Value of a 1979 LP?

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  1. klatuu

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    Have an opportunity at a 3 pickup Black Beauty custom from 1979, very good condition, all original. His price seems a bit high to me for a '79 but looking for some input.
     
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    it'll be on the underside of the guitar
     
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    Norlin = low frets, heavy, possibly thin neck. Have you had the opportunity to play it?

    Once you start getting close to $3k you can find an R7 like this one which sold for $2800 on eBay.

    Value? Hard to say without any pictures, but I wouldn't pay over $2k for a '79. Having owned quite a few Norlins (and having nothing against them, I actually like them) I don't see any value added by the age of the guitar. A Historic will probably be a nicer guitar overall.
     
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    He's got two far sale: the 3 pickup black beauty for $4k, and a mid 80's black Custom for $3k

    I have no interest in the 2 pickup custom, but I once owned a '68 3 pickup black beauty when I was 18, and for nostalgic reasons would like another. I've got an R9, had and sold an R8, and have owned a few Norlin era guitars in my day, so I'm familiar with the possible pratfalls.
    $4k is way too much money for the guitar, but maybe a reasonable counter offer based on actual value, could get a deal done.
     
  5. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    I think they make better guitars now than in the late 70s for the most part.

    Those prices are way more than I would spend.
     
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    Wrong, that's the output.
     
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    Those asking prices are ridiculous.

    Old does not equal vintage.
     
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    If it's a factory 3 pickup in good shape, I'd say $3000-$3500
     
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    Depends on if it calls your name when playing it..
     
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    Seems crazy high to me. But I definitely understand the nostalgia. I couldn't imagine paying more than 3k though.
     
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    I've looked into the 70s customs since a friend was selling one. For a 3 pickup, $4k isn't completely out of the picture. It's not a bro price for sure, and if I were paying ALL the money I'd like all the benefits: case candy, mint shape, 1 owner, no changes, perfect frets... Anything less than that you'd be better off getting a more recent guitar. The 2 pickup for $3k is more market range.
     
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    these are the two guitars, though I'm not really interested in the 2 pickup guitar. Notice the sharper cutaway on the 3 pup guitar. I think I read the Norlin sticky at Mylespaul and there was a mention of some Norlin era guitars with this. Both have the fine tuners on the stop bar.
     
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    Right, the late 70's-'82 bodies had a squashed/deformed quality to them. Everything was moved towards the butt. Check out the stop bar in relation to the knobs.

    In 83 they returned to the traditional cutaway and more traditional pickup spacing and bridge position.
     
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    People can ask as much as they want. What they will sell for, who knows.

    I see many 2 pickup Norlin's in good+ to great condition in the mid 2K range, more for burst/wine than blacks/whites. Seems most 3 pickups I've seen people are asking the low to mid 3K range.

    Unusual ones like the white front/black back, 25/50, artist of course can be higher.

    Remember asking price and selling price can be as far as 50% apart in some cases.

    You may want to check the 3 pickup to see if it was 2 pickup model routed for the third. I've see a couple of them over the years.

    Here is what looks like a nice 79 25/50 on mylespaul:
    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/mem...0-gibson-1979-25-50-anniversary-les-paul.html

    I know nothing about the guitar or the seller, but if I was looking for one.
     
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    I have a 78 black two PU one
    I'd think $2500 would be the number. Or close...
     

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