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  1. I think this is a very positive development for Kalamazoo and Heritage Guitar. It has to help Heritage Guitar's name recognition. I fell in love with Kalamazoo the first time I visited. Both my daughters received degrees from Western Michigan. Many Great memories. In 2002 I ordered my first Heritage from Elderly Instruments and later took it to Heritage to have it upgraded to the DVIP set up. I was hooked. That's when I first met the guys and girl : ). So many trips since then. Every person I met are just Great People! That by far is the most important thing to me!
    6 points
  2. My 535 in ASB! (Antique)
    6 points
  3. Before During and after
    6 points
  4. There's a bit o'burst on this one.
    5 points
  5. I'm a fan of Heritage bursts.
    5 points
  6. Another pic for those interested. It's a '59 formerly owned by Ace Frehley.
    5 points
  7. Here's two versions of "Old Style Burst" (OSB):
    5 points
  8. My three bursts, from L to R: VSB (Vintage), ALSB (Almond), ASB (Antique). My other three Heritages are a Natural H575, Trans Black H150 and Goldtop H150 Special.
    5 points
  9. I was presented with a very tough trade choice this week. As you probably read in my other thread, I was tech-ing on a beautiful 20th Anniversary H150. I lent my 71 LPC to him while I was working on the 20th. The discussion got brought up of a trade. My 71 for the 20th. At first I was very hesitant...it was my birth year Les Paul that I never thought about parting with. After spending some quality time with the 20th, I began to fall in love with it...so it’s a done deal!
    5 points
  10. Here is something I did with a friend who plays keys. I used all Heritage guitars on it...Slide and melody were my old H-170, rhythm was my H-535, the little afterbeat thing on beat two is my Heritage Leon Rhodes. What I like about the H-170 is how it has a thick LP type tone but during the second half of the song it is more screaming strat style...a truly versatile guitar. I didn't have a Heritage bass so I had to settle for my Marcus Miller Sire. https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=14197508
    4 points
  11. This H-555 is over the top! Nice
    4 points
  12. This would be a Marv Burst because he did this as a custom burst for this guitar. Marv also rolled the neck for this one, I know because he called me to come up to Kalamazoo to try the neck in the raw. I'm not sure he knew it would be a 400 mile round trip for me. I had a Fab time.
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. Chestnut burst, Almond burst and the classic Cherry burst!
    4 points
  15. https://wwmt.com/news/local/hard-rock-hotels-to-redevelop-former-Gibbons-guitar-site-in-kalamazoo-for-new-hotel-concept
    3 points
  16. Sometimes you get lucky and come across a special bit of gear. I remember vividly the first time I laid eyes on this guitar, I just started to laugh. Then I played it and it is just so exquisitely unique, humbuckers where the p90s usually are, but it's just right and I never once thought about changing them out for some Lollars (well maybe I did, but, nah). I haven't been playing as much lately, tempus fugit, and I am glad to free her from her California visit. Back to Kalamazoo, or Mecca as I think of it. This guitar gets around! Thanks for the beautiful photos MG! Most of all thanks for shar
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. I don't foresee the reissuing of HRWs. These pickups emerged because of all the right ingredients coming together at the same time. That time has passed. Ren Wall is a clever guy. I only know a small fraction of his innovations. But I do know he thought a lot about improving all things guitar. He is ingredient number one. Heritage got its hardware from Schaller, presumably at a bulk discount. It was and is well engineered, but it's not the usual for American built guitars, particularly the roller bridge and the heavy tailpiece. The pickups are very good in my opinion, but many
    3 points
  19. And appendix and balloons and pipes and bubbles...
    3 points
  20. Sticker reflects 'ALMSB' finish... which think is Always Lugubriously Melodic Sensational Band
    3 points
  21. Whoops H530, sorry 'bout that:) No 420 action, but I did drink a shot of Bullet Rye!
    3 points
  22. New project. Just a prototype. I think the next one is going to be even faster. I have to finish this one and apply clear coat or some sort of finish. I made so many mistakes trying to get this thing together. I kept trying to fix them by making them into features, and then I would make a mistake of the feature. I did learn a lot.
    2 points
  23. Playing around the house w/o plugging in while working on chord voicings. These sound great unplugged, especially the hollow 525 w/the 'reverb adding' tailpiece. 535 I believe is 'sunset burst'. Can't recall the 525 burst flavor... natural burst? But anyway, 'bursts have the best tone...
    2 points
  24. Some of you old timers on HOC may remember this. I posted it about a decade ago. This is a H-530 with humbuckers and an amber finish. The pickups are SDs, a Jazz in the neck and a 59 in the bridge. It was custom ordered that way by someone who lived in Hong Kong. Once it arrived there he had a pickguard and matching truss rod cover made for it. I bought it from him, and he assured me that there would be no import tax. When it arrived the USPS would not release it to me without paying a $200 duty. They shouldn't have charged that, and they told me that at the time. They gave me pap
    2 points
  25. I'm a sucker for oddball/one-of-a-kind Heritage guitars. The instant i saw this H140, it was love at first sight. A 1986 H140...done up in Pelham Blue Burst!!! This 140 was factory stock when i got it. I upgraded the stock Grovers to locking Grovers, the Schaller bridge and tailpiece to Tonepros and the Schaller pickups to Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pros. The Schaller pickups sounded like dog doo....go figure. There were a bunch of high frets, so I leveled and polished the frets. The original brown Heritage case showed up with a broken handle, which was kind of a bum
    2 points
  26. 2 points
  27. I have this digital scale that is pretty precise in the range of guitar weights, so I started using it. Here are some results. I add a Gibby for comparison. The first and lightest is a 1996 x-braced Golden Eagle. These are designed as acoustic instruments. This one has a thinner top and x-bracing. There are three semi-hollows. The H-555 with the Bigsby is the heaviest. It's heavier than the ES-355 despite the 355 being a deeper body. The Heritage center block is a chunk of maple. The 355 center block is lighter in modern times. The old ones were also a chunk of solid maple,
    2 points
  28. I just picked up the Musicman Thursday. It was a local Facebook marketplace find. The phaser doesn’t work but I think it’s a bad pot. HD 150. 4-6L6S. Solid state pre amp. 2 channel with reverb. It’s kinda chimey like a Vox but has balls. Super cleans. Great reverb. Hopefully the phaser is an easy fix.
