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  1. 7 points
    As with the previous owners , you'll find Heritage to be marketing the tradition of the old plant and the history of what has come out of that old plant. Literally the Heritage of Kalamazoo. And as they restore that historic old plant and create a museum onsite ( along with other plans ) , you're unlikely to see that look to the past change. That would include the history of Gibson and of Heritage guitars. Of course, they've really just begun to get the new version started. There's still a good amount of time before much of what is to be will come to fruition . I will say the person that I spoke to that was most happy with the new modern upgrades to their equipment was Jim Deurloo. ( One of the founders of Heritage and Plant Manager back when Parsons Street was a Gibson plant ) Dust and temperature control, state of the art finishing equipment and new organizational systems seemed to make him quite proud of the new Heritage. The future of Heritage was very much in doubt before and now there are many changes yet to see at Parsons Street. He was always devoted to that plant .. calling it the mecca of guitar building and pushing for Gibson to keep it open way back in the early 80's. And like it or not in the future some things will change , but it's yet to be seen . It's amazing that Heritage lives still , it's been touch and go. But especially here on the site created for the benefit of Heritage owners and future Heritage owners, I choose to be hopeful and positive with best wishes to those that carry on the name.
  2. 7 points
    I believe they're doing well, BUT your source has a valid point, because they went from 22 models AND lot's of custom builds down to 6 models and few custom builds- their output has diminished. Sure, they're signing up new dealers BUT they'll have a tough time holding them due to their direct buy push. They are however financially sound for the 1st time ever and they're quite possibly well managed, which is something new also. They're promising exciting things to come next year and only time will tell. meanwhile the Guitars we're receiving are the best they've ever been in terms of fit, finish, playability and component quality. These folks really pay attention to the details and it's much appreciated out here in the hinterlands. Pete & crew are doing a superb job.
  3. 5 points
    This weekend I am proud to be traveling to California for my son Jeremy's graduation from UC Santa Cruz. He is graduating with a computer science degree and will be working for Facebook. I have twins (Jeremy and Jason) They both play guitar so what better gifts than birth year heritage guitars. I got them almost birthday guitars. One guitar was Born June 6, 1989, One was Born June 7th, 1989. They were born June 8th, 1989 Proud of them both .
  4. 5 points
    Next you're going to tell me that Orville Gibson didn't really build those old vintage Gibson guitars, Les Paul didn't really design the "Les Paul" and that Leo Fender didn't hand solder all those amps together by himself. While they have moved the production to a much cleaner, safer area, with adequate lighting, ventilation and temperature/humidity control, they still have the same benches, tools, racks, ferris wheel, and duplicarver that were in the side of the building. The process is the same as before, As for not being the same old grizzly woodworkers that worked at Gibson, they have always had younger workers in the factory. Unfortunately, the original guys are susceptible to the same aging process as you are. Let's see if you're still doing the same job at the same plant 60 years after you started working! I just hope the original guys are around to enjoy their retirements for a good long time. They deserve it!
  5. 4 points
    Show n Tell: Your Heritage 'Hot Rod' Over the years I've had the opportunity to play and own many Heritage guitars, from an Academy Custom, Sweet 16, Golden Eagle, H150, H157, Millennium, etc., etc. Each brings something unique to the tone table. However, one of them stands out for its tone, feel, sexiness and plain old mojo. I call it my 'Heritage Hot Rod'. Its an H150 that you've seen here before. I'm not sure if its the White Limba body and neck, or the SD Blackback pickups. But every time I pick this baby up and plug into ANY amp, she screams! And I can't help smiling from ear to ear. Here's my Hot Rod. Now, let's see yours.
  6. 4 points
    From picking up the top at NAMM with Jim D. to Designing with Pete F. My #1 - My money pit.... LOL
  7. 4 points
    I've got a couple of really nice H-150 CM's that I modded with Unicorn stickers under the switchplate.....which really took the sound of their Throbak DW-102b's to the next level!!!!
  8. 4 points
    I have 3. They are all great. From left to right: 2013 Millennium Ultra Pro - I removed the stock '59s and put in a set of Seth Lovers 2011 H-150 - This currently has a set of Mojotone 59 Clones in it with Alnico 2 magnets 2000 Millennium SAE - This has a set of Mojotone 59 Clones with Throbak Alnico 4 magnets
  9. 4 points
  10. 4 points
    Here's some old guy trying to play this thing.
