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  1. 6 points
    Hey everybody, I hope no-one minds me jumping in and saying hello. Our wonderful people in communications will probably be upset with me when they wake up but I wanted to make sure I drop you guys a note as soon as possible about some of the questions about the product line-up. This forum is an incredible community and it's always scary to jump in, so please be nice - I'll do my best to try and earn your respect. Before I answer the two big issues - it's important to mention that management at Heritage has agreed on only one goal for 2018 - to take our quality standards to the next level. I'm proud that this is the singular focus and everyone is onboard. It's probably too much information, but we've actively made the decision to produce fewer guitars than before, but to make sure they are all amazing instruments, great for the player who owns it and a boon to the dealer who has to sell it. We don't want the channel to be full of guitars that people cannot sell, we want to make sure that the business is healthy and sustainable for the future. I can confirm what Jay said - that we are bringing back the PLEK machine to help us not only raise the quality level of our set-up and fretwork, but also to scan each and every one to identify things that we could do better and seek to improve in the way we build instruments. With that in mind: 1) We are not ending arch-top production. The standard line-up contains 2 arch-tops and more will definitely be added back in the future. 2) Custom guitars and shapes that are not on the standard line-up are absolutely not going away - this is the history and heritage (pun sheepishly intended) of the brand - but Jay is correct that they are not going to be available to dealers for the time being. What is being worked on and a big priority is how to offer customisation efficiently to dealers and consumers and announcements will be coming shortly. We've been working on getting really clear messaging together so there is no confusion, and difficult decisions have had to be made with our channel and product strategy but we believe we're all trying to make sure everything we love here is around for the next 100 years. There's been a tremendous amount going on post-NAMM, but that's no excuse and I personally and sincerely apologise that communication from Heritage hasn't been as good as one would expect. We are working hard on making it better. There will be lots of communication to come, and we're getting our ducks in a row to make sure things can move as smoothly as possible - as mentioned there will be announcements coming on the custom program. As a company and an ongoing business I hope you guys understand that there will be some things we can answer and some things that we can't - but if anyone PMs me, I will do my best to try and answer questions in a timely manner. I really hope this has been helpful - thank you to everyone for making the brand truly special. Yours respectfully, Meng p.s: that jar of red Alabama dirt sounds like a really thoughtful gift - definitely not unimpressed. p.p.s: there has been speculation that Heritage would create a cheaper line of import guitars - this is not the plan. In my humble opinion, a Heritage guitar made outside of 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo is not a Heritage guitar.
  2. 4 points
  3. 4 points
    Change for the better, change for the worse, fear change, fight change, embrace change, regardless change will occur. I believe the changes are for the best and I choose to embrace the changes. The way the new owners are running their company, in which they invested their capital, in no way diminishes the proud legacy, one may say The Heritage, of the founders. The guitars coming out of 225 Parsons St right now have arguably the best, most consistent, fit and finish that they have ever produced. We have always lamented the lack of dealer inventory. Getting the pump primed and moving the most popular models quickly to distribution/inventory is a great move. I cherish the PSPs I attended, and the custom guitars I ordered while the founders were running the show. However Pete's enthesium is so infectious I can't wait to see what is in store for us Heritage loyalists.
  4. 4 points
    I've bought many guitars from Dave's over the years. Last year when I learned that he was no longer a Gibson dealer, I sent him an email suggesting he look into becoming a Heritage dealer. He wrote back and said he just might.
