The other night a bunch of us got together to jam at a studio one guy owns and with a nice collection of various amps, we proceeded to have a blast making some "serious noise" and out of the 6 of us most brought their favorite Les Paul. I brought a Norlin era 1974 LP Custom 20th Anniversay and the rest were various years of the Gibson Historic line and all were beautiful and all sounded like good Les Pauls. I will say however that my "Norlin Les Paul" has a vibe to it the others just didn't have. Mine is much more open sounding and just "bigger sounding" if that makes any sense than any of the Historics on hand that night. Oh, and my Norlin crushed the competion in the sustain department. I have personally owned 3 Historic Les Pauls and everyone of them a fine guitar in their own right but I have to tell you, Norlin Gibsons are getting a bad rap and it just IS NOT TRUE! The "split/sandwich body" on the Norlins are everybit as toneful and soulful as any one-piece body Gibson I've ever played. We have been "lied too" by the powers that be. :NUTS I am sure has been discussed in detail here at one time or another but I just felt compelled to write about my experience the other night. Norlin Gibsons just plain KICK ASS ! I sold all of my Historics for various reasons .........I'll be keeping my Norlins thank you very much. Some of the guys at the jam are now on the hunt for a Norlin Les Paul and some are not. Some like fancy flamey tops and some of us like tone and vibe. Go figure. I do know now that I am not alone in my love of Norlin Gibsons.