Help Verifying a Norlin

pancake81

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Looks good to me, and you might up playing it. The 1 9/16 is a narrow nut width but fully playable. I have a few different neck and nut widths, and I can hop from one to the other with no trouble.

Aesthetically one of the things that never grew on me was the 70’s bridges.
 

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US$4000 ?? This is a nice Norlin but this is a Norlin...
No Doubt - he’s very optimistic. And I wouldn’t pay for than 2.5K for it in cash…and that’s if I really wanted it. But as it turns out, there is a trade that makes too much sense for both of us not to do.
 

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It’s not for sale - he’s only trading it to me because I have a guitar that he wants. So, that’s why it’s “cheap” for me. I’d assume that he wouldn’t sell it for less than 4K, which is too much.
It does appear to be a 73 based upon the logo.. the condition is very good.. and I have a similar case i got with my SG-62 form a local shop.. he dug around and found me a case back in the late 80's when i bought it used.. my case has pink interior.. may be late 60's or early 70's but same style.. the neck area need the TUBE SOCK as the foam has seen better days in are where the neck lays.. I have rarely seem a guitar of this vintage with this deep of a red.. must have been kept in the case for most of its life.. I love the small nut with rounded shoulder neck profile.. really is comfortable over the flat neck profiles.. the 1 9/16 nut does noy bother me a bit as i have long narrow fingers anyway.. but make chord changes a breeze.. The only thing i am not a fan of is the bridge pickup placement.. may sound darker to your ears being set more forward than typical.. my 1976 has the bridge pup back against the harmonica.. I'd keep this one if the trade is reasonable..
my 1976 for bridge PUP comparison: Oh, and that is a douglas case from Rondo Music.. was $ 80.. great case.. and dont be afraid of the NORLIN era.. this is a fantastic guitar even it had a headstock break and was refinished.. I put Vineham 6070's classics in there for T-Top sounds.. 20190416_195327_resized_1.jpg
 

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US$4000 ?? This is a nice Norlin but this is a Norlin...
It was also a very popular guitar during the mid 70's that was played by some great musicians & heard on some classic tunes.
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OK, Jimmy McCullock's (Paul McCs band Wings from 1974 to 1977 & Thunderclap Newman) SG was sans Bigsby but I've seen this era SG in a hella lot of classic rock vids from back in the day.

It certainly was Gibson Good Enough back then. But the Norlin bad rep needs to be perpetuated to keep these great guitars in the affordable price range so.. keep up the good work sir. $4K tells me some people aint gettin it!
 

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Okay…I have the guitar now.

Opened it up, and found this:

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There was some residue on the pots, so I wiped them off:

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Pot reads to 48th week of 73, so guitar is either a very late 73 or a 74.


Also, it looks like the side markers have aged unevenly…but it’s kind of cool:

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The guitar tuned up easily with near perfect intonation. Tuners are stable, Bigsby is functional and set up well, with pretty stiff spring tension.

The action is super low, but has no buzzing anywhere. I suppose the short, square frets are responsible for this. It doesn’t appear that I need to change anything set-up wise, other than some nut lube…may as well lube up the Bigsby as well.

The neck width is narrow, but I’m having far less trouble than I expected. Neck depth is medium-narrow at nut, and progressively gets thicker until 12th fret. It’s a very comfortable profile for me.

It’s very resonant and relatively loud unplugged, and it weighs 8 - 8.5 lbs. (will check when I can). I’ll also see out how it sounds amplified through my 53 GA-40 in the next few days.

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Very nice specimen .. Glafd you enjoy the feel as the neck and frets are different. My frets on my 76 were down to 0.0020 and needed to be changed.. i stayed with wide medium jumbo not to get out from the originality but when those low frets get very low.. its hard to bend strings as you grab 99% of the fretboard.. did you complete the trade or still on the fence?
 

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Very nice specimen .. Glafd you enjoy the feel as the neck and frets are different. My frets on my 76 were down to 0.0020 and needed to be changed.. i stayed with wide medium jumbo not to get out from the originality but when those low frets get very low.. its hard to bend strings as you grab 99% of the fretboard.. did you complete the trade or still on the fence?

Thanks. Yes, we made the trade. It worked out well for both parties.
 

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That's a beautiful guitar. I've noticed on several others the same situation with the side markers. On my '74 it almost looks like over spray or the stain from the neck leeched it's way onto them. At first I thought mine was an anomaly until I saw another listed on Reverb with the same thing going on.
 

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Okay…I have the guitar now.

Opened it up, and found this:

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There was some residue on the pots, so I wiped them off:

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Pot reads to 48th week of 73, so guitar is either a very late 73 or a 74.


Also, it looks like the side markers have aged unevenly…but it’s kind of cool:

Interesting, the logo must have been a leftover or something.

What you're seeing with the side markers isn't aging but actually the dye bleeding into the clearcoat. It's something that can happen with aniline dyes, and something Gibson got a lot of complaints about when they brought back aniline dye on the Historics.

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The guitar tuned up easily with near perfect intonation. Tuners are stable, Bigsby is functional and set up well, with pretty stiff spring tension.

The action is super low, but has no buzzing anywhere. I suppose the short, square frets are responsible for this. It doesn’t appear that I need to change anything set-up wise, other than some nut lube…may as well lube up the Bigsby as well.

The neck width is narrow, but I’m having far less trouble than I expected. Neck depth is medium-narrow at nut, and progressively gets thicker until 12th fret. It’s a very comfortable profile for me.

It’s very resonant and relatively loud unplugged, and it weighs 8 - 8.5 lbs. (will check when I can). I’ll also see out how it sounds amplified through my 53 GA-40 in the next few days.
Glad you get along with the neck profile.. my beat up refinished 76 is the best SG i own.. neck feels great.. narrow at the top but rounded and chunky down low.. feels great.. mine also had the Gibson headstock smile which was repaired in the past very well.. I know it was painted sparkle silver as that paint still exists in the pickup cavity.. but someone put some minwax walnut on it and wipe on poly and it has new life.. I had to refret this guitar as mine was playable but the frets were VERY low.. 0.020 if i recall.. I put some .109 x .047 on it and it plays fantastic..also came to me with 498B and 490N pups.. but i bought a pair of Craig Vinehams 6070's T-top replicas and they are FANTASTIC if you like that early 70's sound.. clear and articulate.. My harmonica was very corroded and i replaced it with the Kluson replica.. fantastic bridge. Great guitar.. 20181226_224037_resized.jpg low frets.jpg
 


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