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  1. Marv grew up at the north end of Huntsville, AL. When I went to Kalamazoo for PSP1 I took a small jar of red Alabama dirt and gave it to Marv. I had a friend. He told me he grew up across the road from the Chase depot. A few days after I got the guitar I took it up there and took the photo in front of the old depot. You can bet I sent him a large print. I sold the guitar because I was afraid to play it. When ever I took it out people would ask me to play it. I didn't trust most of them but what can you do. I managed to get rid of it before some fool could do something stupid. It
    7 points
  2. I used to like Ted but later found out he was a draft dodger. When his career was in the tanks he became America's patriotic hero. I never suspected he had any shame. I still doubt he does. That said, boy did he put on a show at the local military base one time. The base newspaper had a bunch of letters from the higher officer's wives about how he would never play there again. They asked for Ted Pungent and they got him. I wouldn't want anything he has touched.
    5 points
  3. Thank You to All. Yes I have played it briefly just to make sure everything is working the way it should. These guitars are what I would expect from the Custom Shop. Fit and finish is Great. All the MOP appointments are over the top. This one weighs in at just over 8.0 lbs. As far as the pickups I'm probably the last person to comment on that but Throbakish if that's a thing. I could go through all the specs but you can read those on the sight. I have received 2 and one was pre-sold. He loves it. I think he is up to 9 Heritage's. Their goal was to get back to the 50s v
    5 points
  4. To me, artificially relic'd instruments are simply a marketing scheme, aimed at a small piece of the guitar buying market. I've never understood the attraction, but I've also never been involved in sales or marketing. I suppose the rationale is if guitar builders can increase gross sales another 10% - 20% then why not beat up and 'age' a brand new guitar at the factory. In other words, give the people what the people want. As Skydog52 stated, if you want an 'artisan aged' Heritage, get one now. The current pricing can't be sustainable, and an eventual increase seems inevitable. P
    4 points
  5. Some will be familiar with the background. Gretsch moved its factory to Japan around 1990. The Gretsch reputation had been deteriorating over the previous decade. By most reports the quality of Gretsch builds went up and stayed up at the Terada plant. There were some custom builds by Steve Stern and Gene Haugh made in America but at a high price. In the early 1990s Fred Gretsch III wanted to continue the Gretsch Synchromatic archtops with a very high quality level. He made an agreement with Heritage to build a limited number, 10 I'm told. This was around the time Heritage was also g
    4 points
  6. 4 points
  7. I don't know if these have been posted but fun to revisit if they have. I attended the 100th Anniversary event and had a lot of fun.
    4 points
  8. Wish I'd known, Dixie! Got rid of a Gibsom Custom Shop Robbie Krieger about two months ago. I replaced Krieger's neck mini-bucker with a Lollar staple, a la '54. Eight pounds, four onces. Used it a lot live in The Sedans' waning days, and on the last studio disc. As good a guitar as I've owned! Letting that one go definitively announced that the downsizing was on.... Here it is, on the right channel, solo's all neck p'up:
    4 points
  9. A buddy bought a '99 535 just like this. The photo below shows the 3 535s three of us own. It is a great, very pretty guitar. I would tell you that he got it for a song but I have heard him sing.
    4 points
  10. All these are ready for final setup. Love seeing racks of guitar! Can you spot your next one?
    3 points
  11. Having spent decades analyzing data from million dollar Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) devices, I understand that PLEK is a combination of the two. Certainly a cool idea but the ability of a machine to do its thing is heavily dependent on fixturing / how the guitar is held. Given the variation of neck size and profiles, I will not get any instrument I own within a country mile of one of these things. Heritage had a PLEK years ago that evolved into a coat rack; with their process of hand-rolling necks, I don't think they were happy with the results.
    3 points
  12. Katy told me Roy was at the factory having a guitar worked on and Roy heard it was her grandmother's birthday. He called her up and played and sang a few songs for her.
    3 points
  13. Dave, you may be on the wrong side of the Michigan but you're on the right side of this discussion. Here is my new car getting relicked.
    3 points
  14. Phony relic jobs just don't look right on a Heritage guitar. That's just my opinion YMMV.
    3 points
  15. My favorite part of this work of Art. Maudie Moore's signature worked into the palette. https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/maudie-moore
    3 points
  16. I have 2 transition Heritages. 535 custom and a Millennium DC Keep in mind, neither one of them were retail store instruments. But both are great players and both have great tone.
    3 points
  17. I have seen more consistency in the last few years. PLEKing is a plus. My opinion is that every year produced superb guitars. Every year. There were some average and below average guitars as well. I evaluate each instrument on its own. I hear people point to trends they identify about soldering, neck characteristics, finish quality, etc. There are so many exceptions that if I were to buy an instrument, I'd not assume anything based on the year. Humans like to think that there are good batches, runs or years in a lot of things, particularly guitars. I would not trust that.