  5. 3 points
    HERITAGE means... Handmade Electric Righteous Iconic Traditional American Guitars Extraordinary
  6. 3 points
    Yup, not going to happen. :-)
  7. 3 points
    I may be the only one here that thinks from my perspective but... We have sen a lot of changes over the last several years, most of all WAY more mouths to feed within this growing multiple corporate company. Pre Plaza to me was the Golden Heritage Era, there was HUGE company mojo! I love these guitars... Out the factory door they just needed a great setup man and are work horses. Plaza Era, saw a lot more employee presence especially in the front end, product price increases, dealer profit margins shrinking , efforts to build a better product and still a product that benefited from a good setup tweak out of the factory box... Any honest dealer will confirm that, there was even a Final adjustment of guitars clause in Dealer agreements. I am completely lost as to how the Bandlab Era will effect the brand name moving forward but I see standard products, an extra corporation with a bunch of new expensive faces including a former Gibson Executive, a "Temporary cease on customization", promises of "Best guitars ever" ETC ETC ETC... As deep as I will get on this at this time with my limited knowledge. They really should start by restarting "Customization" and then getting the "Custom Shop" going with a hiring of this caliber. After all this is "The Heritage" that Plaza and Bandlab inherited and the business model every dealer and MOST buyers has relied upon for 30+ years. Costs are ALWAYS handed down to the consumer, Inflation is always paid by the consumer, Right now Plaza and Bandlab are shelling out big bucks... I suspect we will be paying for it. The Bird had some extremely wise words for me at PSP8 about "The Mojo"... I for one cherish my Mojo... PS. Spoke to Marv last week, he is doing fine! I am looking forward to seeing all the guys at PSP11 IF the summer doesn't overwhelm me! Rock on Heritage and HOC family!
  8. 3 points
    I won't waste my time commenting on the thread at that other forum. But what I see with this move, more than anything, is a ballsy claim of integrity, legitimacy, and most of all, continuity. Nowhere in anything I read anywhere is there any hint that Mr Wilson has, could or should get involved in (re)design. What he brings is an extension of what gives Heritage it's name, (Marv, Bill, JP, Jim) which is a legitimate claim to knowing and understanding the intricacies of handbuilding electric guitars true to the golden era, in that building, in the mid 20th century. Outside of Heritage guitar, he (by virtue of being THE CS shop for it's entirety, and responsible for all research, development of methods, and training of people to produce at a volume level unprecedented at Heritage, while maintaining high quality) lays authoritative claim to knowing most what goes into these instruments. (yoslate gonna kill me for that run on ) And by all accounts, being highly successful building them. Heritage going out and getting him, in my mind, says a lot. For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth I hear about Gibson during Henry's tenure, I've never heard anyone say a CS guitar wasn't a fine, fine instrument. Furthermore, If I want to appeal to the corksniffing headstock centric buyer who's already been convinced to spend $9k on a Memphis build, based on it's authenticity, how far do I have to go to get that same buyer on board when the same builder has taken his tool box home to Parsons street...and will rub elbows, for a time at least, with the boys who were there in 56-7-8-9...... Their sales claim that THIS guitar is in fact CLOSER to the grail than any Gibson R-whatever has legitimacy and can be made with integrity. The continuity claim is that as the old guard does in fact cease to ply their craft at 225, someone with both the knowledge of the craft, respect of the knowledge base, and ability to manage production remains in place. Couldn't it be stated that if you took the Memphis Custom shop and said, kids, lets make this a wee bit bigger, a lot more authentic and true to it's, um, Heritage....you effectively do that by remodeling and improving 225, and making Wilson part of the mgmt team? In other words, he's not there to organize the Heritage custom shop...Heritage IS the custom shop. Size wise it's probably not much larger. i'm rambling...
  9. 3 points
    Why should he? There's nothing wrong with it.
  10. 3 points
    Once you go Ebony, you never go back....
  11. 3 points
    I was at the first PSP back in 2008. We had a group photo with the names of the people who were there printed at the bottom of the photo. We had one of these photos for every year until the ownership changed. The new owners had a pro cameraman to take the photos and do the same but they didn't. I told many of you here that the, "quaintness," of Heritage Guitars had disappeared for me. I could feel it. It wasn't just the photo. It was the mojo... and it had left the building -literally. I do not feel let down by this. It is a natural course of life. I enjoyed it while and when I could. Things change. One thing that puts me off is the arguing amongst friends here. There is no reason for this. In 2008 I carried a small jar of red Alabama dirt to PSP1. An old man there loved the gift. He had grown up in north Alabama and farmed that red clay. He isn't there now. He and Heritage Guitar have moved on. The new owner would be unimpressed if I gave him that tiny jar of red dirt. There goes the hardworking soul of Heritage Guitar... dirty fingers and all.
