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Do any of you guitar fixers notice a disproportionate number of Norlins with warped necks?

Something a tech told me. Maybe because of thinner necks? IDK.
 
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My experience has been contrary to that. Being three piece necks and a majority of them being maple I have not found any.... though I have ran across many one piece that twist.

Only a couple of three piece mahogany necks from the Norlin era that I have seen with problem necks... but not even to the point of being unplayable.
 

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One of mine with triple lami maple has a perfect neck...

I call bullshit...
 

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Yep, someone is trying one on.
By definition you go laminate neck because it is way better for preventing neck warping. Especially when you rotate the middle laminate like Gibson did.
And then you add in maple as a wood and that is better again for stability.

Plus norlin necks are about the same as a 60's profile. So there's the 'overly thin neck unique to the Norlin era' bit debunked.

If the person giving you this info truly is a 'tech', then thats the lowest grade of guitar repairer out there. Its not someone I'd ever consult for anything more complex than a string change or pickup swap.
 

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I had a 75 LP with a slightly warped neck.

My tech at the time set it straight.
 

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I had a 75 LP with a slightly warped neck.

My tech at the time set it straight.
Did it have a Hog neck or maple Vic?

Like i mention before,...i have seen a couple with a very slight twist right at the nut with a 3 piece Hog neck and it didn't seem to be noticeable at all unless you look at the headstock down toward the body...didn't effect playing one bit.
 

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there was a Norlin LP Custom in the classifieds a few months back , maybe a year or so

he had a tough time moving it with a twisted neck

i really wish i was more knowledgeable as I think it went for about $1,600 or so

now i think i would taken the risk for that money as they can be "repaired" but most say its something you cannot feel most of the time but you can see it looking down the fretboard as mudface posted above......
 

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Did it have a Hog neck or maple Vic?

Like i mention before,...i have seen a couple with a very slight twist right at the nut with a 3 piece Hog neck and it didn't seem to be noticeable at all unless you look at the headstock down toward the body...didn't effect playing one bit.
It had a three piece maple neck, and you’re exactly right, it twisted at the nut.

I regret selling it in all honestly, but I did use it to fund my first R8, lol.

It was heavy AF too, it def it the 10lb mark.
 

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I also have seen very few maple neck twists etc.

But I have seen many Norlins with a slight HEADSTOCK twist, that some people mistake for a neck twist.

I have no idea why, but I have seen it several times with this era......take a guess where it happens?

anyone know what I'm talking about?
 

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I also have seen very few maple neck twists etc.

But I have seen many Norlins with a slight HEADSTOCK twist, that some people mistake for a neck twist.

I have no idea why, but I have seen it several times with this era......take a guess where it happens?

anyone know what I'm talking about?
Yes i do...... in the cases i have seen, it appears right at the nut/volute/truss rod route....and the remaining neck is straight.

I have seen it and people flip out about it, but it doesn't have any effect on playability.
 

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Do any of you guitar fixers notice a disproportionate number of Norlins with warped necks?

Something a tech told me. Maybe because of thinner necks? IDK.
Over the years I've owned 3 Norlin era LP's

I sold all 3 .......2 were Standards ....1 had a bit of neck twist........1 had the headstock twist.....both drove me nuts.

The 3rd was a deluxe that was all routed up and had a Kahler on it.......

They were all sold as a $$ recoup effort on my part.......

Then sold off everything else I wasn't gonna play frequently or didnt need.....

Much of it based on my justifiable skill level.....(very low I might add)

Sold something like 10 guitars 4-5 amps and a bunch of studio stuff.........

Ended up with 1 Tele Style SVK, 4 LP Studios, 1 SGJ, 1 Warmoth SS......

That was in 2010....
 
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Exactly.....and I have seen it a pretty good bit.

wonder why?
My guess is the shallow headstock angle.....it's only a guess....i'm no expert on such things, but i would assume the greater the angle less likely to happen.

Why do i assume this you may ask?

Because more angle directs the string tension to the nut....less angle the headstock will receive greater tension.
 
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I check my two Norlins and everything looks copacetic.
 

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The one thing throwing that pic out visually is the nut, and the utterly horrible shaping of it. Its like the installer was really into ski-jumping so brought that aesthetic into everything they did.
 

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that nut make it hard to tell.
 


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