hi everyone i’m new to the site and got here looking for help regarding my recently adquired norlin gibson lp custom white.
Here’s the thing, i’ve been doing lots of research about this and just got more confused.
Goes like this:
I bought my lo custom and it was sold to me as a early 70’s. That seems pretty acurate since it has all the common features: volute, pancake body, serial number and “made in usa” stamped on the back of the headstock, abr1 bridge, etc.
So, since it is white (turned to yellow actually) i guess i couldn’t be a pre 74 (i’ve read about special order colours but no one seems to be sure).
It has a mahogany neck (i know that for a fact cause i can see the wood through a couple of scratches) but i can’t track the 3 pieces, wich makes no sense caise in that era all the necks were 3 pieces, even the maple ones starting in 75. A saw a couple of 72 54 reissues made of a 1 piece mahogany neck but with no volute.
The electronics and pickups are not original so no luck on dating the guitar that way (it has what i believe to be late 70’s patent number stamped pick ups).
The control cavity seems to be almost identical tonthe one in my 73 black beaty, maybe not that clean. And it also has the square channel routing just like the 73. (I read that in 74 it changed to the rounded one).
The neck pickup cavity shows the transitional tenon, again just like the 73 but not as clean.
So, 73 features, 74 colour, the neck construction is an enigma and on top of all it has a 17 degree peghead wich most claim is a pre 68 or post 2000 but sone say norlinwent back to it in 73. I saw a page from the 73 catalog and it says clearly they have a 17 degrees angle. In any case, my 73BB has a 14 degrees peghead.
I don’t know what to think, i’m even considering crazy stuff such as being a copy, or a replaced neck, a repaired one, or a refinished guitar. Even being a 20th anniversary who lost the 15th fret engraving due to several refrettings!
This is as far as i got using the web, maybe someone could help me, specially to clear out being a real gibson or not. Thanks!
I’m posting some pics for you to evaluate.