FAQ: Norlin identification 1970-1975

Progrocker111

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The other thing I noticed is my thing is deluxes..... and customs
seem to have a little different lineage.
This. :)

Many Customs with 42th week 71 pots still have small 60s diamond on headstock, wood veneer on headstock instead of bigger diamond shape and plastic overlay, which was typical for all 72 Customs i have ever seen or had. And dont forget the same sized 2nd and 3rd inlays from fretboards end, which also vanished in very late 71.
 

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Were any 1975 maple neck deluxes made in Kalamazoo? Were any transtenon necks made in Nashville?
 

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Was wondering if you experts could help me date my LesPaul.
I have done a lot of digging and reading this thread. It should be 1970-72 by all indications.. not sure which one. Still abit confused..
I bought it in 1983 from a friend that was gigging. I don't play electric much at all so it has been stored for years. But it does have lots of original wear. Tuners were replaced with Schalers back then also.

Les Paul CUSTOM - Black Beauty

Here is what evidence I have gathered:

1) Stamped S/N 122577 w/ Stamped Made In USA on Headstock - indicates 1970-75

2) Transitional Tenon - Indicates through 74 (and some 75's,76's)

3) NECK - Maple or Mahogany ???not sure .. see pic
through 1974 necks were mahogany, in 1975 they changed to maple.​

4) POT Codes - But these codes say they were made in 38th week of 77 ... so must have been replacements...??
Three of the Pots (Both Rhythm pots and Treble Tone control) are same pots. Numbers on them are
CB9623
1377738
Treble Vol pot is different and unmarked. Not sure if that is normal?

5) Pickups - Humbuckers with sticker with PATENT NO 2,737,842

Here are several pics of it. Let me know if others are needed.

http://s347.photobucket.com/user/globewalker/library/Guitar%20-%20Les%20Paul
PW: guitarguest

Also any advice as to whether I should leave it as is with all its blemishes or try to fix up as far as value goes?

Thanks in advance for any opinions.
 

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sounds like a 73 74. post pics in the regular section.
 

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I'm glad I read this. I was under the impression that my '72 BB was a maple neck, but the wood thats worn away looks like mahogany. I was going to start a thread about it. But now I see that it is mahogany.
 

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Trying to put a date to my goldtop. Serial number 919598, no made in USA, dot over "I", small volute, three piece neck, pancake body with mis-aligned route in control cavity. haven't checked tenon. Really great player that is super resonant and not super heavy.
Pot codes really hard to read...but think I see 13770..
Thanks
Rick
 

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After years of only knowing 70 - 75, looks like I have a 1973 or later. :) Any way of narrowing it down further? I know it is a mahogany neck. I could take the neck pickup out next string change to look at the tenon. What am I looking for there?

Finally got around to looking at the tone pots. All four appear the same. One of the pups as well. Reads 7.55 K Ohms. The LP has 2 DiMarzio PAFs in it since 1978.

TonePots.jpg
PU02s.jpg
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Mick Weiss

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Hi guys, I just picked up a 74 Les Paul Custom "fretless wonder", I don't like the tiny frets. Would it be a mistake to have it refretted? or should I just move it on to someone that likes them?
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The pot number is 70-028 1377437 CTS pots Mike
Hey Mick! This thread is a historical sticky on the Forum.

You would get faster response if you were to post this up one level in the 'Norlin Years' section.

:welcome:
 


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