  11. 4 points
    I do enjoy clips like this when YouTube's recommendation engine really knocks it out of the park 😉
  12. 4 points
    Hangar, part of that might be that the pricing on a lot of used guitars has gone from fair to questionable to completely insane. It started with the '59 LP Burst craziness, and now everyone who has an old guitar thinks its worth 3-5 times what it was worth 10 years ago because it's old and has "mojo". Sorry, but those Norlin LPs from the late 70s with 3 piece bodies that sold new for $600 are NOT all going to be worth $3-4000. It used to be that when you bought a guitar it went down in value. Now people think that after 5 years its worth 25% more than they paid for it. Sorry, but it's not reality. The "collectable" mentality can be expensive. Anyone who has a stash of Beanie Babies, Trolls, or Cabbage Patch dolls will tell you that.
  13. 4 points
    I visited Heritage recently and some takeaways from my visit. Ren Wall is such a Great Person. He gave me a tour through the factory. A lot of activity in the shop. CNC machined is in place making bodies for Harmony only. The shop is expanding with a room for buffing and a room for metal machining to make parts for their machines. Pete Farmer has over a dozen special Custom builds going on. Pete's enthusiasm is contagious and genuine. Jim Deurloo is still working in the shop doing his thing. If fact the first time I saw him I went to shake his hand and held me up, he had just nicked himself and was headed to get a bandage. Nothing major. Ren shared stories of delivering Lucille to BB King, playing in a golf tournament on Roy Clark's team and other gems. I told Ren he should write a book on all his experiences. He said at one point he almost did, he and the writer didn't see eye to eye. Ren has been through hell and back this year with health issues. He is on the mend and looks good. Say a prayer for him to continue to heal. I felt good on the ride back about Heritage. Production is steady and they are producing a great product. I put my hands on a few Harmony guitars and was impressed. Nice fit and finish. All in all a Great Visit!
  14. 4 points
    The future of Heritage Guitar is brighter than anything that could have been predicted. Who would have guessed that the company would survive the original owners retirement? And now with the amazing stuff coming out of the Custom Shop and the consistency now in the new Heritages coming off of the line. It's an amazing feat has taken place to the little company that should not have survived all of these years. And instead of that historic building just falling into ruin, it will get some much needed attention. No one would have believed it if you'd predicted it. A museum .. yes please. Rooftop bier garden .. oh yes. It'll take some time.. but Heritage Guitar is still alive and well, after many close calls on it's survival.
  15. 4 points
    Franz, I know what you are missing. I miss it too but it had to happen some day and it has happened. The Heritage brand has lost it's Mojo. The old timers were the Mojo and it is gone, along with it's best guitar builders who created that Mojo. Now Heritage Guitars is just another business. You can still get a nice guitar from them but it ain't the same. I drove 11 plus hours to visit that factory -so many times. I made great fiends. Now I don't even have a desire to ever darken their door steps again with my shadow. While many on this forum will defend the new Heritage brand I don't like it. They can keep their plaza. I sure as hell will not be visiting their bierhalle.
  16. 4 points
    ALSB = Almond Sunburst. ASB = Antique Sunburst. ASB:
  17. 4 points
    These, the first two from the Pete Farmer Custom Shop !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. 4 points
    I no longer know who i am referring to. Several people on this site use multiple alias'. I can't even understand what people are referring to when they write something, everything is just letters! AWOL, AOC, LGBTQIA, CIA, LVMH, FWIW, HTH, IMNSHO, DGMW, LSMFT, ABFL, BBS, BMTIPG and partial words. L-word, B-word, N-word, F-word, A-word, C-word, G-word, K-word, Q-word, S-word. I mean WTF. Pardon my letters.
  19. 4 points
    A few old ones. That is some ugly people.
  20. 4 points
  21. 4 points
    Heritage Guitars was run by people with a passion for making guitars not making money. They made a run of it for over thirty years. The new Heritage guitars are not made in the same environment. Face it the "brand" died a few years ago. The future of the new ownership? I could give a shit less.
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    This Heritage was once lost, but now it is found.... I bought this 535 Custom from Eddies in St. Louis. It was broke in 3 pieces when I bought it. I repaired it and its easily the best sounding and playing Heritage I have had in the last 10 years. It sports Seth Lovers, Tone pros, locking Grovers and Blocks! The best $650 I ever spent!!! 1 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7629 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7630 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7639 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7640 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7643 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7645 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7649 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7656 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7657 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_7682 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_8361 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
  25. 3 points
    Due respect to PK, the ES339 is constructed like a smaller Semi-hollow 335/535. The exterior dimensions are similar to Millenniums however. The Millenium's construction is closer to a CS336/356, with a Mahogany center core. (see image below). Millies are Semi-Solid. 535's are Semi-Hollow. Its tone is closer to a solid body than other semi hollow body gits.
