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Unread 06-26-2009, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

Hey...2 questions...

1. Do you think Gibson should do a reissue on a Norlin-era Les Paul? (Asides from whether you'd want to see it or not, do you think something like that would make money?) We're talkin' non-weight relieved, non-chambered...beastly guitar.

2. Which model do you think they should do? I know a few came out in that era that aren't made these days...but I always thought those old Deluxes were badass....
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Unread 06-26-2009, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

I'd buy one. I don't think many people would though..
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I'd buy one. I don't think many people would though..
Eh...you might be right...it's hard to say. I do know that to a degree they don't sound at all like the newer Gibsons....

(But then again....you know, if they're willing to put out Holy Explorers, swiss cheese V's and electric boogaloo SG's, why not a LE Norlin re-issue? )
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

I'd love to see the Deluxe come back. They could leave out the weight relief and use lighter mahogany. The other Norlin quirks I don't really care about, but I like the large headstocks.

There are a lot of mini-hum and p90 options to play with these days.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

I would buy a Norlin Standard re-issue. I don't think I'm down with the mini-buckers.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

My '76 has a particularly good sounding pair of minis. I'll admit that I don't like the look as much as full sized hums or p90s, but they can sound great.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

Oh, I didn't mean to dog the mini's and they may sound great, I just like to hook my pinky around the corner of the pickup when I solo and I am not sure that the mini would feel right - and they are odd looking!
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

They are odd looking indeed.




Is everyone tired of seeing this one yet?
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

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They are odd looking indeed.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...20090328_5.jpg


Is everyone tired of seeing this one yet?



lets see the other Norlins again!
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

A 3 piece neck 1 piece body Deluxe? Bring it!!

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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

Spotlight Special was reissued, it is a Norlin.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

There is more to Norlin than what they were notorious for, pancake bodies, super heavy, volutes and maple necks. The late Norlins were quite impressive. Especially the early 80s Kalamazoo limited runs of reissue style Les Pauls.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

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lets see the other Norlins again!
Here's the beaten and ugly '81 Custom. One hell of a great guitar.



Whoever sold it undoubtedly misses it. Keep getting rid of the nasty things. I don't mind.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

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Here's the beaten and ugly '81 Custom. One hell of a great guitar.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...0090322_47.jpg

Whoever sold it undoubtedly misses it. Keep getting rid of the nasty things. I don't mind.
Dude...I want one of those!!! I'm probably have to buy a guitar and have it done...
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

It needs a pickguard. I'm either going to have to cut one to fit or get a custom job. I've sort of test fitted one and it looked a lot better.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

I think the spotlight special alluded to earlier is this guitar - a 70s reissue and aged; not a fretless wonder though. Still, it has a volute & only came in white; but it has a 1 piece mahogany neck; mahogany was transitioned out in 75 but all 70s necks were 3 piece. Back of the head is black; does have the 70s logo with the closed lettering & no dot above the i, made to look like a refret; appears to be an attempt at a 75 model (the bridge & mahogany neck & knobs are consistent with 75); does not appear to have Made in USA on back of the head; I would be SHOCKED if it had the comfy smooth medium neck profile of a 75 Norlin - probably has a newer baseball bat neck; they would have been better off putting the 1975 flat wide frets on it (not fretless wonders) instead of those jumbo tall lincoln logs, and they should have offered more colors.....not a very good copy IMO. if this is not a spotlight special, then it is a different 70s reissue. I know they also did a Rhoads guitar that looked similar.

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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

I'd love to see a Custom Shop Deluxe reissue. I was bummed when they discontinued the USA model. It'd be great! With the option of mini hums or p90s if you have 30 minutes and a soldering iron.

There are plenty of humbucker models as of now, IMO. There's a serious lack of mini buckers/p90s.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

They already have one, it is called the john sykes model, and if it is anything like the original i am on the look out for another.......
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I'd love to see a Custom Shop Deluxe reissue. I was bummed when they discontinued the USA model. It'd be great! With the option of mini hums or p90s if you have 30 minutes and a soldering iron.

