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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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    That is bad ass!
     
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    Dexter.Sinister Still breathing Gold Supporting Member

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    What year is that guitar made ?
     
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    Jazzmaster60, that's a '76 LE Explorer. It's been modded quite a lot though: Dave Johnson shaved down its neck to a '64 profile & replaced the fretboard with old Brazilian, pickups swapped for early 60's PAT#, older bridge..
    That being said, modded or not those '76 LE are real great guitars, some of the best Gibson guitars to me (and not considering only the 70's).
     
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    I owned 2 of those at various times. Sold/traded both before they were ever worth the $$$ that they are now. :(
     
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    Kurt Bloch and his '70s natural LPC playing with Mike Mills and Peter Buck of REM last night:

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    That guitar slayed, BTW.
     
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    Not all Norlins were boat anchors!!!!
    • 75 Flying V... 6lbs, 5oz!
    • 76 Explorer LE...7lbs, 12oz
    I have had a lot of guitars, and I actually prefer these two in sound, neck shape and feel to ANY of their modern counterparts... including the expensive Korina reissue they did in 2008. Never pulled the pups in the exp, however assume they are tarbacks... and they sound amazing for rock. The V is pat no. sticker. The marshall is a 1977... so it makes a nice little holy trinity of 70's brown lol.

     
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    My Les Paul Professional certainly isn't a boat anchor either.

    You'd sink the average boat with it just trying to get the thing on board!
     
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    Here's my 1974 Standard. I bought this in 1977 at Norman's Rare Guitars in the old/small Reseda location. It's 10 lbs, Big head-stock, volute, pancake body, 3 piece maple neck. It is an original HB/Standard guitar, but the head-stock decal says "Deluxe". I have a Gibson collector book that says they did not have any Standard stickers, so they just used Deluxe stickers for the first few months in 1974 production when they brought back the Standard. It plays great and sustains for days, but I can't gig with a 10 lb guitar any more, so I picked up an R9 & R6 this year with more realistic weights. I always thought the stock HB's were pretty unimpressive so I put Classic '57s in it, keeping the originals.

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    What a great trio indeed!
    +1 on those 70's Explorer & V's, they are great & unique guitars, fantastic for classic rock tones to me.
     
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    Beautiful guitar!!
     
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    Thanks TAG!
     
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    Here is my 1983 Les Paul Standard purchased used by a 16-year-old me in 1985 for $600(w a little loan from my older brother). It is all original with the exception of the headstock break by yours truly. Professional repaired and solid as ever. It weighs 10.5 according to the trusty bathroom scale method. My guitar teacher keeps trying to trade me for it but this will be with me until the end.
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    what is the neck shape, a C shape, Soft V shape, D shape, et al I think the tailpiece is a better anchor without moving parts
     
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    My first guitar and only guitar for 20 years was a 1986 Les Paul Standard in Wine Red. Sadly I HAD to sell it. I'd like to get another Wine Red LP I just wonder if it would be worth it to seek out a 1986 in particular...
     
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    Like Zappa's!
     
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    I totally love my Norlin 71 deluxe goldtop. It has everything you dont want. 5 piece pancake, volute, giant headstock. Headstock broken twice, probably no original gibson hardware. Refretted with giant bass guitar frets. All greening done by me playing it. I dont get to playing everyday because it weighs 10lbs but ill never sell.
     
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    Let’s see it
     

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