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  1. The email arrived from PMT (Professional Music Technology) listing the items in their summer sale. I applied the filter for the Nottingham store, and one thing piqued my interest, a set of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickups, specifically the Eric Steckel 'Candy' model. I'd never heard of Eric, but it seems he played a 1960 Les Paul known as 'Candy' and was smitten by the sound. Some reverse engineering later and the SD Custom Shop came up with a recreation of Candy's pickups. Now, I didn't need a new set of PAF-style pickups, but these have Alnico III magnets and a DC resistance of around 7.7k, and more importantly had been reduced from £313 to £212. Someone had ordered them but hadn't collected them. I went along to the store and promptly bought them... I've replaced the SD 59s in my H150 ASB, and on first listen they sound very nice both clean and overdriven. There's a clarity which I like. Anyway, here's a few pics.
    6 points
  2. Just showing off the finished "Emmatron" (as so named by my daughter) that was briefly shown while in progress in the spare parts build thread. Just a basic 5F1 champ in a 1x12 cab; though she did actually do a fair amount of work on it. I did all the steps requiring use of power tools, but she did all the sanding, applying the blue dye and finish, some of the assembly work, and she soldered the components to the board (I took over once the board was in the chassis).
    6 points
  3. Here are the new ones.
    5 points
  4. Another from Heritage.
    5 points
  5. My former Gibson R7 Black Beauty was over 12 lbs. I loved its 'all mahogany' tone, but at the end of a gig, it felt like I'd been slinging a concrete accordion all night. Sold it!! (Kept the miniature version) A few years later when I spotted a triple HRW H-157 on Ebay that weighed 'only' 9.5 lbs, I jumped on it. Don't let anyone tell you that ALL Heritage H157's are heavy, even the triple nickel models can be reasonable in heft.
    5 points
  6. My grandsons love my H535 so much I built them clones in their favorite colors , for their birthdays (6 and 11)
    3 points
  7. Yes - Brent is correct - the number was a consecutive count of the Heritage 150 Deluxes built - after Floyd Newton's departure/death, I don't think they continued. I have a 2006 Heritage 150 Deluxe Antique Cherry Burst (ACB), SD 59 pickups marked "235" by Floyd Newton – Floyd Newton was in the Gibson paint shop in Kalamazoo, then did the painting for Heritage when they started up in 1984 – he lived Dec 8, 1933 – April 7, 2012 S_C
    3 points
  8. I did NOT like the original color at all, but the new one looks GREAT, I absolutely LOVE the two tone. I'm a fan of green... My Gretsch Double Annie...
    3 points
  9. There were several versions of the Roy Clark, all of them great.
    3 points
  10. A semi- hollow I built for Joe Marcinek , one of my fave's. 20 varying shades of blue and green back sanded for the front and just blue for the back
    3 points
  11. I thought I would this nice picture of me and me axe. This was in Wallace ID at their annual blues fest. My Band Moneypenny had a great time playing and picking up where we left off two years ago, seeing families faces and good people.
    3 points
  12. I flamed out so here is one from Heritage.
    3 points
  13. the railfans in this group appreciate the designation of the small town depots at Middleville and Vicksburg, where I hung out as a teenager to watch the operator "hoop orders" up to passing trains, today a museum and part of a community historic district there. Also the Frank Lloyd Wright 1947 residential community Parkwyn in Kalamazoo was selected. worth saving
    3 points
  14. Took it to our gig last night. It sounded really good! Also stayed in tune very well!!!
    3 points
  15. Since were are giving opinions, I've got a few also. The H-525 is a very nice, durable model. It's got enough depth to sound decent unplugged when practicing alone. The sound board support helps reduce feedback. The trade offs compared to the H-530 are a consideration. But the H-525 has the more awesome factor in appearance. I had a H-575 with P-90s. That was a fine instrument but had more feedback issues. The acoustic sound was nicer, but that's not the target of such an instrument. There is an option for those who don't like the hum of the P-90s. First, there is the Hum Debugger. Second, there are many hum-free P-90s out there. Third, Use both pickups but put the bridge one as low as possible and lower the screws to reduce any bridge string signal while taking advantage of the reverse winding of the two pickups.