  26. 3 points
    Actually, trying to IP troll shapes of wood designed 70+ years ago is the very definition of being anti-innovation. But, Mark Agnesi now gets to be a company tool. Gibson lifted the open book headstock from the public domain when they started using it, it was not their design by any stretch. When Gibson drew up the Les Paul body the most popular "solid" electric guitar in the world was the Bigsby and it's no wonder their two dimensional single cut shape is near identical to the Bigsby give/take a few millimeters here and there. If I was a lawyer I'd be happy to go to court with Gibson and show the public all the examples of old world instruments the open book headstock, and the bigsby shape, and all the other stuff they didn't invent. Gibson ALWAYS read/reacted to the market from the early A-Mandolin days to going toe to toe with Stromberg/Epiphone on archtops to conceding to build solid body guitars only because another guy was actually selling them really well up to building shredder guitars in the 80's etc etc etc etc. Always getting in a hair behind to gain market share.
  27. 3 points
    I got this about 1 month ago and finally got around to bringing her back to life with a set up, a new pickguard. It is a Goldtop Heritage H576 (one better than the H575).
  28. 3 points
    I could give a care less about the guitar market. I have three really nice guitars and do not need another.
  29. 3 points
    Yeah, so I keep telling myself that I'm gonna switch to all heads and cabinets, and make all kinds of weird plans that end up with me needing to own 10 different cabinets for various amps, situations, etc etc etc. And then I give up and just get a combo. Well, it happened again. I had been thinking about picking up a real "Rectifier" for some time now. I have a Maverick, which is technically a Dual Rectifier, but it's not THAT kind of Rectifier. This definitely is. It's also got one thing that I really do like having in an amplifier: reverb. I just like... spring reverb, and don't like having to plug in some type of unit to an amp to get it. The typical "rectifier" doesn't have reverb, or tremolo for that matter. If you want reverb you had to go with the Rect-O-Verb, but that doesn't have the Tube Rectifier option, which is one of the big reasons for getting it. The other options were the Tremoverb, the Roadster, and the Road King. Well, the latter two are just insane amps, with 4 channels, tons of switches, tons of tubes, and that many more things to go wrong. So, the Tremoverb it was. It's also got the kinda unique "channel cloning" feature, which allows you to have two of the same channel, so you have two of the 4 total modes dialed in at any given time, along with reverb, and tremolo (which is fun but of questionable usefulness). I was on the lookout for a head, but then a combo popped up locally, original owner, in great shape, with some extra goodies and the original hang tags. Perfect for an OCD idiot like me. Original casters, footswitch, manual etc. Also came with an aftermarket custom footswitch that uses the external control jacks, so that you can turn on/off reverb, tremolo, efx/ etc. Not sure how useful that will be for how I'll be using it, but it is nice to have. Mesa Boogie has a history of either having a minimal footswitch, or something huge with a ton of buttons. Currently the amplifier is set up for EL34 tubes right now, and it's got a set of "7" rated Groove Tubes EL34 -R2 tubes, which are the same as the "Svetlana" brand of power tubes made by New Sensor. Preamp tubes are a mixture of the original Beijing China 12AX7 tubes, Groove Tubes 9th Gen Chinese tubes, and some Russian. Currently it sounds really good, but loud, though it's got an overall master volume that really helps tame it. Now I've got to decide if I want to keep it running EL34s, or switch it back to 6L6GC tubes. Pretty much all my amps right now have EL34s, so I was looking for something different.
  30. 3 points
    Me too brother. I need an new camera more than a new guitar. For the price of a very nice used Heritage I could get a new full frame camera and all of the batteries I would ever need. Zeldoom, shop used. You can find very good deals on used Heritage Guitars. As for your English... it is better than mine.
  31. 3 points
    5 out of 3 people suffer with math.