  12. 3 points
    Hope folks are right that this is temporary. But, as they say, I have a bad feeling about this. Othwerise, to paraprhase Reagan, "I didn't leave Heritage, Heritage abandoned me". I've been a a Heritage fanatic since 2007, my main gigging guitars are a Super Eagle and a 525, and I've owned a Groovemaster and 575 in the past. I've performed in 5 countries in three continents, including Singapore, with my Heritages. And, I've made a point to promote the brand whenever I got the inevitable questions about what guitar I was playing. I accept the need for change. I've spent 8 of the last ten years working on trade and economic issues in Southeast Asia, and lived in China for two years before that. I am well aware that the Asia Pacific region is where the growing markets of new expanding middle classes will be found for the foreseeable future. I also am not some lunatic that thinks magic fairy dust is being lost by bringing the plant up to OSHA standards. I understand that a business model based on the immortality of 80 year old artisans is not sustainable. Likewise, I accept that the new owners have sunk a lot of costs into upgrading the plant and have every right to try and recoup those funds and earn a profit. The increased costs for customization last year were understandable, though I think an unfortunate abandonment of one of the key appeals of the brand. Finally, it's reasonable to cancel models that never sold more than single digits, if at all. But this latest decision seems excessive, extending to some of the company's more popular models, and I worry that the fundamental DNA of Heritage is being lost. Heritage is not, and I doubt will ever be, a lifestyle brand like Gibson or Harley. It's always been a boutique company making factory produced hand made guitars in small numbers with an increased attention to craftsmanship and quality. They're player guitars, not collector guitars. I have my doubts about the ability to changes this: those willing to pay twice as much for nostalgia will look elsewhere. Yes, there is the mystique of the original owners. But, there really haven't been many options for an affordable players Gibson style arch top guitar, especially with carved tops. Except for Campellone, almost all of today's boutique builders follow in Bob Benedetto's shadow. Those are fantastic instruments, but they are very different in construction and sound from a classic L5 or Super 400. As for Gibson Custom Shop.... I'm not a builder, but I'm not sure how much they save with this limitation. An Eagle Classic (still offered) is a 17"X 3" guitar with parallel bracing and set in pickups. The Golden Eagle has the same dimensions but X bracing and, most often a floating pickup. A 575 has a 16" X 2.75" body, with a carved maple top, parallel bracing, and set in pickups. A Sweet 16 has the same dimensions but the longer neck (same as the Golden Eagle/Eagle Classic), parallel bracing, a spruce top, and a floating pickup. If the jigs are same, do these differences really complicate manufacturing that much? We're not talking about Foxconn here, but a small factory in Michigan with only tens of employees. THey're presumably going to be making the same models in the same work spaces rather than having entire production lines, or buildings reserved for separate models. I'm curious as to what any luthiers on the forum think about this. The new owners seem to be using PRS as a model: going from a small boutique brand favored by players not satisfied with the current offerings of the iconic companies to becoming a global brand themselves. That will certainly be easier to do with the HS-150s and 535 semi-bodies that are both easier to make and have bigger potential markets than the arch tops. I don't pretend to know if improved business practices and manufacturing techniques will enable them to scale up that same way without sacrificing quality. The internet is filled with comments grousing that PRS failed to do so, but the internet is filled with a lot of BS too. Certainly the Heritage founders always impressed one as scarred by the Norlin experience, blaming the infamous slip in quality during that time to the company ramping up production to meet post-Beatles demand. I also wonder if becoming a high-volume solid body manufacturer is viable at a time when all the companies they seem to aspire to emulating are hurting. Again, I'm hoping that this is just a temporary situation while the company upgrades quality control and completes training and mentoring of the new (or newish) workforce. I had preferred the new owners had adopted Benedetto as a model, keeping manufacturing in the U.S., retaining the legacy and quality of the guitars intact, but boosting growth through better marketing, sales, and management practices. That company charges a lot more because of the prestige of Benedetto's name. But, they appear far more financially healthy than Gibson or Fender these days, and certainly don't lack international sales. Occupying an underserved medium ground of instruments with higher quality than Ibanez or Eastman, and lower prices than Gibson or Benedetto seems like a good, and IMHO more feasible, niche. But what do I know, I'm just a humble DC swamp creature Hard Bopper. I wish the new owners the best of luck, but doubt I'm the only long time customer feeling abandoned as the company seems to discard our entire segment of the market to focus on mass production and marketing exclusively to Rock musicians.
