The Norlin thread - Pancakes, boat anchors, and chainsaws

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


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    Interesting. It sure seems more durable than any nitro finish I've had.
     
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    all nitro lacquer. The recipe, cocktail (-,+ of) has changed thru the years thou.
     
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    1975 LP Custom - pancake body, 3-piece maple neck, stock T-Top pickups (with covers removed). Weighs in at 9.7lbs.

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    1974 LP Special '55 - with Mojoaxe CWT bridge, Creamtone aged tophat knobs & Alnico 2 magnets in the P90s.
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    I love 70's Norlin SG's. Had this one since '88, my main guitar.

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    My '77 LP Standard

    3 piece top, 1 piece back. I haven't weighed it, but it isn't that heavy to me. On a bathroom scale I think I got it at just over 9lbs. Bridge pickup was replaced before I got it. Had it refretted a few years ago. Plays and sounds great.
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    I love the 'workhorse' look. Great looking guitar with stories to tell, I bet.
     
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    My '79 Standard:

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    Pardon my lack of knowledge, but what exactly is the Norlin period?
     
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    1969-1986
     
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    Around '69 Gibson was on the verge of failure, bottom dollar guitars taking market share, discontinuation of several market segments, after a huge decline then flat line of sales an outside investor (beer company out of south america) partnered with Gibson's parent company. It was a joint venture, but the name "Norlin" didn't appear on Gibson literature until years later.

    Anyways, around the time of the merge Gibson had been leaderless for a couple years so they hired a fella names Stan Rendell who many consider to have saved the company. According to former employees his philosophy was to re-invent and innovate, put it out there, and see what sticks. Although many "Norlin" features began before the merger in '69, the era jump started a whole bunch of new models or changes on existing models while focus shifted from the demise of arch/flattop sales to the increase in solid body guitars.

    Over the next 15 years or so "Norlin" was able to keep Gibson steady though slowly decreasing in sales and market share. Many in the vintage business will tell you they sped up and increased production, but that's blatantly false.

    During the tenure Management was steady in Kalamazoo although the big change mid 70's is when Stan Rendell left, Ren Waller the sole fella in charge of wood/parts purchasing retired, and production in a new factory began in Nashville where after years of labor strife production moved to full time.

    As for all the design changes and all the new models it's up to the individual to do their own research IMO.
     
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    Thank you good sirs!
     
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    Hell yeah. My old 1976 LE Explorer is so amazing it's ridiculous. What great guitars... And from what I understand, pretty well regarded among tone freaks as one of the excellent vintage Gibsons, Norlin or not.
     
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    Exactly!
    I had 2, both great guitars, but this modded road warrior one is a gem; I let go all my 50's Conversion Les Paul & 60's ES3x5 and kept this one as my flagship of vintage PAF Gibson world.
     
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    Still looking for my old '79 CSB LP Custom. It's got an inscription in the binding behind the neck joint. Please PM me if you have it.
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    Les Paul Deluxe; three piece top, pancake body. Stock.
    SG Custom with after market tuners and a few headstock repairs.
     
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    Nice displays!
     
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    Thanks. I find having the guitars wall mounted increases my desire to grab them at a whim and play them, rather than have them buried in cases.
     
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    My old college roommate has a 1978 Standard with a three color sunburst, maple neck, and chainsaw case. He got it new from a limited edition run of 48 or 50 for Grinnell's Music in Michigan. It was my first introduction to the Les Paul. It made an impact. This isn't his guitar but it's from the same run.

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