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  1. +1 for the SD Custom Shop "Greenies" Have a set in my '06 VSB along with 525k pots and Luxe Bumblebees. But I think my fav "hot rod" has to be my fat-necked '16 Amber H535 with ThroBak Pre-T-301s, 525k pots and NOS Bumblebees 😀
    5 points
  2. I do not know if this is a Hot Rod or not but I do find it Hot. This is my variation of a H-125, the Kenny Rambow Model. After seeing the prototype of this guitar I inquired about buying it. They declined. Months later while walking through the factory with Marv, he told me if Kenny would make the body they would make it a Heritage. They allowed me to re-design the body to my specs and they also gave me an ebony fret board, headstock and inlayed "The Heritage". Many thanks to Kenny and Marv. This is a killer. As I have said before, this may not be your cup of tea. This is
    5 points
  3. I spent some time the past few weeks at Jay Wolfe's store, and really compared several Heritage guitars - H575 vs Golden Eagle. They were very patient, and have lots of great guitars. I came home with this beautiful guitar yesterday - it had just hit the shop, and I returned there not to play it, but to play others. This one spoke to me. The solid maple back is just incredible. Plays so easily! Sounds so full and beautiful! I truly hope that all of our members enjoy their guitars as much as I am enjoying this baby!
    5 points
  4. I have a few Heritage's but I always end up with this one for my Hot Rodded model. Custom Academy with Thro-Bak MXV Plus pickups and RS Guitarworks control package. Bound headstock with extra MOP accents, multiple bound front, nice figuring and solid maple block keeping it under control. This one has some Mojo and just fits me as one of the most comfortable to play. She seems to handle any noise I produce. I love all my Heritage's but this one is a special Lady!
    4 points
  5. Time for a little Heritage SHOW & TELL! I've always been into guitars and fast cars. However, being a working stiff most of my life, the only 'hot rods' I've been able to afford are made by Heritage. After playing darn near every type of guitar made by Heritage, a couple of them I would call 'hot rods'. Why? Because of their sleek design, custom features, high performance pickups, great sounds and light weight...the exact thing custom car builders look for when building sleek, fast automobiles. My favorite Heritage 'Hot Rod' is a light weight (8.1 lbs) H-150 with Korina body
    3 points
  6. Here is my rescue,refinished,modded limited edition deluxe. #92. Seth lovers with rough cast a2 magnets, aluminum tail, locking bridge, kluson 19:1 revolutions, Pete Moreno refin, 50s rewire, stinger... Very yummy!
    3 points
  7. Both of my Heritages are hot rods, but of my two H150s, this one bites harder. Seymour Duncan custom shop Peter Green unpotted PAF style pickups (with non reversed magnets), Faber locking ABR bridge and BSW kit, Tonepros lightweight tail, full RS kit pots and caps. I had my favorite luthier re-cut the nut and dress the frets (The Heritage setup was abysmal). This guitar can hang with any Les Paul, and like all of my favorite guitars, it has it's own sound.
    3 points
  8. Well, then, here's the predecessor shot to that one......a little less heat in the automotive content, but a pretty classy Heritage nonetheless.
    3 points
  9. This one's had a couple of things done.....bone nut, replaced the original roller bridge, Mark Atkinson 38 Special single-coil pickups. And this one, aside from a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, is original.............
    3 points
  10. Here's a couple. Replaced all the plastic with rosewood. H150 now has black pickup covers (not in this photo). P90s are kinman zero hum.
    3 points
  11. Just occurred to me that my H150 has been hot rodded. I'm not sure what the exact details are of what was done but it seems to go alright. I exchanged it for a R7 and R8 for about a month and when it came back it was different. It now has: SD antiquity in the neck and SD JB antiquity in the bridge. New pickup surrounds. New pots, wiring and caps, 3way etc. Bone nut. New bridge and stop tail. It also came back with 11's instead of 10's. It was a great sounding beast before the changes and now after the changes its more of a beast, but som
    3 points
  12. I think the [img] and [/img] things were preventing the images showing. Just copying and pasting the address to a post works.
    3 points
  13. I’ve shared this story before, it always seems to be well received... I bought this H535 custom from Eddies Guitar in St. Louis. It had been broken in 3 pieces. I bought it AS IS with all the hardware and case for $650. I took a big risk. All I had to go by were pictures, to evaluate weather I would be able to bring it back to life. Long story, short, it turned out absolutely incredible!! It’s easily my best player. Incredible tone as well!!
    3 points
  14. The good news is that there will be consistency in the necks. They may make several styles of necks, but each in that given style would be basically the same. That's the Gibbons, Fender, G&L way. The harsher news is that the days of ordering a custom roll seem gone, and there probably will no longer be any point in trying out several H-150s from the same year to decide which neck you like best. Not long ago playing Heritages was like going to a barbeque festival. Each meal had it's own special sauce and preparation recipe. Some were better than others and none were identical.
