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  1. Hereโ€™s my 1st and only Heritage so far! My brother lives near Kalamazoo and became acquainted with Mr. Wall. My 535 was hand selected and then the custom shop label on the inside was signed by just about everyone at Heritage! It was given to me as a gift on my 60th birthday
    6 points
  2. I have crossed that line many a times. Having 6 Heritages built from 2006 through 2013, on all I have replace with RS pots and caps. Faber bridges and inserts on the Prospect, H150 and Millie. Stoptails were all upgraded as was the bridge on my 575. Factory bridges, pots and caps were purchased in bulk and neither Gibson or Heritage went for premium grade. Most players were OK or upgraded them. Are you "most players?" This is not like adding truck nuts under the rear license plates, if it plays and sounds better, it IS better.
    5 points
  3. Well, I'm back in the Heritage Tribe. The deal to buy the black H150 Standard I mentioned a few months ago, fell through (I couldn't quite swing the funds to pay for the rest of the balance to take the guitar off of layaway), but I recently decided that I have too many guitars (I live in an apartment, and space is at a premium), so I decided to downsize my inventory, and replace what were 3 nice electrics, with one really nice electric. Combined with having additional funds compared to what I had several months ago, my thoughts went back to getting the black H150 I almost bought several months ago (Cream City Music still had it in their inventory), but I realized I've always been kind of "meh" when it comes to Les Pauls. I really didn't want another H-535, like I had a back in 2019 & 2020, but I noticed that Cream City Music, had a H530 listed on their website. I like P90s, and I will ALWAYS have a soft spot for hollowbody guitars, so, I paid ye olde guitar shop a visit after work on Thursday. he H-530 sounded great both clean and dirty, and playing it confirmed that the neck (which I'd managed to find what dimensions for online before I tried the guitar out), while not a baseball bat in thickness, was still a Medium C, and had enough heft to it, to keep my fretting hand happy. So, I bought the guitar, and on Friday bought the 3 guitars I wanted to get rid of, for trading towards the H-530, traded them in, and paid the difference, becoming the owner of a new, 2021 or 2022, black H-530. ๐Ÿ˜€ The guitar is in the shop at the present time, getting refretted with Jescar EVO hypoallergenic fretwire (I have a severe allergy to nickel), and Ernie Ball Cobalts (my electric guitar string of choice, due to them being hypoallergenic), will go in the '530. I also e-mailed Heritage, to find out what the model/part numbers are for the hardware. Heritage (like Gibson and Fender) seems to be one of the fans of "nickel for the vintage tonez", so at least the bridge (where I typically rest my hand when playing), and the buttons on the tuners, will have to be replaced, with their chrome plated equivalents (yay screwed up immune system! ๐Ÿ˜’). Keep On Playing! - Ellen A Photo of My H-530
    4 points
  4. You may be right about a third changing the pickups, meaning most don't. But it is those who do change pickups who get the most ink (or press or copy or keystrokes). Pickups are just one variable in the chain made of at least a dozen. Schallers seem decent enough. Long ago I had the sense that they must be "pickups of a lesser god" because I read so often about dumping them for something else. I admit I did that. I agree that a different set of pickups, like SD 59s or Gibson Classics, probably won't raise the value of the guitar much except with those who happen to like the particular set you put in. It's a different story if you replace the pickups with Throbaks or other high end pickups. On that topic, I don't know why the "plug in" systems for pickups swaps haven't become the default in the market. The companies would probably sell more pickups if they were easier to exchange. My guess is Heritage went with Schallers because they could get a good price when buying the bridge, tailpiece and pickups in large lots. Like Gibson Classics and SD 59s, those pickups sound good for most purposes.
