bought this guitar because of its value, both historically and monetarily (both of which I think were unknown to the seller at the time who might otherwise have had second thoughts about selling the guitar for so low a price, if at all for that matter). Besides all this, I really had no other info on the instrument - it was still something of an enigma to me. I still didn't know, for example, where the guitar originally came from or what the model it was (due to someone gluing another label over most of what I could make of the top of the lettering of the Orlando label underneath). So for about 3 years, playing this guitar has been a pleasure but also a veiled mystery to me. Since I came across this forum page recently, I read in a guest post that Orlando quite possibly had its origin in the Matsumoku factory. In another post by Denise Thorpe, she said that she acquired an Orlando 317 model guitar with dark orangish-brown-colored wood to the face. Well, I did some more digging for an Orlando 317 model since Denise Thorpe's guitar is physically the same complexion as mine. As it turns out, I found a photo of a guitar sold on eBay that looked exactly like mine. I read the following info - Orlando guitar model 317 - made by Matsumoku. The seller was from New Mexico. This confirms the earlier posting someone made about Orlando guitars being possibly badged by Matsumoku. There is no denying that truth here and someone out there is now experiencing the good craftsmanship and beautifully warm tone of this instrument. I don't know about anyone else, but I am a true believer of the transcendent power of music - just look how the sound of Orlando has enraptured us all!

If anyone has any other pertinent info on the history of Orlando guitars, please feel free to share - we can all draw lots of good energies from our stories.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 16 - 11:13 AM

Hi Orlando fans! i just bought a Model 301 acoustic for $40 off craigslist. This seems to be a "baby" dread size or Parlor sized guitar. It has a beautiful voice and sound! It plays well and the intonation is good. I may sand the saddle down for slightly better action but it's quite playable as is. I have tons of guitars both acoustic and electric but after reading this thread and the other meager info online about Orlando's i figured this must be a gem and another nice addition to my herd! Keep on picking!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Guest Stockton
Date: 22 Nov 16 - 03:29 PM

I purchased my Orlando 305 guitar from the wear house that was distributing the guitar.
It was located in Los Angles, Ca. The year was 1964. I still have mine and is in excellent condition.....it still has a great sound!


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Julie
Date: 02 Sep 17 - 01:22 PM

Also got my Orlando 305 (named Joel) in Palos Verdes- used, $50- still have it and still love it. Needs some love, though. Would never sell it.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Julie
Date: 02 Sep 17 - 01:24 PM

Got mine in 1971- forget to add that.


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Subject: RE: Anyone know Orlando guitars?
From: GUEST,Laurie
Date: 06 Mar 18 - 04:52 AM

I just picked up an Orlando model 301 at a thrift store for $20. It was strung for a lefty and the pickguard has been ripped off leaving a nasty scar. Plan to restring it and use it to teach kids.


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