    3 points
  15. A power conditioner is most effective in providing consistent voltage. It usually gives a consistent voltage, regardless of input voltage (within reason). Consistent input voltage provides a solid foundation for your favorite amp settings every time you turn it on. It also protects against other current/voltage drains on the circuit into which you've plugged. Imagine you're playing and sounding great, suddenly the amp sounds defective, even for just a moment. The change is often associated with a motor starting in the circuit - vacuum, fridge, the furnace, etc. Now, put yourself in a ba
    3 points
  16. 3 points
  17. Is that what that finish is called OSB??? I don't know the names of any Heritage finishes! The surrounds I think are DiMarzios I had laying around when I installed the Peter Green set of pickups. The only reason I changed the surrounds is because the original neck pickup surround cracked! This is probably the most accurate picture of have of the color...
    2 points
  18. Some kind of update. I was meant to send the amp out to one guy a few weeks ago but the courier failed to show up one day and the next delivery the tech wasnt there to receive it, and honestly, I just moved on to other things. So it just sat here. A few days ago I decided to get back onto it and decided to look around for another tech. There is one guy I have never used but I have always been curious about him, he builds amps and has always seemed to have a good rep. I called him and organised to drop the amp off. I wanted to meet him so I took it myself. We got talking about
    2 points
  19. Here is the Prototype of the H-125. I still dig that blue guitar and wish they would make me one with P-90's.
    2 points
  20. It's in excellent shape. And a darn fine player. I don't have any pics of it, but it now sports a custom wound mandolin pickup. Making it Hot Hot Hot!!!
    2 points
  21. Until we see it, I am going to assume that you bought a broken neck with a pretty headstock for $14.99 at GC.
    2 points
  22. I suspect that the reason people worry about these is related to how at least some of them work. What a decent one aims to do is to turn possibly-crappy AC input into good AC output. 'Possibly crappy' means that the voltage may vary a lot and also the shape of what should be a sine wave coming in may be horrid. You can do some, but only some of this with a variac and perhaps some filtering on the output of it: the variac can fix the output voltage and the filtering can remove any HF nasties for you. But variacs have moving parts: you need to physically move the tap on the coil to change
    2 points
  23. Well, I'm not against Heritage! I grew up in Kalamazoo, moved about in my nomad years and resettled in Kalamazoo about 15 years ago. Gibbons was simply part of the culture and one of the major employers. Everyone knew at least someone who worked at Gibbons and most knew many. Kalamazoo was and is a good place to live. We'd have visitors all the time who came to Gibbons beginning in the early 1900s. I couldn't possibly name half of them but they included Chet Atkins, Johnny Smith, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Ted Nugent, Wes Montgomery, the Everly Brothers, and many, many more. In th
    2 points
  24. Turn off TVs and computers and any florescent lights, and then turn your body until you hear the least amount of hum. It shouldn't be louder than the signal! I've tried all the hum cancelling on P90s (dummy coils, shielding, etc) and IMNSHO, frankly anything that kills the hum, kills the cool edge of a P90. When in places where the interference is that bad, play a humbucker guitar, that's what they were designed for!
    2 points
  25. To build archtops well you have to build archtops. What I mean is that there is a learning curve for many aspects of the build, starting with acquiring the right woods. Shaving the bracing and carving the top and back are crucial parts. I'm concerned that the low demand for traditional archtops will lead to poorer quality in those built or the decision to drop those builds. I recently heard an interview with an entrepreneur in Seattle who makes dinners for people and delivers them refrigerated to their homes as a subscription service. She pointed out that her grandmother cooke
    2 points
  26. I've been using a Victoria Ivy League for a couple of years, this vid shows it's jazz sound very well. I've enjoyed mine.
    2 points
  27. That Ted McCarty article is a winner. Ha.. and this quote about Mary Ford... I had to look that one up. pulchritudinous = beautiful ...
    2 points
  28. The Dr, Haddock guitar listing. https://reverb.com/item/1322638-1956-Gibbons-les-paul-custom-black-beauty-100-original-w-ohsc?show_sold=true
    2 points
  29. For what this is worth, I use the first amp I ever built as my living room practice amp. The biggest difference between this one and all the others I built is that this one uses (2) JJ 6V6GTs in the power output section at about 400V running in parallel class A. If you built something with say, an older Gibbons front end, like on the BR-6, you could end up with a nice, warm amp, putting out about 8-10 watts, and your "cleanliness" of the output power would depend a lot on the output transformer used. I believe mine is a Hammond 125SE, but I could be wrong. I'll have to look at it today, as I h
    2 points
  30. 2 points
  31. I don't want to start this debate again, but...... -I have owned over 14 Heritage guitars, all before 2010. -I have played many of the newer ownership Heritage guitars made since 2016. -I am not going to tell you which are better, because I certainly can't tell. Each guitar is unique to it's self. But I will give this advice... If you listen to many here that have NEVER played a newer ownership Heritage but claim the quality control is universally better than pre-2016 Heritages.... you are doing yourself a disservice. Judge each Heritage on it's own merit and let your