    3 points
  16. For those who are interested: The neck pu on my H-530 sounded dull when turning down the volume just a bit. A common problem on many guitars. After some research I installed a treble bleed on the front pot. I tried several resistor combinations, all in parallel (also called the Duncan variation): Just the .001uf cap – very little difference cap + 100k resistor – still very little difference cap + 150k resistor – a bit better cap + 220k resistor – I liked this one the best. I had done this on my telecaster years ago but wasn't aware that there are so many possibilities. Check online and you'll find a ton of combinations and comments. For those who have basic soldering skills, this is a cheap way to take care of this problem. Online the parts were less than $10 incl. shipping.
    2 points
  17. Man, whatever you do, don't change it. There are scads of lemon bursts, and bourbon bursts, and almond bursts. There aren't many trans blacks that look that great!
    2 points
  18. Heritage Amplification. PATRIOT 2x12 combo. 45 watt. 2-6L6s. Reverb. 2-Celestian G12H Anniversary’s. This amp is an absolute BEAST!! Thick, tight bottom end, crystal clear highs and full mids I can’t wait to play this amp live!!! FROM THE ARCHIVES…. Heritage Amplifiers of Tennessee is a new guitar amplification company owned by Maclane Corporation Incorporated. The company was formed in January 2004 by Malcolm MacDonald and Lane Zastrow. Lane is a 35 year veteran of the music industry and a former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Gibson Guitar Company. Lane is currently heading up the sales and marketing of the Heritage Guitar Company of Kalamazoo, as he has done for the past 20 years. The design team is headed by Paul Cochrane along with the cabinet design by Peter Mather. The line includes amplifiers which range from producing warm, fat, American tones, to the classic "midrange" crunch of British valve amps. Heritage amplifiers are as beautiful to look at as they are to listen to. All of our amps are built by outstanding guitarists for the most discerning players in the world who demand the very best in tone. Heritage Amplifiers of Tennessee Wilson Pike Circle, Brentwood, TN
    2 points
  19. Not to derail Brent's thread - but I have been working on a few things in my free time...
    2 points
  20. Thanks guys. DB, you've seen the 525 at PSP. I stole if from LK years ago. I'm sure he's glad that it's being used to play some of those fancy chords that he loves. 😁 The amp was my DSL401 on the clean channel, mic'd with a Sennheiser 935.
    2 points
  21. Gitfiddler, I'm guessing yours looks like mine. (the 2nd gen version was from a FretlessWonder) This is mine with the Mille.
    2 points
  22. 2 points
  23. I’ve narrowed down my favorite amps to the three that I own and use. I’ve gone through many amps in my time and I’m very satisfied with these. I get compliments from all three, though I do get volume complaints from one. My favorite but least used is a ‘62 Brownface Concert with the killer tremolo. It’s the least used because it is SO LOUD! It is also SUPER HEAVY! I don’t use pedals so to get the amp to its sweet spot is unbelievably loud. 7.5 on the non Trem side is like heaven and can be felt deep in your body, it’s a beast to say the least. With Trem I run it at 4, a very slight bit of breakup but the tone!!!! IMO the Brownface amps are the best Fender made. That could get some peeps stirred up but I stand firm on that. They are ready to breakup and get nasty like a Tweed but stay tight all while not being ear piercing like BF and SF amps can be. Next is my little giant, a SF Champ that is modified with a modified Marshall tone stack (I used a 250k mid pot instead of 25k), a Scumback speaker, a negative feed back pot (turns off the NF) and a Classic Tone Output trans that lets me run 2 6v6 tubes for 10 watts. Mostly I run it at 5 watts and it gets raw and nasty. It lives up to the name Champ and is my go to for brewery gigs and small clubs. It also makes a great jazz amp with the mids all in and the volume around 3. For Allman Bros it’s mids all in and v around 7, nasty with an underlying clarity, something pedals cannot do, I’ll argue that till I die too. Next is the Tungsten Creamawheat, a divine amp. It sounds great no matter what its plugged into it. I’m running it with 4x10s now but sometimes run a single 15, 4x12s or a 1x12. They all have different sounds and characters and all sound great. I usually run the three knobs at high noon. Last night though, I played an outdoor fest on a ranch 70 miles south of Missoula. The neighbors came down because they could hear the guitar from a mile away, that makes a guy feel powerful! Sound caries there and probably they could have heard the 5 watter from that far too. I played Whipping Post with the channels jumped and the two volumes at 8 (it goes to 12), at that setting the amp is giving all it has without getting muddy and it gave a lot, very 70s rock. It is probably the most versatile amp I have, especially as a 1x12 in the original cab it came in, it’s small and weighs less than 30 pounds that way. It also makes a killer jazz amp. So there it is, my elitist amp opinions and my anti pedal opinions.
