Help! 1978 Standard?

JRtele

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Good morning.
This came up for sale in my area. Some red flags about sale (ie wants to ship, PayPal etc) but I can drive to check it out.
Seller says it’s a 78 but I could use a hand from the pros here. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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The “Original Gibson” tuners on particular are stumping me.
 

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Looks great. If you're looking for a guitar from that era, it's within your budget and you can check it out in person I would check it out for sure.
Hardwear looks really clean, it's not impossible but it could mean they are not original parts.
Might want to pop out the humbuckers to check originallity, they are probably the most valuable piece of hardwear
 

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Everything in your pictures checks out. The S/N is correct.
Tuners are correct, Finnish is correct. Knobs are correct.
Just my opinion, but a 1978 Norlin was just about the low point
for Norlin guitars. 14° Headstock angle, Outsourced Electronics.
For some reason, they want top dollar. If Norlands are your "thing",
in a few years you would be in the Tim Shaw era, starting late in 1980,
at just about the same price.

 
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I do agree about quality and I’ve got an 82 Black Beauty (Tim Shaws). This guitar was priced absurdly cheap, hence my interest (and suspicion).

That said, seems like it was flagged for fraud and the ad has previously come up elsewhere in Canada.

Thank you guys for the responses
 

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Everything in your pictures checks out. The S/N is correct.
Tuners are correct, Finnish is correct. Knobs are correct.
Just my opinion, but a 1978 Norlin was just about the low point
for Norlin guitars. 14° Headstock angle, Outsourced Electronics.
For some reason, they want top dollar. If Norlands are your "thing",
in a few years you would be in the Tim Shaw era, starting late in 1980,
at just about the same price.

But the Tim Shaw era of Gibson was the same construction for the first few years - but with the exception of the Shaw pickups (and maybe even worse electrics values). Got to get to 84 to guarantee you're back to the small headstock/17 deg/ mahogany neck etc (but with weight relief).

As an aside, if you're into Tool and Adam Jones' guitar, then 78 is close to the highlight of the era.

OP - if the ad was flagged for fraud, then the only reason that would be legit is that the seller has simply hijacked the pics from someone else's posts/gallery and claimed they actually have the guitar when they don't.
I have a Deluxe from 1980 - it is an excellent guitar from this supposed 'lowlight' era. But then I assessed with an open mind and enjoy the guitar for what it is. You might too....but equally you might hate it. The only way to know is to try it out.
 

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Everything in your pictures checks out. The S/N is correct.
Tuners are correct, Finnish is correct. Knobs are correct.
Just my opinion, but a 1978 Norlin was just about the low point
for Norlin guitars. 14° Headstock angle, Outsourced Electronics.
For some reason, they want top dollar. If Norlands are your "thing",
in a few years you would be in the Tim Shaw era, starting late in 1980,
at just about the same price.

I disagree.....mid ‘77 thru ‘79 have a lot going for them.... T-top pickups.... solid one piece hog backs... and they were sold in record numbers... so there is plenty to comb through. My ‘77 and ‘78 LP Customs are excellent guitars and my ‘78 has been with me for 43 years.
 

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