  32. 3 points
    My incessant plucking at the headstock aside (try it, it's fun! sounds like chimes, too!), I am still a fan of the guitars themselves. I had the H-127 out two days ago. The H-137D (original run, not the pretender with P90s series) is almost always close at hand. The H-127 through the Lyle/Rob Vibrolux, by the way, is second only to the combination of same amp and #3 son's G&L Skyhawk (also original series, with the sickle headstock; well, he continues working that one off, so I guess it's still 68% mine, but you all know how these things go). That amp is magical. But I digress... I'm firmly in the camp of, "yep, the old Heritage has passed", but I'm not firmly in the camp of "this is clearly a bad thing." A quality guitar is a quality guitar and I'm a sucker for value. The "old Heritage" pricing model was a gift, insofar as the absurdly low cost of really well-made new examples artificially depressed the secondary market. The lack of consistency (noted by Rob) also contributed to a non-artificially depressed secondary market. Finding the really well-made units in the used market was an adventure, especially back in 2007 or so. I think for the better part of a couple years the only buyers of used Heritage guitars were me and Brent (mostly Brent)! I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know the original crew and the good folks of the HOC. At a point pretty early on in the HOC, though, the guitars became a secondary concern for me. I hope the new guard find their own mojo and a sustainable business model too. The Heritage heritage would be a helluva thing to lose completely.
  33. 3 points
    Objectively speaking, the Gibson headstock is "silly." I mean, what the heck does an open book shape have to do with guitar? They built it into a highly recognizable trademark, though. Heritage's headstock is plain, but hardly "ugly." Anyone who is "playing the headstock shape" is stuck on a brand image and probably not reachable. For everyone else, I think the new Heritage is largely on the right path. Look, the founders were going to retire eventually; change was inevitable once that happened. It's just as likely the whole thing could have disappeared, but instead we have a deep-pockets guy who actually wants to make the company survive and thrive. The old Heritage of under-the-radar, cheap custom-quality guitars is gone forever, but that model was never really financially viable and certainly not in the current era of boutique guitars.
  34. 3 points
    I have had this guitar at Pete Moreno's shop for about 4 months getting it restored. Nicks and dings drop filled and a wooden bridge built so I can go back and forth between string changes. This guitar plays great sounds great, it is just plan G R E A T !
  35. 3 points
    I believe they used “ASB” for Antique sunburst as well!
  36. 3 points
    My Ultra Honey. I know Heritage doesn't do braz boards and if they did it would surely be indicated on the sticker, but I just love playing this one with her slab of chocolatey goodness...
  37. 3 points
    Seriously. You go to the Heritage Website where they use all these recycled beautiful artistic shots of salt of the earth seasoned workers slowly handling instruments in Ye Olde Parson's factory location as the sun shines through the windows illuminating the clouds of sawdust in the air. Aesthetically pleasing. When, in reality, it's a bunch of green new hire kids busting their butts in a factory that looks like Office Depot (and, yes, we've all heard the same folks with their shtick of how much improved everything is, this ain't about that). Just own it, don't give curious folks with no clue of the current brand the impression their fiddles are being made by aged builders in the vintage confines. Regardless of anyone's opinion on new vs old Heritage: It's aesthetically disingenuous. There's no problem with keeping the history alive, just put that stuff on a "years past" or historical part of the site.
  38. 3 points
    My 2 cents. I have had the great fortune of having Custom Heritage guitars built under the original owners of Heritage Guitars Inc. and the new owners (Plaza Corp and Bandlab). I have been treated well by both. I have no regrets working with the new Heritage Guitar Inc., in fact it was a pleasure. I encourage everyone to have the experience of working with Heritage Guitars Inc. to get the Custom guitar they have been dreaming of. Did I mention, Pete is Fab. Being negative is never positive. Good Times.
  39. 3 points
    One I should have never let get away! Great platform.
  40. 3 points
    Of course, Pete was working on some custom instruments before that... he tap tuned this one in 1999 and had a lot to do with wood selection and other features on it.
  41. 3 points
    I have always wanted a Les Paul. After learning about Heritage a few years ago, I shifted from Gibson to Heritage. I couldn't be happier. It's a serious piece of equipment. Glad to be in the club! -Roll
  42. 3 points
    Marv started in 1956, JP in 1957 and Jim 1957. So they were 18-19 years old. When Marv was carving necks on the 58,59 60 bursts he was early 20's They guys in the photo with Pete showing off Pressure's Super light look older than their teens. Don't write off the workers because they have less than 30 years under their belt. If they produced Richies super light and Sky 52's Sweet 16 no body should question their skills.
