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Winter's coming and I've got some ideas......I'd like to create some music.

Things are good. After a few years of pleasant and not-so-pleasant distractions, I've found myself in a place where creativity is coming in and I'm not having to chase it down nearly as far as I have in the past.   Lurking about and occasionally interacting within the HOC has provided me with some wonderfully useful information, allowed me to gain further appreciation of my instrument(s) and most importantly has allowed me to befriend and even meet some very interesting, talented and genuinely

Guest

Guest

 

Jackie Lomax of the Undertakers

Sad to report another death.Jackie Lomax,who was singer & bass player with the Liverpool group 'The Undertakers',sadly passed away on 15th Sept,2013.I remember Jackie well,as my band,'Tony Martin & the Mods' supported the Undertakers in Hull,England,on November 19th,1963, at the Gondola club..They were a great band,played well,looked great,and had a superb stage presence.They should have risen higher up the fame ladder,but competition was fierce in those days...Beatles,Stones,Kinks,Who..

peteraltongreen

peteraltongreen

 

Trevor Bolder

Sad to report the death ( 21st May,2013 ) of Bowie's bass man from the 'Spiders from Mars',Trevor Bolder.Trevor had been suffering with Pancreatic cancer for some time.His younger brother,Andy Bolder also died only a couple of months ago with a throat problem.I got to know Trevor when he played & produced some tracks with his brothers & friends at Fairview studio in Willerby,East Yorkshire,U.K.( the same studio that demo'd Heatwave's first album,Boogie Nights etc ),in the 1970's.His late

peteraltongreen

peteraltongreen

 

City Hall gig 090413

Did a gig this week at our local City Hall ( Kingston upon Hull,East Yorkshire England ) I decided to take my Heritage 140 (1986) as it looks great,plays great,and sounds mega ! It handled the mostly rythmn guitar gig excellently,adding a snap to the very limited soloing that was required for the gig. I had to laugh.The 10 piece band,(piano,bass,guitar drums + 2 trumpets,2 saxes & 1 trombone + singer ) were only required to play 6 tunes.We'd had a band rehearsal,as we needed to shorten the s

peteraltongreen

peteraltongreen

 

Charlie Gracie 2012.

I have long been a fan of rocker Charlie Gracie.I recall going to my local record store around 1958 time,and buying his then current E.P. ( Extended Play, 7" vinyl disc,usually with 4 tracks for those newer members to the planet !) Not only did I constantly play the 4 tracks of the E.P.,but I oggled the Guild guitar on the cover,with It's 3 P-90 style Pick ups,and a row of tone switches to die for ! Charlie had many hits both here (U.K.) & in the U.S.A, and he was right up there with Elvis,B

peteraltongreen

peteraltongreen

 

P-92 + G&L Bluesboy = So tasty it doesn't need sauce

I took out the stock humbucky out of my trusty G&L last night, and replaced it with a Fralin P-92. Gosh dern, after some adjustments, I can't believe it. It sounded pretty good before, now it's incredible. It's really become 3 different instruments depending on the switch placement. Really nice!   It even seems to make my tone controls more effective, although I wonder if I shouldn't upgrade those down the road. I need to do something about the jack, as it's constantly loose, and do

ridethatbike

ridethatbike

 

Starting out

I've been here awhile now on the HOC, so I figured I might start keeping track of my musical journey here.   It's funny to me that a majority of the forums out there are built on the acquiring/selling of gear, rather than the playing of it. At least the ones I frequent. I figure it's about time that I have some cool "stuff" and ought to focus on playing rather than chasing some tone/idea I have in my head.   I've been learning with Learn & Master for about a year, and am maybe half way

ridethatbike

ridethatbike

 

A fun time was had by us

This time we were lucky enough to have Aaron playing with us - he drove up, basically from Huntington WV. He arrived just in time to help us set up on the KIA stage. We had hoped to play a couple songs at the soundcheck to dial in the sound and get reacquainted, but no dice. The powers that be rushed down the stairs when we started to play and said we had to stop playing because they were able to hear us while they were talking on the phone. Oh well, so much for that - we just decided that we'd

Doug

Doug

 

Skyping at practice

We got together on Friday and Saturday nights to practice for our upcoming gig. Aaron, our long lost lead guitarist extraordinaire lives in West Virginia. so he wanted to hear what we now sound like. He came up with the idea of getting on Skype and communicating with us while we go through the set list. Seemed like an odd idea, but we gave it a try. I repositioned my iMac to a spot that could get the whole band in frame and we dialed him up. We announced which song we were going to play, then ch

Doug

Doug

 

Friday night practice

Pretty hard to find the energy after a long week of work and everything else. Dan just returned from Milwaukee after visiting his daughter and grandkid when I called to remind him. Joe lives in Chicago and snuck out of work a couple minutes early so he could hit the road and sit in traffic. Then drive all the way to Kalamazoo after a long day/week on his new job. John has been working all week and keeping things up at home where they have a horse farm and 40 acres to maintain.   You get the po

Doug

Doug

 

Practice, practice, practice.