    4 points
  5. About 10 years ago I saw this guitar pop up for sale, and I loved the look of it. It had squiggly flame, the kind I love. Well the seller was our very own Brentrocks! It came to me with mother of pearl Gibson style pickguard (I actually prefer the Heritage shape), and a poker chip like a Gibson, and some non-descript knobs, so I pulled the mother of pearl pickguard (which I didn't like at all) and installed a regular LP cream guard. I also had some extra Gibson reflector knobs (my favorite), and installed them. I loved it as soon as I plugged it in, and immediately recorded this song with it... https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11053966 The only thing I didn't like about it was the weight, it was over 10lbs, so I sold and went looking for a lighter one I bought another used H150 (9lbs even) right after that, and then another new one (which by then, came with a long neck tenon which I prefer). I swapped out all the hardware and electronics on those two, and cleaned up the fret work and nut. Both of these H150s turned out to be fantastic guitars!
    3 points
  6. My H575,bought second hand from Musical Exchanges in Birmingham U.K. around 1995 for (i think) ยฃ550. Still got it,guitar on the L.H. side of the picture
    3 points
  7. 2001 Millie H155. Got to credit the late Ed Roman for this one. Way back in 2004 I had been considering buying a 'good' guitar after 30+ years of not playing more than a couple of hours per year on my kinda-crappy Framus acoustic (you likely know how kids, career, and life in general tend to take up your time). Ed's enthusiasm for everything Heritage really caught my eye, although I had never heard of them. Then, lo and behold a used H155 on consignment shows up on the 12th Fret's website. Based on Ed's praise for the brand, I made the trip to Toronto and tried it out. It was quite unlike any guitar I had previously played....obviously superior quality and workmanship, and extremely easy to play. Thought the asking price was a bit high, and offered $100 less. Being a consignment instrument, the guy at the store phoned the guitar's owner, who happened to be on his fishing boat somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Canada at the time. Fortunately, he accepted my offer, and I took that Millie home. The only flaw on it was some nitro deterioration on the headstock where it had hung on a wall hanger. (And amazingly enough, this nitro damage has magically healed itself over the past 18 years, and is now undetectable!!) Some time ago, in an inexplicable fit of uncharacteristic insanity, I sold it. Took me about a year to realize how incredibly stupid that was, and managed to buy it back. The Seth Lovers were changed to Mark Atkinson 38 Special single coils a few years ago, giving it an interesting and unique voice. I have used it on a lot of recordings. A keeper for sure. Four other Heritages have found their way to me, and I still have three, a beautiful trans cherry H535, the blue 20th Anniversary H150, and the Millie.
    3 points
  8. 2007 H535 Almond Sunburst with HRWs. When I visited the dealer (the now-defunct High End Guitars in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, a small town in Nottinghamshire) I initially tried a 535 with SD59s, which was good, but not quite right for me. Then he brought out the one with HRWs, and that was the one...
    3 points
  9. the pair I'm working on for my grandson's birthdays , these will be there first guitars at 6 and 11 . They are stoked
    3 points
  10. I finished the mods on this. I kept the Duncan '59 set, but I replaced the magnets with A2 and added nickel covers. I had some CTS push/pull pots, and the pickups had 4 leads so I rewired it with PIO caps and coil splits. I had a Gotoh nickel bridge, so I used it. I installed an aluminum tailpiece with locking posts. Gotoh locking tuners.
    3 points
  11. Faber hardware has received good reviews here, so I thought I'd give it a try. I ordered the Nashville/ABR bridge and iNsert kit, plus their aluminium tailpiece and studs from DV247 - like Thomann they have a UK branch, but the order was shipped from Germany. The guitar I chose to upgrade was the H150 VSB, on which I had previously replaced the Schaller hardware with a Tonepros set. Installation was straightforward, though there are a couple of points worth noting. When I had removed the bushes into which the bridge posts are located, I found that one of the holes was not deep enough and required careful drilling to extend it. The other point is that the Faber tailpiece studs were slightly longer and so I removed a couple of mm from them. The new posts are a snug fit, and the bridge feels very solid. The Faber tailpiece weighs 28g, compared to 75g for the Tonepros. Playing the guitar, it feels a little brighter (though that may be due in part to the new strings!) and more resonant, and is a worthwhile upgrade. This video nicely illustrates the difference between the Nashville and Faber hardware.