  43. 3 points
    at first I thought it was crappy: but after some thought, I think it is the only way to get Heritage into higher visibility with the larger population of guitar buyers people like us are a very small percentage I can't count the number of guitar playing friends who I have tried to "convert" to Heritage, who don't give the brand much credence, because they don't see them in stores beside GIBSON & FENDER and what about the even larger percentage of non educated, casual guitar buyers? ( like kids' parents etc ) G & F still hold sway over anyone who is only *marginally* familiar with guitar. Because they are everywhere. ( all that free marketing from 1950-1980 or so didn't help either ) at least now, everyone will be able to compare them side by side, and see for themselves
  44. 3 points
    I picked up a build last week. First one since the BandLab buy in. It took over 9 months to get it done after persistent inquiries on my part. It was a Custom Sweet 16 that I ordered. I went over and picked it up myself. Wanted to say Hi to people I know there but didn't see anyone I knew. Bad timing and there are a lot of new faces. Had a little snafu with the pickguard rocking. I always take my builds to Ann Arbor Guitars to have them set up to my liking. They where very impressed with the build and set up and said it was the best they have ever seen. Had to agree. It turned out nice! Plays like a dream. It's how it should be for pricing of such builds. I am not a dealer anymore because of many factors. Heritage Guitar is putting out a high quality product and I wish them luck. A few cell phone pics.
  45. 3 points
    My 555 prior to fitting the Duesenberg trem.
  46. 3 points
    What a contrast. Eleven Beauties and four Beasts.
  47. 3 points
    Just look at all those magnificent snatches!!!
  48. 3 points
    Here's my family - H170, H150CM, and a Millennium along with my Dr. Z Mazerati 30th Anniversary.
  49. 3 points
    Hello all! I'm new here and don't generally participate in forums so I hope I'm posting in the right place. I've been a fan of Heritage since 1986 when I learned about the company. In 1985 I was 25 years old, playing actively in the local/regional scene. and I started a guitar shop in Texas. At first I dealt mostly in used and vintage but also some lower end imports brands. Dealing in vintage instruments enabled me to set up at the shows around Texas. By 1989 I was aware of Heritage but hadn't yet become a dealer. While exhibiting at the Dallas show that year, a guy stopped at my booth because he noticed my dobro brand resonator and was at the show looking for one. He was toting a Heritage H-535 for trade. We struck a deal and even though I've sold countless rare vintage pieces thru the years, I held on to this guitar. It's special not only because it's such a fine instrument. It's also the documented first ever production model 535. I'll post a scan of the letter signed by Bill Paige reflecting this. Also, the dealer this was shipped to had a shop in Waco, TX. This shop was a huge dealer for Heritage at that time and honestly, seeing them at a previous show was how I became aware of them. We spoke regularly at the shows. One of those times, I mentioned that I had a first production model Heritage. He looked at me and said "you have a blonde H-535". Shocked, I asked him how he knew that and he replied "it's the only first production model I've ever let go". For years after that when I saw him at a show he would ask "are you taking good care of my guitar?". I expected to see references to him on this site but a search of his name brought nothing up. I figure a lot of members here know who I'm speaking of. Best I recall I became a dealer for Heritage by late 1989...maybe early 90. Not only did my shop sell quite a few, I ordered some amazing models for my own collection. Sadly a divorce necessitated a mass liquidation of my personal guitars. I'm talking about a Johnny Smith The Rose circa 1990 and many others. With the exception of a 550 that I custom ordered for myself (with upgraded figuring) I have no idea where any of those are today but still miss them. I do plan to approach the guy who has my old 550 and try to get it back. I closed my shop in 2015 and am now semi retired. The last 10 years of operation really sapped the "guitar player" in me. I got to the point I didn't play much outside of store demos. Finally last year I began to play more...and more. Anyway, the reason I found this forum is that I'm now working on a music project with a writer in upstate New York. The current song calls for a semi hollow tone. So for the first time since around 1996, I restrung the 535 and recorded with it a couple days back. Going to try to get the final track tonight. This guitar rings like a bell and is as much of a joy to play today as when I first brought it home around 30 years ago. This guitar is not for sale and will never be. I have a grown daughter who plays and has some nice pieces in her collection. That's where this will go one day. I'm truly humbled to be the guy who owns this guitar. I hope my new friends here enjoy the story!
  50. 3 points
    Hello from Texas. After spending the weekend at the Guitarlington show helping my buddy, who happens to be a Heritage dealer, and next door to the Heritage booth...well, it happened. I now own a new 535 "Old Style Sunburst." I'm 62, and have had over 120 guitars. (That includes the ones I bought just to flip, back in the day) I've got to say, this is the most excited I've been about a guitar in quite some time. I just can't stop playing it. It's a lot of fun.

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