gibson norlin era maple top question


ive been really sitting down and studying norlin era les pauls lately.
this might seem like a silly question (but here goes anyway...):

with their 3 piece maple tops i often notice the center piece is more often than not OFF center.
i think the treble side is right at the outer edge of the stop tail bushing area and the bass side is about 1.5-2" from the stop tail bushing until it joins the next outer plank...

does anyone know why this is?
the center part being off doesn't bother me- i actually find it interesting.

i'm guessing they somehow measured a way to cut 2 pieces from one plank for the outer wings by taking the contour lines and going head to toe with each piece?

B. Howard

It most likely had to do with available size of rough lumber at the time and perhaps the way they were laid out on the blanks, most likely to cut two caps from one blank. Available lumber size was the reason for the crossbanded or "pancake" bodies of the early 70's, they couldn't get Mahogany thick enough for 1ply backs like the originals from the 50's. As soon as they could they switched back to one ply, around 74 I think.

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