    3 points
  18. Best way to keep the dog ears from flapping.
    3 points
  19. 3 points
  20. Firebirds are not popular any more. Gib-son sold new ones for about $1K recently, and the used market is bountiful. Strats are about in the same lane and more comfortable and affordable. Marv's builds are in a different league. They are custom made instruments that are very playable and are works of art. I would put them in the collectible category.
    3 points
  21. Thanks guys, I’m up to speed now. I’m glad I have a couple of Heritage guitars already!
    3 points
  22. And thats it. Done. Arranged my pedals on the pedal boards. Tolex'ed the ext cab and put new grill cloth on it and the combo. Picking up a s/h G12H100 on Monday to put in the cab. I dont enjoy doing tolex. I thought I might like doing it, I dont. Its not as hard to do as I thought it might be but I just didnt enjoy the work. The ext cab was easier than the little pedal board because all the corners are covered, you could be quite lazy about the finish if you wanted. I ordered the wrong corners btw, oh well. All things considered, I had fun.
    3 points
  23. It's not exactly the guitar you had in mind, but close. This guitar is shown with a happy lad, perhaps some sales clerk.
    3 points
  24. Had some spare time to myself and mustered up the courage to have a try at doing the grill cloth. Im happy with the end result but know that next time I can do it better.
    3 points
  25. That may be, but I distinctly recall Congress voting in Jan 1971 to start withdrawing troops out of Vietnam and everyone was to be out by December 1971. But I'm old and I might be mistaken on the year.... but I am pretty sure it was '71. Obnoxious idiot or not, he has a huge heart, and done more over the decades for children's charities (remember Ronald McDonald House? Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, his own Kamp for Kids, etc) supplying/serving in many soup kitchens to feed the less fortunate, helping our veterans & helping wounded warriors, worked countless hours with MI's DNR with Con
    3 points
  26. That one has the Schaller bridge, which is adjustable. The spacing on that one seems to be too wide. Standard humbucker spacing from outside pole to inside pole should be about 48-50mm. Set string spacing to 8mm, and your pole pieces should line up.
    2 points
  27. "shabby chic" treatment. Nothing in guitar land bothers me. Big neck, skinny neck, whatever, I will adapt. Switch, pick guard or pick up placement, doesnt matter, I will work around it. Body shape, I make them all look good. String gauge, string type, scale length, pffft, what ever. I dont obsess about the concept of bad/good tone, every guitar or amp sound works somewhere in some context. Short tenon vs long tenon, hot p/ups vs PAF style, locking tuners, floyds, 2 point trems vs 6 screws, none of it even on my radar as things to obsess or worry about. I can even live with the open book
    2 points
  28. I do find it odd to relic a Heritage in order to make it look like a guitar from the 50s or 60s when Heritage did not exist. Maybe I could handle a relic'd H-140 or 170 that looks like an 80s vintage.
    2 points
  29. IIRC- They’ve been doing long tenons since the early 2010s’.
    2 points
  30. Mr. Clark I have had all of my guitars pLeKed at The Guitar Gallery in Highland Park Illinois and they all turned out Fab. Some were Heritage and some were Fender Custom Shop. The exception was the last Heritage guitar I bought, the Millie Super light, which was pLeKed at Heritage and it also turned out Fab.
    2 points
  31. Hello everyone, I am new here and this is my first post. And I come with a question: I own a Heritage VIP2 that I bought around 1986, but I lost all the certificates (I moved a lot in 35 years, and something happened... when, no idea.) I bought the guitar in France, and I would like to know if there is a way to get a facsimile of the original certificate. (about the photo : I'm cleaning her, cleaning the fretboard, etc. I do that every nine months, more o less. She's a bit beaten because I toured a lot but, she never -never- let me down. Thirty five years of romance...)
    2 points
  32. Why am I always the shortest Guy in HOC pictures?
    2 points
  33. The reverse design is more eye catching to me than the standard. But the standard has a strap button on the horn like a strat. My Firebird was a reverse. This is what mine looked like. You can see it was functional but not elegant.
    2 points
  34. Marv told me they were hard to make. He said if the neck broke the guitar was ruined. He warned me about the fragility of the design but I chose to go ahead and get one. I asked that the neck be as thin as structurally possible. It was a collectors type guitar. Mine had an ebony fret board. It was a great guitar but for an older man, carrying it in the huge case was killer. I am the guy with the nice socks. The hippie is my man Eljay.
