FAQ: Norlin identification 1970-1975

Kris Ford

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Yep. mahogany neck and all.
Never know , these can be real nice guitars if set up correctly.
:thumb: Not a collector guitar by any means.
So was my "7 Top"..
You guys wanna know something?
Of my 3 LPs, the '74, '76 and '77, the mahagony necked, ABR-1 '74 was the least of the 3 tonally, even with Pat# decal T Tops..which defies all "correct" logic.:cool:
Yes, a maple neck, zinc TP, Schaller Nashville, all of that, is "superior" to me.
So, I turned the 7 Top into an Orange Half stack...
(yeah, I just said that...:naughty:)
 

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Hey Norlinfans, from my long time observations, i would sort and categorize the serial numbers in these yearspans and sequel:

1. 9xxxxx starts in early 70 (90xxxxx - 92xxxx) and lasts until early 71 with 95xxxx to 97xxxx range

2. 6xxxxx starts in early to mid 1971 and lasts til very late 71 or very very early 72

3. 7xxxxx stands for 72, i have never seen early 73 with 7xxxxx serial, all were 72s

4. 8xxxxx only for short while in early 73

5. 1xxxxx for the whole 73 and beginning of 74, not later (117xxx was early 73, 18xxxx were mostly late 73/early 74s for example)

6. then comes 2xxxxx, 3xxxxx - all mid to late 74s

7. 4xxxxx and 5xxxxx as latest - mostly late 74s and 75s

8. then comes again 9xxxxx reaching even until early 76


Do you have the same experiences?
 

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yes.....but the only reason I have to call it is 75 is that all 4 pots put it solidly there....

all other appointments point to 74 and KM made.
 

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Hey Norlinfans, from my long time observations, i would sort and categorize the serial numbers in these yearspans and sequel:

1. 9xxxxx starts in early 70 (90xxxxx - 92xxxx) and lasts until early 71 with 95xxxx to 97xxxx range

2. 6xxxxx starts in early to mid 1971 and lasts til very late 71 or very very early 72

3. 7xxxxx stands for 72, i have never seen early 73 with 7xxxxx serial, all were 72s

4. 8xxxxx only for short while in early 73

5. 1xxxxx for the whole 73 and beginning of 74, not later (117xxx was early 73, 18xxxx were mostly late 73/early 74s for example)

6. then comes 2xxxxx, 3xxxxx - all mid to late 74s

7. 4xxxxx and 5xxxxx as latest - mostly late 74s and 75s

8. then comes again 9xxxxx reaching even until early 76


Do you have the same experiences?
My '74 SG and HB Deluxe suggested they were later/earlier by this method, but I'd concur with your outline, BUT just with this era, we all know some totally random, and 100% legit oddball will come out of the woodwork to screw up everything we once believed..
Part of the fun if you ask me!:naughty:
 

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Hey Norlinfans, from my long time observations, i would sort and categorize the serial numbers in these yearspans and sequel:

1. 9xxxxx starts in early 70 (90xxxxx - 92xxxx) and lasts until early 71 with 95xxxx to 97xxxx range

2. 6xxxxx starts in early to mid 1971 and lasts til very late 71 or very very early 72

3. 7xxxxx stands for 72, i have never seen early 73 with 7xxxxx serial, all were 72s

4. 8xxxxx only for short while in early 73

5. 1xxxxx for the whole 73 and beginning of 74, not later (117xxx was early 73, 18xxxx were mostly late 73/early 74s for example)

6. then comes 2xxxxx, 3xxxxx - all mid to late 74s

7. 4xxxxx and 5xxxxx as latest - mostly late 74s and 75s

8. then comes again 9xxxxx reaching even until early 76


Do you have the same experiences?
For the most part. But 1972 is 6XXXXX.
Here are 3 embossed pickups. late 71 pot date . But still 1972.
If my old 72/58 was a 1971 it was a rare one. But it was not. 1972


1XXXXX will go to late 1974.
Everything else ,spot on.:)
 

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Now we know caps, wiring channel location aide as well.
Although I sure would like to see 000001
 

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My '74 SG and HB Deluxe suggested they were later/earlier by this method
These observations were mostly made with Les Paul Customs, so naturally there can be some overlapping or small differences with other models.


but I'd concur with your outline, BUT just with this era, we all know some totally random, and 100% legit oddball will come out of the woodwork to screw up everything we once believed..
Part of the fun if you ask me!:naughty:
This, there can be always some exceptions in this era. :)
 

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For the most part. But 1972 is 6XXXXX.
Here are 3 embossed pickups. late 71 pot date . But still 1972.
They still can be late 71s, cause the embossed covers appeared in very late 71. :)

1XXXXX will go to late 1974.
Everything else ,spot on.:)
Interesting, cause all 1xxxxx - even 18xxxx or 19xxxx i ever saw, played or had were either late 73s or very early 74s, never mid or late 74s. :hmm:
 

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They still can be late 71s, cause the embossed covers appeared in very late 71. :)



Embossed are considered 1972
Better off calling it a 1971-72 with a 6xxxxx #. With that logic ,my 1969 Gt`s shipped in march 1969 are 1968`s because they have a late 68 pot date.
Guitars with a 71/42 pot date are 1972. From what I`ve seen.
The other thing I noticed is my thing is deluxes..... and customs
seem to have a little different lineage.
 


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