    2 points
  29. Hello from West Tennessee. I purchased my first Heritage today, a blonde Super Eagle. I've been playing regularly for 47 years, but never owned a really nice jazz guitar. I almost took a Sweet 16 but decided on the Super Eagle because I love Kenny Burrell. I may still keep my eye out for a Sweet 16 for later. I have not recieved the guitar yet and suspect it will be a couple of weeks. I'm certain I've never been this excited about a guitar. I look forward to participating in the Heritage community! Joe
    2 points
  30. I’ve never been a fan of HRWs. I thought the bridge was too bright. The neck sounds the best IMO.
    2 points
  31. You've perhaps already done this, but after setup (new strings, relief, intonation, nut slot height, string height), check nut slots (width, smooth slots, lube). Then bridge slots and tailpiece break angle. Ensure tuners are tight. Apologies if stating the obvious, but it's lower odds that quality tuners such as grovers are causing tuning issues.
    2 points
  32. Hi Heritage People. I'm from Sarasota, Florida and in my second childhood put together a band (Dreamwalkers), manifested an album, and am working on a second album. In my day job I'm a psychologist. I acquired an H-535 about six months ago and brought it into the recording of the new album. The sound is just luxuriously spectacular. Love it. The band's website is dreamwalkersband.com Peace Dr Dreamwalker
    2 points
  33. Some bathroom scales are fairly accurate. When I was in the Air Force one of my undesirable jobs was to run the overweight program. People outside the weight standards were ordered to lose three pounds a month. If they failed, they were disobeying a direct order. That could mean demotion, fines and even jail time. None of those punishments were issued. But guys would swear they only ate one sandwich a day yet our scales showed weight gain. But our scales was calibrated twice a day by a metrics team who brought over a group of weight standards. It was checked at 100, 150, 200, 250 a
    2 points
  34. Careful gents. All measurement instruments have a useful range. When you go outside that range, things become random. I remember a laboratory scale that had sliding doors to kill air movement across the scale so air currents didn't influence the results - you could sign your name in pencil and get the lead weight. Pretty cool. The same factory had a scale to measure the weight of rolled steel. Both are very expensive, neither is worth a cow pie when weighing a guitar. When you leave the useful range, calibration flies out the window. Surprisingly, a decent bathroom scale will give
    2 points
  35. Just caught a small part of episode 2 of this competition shown on SkyArts television in the U.K. tonight. The feature judge in this episode is George Benson,and one of the competitors was playing jazz on an early H575 with the black plastic covers (I didnt catch the competitors name) and George commented on how wonderful the guitar sounded.The guitar was o sort of orangey yellow colour with matching wood scratchplate and a tuner or something hiding the Heritage name on the headstock,possibly to avoid free advertising.None of the other guitars were showing headstock n
    2 points
  36. A good friend of mine, who purchased the 1959 Les Paul Special from me a few months ago, also has this BEAUTIFUL and rare Heritage 20th Anniversary H150!!! One of the original Sperzel tuners failed...so I offered to replace the tuners and do a compete setup and fret polish for him. This H150 is MINT!!! All Factory original (well except for the tuners now) One piece Honduran mahogany body and neck Indian rosewood fretboard Insane flame maple carved top Seymour Duncan Antiquities Schaller bridge and tailpiece I'm so glad the o
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. spectacular!! I normally put PG's on my H150's but I would leave that as-is nice figuring and mineral streaks in the wood. Almost has a Manalishi vibe to it
    2 points
  39. I couldn't help mysel - purchased this one today. Should be here sometime next week. It's a 2002 with HRW pick-ups.
    2 points
  40. State went into lock down due to cv19 so I couldnt do what I was going to but nothing I was waiting for in the mail turned up. Its like its 1974 in a country town. No point hurrying. I played around with what I had for a couple of hours just to entertain myself. I wanted to do a bigger roundover on the edges but that bit and a few others for upcoming projects are on back order or just held up in post. Ive sanded it to 400grit but I I guess it should be around 1200, I dont know. Its going to be covered in tolex eventually. Ive also got grill cloth, handles, feet, tolex and corners hel
    2 points
  41. The right amount of play wear as to not worry about playing or gigging it hard, but still pretty clean for an 86
    2 points
  42. Thank you, all! Here's a pic of my other 535, 2004 factory 2nd. The two are quite similar guitars in neck shape, playability, and tones. The flame is subdued under regular light, but comes alive with bright light.
    2 points


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