There are plenty of humbucker models as of now, IMO. There's a serious lack of mini buckers/p90s.
They already have the one with P90s; it is a 1956 reissue Les Paul Standard.
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It needs a pickguard. I'm either going to have to cut one to fit or get a custom job. I've sort of test fitted one and it looked a lot better.
Really? I have to admit I like my bursts better w/o pickguards on 'em.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

First, as was stated above, the Custom Shop already has the R6 in a P-90/mini configuration, and second, I don't feel the urge to cough up 3-5K on a CS-made Norlin replica ("reissue", built just like the originals!), when I can buy a real one for $1500.

That said, if Gibson USA built a Norlin-like Deluxe, at a reasonable price (~2K or slightly less), I'd be all over it. Might even buy more than one.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

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They already have the one with P90s; it is a 1956 reissue Les Paul Standard.
I'm well aware of the R6's and R4's.

I'd always be nice to have a bit more variety. If they can make the "Seeing Eye" and "Holy Explorer", then I don't think a Custom Shop Deluxe is out of the question.

Besides, last time I checked Deluxes typically come with mini hums, which is what I was saying I want. You can always change to p90s if you wish.

When I was looking for my first legit LP after playing a Strat for years, I was settled on a nice Deluxe. Never found one that I could play first.
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First, as was stated above, the Custom Shop already has the R6 in a P-90/mini configuration, and second, I don't feel the urge to cough up 3-5K on a CS-made Norlin replica ("reissue", built just like the originals!), when I can buy a real one for $1500.

That said, if Gibson USA built a Norlin-like Deluxe, at a reasonable price (~2K or slightly less), I'd be all over it. Might even buy more than one.
Gibson USA USED to make a Deluxe and the bastards discontinued them.
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I'm well aware of the R6's and R4's.

I'd always be nice to have a bit more variety. If they can make the "Seeing Eye" and "Holy Explorer", then I don't think a Custom Shop Deluxe is out of the question.

Besides, last time I checked Deluxes typically come with mini hums, which is what I was saying I want. You can always change to p90s if you wish.

When I was looking for my first legit LP after playing a Strat for years, I was settled on a nice Deluxe. Never found one that I could play first.
Some deluxes (1970s) were ordered with full sized humbuckers; on those, they put a Standard truss cover and stamped Deluxe on the back of the head. It was identical to a Standard.
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Some deluxes (1970s) were ordered with full sized humbuckers; on those, they put a Standard truss cover and stamped Deluxe on the back of the head. It was identical to a Standard.
Yep. That did happen.

They also had these USA production models for a while:Buy Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Electric Guitar | Solid Body Electric Guitars | Musician's Friend

Discontinued around '03 I think?
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

The Pete Townshend sig WAS a Norlin reissue.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

The Standard was officially back in the Catalog in 1976, but in 74 and 75 they made a limited amount of Standards too. They were NOT rerouted Deluxes, and did NOT have Deluxe on them anywhere. I bought one new in 1974, after looking at several. And I have seen several of them on Ebay and very recently. They also made the Standard/Deluxe you are talking about, a different animal.
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The Standard was officially back in the Catalog in 1976, but in 74 and 75 they made a limited amount of Standards too. They were NOT rerouted Deluxes, and did NOT have Deluxe on them anywhere. I bought one new in 1974, after looking at several. And I have seen several of them on Ebay and very recently. They also made the Standard/Deluxe you are talking about, a different animal.
Yes, the Standard / Deluxe was a special ordered Deluxe with full sized humbuckers. But other than re-routing / original routing, whatever, it is the same guitar - same specs as a Standard. They made the '58 reissue Standard (actually more like a '54) primarily in 72 (although a few were shipped in 71, and 73-75). Other than the reissue, they shipped 2,218 Standards in 1974, 1 in 75, 24, in 76, 586 in 77, 5,947 in 78, etc. So really, 1974 was the first big year of production since being discontinued in 69. They only shipped 1,224 in 68 and they shipped 2,751 in 69. The 68s being the most sought after. But 68s are not Norlins.
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Re: Custom Shop Norlin Re-issue...should they?

One I just bought and should arrive next week. This will be my second Norlin.

It is a 1982 that no one can really identify. I couldn't pass it up. When it gets here I will dissect it for sure!


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