Gibson Norlin Era and the dreaded 70's?
I posted this on a Gibson forum but I figured i'd try posting this here to see if anyone has an idea:
Hey, folks! I might have the opportunity to purchase a 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty". I saw it in person and the bindings on it were a creamy color from age. It was beautiful. I have been trying to research this guitar online and I have heard a lot of talk about the "Norlin Era." It seems that the quality of Gibson guitars from the late 60's to the early 80's declined greatly? What happened? Could anyone explain the history of this era, or could anyone provide a link with information? I am having a difficult time researching this.
I was also wondering if you Gibson historians thought that it would be a wise move to purchase this 1973 Les Paul Custom? Is there anything wrong with it that I should know about (poor pickups, etc)? Thanks SO much for any information; this is my last hope!