The Norlin thread - Pancakes, boat anchors, and chainsaws

Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by erksin, Aug 7, 2017.


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  1. jhale

    jhale Supporting Member

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    It has a maple neck so post 74....I didn't see serial number picture. Pancake body phased out in 78-79?
     
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    The not-quite-twins... born a month apart in '78:

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    The consensus seems to be pancake construction was phased out in early '77 with some solid construction outliers sprinkled throughout the '69-'77 timespan.
     
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    That's very nice

    I always liked the Victory guitars and basses .... could have had a baby blue one if I had wanted it

    Underrated guitars IMHO

    :banana
     
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    Well it does have a 6 digit 900,000 serial number.
    Thin binding in the cutaway. (You can see the maple cap)
    Bridge pole pieces are mounted directly in the wood. (No studs as in later models)
    And a very soft volute.
    With all of these appointments, it indicates 72.
    :fisticuffs :)
     
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    Serial number is impressed with Made in USA.
    Thanks, I certainly thought so.
     
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    i just want to testify - i have a bunch of friends who play guitar - and they can truly rip but they are all guys who own one acoustic and one electric and have just played the same ones for ever- I'm the oney collector - they know nothing of what they "should think about" norlin vs custom shop -versus historic reissues vs a true 1959 or something..... they don't know what to expect ..... lets just say I have a few les pals and everyone and I mean everyone grabs my Norlin as their favorite for tone every time , without fail ... they have no bias they don't know values or the history , just tone alone --- i always say but doesn't weight bother you..... "the weight probably gives it the tone....totally worth the haul"
    -- surprises me every time...... you don't like this one better?? its way more expensive hahaha nope they grab the norlin
     
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    The best guitar I have ever played, and consequently owned, was a very late 1969 Les Paul Custom. It was a three piece neck and early pancake body that to me sounded noticeably better than a late 1968 that was my then number one. If you don't need the burst look, those late '60s models are simply the best Gibson LPs out there for a less than ridiculous sum.
     
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    Where are the Marauders and Rippers and L6Ss and Explorers at? They can't all be in a landfill somewhere. :D
     
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    I have a documented '76 Deluxe with the serial stamped. They are out there.
     
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    Here is mine:


    And here is my 1981 Deluxe:
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    And here is my 1973 335, my fav of them:



    My first good guitar was a cherry red harmonica bridge Norlin era SG bought used in about 1979. I kind of miss it.
     
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    I'll try to find a good photo of my dad's '79 Artisan. It is gorgeous, but it weighs in at 13.6 pounds!
     
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    I just started using Flickr (instead of Photobucket) and the public image links don't appear to be linking to TGP correctly. Any tips on that?
     
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    Click on the Share Photo icon at bottom right and select "BBCode"... copy and paste that link!

    [​IMG]Music by Dean Sarantos, on Flickr
     
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    One construction feature places this firmly as a later model.

    The channel going to the pickup selector is square on early 70's LP's - yours is round, indicating that the earliest it can possibly be is '74/'75.

    ...also, the maple neck just doesn't belong on an early 70's LP - although there could be a microscopic possibility that someone ordered a custom maple neck for his guitar.

    Volute shape is irrelevant to dating 70's lp's, where volutes were already a firmly established feature - my '71/'72 deluxe has a very pronounced volute - which still didn't prevent a neck break :D

    And lastly the first commandment on the stone tablet of dating early 70's Gibsons:
    Thou shalt not trust the serial numbers, for they are the devils work!
     
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    I have two Norlin era LP's, a Gold Top 1974 Les Paul Signature and an Ebony 1986 Les Paul Standard . I've been on this forum for 9 years, I need to learn how to post photo's !!!
     
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    74 Custom
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    79 Pro (Clowny)
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    Wow, that Custom looks new! I've seen good hardware six months old in worse shape than that!
     
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