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    Les Paul Forum Member jrnic's Avatar
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    I've shown it before but here it is again. My 1978 LP Special Double Cut. It originally had P90's but back in my "Metal Head" days I put in Dimarzios. It currently has a 496R/500T set in it. It sounds awesome.






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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    My Norlins (L-R):
    1971 Deluxe; 1976 L6-S Deluxe; 1973 Deluxe;


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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Everyone must be getting fed up of seeing this – 73LPC:

    A pancake shot


    The more I play this guitar the more I like it. Great tone when the volume is turned up being played through a Fender combo - no effetcs - but at last weeks practice I was glad to swap over to the Strat. After an hour 10lbs (approx) gets a bit tiring on the shoulder at my age
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    I have a few.....

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Porter View Post
    Everyone must be getting fed up of seeing this – 73LPC:

    A pancake shot


    The more I play this guitar the more I like it. Great tone when the volume is turned up being played through a Fender combo - no effetcs - but at last weeks practice I was glad to swap over to the Strat. After an hour 10lbs (approx) gets a bit tiring on the shoulder at my age
    Tell me about it
    Listen, just listen for a minute. The sustain, listen to it.
    Well I'm not hearing anything?
    You would though if it were playing!

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by ERBlues View Post
    Tell me about it
    Bought 1985’ish for the princely sum of £350 when any self respecting guitarist had a pointy headstock and locking whammy. All plastic parts changed to cream before I got it Ibanez bridge which I prefer (I’ve the original). Original PUs and wiring. Changed machines and a I refretted it myself. A true pancake Norlin with a 5 piece top. A case queen for 24years she now get a good thrashing since I joined a band.
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    I only have one Norlin right now. This Heritage Standard 80 that I have recently acquired and have already shown here before:



    Amazing player with one of the best LP sounds I've heard. I bought it all original with the only exception of frets. Now I just put locking steel studs on the tailpiece and replaced the Nashville bushings with the Faber steel BSWKIT.
    The Shaw pickups needed just a tiny bit more brilliance for my tastes, so I removed the covers. Now it's perfect.

    In the past I've owned a 75 Deluxe rather briefly. I didn't like the sound of the minis with a maple neck, too trebly. And a 1970 GT Deluxe that I put P90s in. These days I wouldn't mind adding an ivory 74 20th Custom if a good one happens to cross my path...
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrnic View Post
    I've shown it before but here it is again. My 1978 LP Special Double Cut. It originally had P90's but back in my "Metal Head" days I put in Dimarzios. It currently has a 496R/500T set in it. It sounds awesome.


    I've got her slightly older sister, a 1977


    Also from 1977, my far from original, but VERY beloved Deluxe




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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Tell me what you think- 72 325, 78 Firebrand, 78 SG, 71 Custom, 76 Custom, 78 DLX, 74 Midnight Special.

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by danocaster View Post
    my 2 Norlin Goldtops

    That one on the left used to be mine, very cool guitar, I miss it.

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    I miss it too :(

    I like the humbuckered one better and eventually sold the P-90 goldtop - it was a nice guitar

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    My 71 GT Deluxe is humbuckered like yours. I had a 06 P90 GT Standard befor it and miss the P90's.At the ment I have Phat Cats in my 04 Classic .I'm going to put P90's in the Deluxe and transfer the humbuckers to the Classic.
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by karl1 View Post
    Tell me what you think- 72 325, 78 Firebrand, 78 SG, 71 Custom, 76 Custom, 78 DLX, 74 Midnight Special.
    Are you sure that Firebrand is a 1978? I always though the Firebrand series didn't come around until 1980.
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    My 25/50, with recently added Pigtail and Callaham ABR.





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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Sweet! Love those inlays.

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Beautiful 25/50...

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Here is my 25/50...

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    The flame on these tops reminds me of the stripes on a tiger. And those Series 7 pickups sure can roar! I like how they split so well for cleans too. Very versatile.

    That's a beautiful spotted creature in the b/g. Is it an eel?

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Those two 25/50's are killin'!

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by xxooliver View Post
    The flame on these tops reminds me of the stripes on a tiger. And those Series 7 pickups sure can roar! I like how they split so well for cleans too. Very versatile.

    That's a beautiful spotted creature in the b/g. Is it an eel?




    First, thank you for the complement and second the eal is a Tesselata Eel very mean. she has eaten Eels the same size as her.

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    '71 Deluxe



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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    1976 Custom, bought it new.




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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Late for the party, but here they are.

    L to R: '78, '79 and '80.


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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Alright, I like the custom. I know the original custom was made in 1954. Then they continued making it each and every year tol this day ? What about the re-issues ? Which era / models are considered good to find ?