  13. 3 points
    Pete sent these photo to me today. Hope you all enjoy them.
  14. 3 points
    Me and The Man
  15. 2 points
    Just enjoying this member post from last summer!
  16. 2 points
    I'm looking forward to this year. That just primed the pump a bit.
  17. 2 points
    Sometimes the Bear has to ignore the little fly buzzing around him.... The thing that I think is amazing (and ignorant) is how some people will recommend, emphatically, one product when they never tried the others. I have used Gotoh, Schaller, Tonepro, Gibson Historic, Callaham, Resomax, Faber, and vintage bridges & stoptails. So my opinion is based on my experience trying all these products. It is ONLY my opinion, but at least I have experience with all these products. Faber is my first choice, with Callaham a very close second. Again, only my opinion.
  18. 2 points
    Actually its worth noting that the two most adamant headstock haters in that thread approved of the Bolero H157 A while ago, when I posted a pic on the other LPF, I also had pm's offering to buy it Want to sell guitars to the conservative crowd, who currently aren't interested? If I owned a guitar shop I know what I'd be trying to order I also admire the original headstock though! Its great that we had the custom options at Heritage to build our own dream instruments. This H157 replaced a 57 RI LPC I once owned. And it "owns" the Gibson Hopefully we will be able to custom order again, soon Best of luck to Edwin, I hope they give him a nice welcome back to where it all started
  19. 2 points
    Thank you everyone for your understanding and kind words - it means a lot coming from the community that has such a deep affinity for everything Heritage & 225. Our responsibility as management is to keep it all alive and to continue to tell the story authentically in a way that communities like yourselves continue to feel like it is something you are still proud to be part of - and for people who are just discovering it to feel so inspired that they want to be part of it too. We'll do our best! Ha! It's a grey area. I'll make no pretence to the road I have travelled - when bereft of spell-check, that is when one's true colours begin to materialise... You read our minds! One of the things we are doing a lot of work on too is to try and make sure we are able to raise our level of warranty and post-warranty servicing support for not just new owners of Heritage guitars but also older Heritage guitars and maybe even ones that have come through the doors from an earlier era (& brand ). The PLEK is absolutely part of this strategy -trusted at both the highest level of manufacturing and servicing. @kidsmoke - Just so we understand how we could scale this out as an offering, are you someone who lives close enough that you could possibly bring your guitar down in person? Or would you need to use some logistics service? --- @FredZepp that headstock!
