70's Les Paul Deluxe or Gibson Historic Les Paul

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  1. EEF13

    EEF13 Senior Member

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    Which one would you choose? How do the quality compare?
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I would go for the Norlin, but that's only sentimentality on my part, so ignore my opinion.
     
  3. Mstele97

    Mstele97 Senior Member

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    depends on the quality of each guitar. You may....may...have better luck with the quality of a CS guitar. Hell why not get one of each!
     
  4. kmrumedy

    kmrumedy Senior Member

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    Is the deluxe all original or routed for HB's?

    I was considering the same last month. I chose a 1970 Deluxe just because it had the hell played out of it. If an instrument is being played solid for 40+ years, there must be a reason why. Tone and playability. I bought this:

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    BoxyBrown22 Senior Member

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    It would depend on the quality of the fretwork, then go from there.

    You can change the pickups easy, you can sand down a neck, you can adjust nut height, you can do a lot of things to a guitar. After working at a repair shop I've found the 'good'ns' usually have good fretwork to top it all off. I can't say if it's that some trees were meant to have thin pieces of metal rammed into them or if the workers know when they have a 'good'n' on deck; I've just seen that fretwork is usually a guide to your next 'good'n'.
     
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  6. acstorfer

    acstorfer Senior Member

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    Two great options. Go with the one that feels best in your hands.

    I am too biased to tell you what to go for.
     
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    g60_dave Senior Member

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    I've had both, a fEw times. I finally settled on my R7. My 72 deluxe was great, as was my 62 sg, but historic just has it.
     
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  8. EEF13

    EEF13 Senior Member

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    Are Norlins made like the Custom Shop? Hand made?
     
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    marantz1300 Senior Member

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    I have both a 71 Gold Top and VOS 57 Custom.The Custom is all hog with a 50's neck,so feels and sounds different to the Norlin.
    I'd give the Custom the better build quality,but I prefer the played in feel of the Gold Top which makes it my No1.
    It really comes down to personal preference,so you should play both.
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  10. elcajon64

    elcajon64 Senior Member

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    I just made this choice myself. I went with the old one. The biggest factor for me was that I really only wanted a shell. I'm keeping an eye on the costs / hassles as I can count on myself to do this again. I pick it up tomorrow, and will know how much trouble I'm in.
     
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    Chadd Senior Member

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    I have a 76 Norlin that plays great, but my new traditional pro is the guitar I pick up first when I play now. The new ones are better on average than Norlins in my experience (I've owned three Norlins, two newer models), though you can get a really good or really bad example from either era.
     
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    acstorfer Senior Member

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    I think you made a great choice. I can't wait to see some photos once you get her.

    Mazel Tov!
     
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    I would go with both
     
  14. elcajon64

    elcajon64 Senior Member

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    It's here. It's a mess. I'll put up a new thread to let you guys mock my decision.
     

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