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    How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norlins

    Ok, hereís the story.. I got this piece off ebay for several hundred dollars half year ago Ė it was a sunburst custom with serial 101653. I donít have any clue why, but on the former owners spraypainted it gold Ė probably in glamrock fever. Next guy bought it as a renovation project, and stripped all paint. Unfortunatelly, he didnít used paint remover but sandpaper and removed paint, also binding and most of the serial number. Thankfuly there were no breaks, except for mini switch holes. These pictures were taken at my friendís luthier workshop before any work was done..




    There are some pictures, from binding applying..



    This is after spraying with base black color and artificial aging with shellack



    After several months of waiting and drying of nitrolacquer and the D-day finally came and this is the result.




    It seems it was worth to save it, it turned out to be very nice guitar even though itís not a collectors dream. So if any of you guys got any old gibson, Iím willing to buy it cheaply from you and refinish it.
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


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    1972 Hiwatt DR103, 1972 Hiwatt SE4122

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    jeez, looks good! Nice job.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    wow-nice work!!

    looks delicious
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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    brilliant job!
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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    LOOKS GREAT!

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Great result.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Jesus H Christ...fine work.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    wowzers what a great job

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Awesome! I love these early '70's Norlins... they deserve a better rap than they get.
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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Quote Originally Posted by fast ricky love View Post
    Awesome! I love these early '70's Norlins... they deserve a better rap than they get.
    Totally agree. Great guitars that are overlooked.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Quote Originally Posted by fast ricky love View Post
    Awesome! I love these early '70's Norlins... they deserve a better rap than they get.
    I agree!



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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Sweet!

    Although, honestly, I prefer the sunburst customs...

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    I love threads like these. Great job man.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    what a great save.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Really nice work

    Iíd have left the front natural but then, I am a big Ronno fan

    Must feel great to bring it back to life
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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Well you know, I would love it in tobacco sunburst, or wine red finish but fixing those mini switch holes was bit tough.. expecially that hideous square hole. What's great about refinishing or shall I say saving old guitars, is that satisfying feeling that I would sound and play well as long as you'll rebuild them in proper way.
    I'd like to get this SG and "save it" but seller refuses to send it to Europe. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...66#description Probably not the nicest SG you've seen, but I guess it could be helped
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


    1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom
    1972 Hiwatt DR103, 1972 Hiwatt SE4122

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Quote Originally Posted by Progrocker111 View Post
    Well you know, I would love it in tobacco sunburst, or wine red finish but fixing those mini switch holes was bit tough.. expecially that hideous square hole. What's great about refinishing or shall I say saving old guitars, is that satisfying feeling that I would sound and play well as long as you'll rebuild them in proper way.
    I'd like to get this SG and "save it" but seller refuses to send it to Europe. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...66#description Probably not the nicest SG you've seen, but I guess it could be helped
    that SG needs a LOT of love...

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

    I-LOVE-NORLINS-!


    did i already say sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet?
    My opinion is worth what you paid for it.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Prog - great to see the guitar in its refinished glory! I'm the one who sold it to you. When I bought it, it had been refinished by an autobody shop in what I like to refer to as "pimp gold" with an unbelievably thick poly clearcoat on top. I started to try to take off the paint, but got nowhere with a viscous paint stripper. I turned to a heat gun (yeah, I know, not the best idea) to get the finish off. In the process the binding came off as well, but it needed replacing since the first refinisher must have used a power sander and sanded down the cutaway horn and top of the headstock down to nothing. They had actually painted a white stripe where the binding was supposed to be on the horn. When I finally got the finish off the top, I realized that it had all the holes for the mini-toggles filled with bondo! There was a large crack between the holes that disintegrated where you can see the rectangular defect in the original photo. At that point I resigned myself to refinishing it as a black beauty, but I just didn't have the time to tackle such a monumental task. Just out of curiosity, did my binding channels work out on the horn, or did you have to recut them?

    Sorry about the loss of the serial number - when I stripped the finish you could barely make it out. One light pass with sandpaper and it was gone forever. The prior refinisher had sanded it down quite a bit. I took pictures along the way to try and document everything, but I had a computer crash and the pics disappeared along with the serial. The guitar didn't have it's original electronics in it, so I didn't have any way of dating it. By the serial and the characteristics of the guitar, I guessed it was mid-70s.

    I played her for a few months before starting the refinish project - she's a great player. It seemed like a light guitar, too - what did the final weight turn out after all? Glad to see you completed the task in such a stellar fashion! Funny thing - right after I sold this one to you, I bought a '74 black LPC! Guess I had to satisfy that itch.
    Last edited by ajchance; 10-27-08 at 09:48 PM.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Here's a few more before photos:

    You can see a little of the green bondo filler in the toggle switch hole.

    Serial's gone!

    Binding sanded down...

    Here's where they had paint to cover up the sanded away binding channel on the horn.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    Quote Originally Posted by ajchance View Post
    Prog - great to see the guitar in its refinished glory! I'm the one who sold it to you.
    Hey Jeff, I couldn't locate you email address to get these pictures to you. Anyway, guitar plays great and looking for a way to get that serial number & "made in usa" back on headstock.
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


    1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom
    1972 Hiwatt DR103, 1972 Hiwatt SE4122

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    I scanned through your pics again in admiration. I may get the bug again and find a less demanding project. What did you use to fill the defects in the top? Did you have to do any more work on the binding channels? I tried to get them routed out again by hand, but wasn't sure if that was going to work well enough to have the binding sit flat.

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    talking about a ressurection! very nice job!
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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    THAT is a great thread title! BTW, "I thought you said your dog doesn't bite?"

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    Re: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Original Condition and Love refinished Norli

    What a beaut! Nice job. I love the Norlins and would never part with mine. Thanks for saving this one.
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