LPC silverburst 79

Discussion in 'Norlin Years' started by Prometheus, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. Shadowfax29

    Shadowfax29 Junior Member

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    A couple of buddies of mine had 79 Silverbursts that I got to check out when we were in high school (yes they were Tool fan boys). They were easily the nicest playing Les Pauls I had played.

    Fast forward to maybe 7 years ago and I had the opportunity to do a straight trade for one for my Diezel Herbert. Needless to say, I did it and seems like it was easily the right move seeing as how I'm seeing them on Reverb now for $1900.

    The guy I got it from was also a Tool fan and had put a JB in the bridge and the neck is the original T Top. I couldn't get that JB out of there fast enough! It paled in comparison to the T Top. Put a Suhr Aldrich in and couldn't be happier. Guitar plays and sounds phenomenal. I also later had it refretted with stainless frets as the original frets were whooped when I got it.

    As others have said, the price really doesn't seem too far out of the question especially considering you're in Europe and these guitars are commanding a steep price tag these days. Granted mine has obviously been played extensively and shows it, I also would not for a second consider selling for 3k as it is that nice of a guitar.
     
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  2. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    Woah lots of replies!

    Well, even tho I do love Tool, I'm not try to recreate the tone of Adam Jones, because you know, I'm not aiming to become a part of a cover band any time soon haha!
    Also, I shy away from guitars that I don't like the sound from the get go, because I just hate to swap parts to the right, the left and the center like there's no tomorrow, also I don't know how to solder (yeah I know, I should learn to do it) I wanna feel the "woah" feeling from the get go like my other guitars made me feel, not like "yeah it's nice I guess, but I need to swap pots and PUPs and maybe remove PG and she MIGHT sound nice"

    So I'm guessing that I should expect a higher build quality than my 14 Trad then!
     
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    Prometheus Senior Member

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    OK good people of MLP

    I went ahead and asked the seller a bunch of questions.
    The seller is not that knowledgeable about his own gear...

    Anyway!

    Apparently pups are swapped, he knew that it was dirty finger pup on the bridge, but he doesn't know what the neck pup is.

    and here are slightly higher res pics.

    What do you guys say?

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  4. HardCore Troubadour

    HardCore Troubadour Senior Member

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    to me, it takes a small hit with the pups, and covers being changed out.....

    and I am struggling a little with either the rings or the pickguard.....might just be the angle but something does not quite look right.

    I am also a little concerned with the top treble tuner?? Might can loosen correct it.

    Take $2500 bucks...put $2300 in one pocket and the other $200 in a separate pocket...

    play it, inspect it....if that is all that is wrong pull out the $2300 and lay it down in front of him.....if he twitches at all, do NOT pull the other out, he will take it when you gather it to leave.
     
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  5. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    Good catch, they do look kinda wonky now that you mention it...

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    Yeah that was something I was thinking about as well, it looks... crooked?
     
  6. Britbender

    Britbender Senior Member

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    Looks ok to me, i live in sweden too so i know the prices here can be high.
    There was another sb a while ago, same price but much more worn and beaten up.
     
  7. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    Please dear god, don't tell me you are the seller lol
     
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  8. Britbender

    Britbender Senior Member

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    No, but i have bought and sold a few Norlin customs in suede....
    If you can get it for 20k sek its great, ask about the weight, the very heavy ones are a hard sell.
     
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    Hey good idea, yeah I hear that customs from that era are back breakers!
     
  10. StingyCH

    StingyCH The Bearded guy from Heidi land..

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    I say that you owe me a new keyboard 'cause mine is covered in drool right now....
     
  11. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    lol then you shouldn't see my trad! She is such an understated beauty!

    Woops
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  12. StingyCH

    StingyCH The Bearded guy from Heidi land..

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    ..i used my phone now..is waterproof :lol:
     
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  13. grumphh

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    They are.
    That comes with a bonus.

    If some Steve Vai looking charecter ever challenges you to a head cuttin' guitar duel in a dive near a crossroad you just take out your late 70's Custom and proceed to use it like a battle axe on the challengers guitar. (There is a bit of viking in you, isn't there?)

    The result?
    His guitar will be in shreds and yours will be in tune, so that you can perform the victory shuffle without delay.
     
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  14. Prometheus

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    Haha! I got better tool for that tho, how about an indestructible tele? XD
     
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    Actually A Tele vs a late 70's Custom would be an interesting challenge, those particular customs are pretty solidly built, everything is laminated and they do definitely have a weight advantage.

    I actually think the Custom would win a direct confrontation :D
     
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    You sir, is mad! I tell you, mad mad gentleman! XDDDDDDDD
     
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    No more than other 70's LPC owners ;)
     
  18. Prometheus

    Prometheus Senior Member

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    You know, despite the "hate" Norlin era LPs get, there are quite many famous users using them when you think about it
     
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    I have a 79 LPC SB (check my avatar). It is very heavy - which is why I bought a very wide leather strap. Makes the weight a bit more manageable.

    Plus, I modded mine when I bought it new. I put in Dimarzzio pickups and added phase switches. I love the tone. It's not as biting a treble tone as I get from my SG. But it is a very nice, very smooth tone.

    Like the post I quoted, you have to play it and decide for your self if you like the tone.

    Let us know what you decide.

    For context on price, back in the 90s, a music store in Connecticut offered me $4k for mine - as is. I still have the guitar. :)
     
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    Your SB hasn't turned into golden green?
    But woah 4k huh? Could it be because it's a lefty?
     

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