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  1. 6 points
    Jim and Alicia were passing through town so they stopped for a visit at the Jam House. After a meal of ribs and German tater salad we jammed for a little while. Not often do you see two 535s in the same joint.
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    I had hoped Sergio Mendez would pick up the tune and do it right. Life presents difficult choices, and in that mode I present the original studio version of the tune, absent my dazzling visual presence but with a living, breathing percussionist, recorded a life time ago it seems.
  4. 3 points
    Once the drooling starts it's only a matter of time.
  5. 3 points
    I don't know if this qualifies as an anniversary model, it's more of a commemorative model ... but, as the certificate says.... "This instrument, #P00804, is the only copy of this design ever built, and it is the very last instrument built at 225 Parsons Street in the 20th century. " " The Heritage Eagle Centurion is a fitting tribute to the history and influence that this location represents, and a marvelous example of the Heritage commitment to quality."
  6. 3 points
    Finally...i did it! I found my 2nd H-160v! As you can see is quite different from the one I already had (on the left): the body is clear while the other is almost cream, and even the fretboard is darker. The other one has a hb SD Jeff Beck, this one is totally original! I just wanted to show you my new toy... 😁
  7. 3 points
    For 2000 Heritage did a very limited run celebrating the new millennium with the "Millennium Eagle". Here's mine...
  8. 3 points
    In my opinion the 10th, 20th and 30th anniversary models are the best and stand out with their special inlays and appointments.
  9. 3 points
    Hey all! I haven't posted in awhile, and figured it was high-time that I do some more shameless self-whoring. My band released its debut record in June of 2018; I had teased a few songs on here, as I recall. In any case, my Custom H555, which is STILL in my possession, was used for about 75% of the guitar tracks on our full-length album: www.ghostbound.bandcamp.com I am currently offering our album FOR FREE/pay-what-you-will scale. I played the H555 for all of the songs in standard E tuning for all distorted and clean tones aside from perhaps two rhythm tracks and one overdub. I played through an Orange Rockerverb MKII for all distortion and an ancient VHT Deliverance for all the clean tones. At the time, it was equipped with a Duncan Custom Custom in the bridge and a '59 in the neck, but I have had a set of Bare Knuckle Mules in there for ages, now, and I lovelovelove them. 11-49 strings in standard tuning. We are almost done with a follow-up EP, where I used the Heritage exclusively for all the songs. Thanks for indulging me! Regards, Alec
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    Welcome to the HOC. Have you considered relocating the toggle switch to where one of your Vol/Tone knobs is. Then have a Volume knob installed where your toggle switch currently is. That way you don't damage your top and the mod is reversible in the unlikely event you decide to sell the 158.
  12. 3 points
    In mid 1998 I ordered a black 150 from Heritage. My local dealer was told they had just the model I was looking for. He said they told him that Roy Clark had ordered a black H-150 and they made two. I got the one he didn't pick. I never thought much about it until one Saturday night when a buddy called me and told me to look at the TV show Hee Hah. Sure enough Roy was playing the same guitar. Marv told me later that Roy knocked that guitar off of a dresser in a hotel and cracked the head stock. Word on the street is that Roy was picking up a guitar from 225 Parsons and called an employee's wife and sang her a song for her birthday over the phone. I wonder which guitar he was playing for the first time that day.
  13. 2 points
    Maybe its an incomplete "0" It looks too short compared to the other letters and numbers. I might just be seeing things though.
  14. 2 points
    Well hey there, Bob! Glad you found us here. BSMAN and I know each other from Mark Wein's guitar forum. He's a good guy. I directed him here to learn more about the brand.
  15. 2 points
    Agreed! The base guitar (Prospect, right?) with Bigsy is right up my alley, but then add on the bound board, inlays, bowtie(?) and it becomes amazing to me. Enjoy it for a long time!
  16. 2 points
    I'm also partial to the 2000 Millies.
