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The Norlin thread - Pancakes, boat anchors, and chainsaws

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

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  1. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I've owned a bunch of 70s SGs-including one 73 with the plastic plate on the front for the controls. Without exception they were NOT good sounding. OTOH I've got one of the 1974 "58 Reissue" LP Customs that's not terribly heavy and sounds really good. And a Les Paul Professional that makes some sounds you just can't get anywhere else, plays decently and isn't terribly heavy. Pics later if I get time...
     
  2. Just Play

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    Yeah I have a few -

    1972 Les Paul Deluxe
    1975 ES=335
    1978 Les Paul Custom (with chrome hardware)

    All are great tone machines or I wouldn't have them.
     
  3. Sampler

    Sampler Silver Supporting Member

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    Here's the only Norlin era guitar I own....not the best attempt at a 50s special but it was a start. This first generation 1974 Les Paul Special '55 features a wraparound bridge...later ones were TOM. Pickups are a 1950s P90 in the neck and a 60s P90 in the bridge. It won't win any awards for looks but it's light and sounds awesome. Neck is typical flat profile of the era with wide/low frets.....
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  4. erksin

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    I'd play the hell out of that thing.
     
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  5. Anje

    Anje Supporting Member

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    May be a "Norlin" but it's been my benchmark for good old PAF equipped Gibson rock tone, and simply one of the very best playing guitar I've ever played:

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    (ok it's been modded quite a bit I have to admit :) but the (good)wood was there as the main base)
     
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    I don't think Norlin had any monopoly on heavy Les Pauls. Mine started life as a '68 gold top and weighs in at just over 13 lbs. It's quite tolerable with a wide strap and sounds great.
     
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    :bow
     
  8. cjp54

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    10 lbs. 72/58/54
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  9. Deanriffs

    Deanriffs Silver Supporting Member

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    Norlin-era action: rocking my 1981 LP Deluxe with my Chicago-area band, Blue Nitro.

    We're on a drive to expand the online presence of our "young" band with a current drive to get to 1,000 likes. Can you help? If you like the video, please consider liking our Facebook page.



    Any other vids of Norlins in action?
     
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  11. murkat

    murkat I like sea otters Silver Supporting Member

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    People pay good coin to mod a deluxe into a PT# 5

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    I know. If done properly, nothing speaks against it. but there wasn't the correct switches in it, wrong pickup, and gets in the way of my playing. I tried to sell it as is, and I couldnt give it away for even 1500 Bucks!

    Now that I've decided to pull the middle PU, I'm gonna keep it for myself.
     
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  13. kev

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    LOL, nice! Beauty of a LP!

    Here's my Norlin, a '72 335:

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  14. JimmyB

    JimmyB Silver Supporting Member

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    Broken link. :( All we see is the img tab, and if we try opening it in another tab, we only get:

     
  15. kev

    kev Member

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    Thanks for the heads up @JimmyB is the link working now? I hope!
    Man, when p-bucket started charging, I bolted into google's arms...maybe that was frying pan~fire? well, that and my own ID10T error(s).
     
  16. JimmyB

    JimmyB Silver Supporting Member

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    Nope. Still broken! As suggested, it requires a Google sign-in before it's visible. o_O

    Time for Imgur! That was my choice after P-bucket got all silly on us...
     
  17. sleepingtiger

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    I've owned several Norlins & in general, they were fine guitars. My '85 Custom Shop Flametop RI(traded) weighed in at 9lb. even. My 1980 Firebird & V2 are great guitars! I don't think they did too bad, not being "guitar people". They did have some unpopular ideas, like the pancake bodies & super heavy woods, but when negative feedback was received it seemed like they responded. Henry J. on the other hand seems pretty defiant until his pocketbook informs him of his mistake. The heaviest LP I ever hoisted was a beautiful blue quilt Supreme(I think) at GC when I worked there in the early 2000s. That sucker clocked in at over 17 pounds! Even guys who claimed either they didn't care about weight or thought weight equaled sustain had a response similar to "You have GOT to be kidding!!!". We later got another twin, as far as looks, & it was well over 14 pounds. That blue stain must have weighed a ton!;)

    Tony
     
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  18. erksin

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    Question that I can't seem to find a definitive answer to: Where the '70s finishes poly or nitro?

    I ask because my '78 Deluxe's finish seems pretty danged bombproof. No checking, no delaminations under the minor worming of the finish on the back, hardly any yellowing, etc.

    Anybody know for sure?
     
  19. sleepingtiger

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    AGAIK, Gibsons have always been nitro, at least I've never heard different.

    Tony
     
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  20. 27sauce

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    Yup, nitro throughout
     

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