product types: 

  • banjos
  • mandolins
  • acoustic guitars
  • bass guitars
  • electric guitars
  • resonator guitars


The Orpheum brand started in the late 19th century as American banjo company. In the 1930s Orpheum added acoustic guitars and other instruments to their line up, but the brand was discontinued during World War II. From the late 1940s to 1960s the Orpheum brand was owned by Maurice Lipsky Music Company Incorporated of New York who sold Orpheum electric and acoustic guitars as well as mandolins and banjos. At the start of the 1960s Orpheum ceased manufacture of American instruments and production was moved to Italy where Wandré made Orpheum branded Tri-Lam, Rock Oval and other guitars. From 1963 manufacture switched to Egmond, then from 1967-1968 Welson made a violin shaped Orpheum model. By the 1970s Orphuem copies of Gibson guitars were being made in Japan - the brand appears to have ceased some time in the 1970s.

Source: Orpheum catalogs, 1930s to 1960s

Source: Orpheum - Fetish Guitars (19 October 2018)


Maurice Lipsky Music Company Incorporated
30 Irving Place
1003 New York , NY
United States
New York US