I was hoping someone could tell me a little about this model guitar. From what ive read, they're Japanese made guitars that predate the epi elitist models? What are the differences between these two? And its $850 a good price for this guitar? Its a sunburst flametop, looks great and only thing wrong with it is a few chips on the headstock.
The difference between an Elitist and an Orville are pretty much nothing. I believe Orville turned into Epiphone Japan IIRC because Orville was owned by Gibson as well. Early '59 Reissue Orvilles (The Orville by Gibson logo) were made closer to, let's say a '59 reissue guitar with a long neck tenon, bookmatched topwoods and all taht fun stuff.
Both from the Fugijen Plant I believe. The Orvilles will have the open book headstock too. That price seems OK to me if the guitar is in great condition.
check out the tokai registry forum (they have a section for orvilles) and/or japanaxe- they'll know more about it than we (certainly I) do.