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Discussion in 'Norlin Years' started by dwagar, Mar 26, 2009.
You are probably better off.
there's your answer bud....that is the guy I ask.
So was my "7 Top"..
You guys wanna know something?
Of my 3 LPs, the '74, '76 and '77, the mahagony necked, ABR-1 '74 was the least of the 3 tonally, even with Pat# decal T Tops..which defies all "correct" logic.
Yes, a maple neck, zinc TP, Schaller Nashville, all of that, is "superior" to me.
So, I turned the 7 Top into an Orange Half stack...
(yeah, I just said that...)
I do not like the Hog necks like I do the maple.
Thats sound like crazy talk.
I agree. similar to many late 76/ 77
Hey Norlinfans, from my long time observations, i would sort and categorize the serial numbers in these yearspans and sequel:
1. 9xxxxx starts in early 70 (90xxxxx - 92xxxx) and lasts until early 71 with 95xxxx to 97xxxx range
2. 6xxxxx starts in early to mid 1971 and lasts til very late 71 or very very early 72
3. 7xxxxx stands for 72, i have never seen early 73 with 7xxxxx serial, all were 72s
4. 8xxxxx only for short while in early 73
5. 1xxxxx for the whole 73 and beginning of 74, not later (117xxx was early 73, 18xxxx were mostly late 73/early 74s for example)
6. then comes 2xxxxx, 3xxxxx - all mid to late 74s
7. 4xxxxx and 5xxxxx as latest - mostly late 74s and 75s
8. then comes again 9xxxxx reaching even until early 76
Do you have the same experiences?
my early 75 with 74 specs starts with an 8
Interesting, are you sure its really a 75?
I saw some very late 75s with 9xxxxx serials, but not earlier one. Most early 75s are 4 or 5xxxxx.
yes.....but the only reason I have to call it is 75 is that all 4 pots put it solidly there....
all other appointments point to 74 and KM made.
My '74 SG and HB Deluxe suggested they were later/earlier by this method, but I'd concur with your outline, BUT just with this era, we all know some totally random, and 100% legit oddball will come out of the woodwork to screw up everything we once believed..
Part of the fun if you ask me!
For the most part. But 1972 is 6XXXXX.
Here are 3 embossed pickups. late 71 pot date . But still 1972.
If my old 72/58 was a 1971 it was a rare one. But it was not. 1972
1XXXXX will go to late 1974.
Everything else ,spot on.
Now we know caps, wiring channel location aide as well.
Although I sure would like to see 000001
These observations were mostly made with Les Paul Customs, so naturally there can be some overlapping or small differences with other models.
This, there can be always some exceptions in this era.
They still can be late 71s, cause the embossed covers appeared in very late 71.
Interesting, cause all 1xxxxx - even 18xxxx or 19xxxx i ever saw, played or had were either late 73s or very early 74s, never mid or late 74s.
18 or 19xxxx has no bearing in production time.
Good example of learned.
This would be a 73-74 Custom. With replaced pots and caps, all
we have to go on is wiring channel location and serial#. https://reverb.com/item/2138716-gibson-les-paul-custom-1971-72-73-black
brother there says those pots and caps are original.