  20. 2 points
    2004 w HRW pups
  21. 2 points
    Hi guys- Although I did not post this information here, I certainly don't mind the re-posing of this accurate and up to date info. I actually asked Heritage to post an explanation to this forum and they have thus far not done so. Only thing is I didn't say Heritage was "ending" archtop production, as Bill & some others have kindly pointed out. My post was on my own social media and states that Heritage's current position seems temporary- according to them- and there are 2 archtops on the current 2018 lineup. I posted this explanation because I'd received a number of calls regarding changes, and I found myself on the phone explaining what Heritage perhaps should've explained themselves. The post was intended to inform, and it seems to have accomplished that. There are some updates also to my little post: 1. Heritage traditionally had almost zero biz in California, until Greg DeLorto took it upon himself to canvass that huge State and establish an impressive Dealer network. For his trouble, he has been dismissed. I find this sad and poorly done. 2. Heritage purchased the NAMM PLEK Station, and it should be operational sometime in March. As a PLEK owner/Tech, I am a BIG believer in this amazing tool and am glad they've made this significant upgrade. I believe Heritage's future looks very good and I am placing orders with them almost daily.
  22. 2 points
    I'm diggin my Post Norlin Heritages.
  23. 2 points
    Justin, if you look at my icon above it you will see, First Father's Medal. The First Father's Medal was created by one of the moderators because I bought my daughter a used 1993 H-137 for Christmas. I was the first on the forum to pass the Heritage down to their children. When I went to pick it up at the Guitar Sphincter the pickups were installed physically but not electrically. I ordered a set of Phat Cats for her guitar and installed them myself. This old guitar can wail!
  24. 2 points
    Not to be contrary, but how is Jay "going off"? He clearly states that this is a limited time deal.
  25. 2 points
    I finished researching. I ordered a new Cherry Red H-535 from Wolfe Guitars today. NGD coming soon.
  26. 2 points
    Recent changes at 225 Parsons Street- Things rarely remain the same, and change is inevitable. The Heritage management are very intent on improving quality and have decided to somewhat limit model availability for a limited period. Beginning Feb. 1, 2018 only 6 models are being made: H137, H150, H530, H535, H575, Eagle Classic- all in several colors BUT no customization for the time being. Fortunately we have a fine selection of those popular models currently not being made- including- Super Eagle, Golden Eagle, Sweet 16, Spruce top H575, H575 Custom, H525, H555, H157, Millennium H155, etc. Are any of the Company founders still there? Yes, including Jim, Bill and some of their long time employees like Ren, Pete Farmer & some others. How’s the quality? Well, Heritage always made solid guitars that sound vintage & great. Their fit & finish & setups often varied from just ok to pretty darned awful. As their largest Dealer, we simply corrected the poor setups (old Gibson habits), and the finish glitches OR sent them back as simply unacceptable. Most Heritage fans were aware of this and OK with it to some degree or another. When Heritage changed hands a few years back, the new guys took time to listen to complaints and vowed to improve. They did, and fit, finish and setup has improved dramatically in the past few years. Some of the biggest improvements involve the old historical physical plant, which the Heritage guys struggled with for 3 decades- including improved HVAC, lighting, electrical, dust control, spray booth and so many other critical areas. The changes were remarkable costly and appreciated. The new owners have now partnered with a large Global Distribution Company, who are charged with sales, marketing and Export distribution. Those folks have an even higher expectation & standard for QC, and it’s their intent to improve QC even more! We felt it was plenty fine as it was in 2016/2017 BUT we certainly support this impressive effort to improve further. We are excited for our future with Heritage Guitars and are keen to see & play 2018 models, with the focus on even finer QC. Improving an already great Guitar can’t be bad. So, stay tuned, check out our inventory, and please keep the faith. Heritage and Wolfe Guitars appreciate your loyalty and business. Sincerely, Jay Wolfe." This is not the end of anything. They are going to make the "standard line" for a few month in order to supply the new dealers with guitars. After that they will return to making the other models and custom orders.
  27. 2 points
    I've been in Florida a couple of weeks now escaping the cold and snowy weather up north and I visited Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter, something I have done the last several years. I was going to have them install some new pickups, a bone nut, and do some other work on my H-535. After spending a lot of time with Tom Christopher and several new H-535's, I decided that purchasing a new guitar that already came with the pickups and bone nut I wanted was the way to go. So a trade and some cash brought home my new pride and joy. If I lived near Wolf Guitars year round, and not just four months a year, I would own a lot more Heritage guitars. They have a great selection of Heritage guitars and no high pressure sales tactics.
