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  1. 5 points
    Yup. I still check out HOC on occasion, cause there are lots of participants here whose opinions I respect, but, since the event Steiner describes, I couldn't imagine buying a new Heritage guitar. Forget the shape of the headstock; the label "Heritage" seems mockery. Owning and playing out with a Heritage once said something, or at least I thought it did, about honoring a community of craftspeople, in a world where such community has become more and more rare --and screw the hype of big-corporation advertising and lifestyle. A new one now says nothing to or for me worth paying to say: there are lots of guitars out there with impeccable fit and finish, made in pursuit of the corporate bottom line. I understand and respect that others have different connections to K'zoo and the instruments, and, feeling as I do, there hasn't been much reason to post --maybe the change was inevitable, and, I have no desire to discourage purchases by others from a company that provides much needed jobs, even if the nature of those jobs has changed. But, when I read Steiner's post, I couldn't help but think ... he and I disagreed often, maybe even usually, back in the days when this forum hosted some wide-ranging debate. On this point, we completely agree. Seems worth saying, and thanks to Steiner, and 'Bird, and Kuz, and Deytook, and others, for saying it well.
  2. 4 points
    Like many other guitar makers, Heritage threw their hat into the shredder guitar market in the 80s. Heritage wasn't as successful as most, at least they tried....lol This was Heritage's cream de la cream of their shredder line....the STAT DELUXE. There was a Standard STAT that was a flat top and different electronics configuration and a different headstock style (more like a strat) I bought this guitar as a husk...well it had the tuners and nut on it. LOL It has a bookmatched, carved flame maple top. Honduran mahogany body and neck (set neck), with an Indian rosewood fretboard. I decided to put stock Schaller pickups back in it, just from a historical standpoint....but they really do sound great!!! It came stock with the Kahler "Spyder" trem. Kahlers best trem system, IMO. The neck is a medium C, with lots of dings n bumps on the back.....the guitar, as a whole, is in great shape for it age....its been played. Surprisingly enough, there are no headstock breaks, or tips broken off and repaired. All in all a very fun guitar...and quite rare. IMG_0812 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0813 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0814 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0815 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0817 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0820 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0821 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0822 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0823 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0824 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
  3. 4 points
    The Centurion was designed and created to be the final instrument out of the historic Parsons Street Plant in the 20th Century. New Years Day seems like a good time to post some pics. So it's now reached 20 years old. Here's a few new pics...
  4. 3 points
    I find it somewhat amusing that people complain that the solid state amps don't sound like their tube amps, like there is only ONE sound out there that is correct and all others are wrong. That's like saying a ribeye doesn't taste like a filet mignon so its not worth eating, and chicken doesn't taste like fish! I've got 6 tube amps and none of them sounds like the other. None is right or wrong. Same thing for solid state amps. Play each on their merits and don't worry about if it sounds like some other guy's Plexi cranked to 10 with NOS Mullards, 40yr old Vintage 30s, in a beat up 1960 cabinet. As for the Hendrix on accordion post, well, that's just WRONG! Some things are sacred.
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    One more. I had a brief yet passionate affair with this blonde beauty about two years ago. She eventually returned to her one true love. HFT-485, solid maple back and sides, mahogany neck. I believe this particular one was a one off.
  9. 2 points
    I think the name "Hypothetical Heritage Museum" is perfect.
  10. 2 points
    Yeah... I agree that it would be a nice addition to their upcoming museum at Parsons Street. .... they spent a long amount of time gathering the individual parts to make this . A long time back, I was talking with Pete about it... he said..... "I was notorious for hoarding wood.Necks,tops,backs,fingerboards,etc..That guitar is a 1% guitar.Most of it came from my stash.The top is Michigan maple,Larry insisted. Inlays, I picked from 100s,the best. Every detail is top of the line.We put a lot of extra care into that guitar.The inside of your guitar,is nicer than most outsides. "
  11. 2 points
    ha... yeah, Pete talks about how they went through every piece of ebony at the plant and every piece of of abalone that they could get their hands on. The neck was one Pete was holding back for something special. And the wood on the back is insane.... I tend to pull out this guitar on holidays ..... seems right to grab this for a special occasion.
