were you a NORLIN user in your Teens? - I still am today!

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I have Four Norlins To me there REAL GIBSONS
all 1972's except the L5S is a '73 -
I do not own Modern Day Gibsons -
I can afford the good ones $6k $8k range -
I don't have that in all these. and
I'm used to Norlin's the L6-S was Free came as a Husk with Tuners and bridge
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That's impressive. I love them all !!! The bass is the one I would "kill" for. Very nice collection.
 

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I was only born in the middle of the Norlin era so I didn't own my first one until my mid/late teens. It was a 77 L6-S. Though I really liked the guitar it's neck was too big for my taste

Next was a 79 Firebrand Les Paul. Though I had to sell it in tough times it remains one of my favorite necks/guitars of all time.
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Currently I have an 82 Firebrand The Paul Deluxe.
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And have bought a 79 husk to fix up someday
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I just sold my 78 L6-S about a month ago (neck was too small). One day I'll find my unicorn L6-S. Lol.

IMO there's nothing bad about these models.

I also had a 78 The SG and I wanna say a 77-78 Marauder. Maybe I'll think of more yet.
 
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Took lessons for years as a teenager at Sid Kleiner’s House of Guitars in Califon. NJ. Sid was a Gibson dealer and with all those Les Pauls and SGs hanging on the walls, I wanted one badly. In 1975 I found a newspaper ad for a LP Custom for sale for $400. It was mint because the owner was drafted for the US Army and left for Canada so it had sat around for a few years, the parents were selling it. I borrowed the money and bought it. I still have it and play it, although with Fretless Wonder frets, it’s a better rhythm guitar than lead but it’s hard to go for a re-fret since it’s all original. It was sold as a 1970 but years later when I discovered pot dating, I realized it was actually a very early ‘71.

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I was 15 years old when I got my 1978 LP Custom cherry sunburst a couple of years later I got ‘79 BB Custom..... I also owned a 1982 Leo’s Music reissue Standard and a ‘79 The Paul Deluxe. For a short time I hade a 1976 Wine red Deluxe.... And a 1983 LP Standard in tobacco burst. All by the age of 18

I still own my ‘78 Custom and replace my ‘79 Custom with a ‘77.. here they are today.

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were you a NORLIN user in your Teens?

Hell yeah!

My first ever Gibson was a 1983 Explorer, bought new at Manny's NYC. I modded it with DiMarzio PAFs and a Kahler. Here I am gigging with it in 1985... excuse my 80s poser attire and the Randall stack (I blame George Lynch for that).
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Later on I graduated to Pauls and picked up a '78 Gold Top:
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Don't have either of them today. I refresh my stable every 10 years or so. I love breaking in new guitars more than hanging on to old ones. I have no problem with modern Gibsons... a good one is still a good one.
 

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Yup and I still play 'em too.

My first is a '72/'54 Limited Edition that my parents bought for me in '73 (I was around 15) from a one of the best (if not the best) players in our area for $300.00:

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Next is my '76 Deluxe that I bought from a high school friend in '77.

She originally looked like this when I bought her (photo courtesy of Ludlow Guitars, NYC):

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Shortly thereafter, I had some mods done and for many, many years, she looked like this:

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Then, several years ago, I had a few more mods done and this is what she looks like today:

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I was barely into my teens when the Norlin era ended, and didn't start playing until the mid 90's.
 

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I bought an early '70's Deluxe in 1989. I loved that thing.
I got a little frustrated after hitting a flat spot in the learning curve and a Buddy swooped in and bought it off me. He was in a band doing the bar circuit . I told myself it was going to a better home .
All I have left is the pickguard, receipt, and sellers remorse :D
It took a long time, but i managed to fill the void .
My love exceeds my ability , but I can't get enough of playing these Norlin's.
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Not in my teens, but close. My #1 from 1994-2005 (24-35) was a 1978 RD Standard. My #2 was a 1976 CS Explorer ‘58 RI. I loved them both, and sold them for what is now a pittance. (Not my pics, but the same guitars.)

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i like rd's. really cool guitars. i have had a 78 RD standard since late 80's. they feel real comfortable playing. looking for an explorer right now :cheers2:
 

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i like rd's. really cool guitars. i have had a 78 RD standard since late 80's. they feel real comfortable playing. looking for an explorer right now :cheers2:
Yes, really cool guitars. I put the strap stud on the back of the body centered where the neck goes in. That made it probably the most balanced guitar I’ve ever worn, with a slight lean forward that suited my playing style.

I bought it for $500 from Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson whom I roadied for at the time when he was in Drown. We went on a couple US tours together in 1994. I was the worst roadie ever. lol
 

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Funny…I ran across these random pics from a show somewhere, probably around ‘98/‘99. We were hard rock and I used to rock the F out, so yes, this was my ‘gig face’. lol. I’m mellower on stage nowadays…sort of. Down below is a link to a video we did in 2002 where I used both guitars. The video helped us to almost get signed to MCA. Unfortunately, Napster killed the industry at that time and we were left w/o any path forward that the others were willing to take (self promotion, releases and touring).

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I was 15 when I bought my first good guitar, a 1983 SG Special II with a chainsaw case. So a Norlin, but a later one.
 

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I was. My first good guitar was a brand new '77 LPC. Sure wish I still had it, but I did have 22 years with it.
 

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I was 18 or 19 when I bought my ~'73 LP Custom from Sharp & Flat music. I had it for a few years then traded it away.
 

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I bought an early '70's Deluxe in 1989. I loved that thing.
I got a little frustrated after hitting a flat spot in the learning curve and a Buddy swooped in and bought it off me. He was in a band doing the bar circuit . I told myself it was going to a better home .
All I have left is the pickguard, receipt, and sellers remorse :D
It took a long time, but i managed to fill the void .
My love exceeds my ability , but I can't get enough of playing these Norlin's.
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I've bought many things from Renaissance Music, and continued to buy from the same people when it became Long & McQuade in 2016.
 

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I got my '70 Les Paul Custom in 1974, when I was 17. I traded an ES-335 + $100 to get it. Still playing it today. 2 pots had to be replaced, but otherwise, it's all original. This Les Paul has always been my go-to guitar.
The guy I got it from said it was a '68. I believed him until about 6 years ago, when I finished researching the pot dates and neck construction.
 

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