    2 points
  24. I bought my first Heritage from the owner of Instruments Unlimited, Mr. Walker, here in Huntsville in 1989. He called the factory and they had a black 150 like I wanted and they could send down here that afternoon. Wow! When I went to pick it up on Monday Mr Walker told me that Heritage called them back after it had been shipped. He said that they built two of these for Roy Clark and he selected the other. I thought it was a neat story but didn't think much about it. A year or two later a buddy called me and told to turn on my TV and watch Hee-Haw. Roy was playing an identical guitar. In 2008 Marv remembered and told me Roy broke the headstock off of his 150 while on the road.
    2 points
  25. this is how a truss-rod works, DB definitely has it worded backwards.
    2 points
  26. I beg to differ. I don't think Brent is huge and unwieldy at all. It's that pointy gitfiddle that's going to hurt someone.
    2 points
  27. 2 points
  28. So, what we have here, is a 1986 Heritage Terminator. Definitely one of the most obscure Heritage models but at the same time, not exactly the most sought after. Designed by Marv, this was Heritage's answer to the Explorer. This one has seen some serious action. Headstock repair tops the list. Despite its rough exterior, it's a wonderful player.
    2 points
  29. @Philapete...These Rich Severson demos might help answer your questions better than I could. Sweet 16: H525:
    2 points
  30. They grow up fast! The last time I saw her she was a baby. She'll remember this forever. Great Daddy-Daughter project!
    2 points
  31. Well that is pretty awesome! Congratulations!
    2 points
  32. It probably took 3, even 4 times as long to do this with KBP810-the younger. What you passed on in that time is a lesson that she will never forget. Kudos and a +1 to you for passing on a piece of you to the next generation!
    2 points
  33. AWESOME father-daughter project!
    2 points
  34. My H 157 is just under 10lbs, it sounds great !!! It’s worth the weight .
    2 points
  35. I never get tired of mine. The neck is not thin on mine. I use a fat strap. The wiring is by Koontz. The middle pickup has a separate volume knob and can be blended independently from the humbuckers. Also, the humbuckers have push-pull coil splits. If I were gigging the weight may be an issue. Then again I've seen accordion players heft an 18 pounder or more for their gigs. I like showing this one off. It's very wild looking.
    2 points
  36. That's a killer top! I agree I think I would have the top redone if it was mine. Enjoy
    1 point
  37. @brentrocksAwesome! How do you like the Throbak p'ups?
    1 point
  38. great looking wiring in that one! Congrats Brent!
    1 point
  39. Great amp and great post Love the way they wired the filament heater wires, very neat and tidy
    1 point
  40. Mine is on a tube layout on the inside, and engraved in the chassis. Your's is probably a 1st generation model, I've seen 2nd gen models that had the black faceplate, but still had the bright switch. Mine has a push/pull for the bright switch. This one is a 2nd Gen version. Notice the bright switch on the left.
    1 point
  41. I bought a few sets of the neon lime green DR strings 10-46. They sounded dead just like Roys guitar did in this video. I was hoping they would sound like a regular set of round wounds, but was disappointed. They sounded like old flatwounds. Roy was my idol in the 70s. I actually jammed with him when I was 14. When he came to town in 1974, I met him back stage before he went on for his show. We played 5 of his songs that I knew. He really was an inspiration for me and my style of playing. He mentioned I should learn all types of music instead of just one style. You'll never be out of work if you learn it all. I took that advice to heart.
    1 point
  42. I’m only playing P90 guitars now, I prefer their sound and the way they drive an amp. I don’t use pedals so it’s all guitar volume control with a cranked up amp. P90s do this better than any other pickups for me. The H150 GT has Tyson Tonelab unpotted 60s pickups. They are killer pickups but he took 8 months to get them to me back in ‘14 I think and people are saying it’s even worse now. Throbak customs made some P90s for another guitar and I had them in the guitar on stage two weeks later, I also paid twice as much too. My other set is the original P90s in a ‘57 ES225.
    1 point
  43. Nice picture, good to know you're playing and, great looking GT 🙂
    1 point
  44. Try this instead: Heritage Models
    1 point
  45. 50's Customs weren't all heavy, like you, I think the trend started in the 70's.
    1 point
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