Help with my 81 Standard

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  1. dontar

    dontar Junior Member

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    I have a 1981 standard maple neck, all the earmarks of an 81 standard, except it has a two piece top with some decent figure. I've yet to see another like this and I am wondering if anyone has any info regarding 81 standards.
     

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    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Two words:

    Wow, Wow!
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  3. DarrellV

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    Yeah, I'm with Bobby on this one! WoW!

    I am the lucky owner of an 82 Standard, the one in my avatar.

    Great piece of Gibson history you have there! IMO one of the better years as Gibson was trying harder to get its act together.

    The Nashville plant had come online recently and there was a period of competition between the two plants, each trying to show the other how to make them the right way.

    In 1980 the heritage series was a brave attempt by Gibson to start making them the way they used to, and how people wanted them. Though not completely accurate from that standpoint the 2 piece bookmatched top was just one of the things they got back to doing again.

    It should have the legendary (to some of us fans) Tim Shaw Humbuckers that were only made fro 80 to 86 that were a decent attempt at re-making the vintage PAF type of sound.

    Should be non-weight relieved as that started late 82- into 83 and on.

    Maple neck is not a bad thing at all as it adds some much needed strength to the Gibson neck design, and adds a nice spank to the tone of the guitar.

    I admit I am prejudiced toward this period of Gibsons, so I will of course say hang on it.

    If it plays good and sounds good (which it really should) you have a nice piece of history there.
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    Umm...unless I've missed my meds this morning, there seems to be a 'cat' in your avatar Darrell!
     
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    scozz Senior Member

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    Gorgeous Norlin @dontar!!....fairly rare too! :thumb:
     
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    Very rare to see two piece top in early 80s. They were a bit more easier to see in 74-75 period.
     
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    DarrellV Make the Switch for the Better! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    You're seeing things OK... No worries!

    Kind of reminds me of the Catspaw episode of Star Trek!
     
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  9. dontar

    dontar Junior Member

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    It does sound great. The Shaws are really nice. Sounds and plays better than any historic I've owned and I've owned a bunch. Thanks for the info !
     
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    dontar Junior Member

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    Sure did ! Held together with an old belt !
     
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    Oh, the case! :rofl: FYI if you hit the little reply link I'll make the connection quicker next time , this one took me a minute! :facepalm:

    There are cases to be had and some latch repair options out there.... I refer to the master of the chainsaw case @HardCore Troubadour .

    He is also one of the best with the Norlin era guitars, as is the @Progrocker111 ... AND he loves Shaws! :thumb:

    EDIT: And since he liked this post I would be remiss not to mention @Kris Ford as another profound authority on all things Norlin... (tips hat)
     
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    I'm no expert, but that looks both legit and beautiful. It is a little strange that at the same time Gibson was using 3 piece tops for ease of production and supply, that they would break that routine to make some 2-piecers. But it looks like they did just that. That's simply a great guitar. Maple necks are an issue only to those who have decided that they have to have mahogany because that wood was used in the past. Personally, I think you can readily make the argument that a maple neck is a great positive combo with the mahogany body. And, after all, the top was/is made, on purpose, of.... maple.
     
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    Love tobacco bursts like that!
     
  14. dontar

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    Thanks for the schooling and info ! You guys are great !
     
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    Thanks...I've always argued that the maple necks were used on the more expensive jazz bodies in the late 50's because they knew they were superior and more stable that their mahogany counterparts... Although the mahogany on the late 50's is the sound we have come to associate with a Les Paul... Maple doesn't really detract as much as some think. Personally I was really pleased with the "snap" it brought to the table. Oh, and I'm not 100% sure but I think the board may be Brazilian.
     
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    ^ No braz after 65.
    Either Madi or Indian
     
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    Thanks !
     

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