NGD! Finally for the first time in late 60s area, this time near mint 1969 LP Custom

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  1. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    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. :naughty:

    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. :hmm:

    Here are some photos, i will record some clips with fully cranked Hiwatt soon too.

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  2. scottyk

    scottyk Senior Member

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    That is an absolutely awesome find Prog.
    Standing ovation! :applause::applause::applause:
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Oh ...this beat up old thing again;)


    Yellow lined case?
     
  4. Donal

    Donal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Premium Member

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    WOW, What a beauty :wow:

    Congrats and HNGD :applause:
     
  5. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    Sadly not original case - some Japanese late 70s one, but at least still usable. I am wondering too, what has been done with the original case. The guitar had only one original owner, so i dont understand why it doesnt have original case.

    But nevertheless, the price was really pretty good for such great guitars condition, so the case isnt worrying me so much. :hmm:
     
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    Insane condition. :wow:

    Many congrats!
     
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    Tim Plains Senior Member

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    Looks fantastic. :cheers:
    How do you even find something like that 1,000 miles away?
     
  8. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    Only pure conicidence, i saw the ad in local advertisement web site. Price was very good, so i requested some more photos and then arranged the trade very quickly.
     
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    Congrats Prog. What an amazing find!
     
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    How do you like the frets? Assume not worn...but still
     
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    Awesome find. :wow: :wow: :wow: :thumb: :applause:

    HN69D. :D

    What is the weight?

    :cheers2:
     
  12. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    I like them, cause i have and have had many early 70s LP Customs, so no problem for me. I am not playing blues, so i like that they are suitable for faster and precise playing style.
     
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    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    4.45 Kilo, fairly standard for these.
     
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    Great Lord that is fricking amazing!!:wow:

    Huge congrats to you Prog, I hope you crank up that Hiwatt and play some Steve Hackett licks asap:thumb:

    Enjoy her in good health!
     
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    Absolutely stunning! Congrats :thumb:
     
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    That sir is a very clean guitar .
     
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    Awesome score, congrats!
     
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    thanks progrocker I really enjoyed your post and the story to go along with it...
    you deserve it being such a devoted late sixties early seventies fan.
    now I wonder how a transitional 69/70 pancake body custom would compare to yours. I would imagine they would be very very similar with all things constant and with all guitars are a bit different margin.
    again congrats!!!
     
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    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    Thanks. Yes, i would think they would be very similar or not so similar (depends on individual piece). 69s-71s have still many same features - same electronics, nylon saddles on ABR, lower neck angles, high pickup rings, wood veneer on headstock etc.
     

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