    Whats wrong with Norlins ? are they less valued guitars ?
    Last edited by zoltan; 10-25-11 at 08:22 PM.

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Ok I just made a thread asking this. I hope you guys can educate me on this topic.



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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Hi guys my Norlin is a 73 i think see thru cherry Deluxe.I owned a bunch of 70's Gibsons over the years but this is the only one i have now.Do have a 68 custom stashed still.Thanks Mike B.





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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    I really like a lot of the Norlin's. I will say some are truly beautiful, some look workmanlike functional, and a few are kinda quirky. Some of the 3 piece tops can look really good. Since I was a 73 HS grad era I like the Norlins because that is what all my friends had! My buddy had a black custom in 72 and I always thought that was the most beautiful guitar in the world (hey I was 16 and it was!)................. I also think at some point in the future they will not as readily be called Norlin's and will be just referred to as 70's Gibsons, without the somewhat "oh but it's a Norlin" sort of disclaimer. Heck, I even like the big headstock, it reminds me of early 70's in your face rock.

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    73,I don't think there is an an original part on it. played and sounded great, real heavy.



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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Sorry for the interruption; got a question for you Norlin era experts:

    Generally, where would you put this guitar on the time line (what year?):

    Deluxe Goldtop, SN in the 509xxx range, very small volute, larger headstock, "made in USA" stamp, mini hums, goof hiders, pancake bod

    My guess is 1970, but I don't have access to the history that has been so kindly supplied here in the past.

    Thanks,

    Kim

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    A really good sounding 1969 Norlin Custom


    1976 Explorer LE converted to long magnet PAF's


    1976 Explorer


    1969 Goldtop


    1974 Flying V


    1976 Thunderbird


    1976 Explorer LE


    and another good sounding '69 Goldtop on the right

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kim R View Post
    Sorry for the interruption; got a question for you Norlin era experts:

    Generally, where would you put this guitar on the time line (what year?):

    Deluxe Goldtop, SN in the 509xxx range, very small volute, larger headstock, "made in USA" stamp, mini hums, goof hiders, pancake bod

    My guess is 1970, but I don't have access to the history that has been so kindly supplied here in the past.

    Thanks,

    Kim
    Could be 74, there were still some with goof hiders in that year, although most with them were from 69-71. See you pot codes 137xxyy, xx is year and yy the week.
    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    My all original great sounding early 71 Custom



    My diagnosis is: Hiwatt and Norlinphilia


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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    I'm flabbergaster at the growing Norlin love on this forum. When I joined the LPF in '06 they were the scourge of the planet. I guess this is a Norlin "coming out" of sorts.

    I have a '73 Deluxe, a '77 Custom, and a '78 ES-175. All fine instruments.
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Progrocker111 View Post
    Could be 74, there were still some with goof hiders in that year, although most with them were from 69-71. See you pot codes 137xxyy, xx is year and yy the week.
    Thanks, Prog. The guitar was definitely '71 or prior, but I don't have it in hand to check the details (trying to answer a general inquiry for another).

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcooper View Post
    73,I don't think there is an an original part on it. played and sounded great, real heavy.


    Yeah, I hear ya! But you gotta keep strings on it, all six of them

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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Damn, I forgot I have this one, too! A '78.
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    Fer fux sake! Duane's left and Dickey's right!
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kim R View Post
    Sorry for the interruption; got a question for you Norlin era experts:

    Generally, where would you put this guitar on the time line (what year?):

    Deluxe Goldtop, SN in the 509xxx range, very small volute, larger headstock, "made in USA" stamp, mini hums, goof hiders, pancake bod

    My guess is 1970, but I don't have access to the history that has been so kindly supplied here in the past.

    Thanks,

    Kim
    Hi Kim,

    Just a wild guess while I'm at work and don't have any info or statistics at hand...
    My guess is '71 or '72. Is the Gibson-logo embossed on the pickup covers? I have a '72 which has that.
    Serial numbers are pretty useless from 70-75. Best try is to have a look at the potcodes.
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    My first and last LP, a late '69 deluxe that's on it's 4th set of frets and 2nd top refin. I bought this new and tried for years and years to replace it because back then everyone knew that these guitars were inferior to the old ones. It has survived a maelstrom of competition, old and new, and it's the only one I own now and that's not likely to change.

    Last edited by Mark Kane; 04-26-15 at 10:25 AM.
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    Re: 70's Gibsons. Show off your Norlins.

    Anyone know the true concept or factory thinking behind the pankcake body?
    Seems like a few extra steps involved to do it.

    Glad to see these early Norlins have their day in court-
    some great overlooked guitars.

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