    3 points
  12. I agree with Kuz. These aren't sacred instruments handed to mortals from the gods. I will bet that in another 20 years Gibson and Fender will still dominate in prestige. That doesn't mean they are or will be better guitars. But those names were the trailblazers and the tools of the early masters, and that will never change. I have had a few Fenders in my day. Some were good instruments. I have found G&L to be more consistently right and a better value. Despite G&L having Leo at the helm and now over 40 years of history, G&L remains the bastard child of Fender. The same seems to be the case with Heritage and Les Pauls. Guitars are tools in a sense. My experience in medicine has never shown me a surgeon who is strongly brand loyal to instruments, only shapes and weights. None ever spoke of the vintage bone saw or spinal cord retractor that he wished he had. No one longed for that 1968 pacemaker reissue. It is unspoken but clearly the case that there is a push for continuous improvement. Guitars are more than tools. They are art as well. But there is still more. Guitars seem to capture lost youth in the older players or perhaps whisper a shortcut to mastery and fame in the younger players, given the right instrument. I wouldn't hesitate to alter a CC to my liking. That would be foolish. OTOH, I would not pay that much for a guitar that was defective or not to my liking. We love guitars. There's a thin line between love and insanity.
    3 points
  13. From owning 11 or so Heritages down to these 4 keepers...11
    3 points
  14. In my humble opinion, I don't understand this logic. If a Custom Core was a master oil painting bought as an investment and I hated the frame it came with, then NO I wouldn't change the painting to a new frame to retain the overall value. But a Custom Core shouldn't be bought as an investment. It won't appreciate. It is a guitar, a sonic tool to be played. The Custom Core that I bought had 3 stripped tuners (I know of at least two other CC owners that have had stripped/poor functioning tuners and the dealer I bought mine from said they have had to replace many stripped tuners). I bought drop-in replacement Gotoh tuners that work perfectly. Should I had kept the stripped tuners in the CC to maintain the originality and keeping it unplayable? I also upgrade the volume & tone pots to RS Guitar works super pots. Now my volume & tone pots have a completely useable sweep from 10-1 on the dials. This is a major upgrade to me. I won't even get into the other issues with how the TOM bridge & Stoptail were dysfunctionally installed... but suffice to say I had to use Faber hardware to fix the issues. And yes, I installed Schaller strap locks too. I called Heritage to report the CC QC issues and asked if I could BUY a set of the 225 Parsons pickups before they were potted. Heritage did say that they do the potting in house but despite asking (begging) three times on the call, they refused to sell me unpotted 225 pups. They said in a year or so they may be available with different options. Bottom line is, now that I have fixed the unusable tuners and TOM & stoptail issues my CC became a very, very good guitar. Later after I added the RS Guitarworks upgraded pots it is now an astounding guitar. No one that would have played my CC before and then my CC after upgrades would say the changes I made by "fiddling with it" made the CC worse or devalued the guitar. By the way, amazingly the Schaller straplocks had no effect on the tone!
    3 points
  15. I have a few pedal boards each for different purposes. I use at least two in my 5-6 days a week gig schedule. Besides the fact that I use each board for different things, it's nice to keep two boards in the car just in case of a failure. Even my most minimal board will get the job done. AS long as I have a volume pedal, tuner, and EQ I can gig! This pedal board is centered around my electric guitar playing in bands (I mostly play acoustic solo or duet)... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Minimal acoustic guitar gigging board (sometimes I do two gigs in a day and have one pedal board setup in each place to save time), Keeley Delay Workstation on the left (it does reverb and delay)... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My current dual source pickup acoustic guitar board (I have two pickups in my two main resonator guitars that I do original music showcases with) (Krivo magnetic humbucker on the neck, Highlander active reso pickup on the spider under the cover-plate! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My current single source pickup acoustic guitar board, which is totally programmable for time based (trem/delay/reverb) FX and special EQ. I have all songs requiring special FX programmed into this. The JHS colorbox and MXR compressor are to shape the tone, and control the peaks of the piezo pickups before they hits the HX Stomp, and the radial DI is for final EQ and to balance the signal.