  12. 1 point
    So I recently picked up a new ( for me ) Heritage H-150CM. Due to owning Les Pauls for many, many years, I have a slight affinity for '88 and '89 H-150's due to the more Les Paul like body shape. I have an '88 (first year for H-150) and it's 10.5 lbs with a chunky neck and cherry sunburst. When I saw the '89 H-150 up for sale , I was intrigued by the specs. 9.1 lbs in Amber finish, Custom Shop SD pickups, neck at .790-1st fret .910 at 12th fret. ... that fast neck seemed right up my alley. I was immediately thrilled after receiving it. .... that neck is fantastic.. and it's been re-fretted with a perfect fret job. Jumbo frets with no wear and perfectly set up. The pickups were a surprise. Love them. In 2005, Seymour Duncan Custom Shop made 300 sets of a handmade 50th anniversary PAF with Musicians Friend. Duncan himself did the engraving on the covers.. ( a hobby of his) They are like a Seth Lover on steroids. Scatter wound and 7.44K at neck and 8.64K at bridge. They made 150 with A2 magnets ,like mine, and 150 with A5 magnets. ( Seller included a Pat # Gibson pu and another Gibson pu in this deal too ) Nice top too, very 3D. With the Amber finish.. it looks plain under low light, flames pop out in medium light and really pop in sunlight or flash photos. There is a small hole in the top where a mini toggle was... I've got the dowel and finish to fill it ..and I will , but I don't notice it while playing so not a big priority . The weight , feel , tone of this one are right on target for me ... I didn't need any more guitars... but this one seemed like it was just for me. I'm glad I took a chance. Excuse the first two flash photos, but they really pop!
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    RB69 is correct with them not playing well with other pedals. That has been my experience with the exception of one pedal. For close to 20 years I used a Hendrix fuzz face pared with a wha wha pedal. Another 10+ with a 1st generation Ratt and a wha. That was it. I was at a seminar many many years ago when an engineer from ProCo demonstrated what a fuzz does to a sound wave using an oscillator. The fuzz squares a sound wave technically cutting off some of the highs. That is why many of the pedals come with a volume control. I remedied the situation with a wha wha pedal using only the treble setting. Instead of turning up for a solo I would use a tone shift to cut through the mix of the other band members. Worked well for me for many years. Just like an amp it takes time to set them up and dialing them in to achieve the tone you are chasing.
  15. 1 point
    This is a public "thank you" on my part to two of my favorite posters. Just as Bird observed that, for him, Heritage has misplaced its mojo, I've felt for some time the HOC has lost a bit of its...funk of yore, our ability to laugh at ourselves. Sorry! I dig reading about radiuses (or radii, if you prefer) and capacitance and finishes as much as the next guy, but where has all the juke and jive gone? Tim, Jeff thanks for the posts here! Tim, I watched the entire thing. That you would post that...high concept (context is everything)performance art, and at the same time tick some delightful harmless voyeuristic personal boxes.... Jeff, yours. Vintage Jeff quirk. Still laughing at both...even as I tune back into "Live, From the Senate Floor...." Made my night, boys.
  16. 1 point
    Well, there ya go. Can understand the pulling of the post from the corporate viewpoints of both entities involved. Short term butt hurt, for them fo sho. HOWEVER...the folks that actually pulled their triggers got some screaming deals, and in the long run both corporate entities now have increased their "Goodwill" substantially. The benefiting Heritage guitar new owners are gonna love their new instruments, they likely are going to be fans of Heritage guitars for the long run if they are not already. The short run has both corporate entities thinking that they "took it in the shorts," though. If you buy and play a Heritage guitar, you have something special in your hands. Hopefully most if not all the trigger pullers are gonna really enjoy what they got and become passionate fans of the brand and product if not already...like the rest of the crew here. Hopefully we will see a few new members.
  17. 1 point
    I think Fuzz pedals can sound outstanding, but they are much harder to use in a subtle fashion, and much harder to learn to use than an overdrive or a distortion. I posted this fuzz clip last week, but in the clip you can hear two distinctly differences in the way I used it. Subtle... Listen at 21 seconds in when I start playing those single note runs and the answering two note chords. It's almost as if the fuzz is doubling the notes and adding a harmonic sparkle on top. In the first Led Zeppelin album you can hear this kind of use on Jimmy Page's Tele. Not so subtle... 1:43 when I open the fuzz up it sounds like my guitar amplifier is demonically possessed. The stutter you mention is sometimes refers to as spitting, which is from too much bias on the transistors. Some fuzz boxes have a bias control to control that, mine does. But some people use that stutter, or spitting, as an effect. Good fuzz boxes do something that many overdrives don't, they retain high end when the volume on your guitar is turned down. And people that really know how to use a fuzz many times play with the volume controls of their guitars pulled back and only crack them open when they want more of an aggressive fuzz tone. As I said, they are harder to learn how to use than overdrives or distortion. And there's another thing, germanium fuzzes sound different than silicone, most people prefer them, but the problem is they change tone with heat, whereas silicone fuzzes are more stable with temperature.
