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I don't understand why people dislike Norlin era Gibson products so much...

Der_Kaiser

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Don’t forget Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, 1974 white custom not a bad sound for a crappy norlin.

 

Wilko

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Don’t forget Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, 1974 white custom not a bad sound for a crappy norlin.

Supposedly not his guitar. He then got a Burny copy and that's what he still plays. Burny.
 

Bob Womack

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Andrew Latimer of Camel is back to playing his 1974 Deluxe, though it has been rebuilt with a new top, fingerboard, headstock overlay, and a pair of PAFs.

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Bob
 

GlassSnuff

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sounds harsh, but if you "don't understand" then you don't understand.
This.

The "internet wisdom" some of you ninnies are spouting is pathetic. It's all been covered here on the LPF. And documented. Search for "Norlin" by "Big Al" to get started.

And remember - none of you knew, in the '70s, that Norlins wouldn't sound just like 'Bursts in 10 years.
 

fl_799

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My first couple of Les Paul's were mid-late Norlin era (75-79) when the construction and material totally changed to the 3 piece maple neck, the volute, and the pancake body. Most of these were very heavy and made with dense woods that might have better been suited towards making furniture or wooden tools, not necessarily a musical instrument. None of these guitars were particularly resonant acoustically with not much boom to the notes. The tone was pretty focused. Not knocking them by any means as this era had a unique and particular sound to them.
 

Bob Womack

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This was the era of Santana's first coming (with gobs of sustain) and Gibson began building the Les Paul to emphasize sustain via rigidity and density. As a result, what Nigel said about Norman's burst is true of the Norlins: "You could go and have a bite an'...aaaaaaaaa...you'd still be hearin' that one."

Bob
 
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