• Guys, we've spent considerable money converting the Les Paul Forum to this new XenForo platform, and we have ongoing monthly operating expenses. THE "DONATIONS" TAB IS NOW WORKING, AND WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY DONATIONS YOU CAN MAKE TO KEEP THE LES PAUL FORUM GOING! Thank you!

Norlin LPC - to mod or not?

mateias

New member
Joined
Jun 10, 2021
Messages
2
Hello fellow Lester aficionados - just looking for some sage advice from the Les Paul crowd.

I have a new (to me) Norlin-era LPC which is in stock condition, complete with ashtray. It has been used fairly extensively, I can see that it has its fair share of dings and scratches, but the norm for a 40+ year old instrument. It has been very well maintained however.

I really like the feel, look and overall vibe of this funky '70s fiddle - however the tone is not doing it for me. It sounds like it has a cold, it is a weird congested tone, especially compared to my other Lesters. Granted, they have different pickups (Burstbuckers, Sheptones etc) but the Norlin's tone isn't even in the same ballpark.

I've heard good things about T-tops (assume it has these rather than Shaws) - so I was thinking that perhaps swapping the pots for different spec would help? I'm loathe to disturb what is essentially a factory-stock soldering job though... for you boffins that pore over details, would swapping things like this out affect the value in the future? (fully realise that I've got a Norlin LPC, rather than a '59 burst!)

Pot codes are 1377919 on the volume and 1377902 on the tone.
 

brandtkronholm

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 3, 2006
Messages
2,169
Hello fellow Lester aficionados - just looking for some sage advice from the Les Paul crowd.

I have a new (to me) Norlin-era LPC which is in stock condition, complete with ashtray. It has been used fairly extensively, I can see that it has its fair share of dings and scratches, but the norm for a 40+ year old instrument. It has been very well maintained however.

I really like the feel, look and overall vibe of this funky '70s fiddle - however the tone is not doing it for me. It sounds like it has a cold, it is a weird congested tone, especially compared to my other Lesters. Granted, they have different pickups (Burstbuckers, Sheptones etc) but the Norlin's tone isn't even in the same ballpark.

I've heard good things about T-tops (assume it has these rather than Shaws) - so I was thinking that perhaps swapping the pots for different spec would help? I'm loathe to disturb what is essentially a factory-stock soldering job though... for you boffins that pore over details, would swapping things like this out affect the value in the future? (fully realise that I've got a Norlin LPC, rather than a '59 burst!)

Pot codes are 1377919 on the volume and 1377902 on the tone.
What is an ashtray?
(Old Telecasters have them, but Les Pauls?)
 

DutchRay

Active member
Joined
Mar 15, 2015
Messages
281
Leave it and if you don't, start with the volume pots. They are likely 300K and upgrading them to 500K might make the pickups sound more alike your other guitars.
 

mateias

New member
Joined
Jun 10, 2021
Messages
2
Thanks guys... I'm inclined to leave it be as it stands and appreciate for its, emmm, odd sonic quality :)
 

Bob Womack

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 8, 2002
Messages
1,963
Start with pickup height. Those pickups weren't particularly hot so people were taught to jack them up close to the strings. Unfortunately, that left you with a flat sounding upper end and rolled off bass. If you back them off from the strings the upper end comes up and they are quite sweet sounding. You'll possibly need a clean boost to drive an amp but it is worth it. Also, don't be afraid to tilt the pickups, lowering the bass side a bit to kill some of the mud on the neck pickup.

Bob
 
Top