The Norlin thread - Pancakes, boat anchors, and chainsaws

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  1. erksin

    erksin Member

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    Somebody had to do it. :D

    1978 LP Deluxe in beautiful Clownburst finish. 9.6lbs of pure 1970s kickass.

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    Post 'em if you got 'em, maaaan!
     
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    I don't have any photos, just recordings, of the two 1978 RD Artist guitars I owned in the early/mid '80s.
     
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    Norlin?! Burn the heretic!!!

    Ok, I'll shut up and post some boat anchors. Fatty on the left there is over 15lb, and the refinished '74 Deluxe is a relatively featherweight 10lb.

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    I've had this '79 ES355 since I was 18 and it's a great guitar by any measure.

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    I already posted this in the 2017 thread but this '81 Victory MVX is a great little guitar as well.

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    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    Oh, I can play!
    L, stupid light. R, stupid heavy

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    Some of the most awesome Les Paul Customs I ever owned were Norlins.........
    Now, all were 1974 or before with mahogany necks but damn I miss a few of those!

    I never played a Norlin era past '74 that I thought was any good though, but hey, that's me.
     
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    '74 Kalamazoo small-script Standard I bought used in '77:

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    Lots of miles, smiles, and sessions with that guitar. A Kalamazoo employee told me they called this finish "Dark Wineburst" but internet experts have disagreed.

    Bob
     
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    I want a '74 20th Anny model sofa king bad right now.
     
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    '81 so no pancake but she ain't no lightweight that's for sure!
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    '75 Les Paul Deluxe. Over 11lbs of heavenly joy.
     
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    '78 LP special

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    '84 LP standard. I gather this is still norlin, but it doesn't seem to have the pancake body. Has the Shaw pickups which sound great.

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    The pancake body construction on Les Pauls only occurred from about 1970-1974. My '78 has a one-piece mahogany back.
     
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    I recently came into possession of the '74 SG Special on the left. It has a three-piece neck with a volute. Although it clearly exudes Norlin-era "cheepnis," (thanks, FZ!) it's a surprisingly strong-sounding SG that actually stays in tune. I suspect the neck has something to do with that; the three-piece routine would make it substantially stiffer than the earlier SG necks, which often seem like noodles in my hands. (which is great if you like that Frisell-style shake-the-neck vibrato, but can be a nuisance otherwise)

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    Another one with the small script (1973, according to its pots), and this is a light one (8 pounds), and it came with a set of early Tim Shaw pickups that the original owner installed, taken from another of his Les Pauls:
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    [​IMG] first and last LP bought new in '71...and here's the back all original wear by me...

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    I've posted this in other threads, but still like sharing it's reputation...

    '76 LP Custom w/ Schaller tuners, bone nut, jumbo frets, Duncan '59's w/ mag swaps, 500K+ pots, orange drop caps, tonepro's locking (nashville) bridge and tailpiece, strap locks.

    volute? yes
    shallow neck profile? yes
    3-piece neck? yes
    multi-piece sandwich body? yes
    heavy? Ohhh Yesss (at least 10.5lbs)

    I never even consider selling it cuz it's likely a lightening rod for Gibson Norlin haters. Yet...

    ... play that sucker live? That guitar gets more compliments for tone than any other 'better' guitar I own.

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    Did you order it with humbuckers, @Mark Kane ..? That thing is beautiful!!!
     
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    Per the Les Paul Forum...'69 to '76 and possibly some made it into the first part of '77. Had a '76 LP Deluxe with a Pancake body.
    Here's my Norlin era '78 SG Custom. Mahogany neck, not maple...
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    She'll be 40 next yr.
     
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    No, my brother and I routed it out for big humbuckers, stripped it and sprayed a burst finish on it two days after I bought it. What you see is the 4th finish it's had and the 4th or 5th set of frets. That guitar paid for the groceries for more than a few years.
     
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