Practice? You are talking about practice?   No way around it. You need to do it, both individually and as a group in order to improve. Our band gets together about once a week and tries to tweak our arrangements, learn new covers, write or define compositions we are working on and generally just play together. There's really no substitute for gathering and working on our craft. What is often more difficult for me is working on my playing individually. I have a busy life - or at least I use tha

Doug

Doug

 

Introduction

Hello everyone, I am new here and hope to become a friend. As you may have guessed from my name, I was friends with Billy Grammer and collect his fine flat top guitars. After Billy ended his long time affiliation with Gibson, he chose Heritage as his guitar, whenever he played electric guitar. Billy was a true "Guitarist"! He only played the BEST! He endorsed Heritage. He preferred the H555, and owned several. This has sparked my interest in Heritage. I don't own one yet .. but hope to

grammerman

grammerman

 

Heritage Guitar Info

I received my Heritage H40 acoustic guitar in the year 1976. I have been trying to find out more information about this type of guitar. I came upon this web site and I was hoping for some help. The only information that I came upon is as follows: *****The Heritage guitars was marketed by Unicord (the parent company of Univox) as a budget line of guitars. They were probably made in Korea and there were 4 models. Two were nylon string: the H20 Standard size had a spurce top, mahogany body, slo

1958lmg

1958lmg

 

Heritage Guitar Info

I received my Heritage H40 acoustic guitar in the year 1976. I have been trying to find out more information about this type of guitar. I came upon this web site and I was hoping for some help. The only information that I came upon this information as follows: *****The Heritage guitars was marketed by Unicord (the parent company of Univox) as a budget line of guitars. They were probably made in Korea and there were 4 models. Two were nylon string: the H20 Standard size had a spurce top, maho

1958lmg

1958lmg

 

May 2012 Blog

Recently, more than a dozen of you have reached out to me to know why avatar and signature are blank and why I’m not active on the forum. Yes, I have removed all my personal details from the Heritage Owners website and traded my last Heritage. I feel my passion for Heritage guitars and Owners Club has been quashed. In the words of BB King, “The Thrill is Gone, has gone away.” However, the exact details of why I have departed, or at least taken an indefinite hiatus, from the HOC cannot be po

DetroitBlues

DetroitBlues

 

Itchy fingers

If you had asked me this time last year if the band would be playing again with the same line up I would definitely have said no because I was convinced it couldn't happen. Allen, the drummer, had decided that he was going to look for something else, and I couldn't blame him, he did it honourably and just said he felt things weren't going anywhere without a singer, and we agreed. So, we all shook hands and decided to give it a break. On top of that, Pete with the yellow telecaster went to his ho

mark555

mark555

 

good morning from the shaky side

It's morning in CA. I just looked at the HOC member map and there's a good group here in CA. I've been here for 20 years as a resident. Have also resided in Japan, Florida, Massachusetts, New Orleans LA, New York, and my hometown is Charm City, Ballmer MD. As a 6 yr old kid I was the early riser in my house. I'd switch on WMAR at 6:55 am so I could gaze at the test pattern, followed by jets, ol glory and the anthem, and then "The Early Riser" himself, Mr. Stu Kerr. He presented as the station ja

nicknickhall

nicknickhall

 

america can no longer distinguish between solid wood and laminate

So, there's a scofield jsm100 up on ebay. seller says it has a solid wood top. i write to seller, ahem, you describe your guitar as a 335 type (laminate top) and your listing (jsm 100) as a solid maple top and bottom, but ahem, your guitar has a laminate top. seller responds saying his boss at the store where he teaches guitar says it's solid so it's solid. Here's the problem, young americans don't know the diff from a solid piece of carved wood and plywood. I am depressed. has it come to this??

nicknickhall

nicknickhall

 

November's Blog

Another month as passed and winter is starting to set in. During these cold winter months, I get a little stir crazy. This is the time of year in which I miss playing in a band. Not that I'm a touring professional on the local bar scene, but rather being able to step away from the computer and actually stand up next to bass player and drummer. It's a wonderful experience to say the least. It's an opportunity that only a few HOC members actually get to enjoy on a regular basis. It's a littl

DetroitBlues

DetroitBlues

 

Our musical path starts somewhere...

Music has always been a strong presence in my life. It has always been around. There are lots of musicians on both sides of my family: my paternal grandfather played acoustic guitar; my mom's youngest brother plays guitar, there are professional musicians on both sides of the family, my parents are very decent singers, so is my sister, I consider myself very musical, my wife is a classically trained pianist (and she plays a lot, too), our children are very musical as well. I grew up with a ton

Fernando

Fernando

 

Our musical path starts somewhere...

Music has always been a strong presence in my life. It has always been around. There are lots of musicians on both sides of my family: my paternal grandfather played acoustic guitar; my mom's youngest brother plays guitar, there are professional musicians on both sides of the family, my parents are very decent singers, so is my sister, I consider myself very musical, my wife is a classically trained pianist (and she plays a lot, too), our children are very musical as well. I grew up with a ton

Fernando

Fernando

 

Happy Day, Call from Ren.

Well I just got off the phone with Ren Wall of Heritage Guitars. He's the person at Heritage that Jay Wolfe and myself have been talking to about the different things that I wanted on my guitar. I guess Ren is one of the answer men from Heritage. Anyway we finally got all the details finished and the order is made. So know I just have to wait for Jay to give me the full price of the guitar so I can pay half. They told me in the begining that it was a third up front and then pay in full when done

StevenTari

StevenTari

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