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Please expand on this. Norlins worth more than 100K? What would those be, factory protos and one-offs perchance?
Norlin LPs owned by famous players like Ace Frehley.... Pete Townshend....and the like could easily fetch that kind of dough. What do ya think Jimmy Page’s candy red b bender Norlin LP is worth?
 
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Ah yes, guitars owned by celebrities of course command high prices. Gotcha.
 

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Please expand on this. Norlins worth more than 100K? What would those be, factory protos and one-offs perchance?
Maybe a Citation or a one off V, Explorer or Moderne. Maybe a custom color Firebird?
I've never associated 6 digit pricing on a Norlin era guitar.
 

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I've never associated 6 digit pricing on a Norlin era guitar
Me neither. As pointed out, celebrity-owned guitars certainly, but any others... I don't know. Would have to be something REALLY unique.
 

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I can see that with the 74......Adam's maybe but it will be awhile before anyone pays that.
 

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Randy Rhoad's LP could well fetch that. Not sure about the '79 though, Jones is an accomplished guitarist but not a true rock god yet.
 

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in my opinion, after the signature madness I think it would easily fetch that and more. At that point it’s not a guitar but a piece of history/art/collectible.
 

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I am a little late to this thread ... I have a '79 SG Standard that came to me in 1981-ish, owned previously by someone famous (who eventually wanted it back). It has always been the nicest playing SG that I ever played, by a long way. Thinking that it was just "one of those magical guitars", I came to realize there were distinct differences between mine and all the other '79 SG Standards that I saw. Decoding the SN, mine was a Kalamazoo-made guitar, while most are Nashville. Also, mine is very clearly a 1-piece body (not 3 as is typical), and the placement of the Pickup Selector Switch is in front of the volume knobs (not above the neck pickup knobs as is typical).
Because of this thread, I have been inspired to submit to Gibson a request (along w/ a bunch of pics) to find out what they know about why my Kalamazoo '79 SG Standard differs from others.
 

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You'd probably have more luck with knowledgeable replies by posting here.
 

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I only have one guitar made in the Kalamazoo plant: a 1973 Gibson ES-335 TD in Walnut finish with all original parts. It is an exceptional guitar.
 

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What do ya think Jimmy Page’s candy red b bender Norlin LP is worth?
There was an article about this guitar in one of the BURST BELIEVER books.
It was actually a 50's gold top CONVERTED to humbuckers and refinished in red.
Another reason I love good conversions.
 

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There was an article about this guitar in one of the BURST BELIEVER books.
It was actually a 50's gold top CONVERTED to humbuckers and refinished in red.
Another reason I love good conversions.
No.... it's a Norlin Deluxe (originally with mini-humbuckers) Gold top that was converted....it has a pancake body and wide binding in the cutaway....50's gold tops do not.

This is from Jimmy Page’s The Anthology book

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Is there a pic of the pancake body?
No.... it's a Norlin Deluxe (originally with mini-humbuckers) Gold top that was converted....it has a pancake body and wide binding in the cutaway....50's gold tops do not.

This is from Jimmy Page’s The Anthology book

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I'm sure i read a article in one of the Burst Believer books last summer about this guitar but i don't feel like thumbing through 5 books to look for it. I was drinking scotch at the time though.:beer:
 

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That is what I thought you listed it for when you first got it Eric?
Is that incorrect?
I do not even know if you still have it?

Enlighten us, I would be interested to know.
 

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Is there a pic of the pancake body?

I'm sure i read a article in one of the Burst Believer books last summer about this guitar but i don't feel like thumbing through 5 books to look for it. I was drinking scotch at the time though.:beer:
Yes.... I posted it above,... but here it is again... and the pic showing the wide binding in the cutaway....

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