Finally done some heresy to my beloved early 70s Norlins and most probably this is my biggest LP Custom achievement ever. I just moved into late 60s area. This was really some interesting experience, found it on some local advertising. Travelled 1000 km there and another 1000 back to buy it from the widow of the guitarist. The guitar wasnt played live, only home very rarely during her whole existence, its in nearly mint condition. Havent seen such 69 one yet - there are no dings, no finish weather checking, finish is still gloss like the guitar is 2 years old. I was fully speechless when i first saw the guitar. Gold hardware is still shiny, even the truss rod was untouched and electronics cavity wasnt opened until i did it first time. So she has lost her virginity with me finally. Its mid to late 69 Custom, with three piece neck, non-pancake body, serial number begins with 8. Its very interesting for me to compare this guitar with early 70s Norlin Les Pauls which i nearly exclusively played up to this time. It has overall similar feeling and character to very early (70-71) Customs, but has a bit fatter neck and is kinda a bit more open, even woodier sounding. Very lively, crispy and resonant guitar, with lot of woody overtones and very clean and detailed tone. Can be mellow and smooth and very aggressive, growling and punchy. The sustain and clarity is absolutely amazing, it bites and sings at the same time. Very different sounding guitar to Historics, especially Les Paul Standards. Only problem is, that in such condition i am nearly afraid to play it. Here are some photos, i will record some clips with fully cranked Hiwatt soon too.