    3 points
  16. And this is my Standard.
    3 points
  17. Here is a good picture in the natural daylight. It looks awesome in this picture.
    3 points
  18. What was your very first Heritage guitar? Tell us a bit about it and what convinced you to try Heritage. My first Heritage was a used Sweet 16. At the time I was looking for a high quality jazz archtop, and all of the Gibson products were way out of my price range. So when a Sweet 16 popped up on Ebay for $1,600 I made a bid, then went to bed, never imagining that I'd be the high bidder. The next morning I woke up as the owner of this beautiful Sweetie... She's long gong, but not forgotten. Now its your turn to tell us about your first Heritage! . ๐Ÿ™‚
    2 points
  19. My and my daughter's first Heritage. '88 150 & a '93 137. The jacket I wore was found in my dumpster. I didn't keep it long.
    2 points
  20. A 2001 custom Sweet 16. Years later I replaced it with a custom H575 which is great with its shorter scale, but the St 16 was shmancier.
    2 points
  21. Sadly, my first was my 2021 H-150 Standard that I got last July. I just heard of Heritage about 10-15 years ago, but nice guitars had been out of my reach. I found out a local shop is a dealer. One day, I walked in and they had an H-150 in stock that the owner said I needed to check out. (He knows my taste for single-cut style guitars.) I fell in love with it, but could not afford it, and it sold. Fast forward a couple years, and here I am with two H-150s.
    2 points
  22. My first was a H-555 I ordered from Elderly's. It went back to the factory for a repair and I had them install DVIP. It is long gone but it began a great relationship with Heritage and the HOC.
    2 points
  23. Given how we seem to be synched, you should have known the answer to that question: The DeFacto Brothers (Gino and me, gtrs.; Ed, bass; the late Chris Garges, drums, engineering; Doug Davis, keys and vocs.; with The Little Big Horns, Tim Gordon and Brad Wilcox)
    2 points
  24. So I just got my first Heritage after all these years. A 2001 H-535. A previous owner pulled the Schallers and wiring harness and installed a Gibson 57 Classic neck and Classic Plus bridge with a new harness. Both pickups read 8.0. They have the original labelling intact so I know its a plus. The Schallers read 7.64 and 8.21 Should I bother to go back to the original pickups to see if I like them or am I already in a better place? I've had other guitars with SD 59s and Seths and really like the sound of those pickups a lot. Thanks for your opinions! Jeff
    2 points
  25. Iโ€™ve never heard of anyone that loosened /detuned in between playing before. To me, it seems like that would potentially shorten the life of the strings (the wound ones anyways); and in my mind it seems like this would be more stressful on the neck, as youโ€™d be constantly moving it between relief and tension. Could be wrong about my thinking here though. Would be interested to hear from anyone who might do this.
    2 points
  26. I had a LP that had a '57 Classic and a Super '57 in it from the factory. I waited a little over a year before I decided for sure that they weren't for me. I swapped them for some BKP Black Dogs. Those have been in there for 6 1/2 years, with no reason to swap them.
    2 points
  27. Keep them. Gibson makes really good pickups.
    2 points
  28. Now WHY on god's green earth would you bring of bottle of 20yr old scotch to an AA meeting? ๐Ÿคฃ (that's a fine instrument, btw)
    2 points
  29. The Sex Drive is a pedal that I use when I want more gain/sustain for slide guitar solos. It performs well
    2 points
  30. Like I said, I used Faber Hardware on my Artisian Custom Core, both the locking ABR-1 Bridge and the locking Stoptail posts. The first picture is the original Core hardware (where I couldn't lower the tailpiece that WAY above the body because the strings were hitting the Nashville bridge). The second & third pictures are with the Faber Hardware (HUGE improvement in my opinion).