  28. 2 points
    Yesterday I picked up my H-150 from the factory. It is amazing! The tone is bright, with great depth. It is beautifully constructed as well. I've wanted a solid body in addition to my 1968 Gibson es-330 for a while. About a year ago I visited Heritage for a tour, and then would drop in every few weeks to play the 150s on display. Pete Farmer and Ren Wall patiently talked with me many times and gave great advice and insight about the construction of guitars. They were always gracious and enthusiastic. I also met a number of the employees who were also committed to excellence, and friendly. Bill Page was especially helpful. When I was ready to order the guitar I became acquainted with Gary Hines who had insights into tone and specs. Now I have a guitar that is made the way I envisioned. It is everything I hoped for, and it plays wonderfully. I thank everyone who crafted the guitar and guided me in my decisions about the components of my 150. Heritage is doing excellent work.
  29. 2 points
    That is a beautiful top. Gary Hines is a great person to work with, and he really knows his wood.
  30. 2 points
    I joined this forum some time ago, made a couple of posts and ended up not getting a Heritage guitar. Until now. I saw a beautiful H150 listed on Gbase and pulled the trigger. I've had the guitar for almost two weeks now and I love it. I was looking around at the same dealer's (Wolfe Guitars) listings and noticed an H535, in the same finish with similar looking wood that looked like it might be a brother to the H150 I just bought. I didn't really intend to get another guitar so soon, but I emailed the dealer and asked for some information. Well, it turns out that these two guitars have consecutive serial numbers. How could I pass up such a cool pair? I should get the H535 at the end of next week (I asked to have the shipping delayed since I'm super busy at the beginning of next week) and if it's anywhere close to the H150 I'll have a pair of winners. These are the dealer's photos:
  31. 2 points
    Such terrible pix of the GE Custom! Here are a couple I took:
  32. 2 points
    Check out BBM - Around the Next Dream. Its a great album.
  33. 2 points
    Been suffering from cab gas for a while. Searched a long time for a decent Port City 2x12 but they're pretty scarce. Hen's teeth made of unobtainium are far more abundant. So I investigated other boutique builders and came across Stephenson Amps out of Parksville, British Columbia (Canada). Mr. Stephenson builds only one model of cab, the FV 1X12 (FV for Front Vent). Here's what he has to say about it: "This cabinet is extremely efficient and has a natural-sounding full bottom. It has that familiar tone and feel of a 4x12 cab. This cabinet design uses a series of unique internal chambers that capture and magnify the low-frequency energy from the rear of the speaker. The extended lows combine with the front of the speaker by exiting the cabinet through two front vents. The result is 4x12 body and feel in a lightweight, compact design using a single 12-inch driver." Well, his "series of unique internal chambers" looks an awful lot like a transmission line cab to me, one of the most effective ways to enhance low frequency response from a single driver. Anyone familiar with IMF speakers from the 70's will appreciate how good TL cabinets can be. By pure coincidence, the day I discovered this cab, one came up for sale on the Guitars Canada site (oops, I'm not supposed to reference other sites. Sorry.) Took a (long) drive today, and came back with this in my trunk. This particular one's loaded with a Greenback. Here's an innards shot............perhaps you can visualize how the sound waves from the rear of the speaker cone end up at the back of the cab (always moving left to right in the pic), go over the first divider, then get routed to the front and under the white divider, then to the back again, over the third divider, and finally, to the front vents. Compared to my Vox 2X12 (Celestion G12H 70th Anniversary speakers), the Stephenson has more bottom end and low-mids (as I expected with a TL) and the Vox has more pronounced mids and highs. When run together with my Trinity Tramp head, it's a pretty good combination. Hell, it's a great combination. Teacups have been rattled today, and the sound, even with the enhanced bottom end, is bright and clear at pretty well any volume. I have yet to connect both cabs to the Quilter. Maybe I'll wait until Marg goes out for groceries before trying that.
