Turns out my '74 Deluxe may be a '71 Deluxe

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  1. RustyNuts

    RustyNuts Premium Member

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    Curiosity finally got the better of me today so I broke open the case, opened up the control cavity and took a wire brush to the pots. The two that don't have blobs of solder over them have date codes of 1377107. Serial number 628557. Seems to fit being a 1971, but I need to read through the Norlin characteristics thread again.

    I just took for granted that it was a '74 as I had been told.

    I need to pull this one out more often. I haven't really played it at all since I got it back from a friend of mine but just plugged it in and.....Wow. Pardon the dust and uncut strings, I just threw it on the stand and snapped pictures for someone real quick.

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    The sunlight makes it look a lot redder than it is. It's more of a brick red, and the yellow/golden center of the body is more pronounced than in the picture.
     
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    How could you not play that? What a beaut!
     
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    They certainly struggled to narrow the gun spray pattern back in the day.....but a nice colour gradation.
     
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    Presumably the pots could be from ‘71 even if the guitar itself was made in ‘74?
     
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    ^ Unless the logo (which is also 71) was leftover too, and the two sets of very out of date parts (including precisely 4 pots) fluked their way onto the same guitar, then its unlikely.
     
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  8. Bobby Mahogany

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    Nice!
    :thumb:
    If it sounds good it sounds good.
    But I would be tempted to put P-90s in that baby.
    :D

    On a side note, I have no idea why but I always thought my '78 Custom was a '77.
    I have a friend who has a 1977 Black Beayty (3 pups).
    Might be that's why.

    Also I bought my '62RI Strat as an '88.
    Years later I looked at the pots...
    1994!
    Good thing I bought it for the guitar that it is and not for the year I thought it was built.
     
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    pot codes are 7th week of 71
     
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    that's a nice guitar!
     
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  11. Bobby Mahogany

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    Maybe some crazy guy working at Gibson's put materials aside for some 3 years
    and then "released" them in the chain just to fuck things up, you know.

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  12. RustyNuts

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    After awhile I guess I lost interest in the mini hums, then it sat around for years before I loaned it to a friend for quite awhile. Now it's like rediscovering an old friend.

    They really did. I'm just happy it's not one of those with the heavy red banding around the rim.

    Indeed.

    It's definitely not pristine and is a player grade instrument. The bridge was replaced long ago with a gold one, can't even remember when that was, and the "new" one has since worn and faded. Lots of dents and chips from mic stands, cymbals, drum rims, etc. Nice checkering starting.

    I was told long ago it was a '74, so I just went with that all this time.

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    When I bought my early 75 Custom it was being advertised as a 78.....and this was by Southpaw guitars who really should have known more about specs and such than the average Joe in the street.

    Of course I saw the Pancake and the ser# format plus the trans tenon and knew it wasn't 78.....of course these were only pics as it had to come around the world to me. I also paid the lower price more suited to late 70's rather than the early/mid 70's.
     
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    All around COOL guit, Rusty. I always love the pancake body, volute, large headstock, and minibuckers, but you gots goof rings too. All the quirks in 1 package. :applause::headbanger:

    You GOTS to play some Sabbath on that Beaut
     
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    You forgot the 3 piece neck.
     
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    Right. Look at how many PAFs showed up in Les Pauls and ESs years after the patent was granted. Sometimes one PAF, and one patent in the same guitar.
     
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    And the three piece top.
     
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    Mahogany though.........maple wasn't phased in until 1975........
    Enjoy! :eek2:
     
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    All of the least desirable characteristics rolled into one guitar!

    :D
     
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