  18. 1 point
    I do not agree entirely, it depends on a number of things, the Amp, the genre, the guitar the player...I find the Fuzz used by many through the guitar volume, the Fuzz is not jus an On or OFF stomp box IMO again Jimmy Page showed many time how using the same Fuzz switching the PU selector with PUs volumes at different levels, it's typical usage of a Fuzz some more video reosources: and I almost forgot Land Devices and Farm Pedals and Mythos Pedals another interesting (GE based) is CostaLAB Moon Drive
  19. 1 point
    I think the real only Fuzz is Germanium OC44 Transistors et similia (or very close) The silicon one is a Muff when using 4 Transistors I like them both, but I think it's something like Pizza or Blues, every pedal maker do one but not all are doing the real thing. The Fuzz itself is all you had back in time (as TalismanRich said) and best used for really driving the amp, after making lots of search, for me it's not too difficult to understand that buying or trying just another Fuzz is not going to make much sense (at least IMO). Jimmy Page - ToneBender MK II - Whole Lotta Love Robert Fripp - Burns Buzzround - Starless just to quote a couple of examples the circiut was and is still a the simplest straight to the point, as it should always be IMO, but if you want to hear the true Fuzz Grit then it's a Germanium based the list of real Fuzz boxes is huge, current makers are doing a good job in EU or in US no doubts Macari's in London made a true replica of it, since they were among the first selling it, and they sell it for £899.00 they have a lot of them, different circuits and versions and flavours US makers are many you might want to check: https://www.ramblefx.com/twin-bender https://www.basicaudio.net/ https://www.lumpystoneshop.com/shop.html http://britishpedalcompany.com/ http://www.macaris.co.uk/colorsound Sola Sound http://www.williamsaudio.co.uk/ JEN Fuzz (vintage) https://badpixel.weebly.com/fuzz.html http://www.manlaysound.com/ronnohome.html the list can get long (some more reading here) enjoy 🙂
  20. 1 point
    Anyone remember those crazy, beautiful custom Heritage guitars appearing on a regular basis here on the HOC pages? Custom orders for just about anything you could dream up (within reason), could be had, as long as it was based on one of the core design...and for a relatively good price. Even the special limited edition, anniversary and other custom models were always a special treat for us fans of the marque. Man, how I miss those days! These days, seeing a custom Heritage pop up for sale on the used market is a truly big deal to some of us. I still keep an eye out for unique old custom Heritage guitars, even though I'm GAS free. (Repeat that 10 times until you truly believe it!) Its just fun to see the work product of the original master luthiers at Heritage. With limited production of a limited selection of guitar models coming out of the Heritage factory these days, I miss the former custom creations...even the odd one-offs and special runs. Will the future heritage of Heritage Guitars include any of the original limited editions and custom models? Will the new owners look back into their own 'Wayback Machine' and re-create some of the factory's former custom models? Or will they be forgotten as time marches on? Your thoughts?
  21. 1 point
    H-480 Marv told me he built the entire guitar. Solid carved, one piece, mahogany back, mahogany, neck and solid sides and top. Marv said he built about ten of these.
  22. 1 point
    Is that a full size cutout of Orville Gibson? Hope the Gibson Lawyers aren't in town.
  23. 1 point
    Looks like Pete built himself a H157 Double Agent. The modded block inlays on that one are slick!
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    The Leon Rhodes that I now own and love dearly......
  26. 1 point
    Let us not forget the American Eagle.
  27. 1 point
    Hi Rich! thanks for asking. Everything is good in San Juan. All the damage happened on the south side of the island. Puerto Rico does not get a break, really.