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    If I'm not wrong h-160v and Stat are different models, both have a "strato" shape but they are different. From my research it seems that only 20 h-160v were made... so I had 10% of the world production of this model 😅
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    Jon Herington (guitarist with Steely Dan) has done something similar to Gitfiddler's suggestion with his CS336 -
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    John E. Lawrence is a Great Player and even Greater Man. He was head of the Music Department at Washtenaw Community College for years. He retired from there a few years ago and is having great fun with his music now. I try to go see him when ever he plays out. Not many opportunities this year but I'll get back at it after Covid is over. He has a lot of guitars and a lot of Heritage's. At one time he was a Heritage Artist but they are not doing any of that now. http://johnelawrence.net/
  21. 1 point
    Doesn't have to be a custom order. We have new colors.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks Yooper.She has had one shoulder and one hip replacement,and is waiting for the other shoulder other hip and both shoulders.She's been waiting now for 18 months for the next op.What hurts most though is the inability to play guitar any more because of the arthritis in her hands (imagine this with a household full of generally good guitars !) Add into this Hiatus hernia and Meniers disease and she has some hard days. The guitars she wont part with are a 1978 Martin HD28 and a 1972 Martin 00-18C.As for the Harmony we have a matching pair of H75's.When I started playing in the early 1960's my teacher had one (after sending back a strat which he said wasnt good enough !!) and always wanted one of my own.As soon as I got one Laine looked at it and said "Gosh,I want one"
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    Here I opt out of the argument.Although Laine and I have been together for about 37 years and have 2 daughters aged 30 and 29 somehow we never got round to the getting married bit ! To be fair we have both been married (to other people). Currently trying to aquire guitar number 65,a 1965 Burns Bison,but not sure whether the deal is going to work. Storage does become a problem.
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    Yep. Your Gibbons LP "Junior Special" with P90s has a totally different range of tones than the H-530. I have a Heritage H-137 with P-90s which is probably similar to your LP. I also have a vintage Epiphone Casino which is basically what the H-530 is. These are completely different guitars. The Casino, like the H-530 is hollow and will feed back in a beautifully controlled way where as the LP or H-137 will not. The P-90s on the Epi or H-130 give it a cool kind of "twang" without being a country sound. I have had to stop myself from buying a 530 since I have that tone covered. The H-530s are totally cool.
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    It's a correction that happens on this forum.
  28. 1 point
    Welcome to the HOC. That's a good price for a 530, and Gryphon is a quality shop. They might work with you on the price, but their after sales service is top notch.
  29. 1 point
    530s’ are fantastic guitars. That’s a pretty good price on that one, especially if it’s in clean condition.
  30. 1 point
    I like those cloud inlays (and those p90s) and totally prefer a special inlay like that to any inlay with a number in it.
  31. 1 point
    Hot DAMN, Bob!! What a sexy gitfiddle!
  32. 1 point
    On one of the tours , I remember Jim Deurloo pointing out a 23rd Anniversary model with a bit of pride. It represented the rebirth of Heritage, I believe. As they moved past challenges and kept the Heritage of Kalamazoo going.. I'm a big fan of the hollow trap inlays and the signature inlays on the other anniversary models.
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    Here's a 20th...........
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    If your new H160v has the serial number, C 08603 which means it was built October 6th 1986, I used to own it. It has been refetted and PleKed to perfection. That's a Fab guitar. Good times.
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    Thanks Punk K, great tips. I’ll consider doing that. will be like Geraldo opening Al Capone’s vault in anticipation! Or a little less. Right now I’m happy not knowing. Will keep you all posted! ✌️
  40. 1 point
    You can easily check what kind of pickups they are. Loosen all of the strings. Take out the screws holding the pickup rings. Pull out the pickup and look at the bottom. Then just put it all back together. It's not going to change the pickup height. There should be a sticker or some type of marking on the bottom of the pickup. If you have questions, you can post the pictures and them maybe we can help identify them.
