What do you think of this Norlin Custom?

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  1. timgman

    timgman Senior Member

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    Some things in those pictures make me hesitant.

    Caveat: I compare this to my '79, so there might be changes in production details that explain the differences.

    1. The serial number is "smudged" - on mine it is crystal clear and has a slightly smaller font.
    2. The control cavity is somehow off looking, but just by a tiny bit.
    3. The pickup route. There is no "mystery maple layer" - which is a thin sliver of maple that went in between top and mahogany on loads of Norlin LP's - i dare not say "all", but definitely loads - also, i would have expected black colour inside the cavity.

    But these are minor niggles, and i have a tendency to not trust any sellers whatsoever, so take my hesitation with a grain of salt.
     
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    "No volute by custom request". And there's a crack in the finish right where the volute would have been. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think in the 70's, unless you were a celebrity or had connections at Gibson, you couldn't just request custom features like "no volute please". Personally, I'd pass. It's just a black LP Custom. Nothing particularly great about it being a Norlin-era guitar.
     
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    It looks to have been modded a couple of times, control cavity and pickup route should look something like this: 211.JPG 206.JPG

    Seems a little over priced....
     
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    hmm, the missing paint in the route is interesting.
     
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    The E bay guitar seems to have the pickup route enlarged,.............on my guitar the missing paint is where they mask off for the wire route. It's common on most factory finished Gibsons of the day.
     
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    Ha! Yeah, messed with! Did you see the heavy green insulated ground wire running around the pots in there? And the orange drop caps?

    Pretty sure they came with the basic ceramics..

    The binding bugs me too... its too white, not yellowed. Look at the neck, let alone the body...
     
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    I hate to tell you this Darrell,.......you may want to sit down for this...........your guitar is the "short" bodied LP that was started with the Heritage 80 models of the the early eighties and carried over to 83 or maybe 84 I'm not sure on this. This is why the knobs have a different relationship to the stop bar than earlier and later LP models..the distance is shorter from the back of the stop bar to the butt of the guitar..
    YES!........your guitar is a freak and you need to send it to me A.S.A.P... before more heart ache.:D
     
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    Possible re-fin both from his description, and it would explain the overly white binding and ragged paint edges in the body close ups of the binding.

    'I went to adjust the neck and the wrench would not fit due to some wax or overspray? The overspray fell right off the nut in a single piece and the Gibson wrench fit on the nut perfectly. I decided not to make any adjustments, took a pic and closed the truss cover. As you can see the nut looks almost brand new.'
     
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    Thank you! Point taken! :thumb: Makes sense!

    See, I knew I liked you for more than the cake! :cheers2:
     
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    you need to read my updated post........
     
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    One more reason for me to believe I got 'short' changed....:(
    Yup, its a ba$tard red headed stepchild, it is! :mad:

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    :laugh2: this child has ROCK STAR written all over her face.........
     
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    :jam:
    Ha! Don't she tho! Caught my eye while I was looking...

    Even if she is the stereotype of stepchild, she just don't care! I like that!:dude:
     
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    I think it had p90s in it
     
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    Can we at least establish it’s a real Gibson and not a re branded burnt Orville or tokai?
    ;)
     
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    Seriously?........................is this all you wanted to know?................It's a real Gibson with some real issues for $2800.........

    What issues?, you may ask..........possible neck repair....possible re-finish...been molested more ways than a senator with a 14 year old....

    For that kind of money a better '77 to '79 LP Custom can be had........But it is not a FAKE LPC..:D
     
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    I like the little red and green chips of paper in the CC, The murderous solder job and how only 2 of the pots have that gianourmous green ground wire soldered to it! Why stop there????
     
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