  28. 1 point
    Hi, After searching for a very long time, O finally bought my first Heritage. It's a H 150 Dirty Lemon Burst. I bought it second hand bit it was almost brand new. It plays like a dream and looks absolutely gorgeous. Tuned it down half a step and have been playing Thin Lizzy for days.
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    No pics, no clips, not happened
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    Excellent work, Brentley. Cool.
  34. 1 point
    Well done! It looks good.
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    Part of the value is it's the very last to leave Parson's in 1999. Let alone the woods...
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    I recently bought a Roland Blues Cube Hot-Boss. (El-34 voiced) I bought it for rehearsals and jamms. But I have found myself gigging with it regularly. It has the Roland "Tube Logic" technology. It responds very much like a tube amp with touch sensitivity and reaction between guitar and amp. I play in a seven piece band and stage acreage is at a premium. This thing is small, super light and sounds great. I own several nice Rivera heads and a Mesa that have not been getting much stage time since I bought the Blues Cube. Does it sound "as good" as the tube heads? It's close but not quite. But it's a small trade off for a zero maintenance, great sounding, lightweight amp at a quarter of the price. Plus the .5w, 5w, 15w, 30w power selector makes it ideal for most gigs. (I usually use it at 5W and never above 15w) As a long time tube disciple I have a hard time writing this. Solid state has come a long way. lol
  39. 1 point
    Mandolin, banjo, two guitars, four fiddles, and a stand up bass. I sit next to the bass player pretend I am Django Reinheardt. The band leader yells at me once in a while about adding a stylistic ambiance to old time music. The bass player, the fiddle section, and I just laugh. On a good night we are a formable rhythm section and the dancers love it. For the record, I would take a Lawrence Welk gig in a heart beat. If you want to improve your chops play with a big band.
  40. 1 point
    The construction of the current Firebird pickups being used by Gibson are nothing like the originals. There’s a company making very nice vintage repros by the name Q pickups. They’re out of Croatia and can be found on both Reverb and eBay. But Klein, Lollar, Curtis Novak and others make great original style FB pickups.
  41. 1 point
    Yes I did notice the age of those sold listings. Even some of the current listings are over a year old. As I said, I am in no hurry. Thanks much for the advice!
  42. 1 point
    I remember having to replace tubes about once every five years in my old fenders back in the day. Now they tend to fart out or go microphonic within a year. I have been using tube depot.com lately. I heard about using NOS Telefunken’s in the Phase Inverter spot but they were really expensive. So I found a new Telefunken and it was also a lot. I then found out that the new ones were re-branded JJ gold pins which were half the price. Now all of my amps are sporting them in the PI spot
  43. 1 point
    ...and that's just it. I'm not playing through an amp. It's the Strymon Iridium. It's a modeler pedal. Freakishly realistic in sound and feel. I A/B'd it to my real amps. ... I sold the amps.
  44. 1 point
    Howdy ! I got a brand new line 6 hd240 hc head. I’n the box.450$ There pretty easy to play . Sound incredible for no tubes.
  45. 1 point
    Back in the1980s, a popular little amp in Britain was the Sessionette 75. Compact (about the size of a Blues Junior), reasonably priced and decent sounding, and at the time there was some concern about the future availability of valves/tubes so people were open to alternatives. They were well reviewed at the time, had an overdrive channel and a spring reverb tank. These days the can be had for around £150 - £200, but the best bit is that although they were discontinued years ago, the designer (Stewart Ward) has come up with a modification to the power stage which makes them more valve like. He calls it "Retrotone"... I picked one up for a reasonable price a few years ago, got it Retrotoned, recovered it with cream vinyl, and it's my go to amp for rehearsals or gigs where there's not enough room for the Drive King and 1x12 cab. I also swapped out the Celestion G12-100 for a Celestion G12 Neo Creamback, which is half the weight! I tend not to use the drive channel on the amp and instead partner it with a Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classic o/d pedal. Here's a video where I was using it clean, with just the boost on the Nova System for soloing. The guitar is the VSB H150 with Bare Knuckle Stormy Monday p/ups.
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    Speaking of memories. https://web.archive.org/web/20070623101616/http://www.heritageguitar.com/Heritage 2005 Catalog.pdf
  48. 1 point
    We didn't have tacos back then. But we did have:
  49. 1 point
    I'll keep eyeing older Heritages. Who knows I may even pick one up. If I'm buying new? PRS all day.
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