Ya Gotta Hate Them Norlins! NOT!

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I heard it was common for some fancy gibsons to be stamped "second" so a factory employee could build the guitar and purchase it. And not too sure about all the price bashers here, Is there another one to compare price with ? I dont think so .
 

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Guitar looks nice.
Condition is certainly not Excellent, there are dings and cracks, as well as wear on gold plating.

Perhaps it's worth $11,5K to someone, but most players and collectors would say it's too expensive.
 
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Not a fan. Over 10 lbs? No way. I wonder if underneath the gold is a 3-piece neck. The headstock angle is the Norlin 14 degrees instead of 17. Short neck tenon. It has the Nashville bridge and heavy tailpiece, etc.

Funny how 'old' is being touted as 'vintage' with some guitars. Hard pass even at a third of the asking price.
 

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Still not quite worth the asking price IMO, but that's just me.

No, it certainly isn't just you. I believe most would concur.The asking price for that guitar given the year is absolutely ridiculous.
 

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Great for the well-off novice or collector, just so they can show off their rare 'Goldie' 1 of 50,.. maybe. It will still be dismissed by the sniffers as a Norlin &, the average player of modest means is just better off buying better collectable deals.

Like suggested, this price is beyond reasonable but to the guys flush with cash it won't matter. It's still rare Gibson history & semi-worthy of bragging about owning, And that alone can be priceless to some.
 

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Not a fan. Over 10 lbs? No way. I wonder if underneath the gold is a 3-piece neck. The headstock angle is the Norlin 14 degrees instead of 17. Short neck tenon. It has the Nashville bridge and heavy tailpiece, etc.

Funny how 'old' is being touted as 'vintage' with some guitars. Hard pass even at a third of the asking price.
- comes to Norlin section
- lists Norlin-era specific build specs
- almost very nearly implies these specs are inferior to vintage-era
- soldiers on by equating Norlin to 'old'
- rehashes a well known 'old isn't vintage' argument
- realises that this thread isn't about that
- leaves Norlin section
 

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- comes to Norlin section
- lists Norlin-era specific build specs
- almost very nearly implies these specs are inferior to vintage-era
- soldiers on by equating Norlin to 'old'
- rehashes a well known 'old isn't vintage' argument
- realises that this thread isn't about that
- leaves Norlin section

I think I would have said something very simliar about that post. Hilarious that for some of us pretty much every gripe he lisyed there is a positive, not a negative.
 

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Nice guitar, but $11,5k for a Second? Seems out of line to me. Were all 50 of the all gold 1980 LPs seconds?
 

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For that much money I could have 23 x $500 Epiphones that AREN'T factory seconds...
 

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I have yet to meet all these imaginary Norlin haters. Seriously. Back in the day, people were understandably unhappy with the obvious use of leftover Epi mini-hums, bogus plastic rings to cover mis-fits, and other cheapo moves, and understandably so, but surely these guitars have come to be accepted and now sought out in their own right as good guitars, even when they depart from previous specs and standards. I really wish people would give the "Norlin hate" notion a rest. People snatch them up and prices are strong.
But not $10K strong for a 11 lb. goldtop with ugly black plastics and speed knobs. That's a $4K guitar regardless of when it was made. There are several suspect aspects to that thing, but not worth even going into. IMO, that is.
 

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Wow!
Beautiful guitar!

But that price!
:eek2:

Oh well, there is this:
"All the grit that Fender lacks, this lady screams. Tone for days, plays like a drem."
:laugh2:
I agree - that price is high. I just sold my 1982 Goldbust (in better shape with nicer appointments) for $7350.00.
 

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For the sake of Norlin love... here is my 1980 Les Paul Artisan... my first "real" guitar when I was a senior in high school. I still have this guitar... complete with self-played realrelic finish (not reliced, BTW... PLAYED) - yes, heavy as hell 13lbs 6oz... log log log... Note the oval-shaped wear area just between the pickups... my technique when playing power chords is to hook my pinky under the 1st string to mute it... that mark is from 40+ years of first string muting, LOL... and I never was a cowboy chord player... the finish on the back of the neck is just about gone from playing everywhere on the neck... this one goes in the coffin with me when I'm done jamming here on Earth... my mom bought this for me and no one else will ever play it...
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Schweet.

I like your forum name too - the GM productions from the 40s and 50s are terrific
 

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For the sake of Norlin love... here is my 1980 Les Paul Artisan... my first "real" guitar when I was a senior in high school. I still have this guitar... complete with self-played realrelic finish (not reliced, BTW... PLAYED) - yes, heavy as hell 13lbs 6oz... log log log... Note the oval-shaped wear area just between the pickups... my technique when playing power chords is to hook my pinky under the 1st string to mute it... that mark is from 40+ years of first string muting, LOL... and I never was a cowboy chord player... the finish on the back of the neck is just about gone from playing everywhere on the neck... this one goes in the coffin with me when I'm done jamming here on Earth... my mom bought this for me and no one else will ever play it...
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5 of those pounds is that TP6 tail piece.

Beautiful guitar and well loved. :cheers:
 

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For the sake of Norlin love... here is my 1980 Les Paul Artisan... my first "real" guitar when I was a senior in high school. I still have this guitar... complete with self-played realrelic finish (not reliced, BTW... PLAYED) - yes, heavy as hell 13lbs 6oz... log log log... Note the oval-shaped wear area just between the pickups... my technique when playing power chords is to hook my pinky under the 1st string to mute it... that mark is from 40+ years of first string muting, LOL... and I never was a cowboy chord player... the finish on the back of the neck is just about gone from playing everywhere on the neck... this one goes in the coffin with me when I'm done jamming here on Earth... my mom bought this for me and no one else will ever play it...
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What a fantastic guitar.
 

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Of all the LP's I've ownesd, my favorite was the 1969 LPC. $325 new, and now selling for close to $6K.
I still have my '71 LPC. Bought her for $400 from the original owner in '77... They'll pull her from my cold, dead fingers.
 

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I’ve owned a bunch of Norlin era Les Paul’s. There good and heavy !!! But the prices are too much .
 

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