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Discussion in 'Norlin Years' started by jan janson, Oct 31, 2017.
is a 1971 deluxe gold top...pickups are embosed Gobson...is rhata Norlin made guitar..?
Embossed pickups typically denote a 72, though I imagine some may have sneaked out in 71.
Yes, yours is a Norlin.
Agreed, embossed pickup covers were for 1972 only , some may have sneaked out late 71 and heldover in early 73, no real way to verify, what are the pot codes?
Nope. Norlin owned Gibson they did not make guitars.
Yup! @judson just scored this GT beauty from 71....
So it is at least possible some escaped from the compound before 72 began.
Gibson rarely seems to have done anything by the calendar.... Let alone consistently!
and its crazy i just cant keep my hands off that thing..., i will be in the middle of something and just drop it and walk in the other room hit the amp switch and play it for 10 minutes or and hour and 10, then go back to what i was doin....i must do that 4 or 5 times a day
Technically Gibson didn't make guitars either....the employees did.
Both Gibson and Norlin were owners of the plant and oversaw the construction, so hence are the same really......further nitpicking is pointless really.
I always thought Les Paul made them...
The '72 date is very firm for the embossed covers BTW..EVEN if it was shipped in late '71..(which no one can prove unless they have a copy of the ledger) it was done so and sold as a '72 model. They will have late '71 pots most likely.
The covers (and Medallion series Vs and FBs) were done to commemorate the 1972 Olympics...so they would not be '71s for that reason alone.
So..until someone has scans of ledger saying they shipped in '71 AS '71s..I will hold fast to the '72 for embossed school of thought.
But even though it doesn't have the prestige of being 365 days or so more vintage..they are for all intents and purposes the same anyways..('71s and '72s)
Yeah ... that happens with a good guitar -- you walk by it on its stand, she talks to you a little, and suddenly cleaning the kitchen or taking out the trash just doesn't seem that important any more.
That's how you know you've got a keeper, brotha. She talks to you.
Yeah, my reply was a guess, not expert info. I'm no expert.
But I do know how sloppy Gibson was with thangs back then, hence my guess. The ledger would deffo tell the tale, but if I've got a choice between playing and digging around online for provenance, I know what I will do, yanno?
71/72 dont matter to me as i had a 72 FB medallion also with the embossed...didnt know it was for the 72 olympics...sort of weird isnt it? what the heck did gibson think embossing the pu covers with their name would be in the spirit of the olympics?
maybe they should have put the 5 rings on em....um no!!!.... then they never would have sold any