  34. 2 points
    All the guitars I have received lately have been the finest fit and finish they have had. They where fine before but they spend a lot more time on the final steps as far as set up and quality control is concerned. Which they should! I have received a few generic e-mails about the changes that are coming. Nothing definitive. I will pass it on when we hear some definite news. Keep enjoying what you have until then. After that buy as many as you can! ; )
  35. 2 points
    Thanks, I haven't weighed her but feels about 9 lb-ish. I have a 02 H-150 Gold Top and 02 H-535 Trans Cherry and they both play amazing on the other hand this 150 Dlx feels abit stiffer. It has a ebony board the older tail piece which is all the way down not sure if these things make a difference. Beautiful guitar just needs a few tweets. This forum is great. Ben
  36. 2 points
    Jim Deurloo and friends.
  37. 2 points
    Loving this Pete Farmer Creation!
  38. 2 points
  39. 2 points
    Just install a new (to me) pickguard and trust rod cover on my old H-357. So what do you all think? Before After
  40. 2 points
    I have been a member of this forum since 2007. The Heritage web site is the true ghost of 225 Parson's St. Sometimes you can see it, sometimes you can't. I got one of the ghost in a group photo in 2010.
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  43. 2 points
    Based on the OP's description, maybe a custom ordered H525 would fit the bill. Having a center block semi-hollow construction should be easy-peasy for Heritage. Mine is full hollow but they certainly knocked it out of the park with all of the options I asked (i.e. paid) for on my H525 Custom. And Heritage will drop whatever humbucker p'up in it you desire. Just work with your favorite Heritage dealer and work up options and pricing. Here's what Heritage built for me a few years ago...
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  45. 2 points
    Cool thread!! This sexy Seth Lover-loaded goldtop/darkback can do so much, tonally.
  46. 2 points
    My personal favorite.
  47. 1 point
    Love the dog This should help http://guitaralliance.com/justacoustic/songs/sleepwalk/sleepwalk.pdf
  48. 1 point
    I like to think of mine as “Pre-Plaza era” Heritages.
  49. 1 point
    Did they do away with the new style headstock logo? Unless I completely missed it, I didn't see it in any of the videos.
  50. 1 point
    Last summer I started a thread about the Sperzels on my H535. I thought they were slipping, and I got great advice here with install tips and replacement recommendations. I actually bought a set of Kluson Tulip Tips that I believe Kuz recommended. They have been sitting since, I'm busy lately. Here is the link, the thread appears closed: http://www.heritageownersclub.com/forums/topic/32255-anyone-replace-the-sperzels-on-their-heritage/ I finally had a chance a week ago to grab some tools and start the process. I pulled off the first Sperzel and found that the Klusons fit perfectly so I would just have to make a hole for the one screw each. The Sperzels use a separate pin that goes into the headstock and into a recess on the tuner, no screws. Then I noticed how much nicer the Sperzels looked on this 535 which has an ivory binding on the headstock and pearl inlay. The ivory pearl colored Sperzels were a perfect match in color and size. The tulips to me stuck out too far and looked odd and were a poor color match. The Heritage boys and Jay knew what they were doing. The 535 is a "35 Special" that Wolfe sourced around a decade ago it is a 2006. Then the Homer Simpson moment, DUHHH the knob screws and the nuts on the Sperzels were mostly all loose, hence the slop. Tightened them up and project over. I'm glad I did not make any new holes. And I felt dumb but relieved and it freed up an hour of my time to actually play a little. I felt bad that I had dissed the Sperzels by claiming they slipped. My mistake. Sperzels are fine and they are pretty. So I now have a set of Klusons I wasn't sure what to do with. They may go on a future Epi jazzbox I am considering. My apologys to the Sperzel folks.