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  2. Next you're going to tell me that Orville Gibson didn't really build those old vintage Gibson guitars, Les Paul didn't really design the "Les Paul" and that Leo Fender didn't hand solder all those amps together by himself. While they have moved the production to a much cleaner, safer area, with adequate lighting, ventilation and temperature/humidity control, they still have the same benches, tools, racks, ferris wheel, and duplicarver that were in the side of the building. The process is the same as before, As for not being the same old grizzly woodworkers that worked at Gibson, they have always had younger workers in the factory. Unfortunately, the original guys are susceptible to the same aging process as you are. Let's see if you're still doing the same job at the same plant 60 years after you started working! I just hope the original guys are around to enjoy their retirements for a good long time. They deserve it!
  3. PunkKitty

    What can you tell me about the Millennium SAE?

    I don't know yet. I ordered a splitter so I can test it. The Schallers sound good. Considering the complexity of the circuit, I'll probably leave this one stock.
  4. TalismanRich

    What can you tell me about the Millennium SAE?

    Looks fine to me. I'm curious about the piezo pickup. Does it sound at all "acoustic"?
  5. It's called marketing. Ever seen where your food comes from? Try getting to know a politician for how they are in real life as compared to how the LOOK on TV. People buy into concepts as much as they buy the product itself. Are you suggesting that the guitar industry shows everyone the sweaty locals in a decimated rain forest that hacked down a Mahogany tree with a dull axe in order to try and sell it to a big time guitar manufacturer for $75.00? Wait for it... You want the TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! hahahaha
  6. TalismanRich

    NGD SuperLight

    I thought it was Bob and Not Bill. Now you're saying it was Lance and Bill. So who really left with those guitars that night? As for the neck roll, I was thinking the same thing. Did Marv stop by to roll it because Richard applied too much "pressure"? The accent stripe around the rim is an interesting touch. I'm assuming it was done as a sandwich, but how did they do the extra stripe across the neck? I've never seen anything like that before. It looks VERY WELL matched to the rim stripe.
  7. Today
  8. big bob

    NGD SuperLight

    Very nice! 1 question and 1 comment. Comment, Lance and Big Bob are the same guy! You mean Lance and Bill Gelder. Question, who did the neck roll?
  9. Seriously. You go to the Heritage Website where they use all these recycled beautiful artistic shots of salt of the earth seasoned workers slowly handling instruments in Ye Olde Parson's factory location as the sun shines through the windows illuminating the clouds of sawdust in the air. Aesthetically pleasing. When, in reality, it's a bunch of green new hire kids busting their butts in a factory that looks like Office Depot (and, yes, we've all heard the same folks with their shtick of how much improved everything is, this ain't about that). Just own it, don't give curious folks with no clue of the current brand the impression their fiddles are being made by aged builders in the vintage confines. Regardless of anyone's opinion on new vs old Heritage: It's aesthetically disingenuous. There's no problem with keeping the history alive, just put that stuff on a "years past" or historical part of the site.
  10. tsp17

    New owner

    Welcome and Congratulations. the H535 is a wonderful instrument. My first Heritage was a 535. I once had the opportunity to play one through a '57 Tweed Deluxe and I'll never be the same. Sonic nirvana.
  11. RhoadsScholar

    New owner

    A treasured find. I love it when I see a NOS Heritage from the original builders (pre-2015 for me). You are a lucky man
  12. HANGAR18

    New owner

    Nothing to worry about. I've got a 2014 right here...
  13. HANGAR18

    Fake or Real H150?

    Guess what? I was just reviewing my FB security settings when I see a name on my blocked list. I thought to myself, Where have I seen that name before? Guess who? "Sam Hedrick" ! hahahaha Apparently EVERYONE has a problem with that guy!
  14. High Flying Bird

    New owner

    Me and two of my buddies have 535s. Great guitars. Crank it up and feel the air blow out of the f-holes.
  15. High Flying Bird

    What can you tell me about the Millennium SAE?

    Man, that thing looks nice. You did good. Congrats!
  16. rwinking

    New owner

    I got a Heritage Stat that had sat in a store somewhere for years. It was mint except for where it had been hanging on the guitar hanger and therefore had some flaws up by the nut. It is a truly amazing guitar. The shop had no idea what they had so I got it cheap! I still can't believe how many people don't know about Heritage. I have mixed feelings about promoting the brand as selfishly, it may raise future prices.
  17. Yesterday
  18. Gitfiddler

    What can you tell me about the Millennium SAE?

    Well done, PK! Play it in good health.
  19. golferwave

    What can you tell me about the Millennium SAE?

    Looks nice PK. Enjoy your new Millie!
  20. PunkKitty

    What can you tell me about the Millennium SAE?

    The Millie arrived today in better condition than I expected to receive it. It's a 2000. There is next to no fret wear. I picked it up from UPS and brought it directly to my repair guy. He put in a new set of strings and set it up for me. He gave it a clean bill of health. The Schallers sound good, although I may replace them with a set of Mojotones that I have on the shelf at some point. The only issue is that some of the lacquer is burned off from sitting on a stand. It doesn't bother me though. I'm very satisfied with this one. My lack of photography skills don't do this guitar justice.
  21. Gitfiddler

    New owner

    Greetings, LarryMo, and welcome to the HOC. You need not be concerned about your 535 Goldtop being unsold for so many years. The Heritage brand is not as well known as others, plus some folks simply want a Gibson for whatever reason. Some of us have scored great deals on brand new old stock Heritages over the years. I also own a 535 Goldtop, made in 2008. One of the main differences between Gibson and Heritage semi-hollows is that Heritage are Hand Made, have Solid (vs laminate) Rims, Input Jack located in the lower rim, and the body depth is slightly slimmer than Gibson. Enjoy your 535 Goldtop and post a pic when you get a chance. Here's a couple of videos about the 535 and Heritage... Enjoy!
  22. Millennium Maestro

    New owner

    Typo - "built them"
  23. Millennium Maestro

    New owner

    Congrats, I am sure you have an outstanding guitar. Selfishly, I would only own an older Heritage. They have heart and soul! And many of my friends build them.
  24. bobmeyrick

    NGD SuperLight

    As fine an example of the luthier's art as you're likely to see anywhere. Well done!
  25. Larrymo

    New owner

    I’m a long time bass player that finally bought an nice electric guitar. Most of my favorite guitar players play ES335’s, and my friend show me this new(?) Gold Top H535 in a music store, so I pulled the trigger on that baby. The serial number starts with AE, which tells me it was made in 2014, right? So I’m 1) wondering if it’s unusual for a 4 year old guitar to still be be in a music store; 2) wondering if someone could point me to the place in this forum to find everything a H535 owner should know about my guitar, which I love. BTW. Also, I see the Heritage is undergoing some major changes. Selfishly, I wondering where my guitar (2014) fits in the restructuring, as far as quality, desirability, etc, compared to the older quitars. Thanx appreciate any and input and opinions. Larry
  26. pressure

    NGD SuperLight

    Thanks for the kind words bsck1. Lots of special features like larger headstock as well.
  27. bsck1

    NGD SuperLight

    Among all the special features of this magnificently executed build, the hidden thumb wheels are like the cherries on top. This really is beautiful Richard. Congrats on a Fab concept, and a tip of the hat to Pete and the Heritage Team for translating your dream into a spectacular instrument.
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