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Why are Norlin era SG are horrible ??

Kris Ford

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Pure Bigsby SG, I think it is a 1988 SG Deluxe :salude



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See, I think this is stupid and awful.

We will all have taste differences..
 

EFLOW

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Es-335 was massacred, destroyed during the Norlin years ... :dang :rolleyes:


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jojo68

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A friend of mine brought me one of these with the Moog electronics. OMFG. What a colossal piece of crap. I threw in some other buckers for him, and did regular wiring and pots. Much better, but still one ugly guitar with a volute!

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I dig it. I like volutes too. I've rocked a Norlin SG before and it was a great guitar. I needed a bit wider neck than the 74 I had but other than that, killer guitar.
 

EFLOW

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A friend of mine brought me one of these with the Moog electronics. OMFG. What a colossal piece of crap. I threw in some other buckers for him, and did regular wiring and pots. Much better, but still one ugly guitar with a volute!

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No bevel , Norlin SG are really horrible ... :##
 

Repo251

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Mine is fucking awesome! Slim neck, now with BKP stormy mondays and new bridge! Warm fast cool as fuck
 

garywright

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I'm with ya on that ! ..I hope that Gibson does a Hendrix SG reissue complete with a correctly angled vibrato comb..carry on. :)

note to ME :salude..they did, but it’s $10,000.00 and has a hideous banana coating ...carry on...
 

mos6507

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The organic SG shape with its complex curves and bevels is such that if you deviate from it too much as was the case with the Norlins that it just falls apart. That's also why I don't particularly dig the "italicized" ESP Viper. It just looks off in an uncanny-valley way.

I'm with ya on that ! ..I hope that Gibson does a Hendrix SG reissue complete with a correctly angled vibrato comb..carry on. :)

Looks like you got your wish.
 

jrgtr42

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I know most of the guitars are to prove the point that the Norlin SGs were bad, but as a counterpoint, my 1980 Firebrand.
I know these were made as a more affordable version, but it's got ebony board, |I prefer the side jack location to the top.
I replaced out the T-top pickups - Duncan Alnico 2 inthe bridge and Pearly Gates neck.
It's been refretted once, crowned a couple times, and probably time for it again. It's my #1 guitar, that I'd live naked on the streets before selling.
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Progrocker111

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Some of the 73-76 SG Standards i have played with their original Superhumbucker tarback pickups were actually great sounding. Feeling more robust and stiffer than older SGs, had gret sustain and attack. Great rock and hardrock guitars.
 

AJCR

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The organic SG shape with its complex curves and bevels is such that if you deviate from it too much as was the case with the Norlins that it just falls apart. That's also why I don't particularly dig the "italicized" ESP Viper. It just looks off in an uncanny-valley way.



Looks like you got your wish.
I think this sums up the thinking on this particular forum. People here just cannot seem to be able to see something for what it is. They are only capable of seeing something for what it isn't.
 

PermissionToLand

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Incredible , :dang


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That was originally an opaque finish SG Special, in fact it was the one originally marketed as an Epiphone and rebranded Gibson like the LP-style Spirit. So not really fair to dog Norlin for what was under an opaque finish.

To the guy who seemed to think all Norlin SGs are thicker, that is not true. Only the R1/Artist was thicker to fit the Moog electronics. The real reason they might sound darker like a LP is because the neck is set in further so the pickups are closer to the neck than other SGs.

In any case, Angus didn't mind a Norlin; as mentioned, his Number 1 was a '70/'71 Standard with T-Tops.

Here he is with an '81 Standard which has Tarbacks:


Tone sounds pretty good to me.
 
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