    2 points
  32. Go with amber. Here's how they look on my H-555.
    2 points
  33. Ok, thank you for the invite. I am a new member, Jeff, and have a brand new, to me , Heritage H575, Mimi Fox edition, and it is beautiful! Plays like a dream. I am 60 - something, have been playing music all my life, but not as a pro. Jazz sax, have played in big bands over the years, jazz piano ( finger issue s on right hand caused me to give it up). Never went to music school, but always wanted to. My heritage is one day old, to me, and I love it! Other guitars are a 1979 Guild D-35 ( still great), Martin OM-28, G&L tele ( cool), and a Comins GCS1 ( marvelous). I play through a Genz
    2 points
  34. CNC would certainly take out any inconsistencies in neck shaping! Still, back in the day, it was a marvel to watch Marv hand roll a neck!
    2 points
  35. Hello, I have two H-150s: one that I bought 2nd hand in about 1999 after seeing it in a then-local shop window is a really nice yellowy flame maple top and has quite un-LP-ish hardware including a roller bridge, and which I think has an ebony fingerboard (if its rosewood it's very dark); and one which I bought new in 2003 I think so I could have a guitar at each end of my 400-mile weekly commute, which is a not-so-nice purply colour, is really too heavy and has a much fatter neck than the first one, but has HRWs, which I found difficult at first but would not be without now, even if the g
    2 points
  36. At the early and mid stages of Heritage , they were open to customizing standard models. It was not like the big manufacturers. That 140 has the banana headstock and it looks like it had a Kahler or something where that question mark is. Or here is a 140 with trap inlays.. or a 150 with banana headstock and lipstick pickups.. ha
    2 points
  37. So last evening after having a little zoom jam with my 530, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, and connecting with my wife (not sure about order of priority there), I opened up the box and took this out and played for maybe a half hour; I also played a short while this morning. My initial impressions were "jeez this thing is heavy" and "wow those humbuckers are alot hotter than the P90s". It felt and sounded somewhat overpowering after I've become accustomed to the 530 -- at least at home volume. Not much I can do about the weight, but I changed the input I'm using on my amp and
    2 points
  38. H535 and H530 are a great combination. I started with the 535 many years ago and added the 530 to the collection only 2y ago or so. I too tried different strings and finished up with D'Addario 11/50 Jazz Light nickel flat wound on both of them. Last year, I swapped the 535 Schaller humbuckers for hand wound Brierley B90s and couldn't be happier with them.
    2 points
  39. I had this one made back in the day. Don't know if it was a one off. I called it a Supreme. Thundersteel ended up with it in a convoluted way. I think he sold it. Constructed like a Millie
    2 points
  40. I love a good mystery....Bias supply and possibly associated cap connections and good chance of carbon arching on the red plating tube socket base between pins 3 & 4.
    2 points
  41. It's a little more complicated for me. Updating to a new computer would make my graphics software inoperable. I have several thousand dollars invested in Adobe products. Also the countries I work with are not even up to date with the programs I run so I have to save things backwards for them to access (save an image I created in Adobe Photoshop 5.5 back to Adobe Photoshop 3). I might have to get a new laptop just for the internet and use my old workstation for business.
    2 points
  42. Try a Stetsbar. I have 2 of them on 2 of my H-150s, and, IMO, they are a great tremolo bridge. No routing in the body, either. Just a suggestion.
    2 points
  43. I've made a few using 1/8" lexan, either left clear or painted from the backside any way you want. Multiple coats using different colours can be applied and then distressed or sanded to reveal the different layers...with a black or white sealer coat on last ,they look great! One of my very first attempts.....
    2 points
  44. Yes I wish they did a little more to make them special. Something permanent like special inlays etc. 25th Anniversary is a big milestone I think.
    2 points
  45. I recognize this one! I remember not so many years ago that many claimed you had to has a heavy axe to be a tone monster (Brent!). There may be truth to that, too. I've heard that quite a bit over the years. I've got #39. It's not that heavy, about 9.5 lbs. I got this from skydog52 about four years ago. He was incredibly patient while I kept getting lost trying to find where to meet him while I was driving a car load of kids. He's a great soul!
    2 points
  46. The Crew. Quite a few of the Models we are discussing in this pic.
    2 points
  47. 25th Anniversary H-140. Silver
    2 points


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