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  1. Thank you kindly! :) Yup, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Also, folks don't realize how tough it is to make different guitars and the costs involved in retooling for a different production run.
  2. Love my 2011 Classic Custom, too!!! They typically listed for around ~$1600 when new and in production depending on where you lived and when you bought it. Yours being unplayed I would agree with the others.
  3. Newer colors have been making their way into the product line. It seems at least that the newer colors are geared more towards lesser expensive models and a younger generation. While the more expensive guitars are finished in more traditional colors. There are certainly exceptions to this. I've seen Customs in Pelham Blue and Lime Green Burst, however, most Customs are going to be ebony, alpine white, wine red, tobacco burst, etc. that are more well known and accepted. Youngsters are not likely going to be putting down several grand on a new Custom. Older players are more likely going to be the ones doing that. Gibson is trying to walk a fine line by trying to attract younger customers with new things while not alienating their older customers who want things to stay the way they are. Change comes slowly.
  4. First of all, what guitar is the best is going to be subjective to each person. IMHO, you've already got one of the better guitars around. I LOVE Norlin LP's, and the T-top pick ups are the best to be had. The other guitars you've tried are good guitars, but I think your Standard is the better guitar. Hold on to it!!!!
  5. Thank you, and they are awesome players, too! I love my LP's, but these two are better guitars, IMHO. :)
  6. Sweet looking SG!!! And I'll bet those mini-buckers just rock in that thing, too! :)
  7. There are some very excellent scaled down semi-hollow models. My two favorites are the ES359 and CS356. These two guitars have different body construction and therefore very different tone. I don't feel comfortable with the larger bodies of the 335 style guitars, and these scaled down semi-hollows are just perfect. If I could only have one guitar my choice would come down between these two, but thankfully I don't have to make that kind of decision. You've played fender/strats for a loooong time, so it will likely take some effort to get used to something new. Here are my two scaled down semi-hollows. My CS356 in faded cherry and ES359 in vintage sunburst:
  8. If you like Norlin LP's then here's a great place to hang out. There are some very, very knowledgeable people on this forum who know some of the most obscure details about the Norlin years. http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/norlin-years/
  9. IMHO, pay a visit to a music store that has a decent variety of inventory and spend a few hours playing as many as you can. It may take some time, but you'll figure out what sounds best to your ears and feels best in your hands. Good luck, and have fun! :)
  10. Gibson Custom will do special runs for their dealers like Guitar Center and Sweetwater. I picked up a LP Custom when they did a small limited run for Sweetwater back in 2013. So, it may be possible. Contacting Gibson will be your best bet.
  11. Looks awesome!!! Honestly, it don't matter what any of us think. You're paying for it, and you're going to be the one playing it, so the only opinion that counts is yours. Hope you love it!
  12. IMHO, the best pick ups for the 70's "classic tone" would the pick ups that were for the most part in the LP's at that time: T-Tops. T-top pick ups are my absolute favorite pick ups. Sadly, these pick ups have not been made for about 35 years. You can find them available on auction sites, and they are pricey. As far as pick ups that are currently in production, IMHO, Classic 57's are your best bet.
  13. Congratulations!!! Very awesome looking LP! That's a sweet top, too, enjoy it!!! HNGD!!! :)
  14. I'm a big fan of Norlin LP's, and especially Customs, so that would be my first choice. There are some things to consider. Make sure that there are no breaks, cracks, or repairs to the neck or headstock. Check the frets to be sure the guitar is not going to need a re-fret shortly after getting it, this is especially true for older guitars. Also, make sure it has the original pick ups, and they should be Shaw pick ups for a 1981 LP. Any repairs to the neck and headstock, worn out frets, or replaced pick ups would be deal breakers, IMHO. For an older guitar, the 1981 appears to be in relatively good condition, and it looks like it could use a cleaning. It's getting harder and harder to find these old Norlin LP's in good original condition. Nearly all older guitars will have some honest wear from being played and age, and there's nothing wrong at all with that, just as long as it has not been abused and banged up or modified. These old Norlins with either T-top or Shaw pick ups are just smoking guitars that have a tone you can not get from today's guitars, IMHO. I'm not saying modern guitars are bad in anyway, it's just that I prefer the tone of the Norlin LP's. One last thing, I believe the price is a bit too high, at least for here in the U.S. I'm not familiar with European pricing. Talk the guy down as best you can. Good luck which ever one you choose, you will get a great guitar either way! :)
  15. Congratulations!!! Very cool! Love the combination of the flame and grain on that top. Just one awesome looking LP! Enjoy it! HNGD, oh, and Happy Birthday, too!!! :)
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