    2 points
  35. Although I love the original Firebird pickups, since the 70's they have been too overwound, and brittle sounding. I don't think I'd like a full sized humbucker in my Firebird, but I would surely go for a P90. I've recently been toying with the idea of throwing some mini-humbucker sized DeArmond pickups in mine.
    2 points
  36. I have an affection for this model. My first guitar was a Firebird V at age 12 or 13 I got from a neighbor. I played that a lot. I then lucked into a ES-345. It may have been an even trade. Years later I began to appreciate the genius of the Firebird design, but many of them were not built to the highest quality back then. Marv's without exception were works of art. In my teen years I never liked the Les Paul design. The Firebird felt more comfortable, as did the Strat. I'd be happy with a Marvbird with humbuckers or P-90s. The Firebird pickups are too bright for me.
    2 points
  37. DB, my 535 (1996) has a flame maple pickguard, but I don't know for sure if it came from the factory that way. I suspect so. The finish is absolutely identical to what's on the body of the guitar, it's bound, and on the back of it it says 'Trans Cherry'. It also happens to have a rather unique shape to it; I have never seen another Heritage with that exact pickguard shape. But I have a feeling this guitar is somehow special, as the label has signatures of Jim Deurloo, Bill Paige, Rendal Wall, J.P. Moates, and Marvin Lamb. I bought this one from an Ebay seller back in 2010, so I don't know
    2 points
  38. I'm with MartyGrass. The problem is that when there are 200 choices, it's hard to say know anything for certain. What's good for one is junk for another. As a wise man once said, "Just play the f*****g thing!"
    2 points
  39. I haven’t tried that in a Prospect, but I have tried lower output pickups in a 535 and I really liked the results. Lowering the Seth Lovers further away from the strings by just a few millimeters can make your current pickups lower output. If you haven’t tried that, you might want to consider that first.
    2 points
  40. I enjoyed your voicing concerns about ghost sounds from the cab. Been there. There's nothing like the relief you get when first firing it up to find you've done well! If I understand it, using good, voidless plywood for the baffle is key. I too screw the baffle to the cabinet. Every cab has a resonate frequency. There are many formulas out there that help define a range of bass vs treble. I tend to make cabs twice as deep as the boards I have for the project - generally 16 to 18" deep, about the same as a 4x12. There's a minimum size for 2x12 cabs but I try to keep the DxWxH dimens
    2 points
  41. Yay. I finished something! I put it all together and played through it a bit. Then I walked and fed the dogs. Then I played some more. It sounds better than it did with the stock cab and stock speaker. Its louder with the more efficient G12M. But, y'know, it is what it is. Its a boisterous low fi sounding amp. I do hear the characteristics of the G12M coming through and I kinda wish I had some other speakers to play around with. I dont think there is any way the amp is worth putting this much effort into rehousing in normal circumstances. But this was never about the amp, it wa
    2 points
  42. 2 points
  43. Un Contrare, my friend. LOL - if you watch his YouTube Spirit Campfire series he's doing with interviews of the greats in Rock (Billy Gibbons, Jimmy McCarty, Mitch Ryder, Michale Lutz, Dave Amato, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Jimmy Vaughn, etc, etc, etc,he talks about this very topic. Also he goes in great detail with his CNN interview with Piers Morgan on YouTube. He said it's not true and it came from a Rolling Stone interview where he was screwing with the interviewer who was high and actually believed him - and the hysterical thing was Rolling Stone actually printed it. LOL Ted Nugent
    2 points
  44. St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time for this fellow.
    2 points
  45. Stuff finally turned up! Took so long! and a lot of the reason was my fault 🤔 Dont know if Im in the mood anymore. Kinda lost some momentum. Plus I got a table saw yesterday and Im pretty focused on setting that up and cutting through stuff. Just about as cool as a ngd or nad! I think its underlying resonant frequency is around F#. I havnt tested it out to be sure but I found myself humming along with it a few times. I decided to go with the bare timber "ikea" look on the combo. I finished it with a satin floor wax, because I didnt know any better, and its durable. bom bom. I th
    2 points
  46. Here in the UK, Andertons (home of Lee "The Captain" Anderton) have 21 Heritage guitars in stock, including half a dozen Custom Core H150s, four standard H150s, four H535s, three H530s, a couple of Satndard Eagles and a couple of H575s. How do the prices compare? The Gibbons Les Paul Standards are slightly cheaper than the standard H150s - £2,199 vs. £2,499 ($3,478 at current rates), but the Custom Core H150s (£3,799 or £4,299 Artisan Aged) are cheaper than the equivalent Custom Shop Les Pauls (from £4,599 to £9,199 for a Murphy Lab 'Ultra Heavy Aged' 1959 Standard). This will certainly
    2 points


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