    2 points
  31. @DetroitBlues posted this on Facebook. It seemed like a good idea to post it here too. Amazing work.
    2 points
  32. Pete Moreno has some pics of this guitar. He did a fair amount of work on it. He has a couple of albums of weird guitars he's help build over the decades. He built this one. ZZ Top came to Kalamazoo to pick it up. Pete had lunch with the band at some small restaurant. ZZ Top was working on a comeback and the bandmates were changing their appearances. Pete said that their table got a lot of looks.
    2 points
  33. I have to agree with Kuz. Even when people are given things they think they are worth more than they are. When you step out of the store the value goes down. If it is your guitar make it how you want it to be. Fine tuning isn't going to hurt it.
    2 points
  34. I was turning 50 in 2003, and decided that my birthday present to myself was going to be a new guitar. The Heritage dealer here was an old school mate of mine, and I placed an order for an H-157 in Almond Sunburst, hoping to get it by my birthday. It came in a couple of months early, which was fine. I still have the guitar. Here it is next to my Guild S100 that I've had since the early 70s. It started me down the path to acquiring a total of 5 Heritages, all of which have made the trip back to K'zoo for at least a couple of PSPs each.
    1 point
  35. That was a really good version, everybody did a great job, and the lead vocalist really did it justice!
    1 point
  36. What kbp 810 and zguitar71 said.... Yeah...but which one first...?
    1 point
  37. Hi All, as a post Covid week recovery gift for myself ๐Ÿค  it's used and in great conditions (saved ยฃ45) it's the reissue of the most known Dm-2 from the 80s made in Japan good tone, though I think an original one has some more vintage mojo but for me it's good enough the two modes make it as almost two pedals in one great for some Rreverb too, it can take an expression pedal and has two outputs, one for dry signal I put it at the end of my current pedal chain (sorry for the not so great smartphone picture) what analogue delay/reverb do you guys&gals use? ๐Ÿ™‚
    1 point
  38. It's fun taking every step toward that sound in your head! congrats.
    1 point
  39. Yep, that's an issue that I faced with my 140. The neck pickup is pretty much bottomed out. It's also part of the reason that the 157 still has the Schallers. I had bought a pair of gold Seth Lovers to put in there, but they didn't fit, and I wasn't in the mood (or have the proper tools) to deepen the route. I thought of having a set made with short legs, but in the end, decided that the Schallers are ok to keep.
    1 point
  40. Thank you all. I appreciate your helps.
    1 point
  41. I loosen the strings if it's going into the case for a while. Especially during seasonal changes, where the wood expands/shrinks due to humidity. Or like DB says, if I'm travelling somewhere with it
    1 point
  42. I've got the same pickups in My 1988 H-140CM since mid 90's. Much improved sound. Kept the Schallers just in case I ever want to go back to original.
    1 point
  43. I wouldn't change them.
    1 point
  44. @rockabilly69 interesting PBs there I wonder how that SexDrive(and not only) performs ๐Ÿ™‚
    1 point
  45. Same here. I was fortunate enough to meet Tom and go to his shop on a few occasions. I remember him telling me the story on this one. He was a great guy. I miss chatting with him.
    1 point
  46. You got that right, no El Kabong for me! My head already hurt from trying to learn how to play all those suspended chords in my "Tommy" book by THE WHO I have always loved short scale Fenders because of that Musicmaster! I love the spongy neck pickup sound that '59 had! Hahaha, I was thinking of another story about her. The first time I had the guts to play a guitar solo in front of her (my mom's family is very musically inclined), my little Danelectro Cadet amplifier caught fire. My mother, who has always been an immaculate house cleaner (we had nine kids and you could eat off the floors of our house), was probably in shock as the black smoke and stink of a burning resistor or two started pouring out of the back of that amp I recently bought one of those amps to relive the rock and roll of my youth.
    1 point
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