  41. 1 point
    I have a few millies, and I have moved the pickup selector on all of them to the upper bout, like a Les Paul -- which, in my opinion, is where God intended it to be :-). I played a Les Paul most of my life, and my hand automatically goes there, no matter what I am playing. Plus, I think it's the location that allows for the fastest pickup switching when playing. There is a caution to be taken, however. The space below the top on the upper bout is not large, so you need to go with a 90 degree switch instead of the straight one (switchcraft makes them), and have a skilled technician do the work. In all cases, the repair shop was able to move the switch, but told me that there was barely enough space to do it. The exact location may make a difference, a fraction of an inch one way or another. Hope this helps.
  42. 1 point
    One possibility might be to have an arrangement similar to that on Gretsch guitars. Have a master volume where the switch currently is, put the switch in the neck tone position, keep the separate neck and bridge volumes and have a master tone in the bridge tone position. If you did something like that I would suggest having a new wiring harness made and keeping the original so the guitar couldbe put back to original spec if desired.
  43. 1 point
    Bobmeyrick - Thank you. I can assure you I will remind myself of what you just told me about Jeff Beck when I'm feeling embarrassed about my lack of knowledge. (Tho I did know that one. Lol) I can also assure you there will most definitely be adventures involving me and this guitar. I feel like it's already been a huge adventure just learning about it, along with its history. It's been a wonderful ride so far and I fully expect it to get even better!
  44. 1 point
    I think you may be confusing a couple of things here. As DetroitBlues says, the term "humbucker" refers to a type of pickup. A simple electric guitar pickup is a single coil of wire wrapped around a magnet. The vibrating steel strings cause a change in the magnetic field which causes a small electric current to flow in the coil. This tiny current is fed to the amplifier which makes it large enough to drive the loudspeaker. Single coil pickups can be found on Fender guitars like the Stratocaster and Telecaster. While they work well, there is a problem. Electrical equipment often as stray magnetic fields associated with it, and the coil of wire in the pickup will be affected by these magnetic fields, causing a hum with a frequency of 60Hz (50Hz in the UK). "Hz" is the symbol for "hertz", the unit for vibrations per second. The bottom "E" string on a guitar has a frequency of about 80Hz. A humbucker pickup has two coils, wired in such a way that the hum picked up by one coil is (mostly) cancelled out by the hum from the other coil. On your guitar the pickups don't have a metal cover, so you can see the two black coils side by side. The position of the pickup affects the tone - the one by the neck will be more mellow with more bass, while the one by the bridge will be brighter with more treble. As for the "Hannes" bridge, this is a new design from Schaller, different from the ones usually found on Heritage guitars. It isn't a pickup - as DetroitBlues says, it's a support for the strings on the body of the guitar. I think the confusion arose with the term "bridge humbucker", which just means the humbucker next to the bridge. You can see the full range of Schaller bridges here - https://schaller.info/en/bridges/?o=1&p=1 The picture in DetroitBlues' post is the STM bridge fitted to older Heritages (though not yours), while the GTM is the "Nashville" style found on newer guitars (and on yours). Hope that helps. This is the Hannes bridge...
  45. 1 point
    I talked to Marv today and that is the prototype he made at home. He said he hand carved that one. What a piece of history! Solid mahogany slab. He said they where having a hard time finding curly maple they liked at that time.
  46. 1 point
    Used to play in a band with a guy (of questionable sanity, and not just regarding guitars...) who, at one time, had ninety-eight Historic Les Pauls. Really! His frenzy to hide them all over town, as the divorce became inevitable, was a comedy worth of the Keystone Cops!
  47. 1 point
    With that serial number if my math is correct November 26th which was a Monday and it was the second guitar that day.
  48. 1 point
    This is like encouraging someone to do heroin and once hooked telling them that there is a lot of solid support for them to continue their heroin use. This is how I started out here....I bought a used Heritage and had a question. Then they urged me to stick around and now I have ten Heritage guitars. Beware.
  49. 1 point
    Much better deal on Reverb, but with that "tooled leather" tolex I'd say she looks more like a corn queen ? yeehaw!
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