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  1. There's a bit o'burst on this one.
    4 points
  2. 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
  3. Mine must be too. s
    2 points
  4. 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
  5. In honor of my daughter's 4th birthday, I decided to make an addition to the family. Meet Louise. She enters the room with an attitude, sucks the tone out and spits it right back in your face. She looks grumpy, but once she opens up she'll shower you with sweet, sugary goodness. We are bonding nicely.
    2 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. My 535 in ASB! (Antique)
    2 points
  13. 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
    1 point
  14. Last week I finished up my pedal board for my dual pickup National resonators, and then I started building a new daily gigging board. I wanted a board with presets for my songs, but I wanted something with a good analog front end. I tested the guts of it today (the JHS Colour Box, the MXR comp, and the HX Stomp), and it sounded great. I'm just waiting for a special cable for the AC DRIVER DI (for XLR balanced out, and to isolate the 48 Volt Phantom power), and a new Xotic Volume pedal (Xotic XVP-25K).
    1 point
  15. killer top!! and thanks Steiner: I never thought of using a bathroom scale, holding the gtr, then doing the math!! hilarious I will just do that, as I have a bathroom scale here somewhere :D
    1 point
  16. Nice one Brent! I've never seen that color on a Heritage before, but it's a winner! Enjoy!
    1 point
  17. Cool find, Brent. Love the colour. H140CM spec......as in special colour, maybe?
    1 point
  18. Spectacular fretboard. Very nice overall. Congratulations.
    1 point
  19. Wow nice Brent. Congratulations on a Great Find! One of a kind color on that one. Dibbs
    1 point
  20. Stay off the Interstates the next few days Kenny. My people are coming to town.
    1 point
  21. I bought a used 535 from Steiner that had HRWs in it. I ended up replacing them with Phat Cats. The HRWs were very clean with just an amp and a small Dallas/Arbitor boost pedal. They didn't have much flavor or color to me. I sold them to Guy with the switch tip included. The HRWs sounded to me like louder, cleaner Schallers. I can see where folks like Guit would like them for Jazz. I guess if you play with a bunch of stomp boxes they could sound good for Rock too. I just don't hear a blues tone coming out of them like the cheaper pickups.
    1 point
  22. I seem to recall there were supply issues with Schaller for a while. There were some issues with the company itself, resulting from the death of founder Helmut Schaller and his son Rene Schaller in 1999-1998. Helmut Schaller's widow Grete than ran it, but it really stagnated, and I think veered towards bankruptcy. In 2006 is when it got close to bottom, and was restructured as Schaller GmbH.
    1 point
  23. See, I knew you would offer excellent counsel. Thank you, sir. Now crank up that Dumbell Amp and make a joyful noise.
    1 point
  24. I’ve never been a fan of HRWs. I thought the bridge was too bright. The neck sounds the best IMO.
    1 point
  25. I went through a phase where HRWs were replaced with throbaks. As new and better high gain amps were introduced here, it appeared the HRWs are better pickups (subjectively) so I'm regressing back. Perhaps I'll throw the throwbacks in the Duncan equipped guitars. The change is a 180 degrees from recent intent. Also, the point of reference is a 90's Golden Eagle with HRWs hooked to a high gain monster. The HRWs produced all the deffenition and clarity desired. Everybody looks for different nuances from their guitars so nobody can guaranty they are exactly what you want. The beauty is, if
    1 point
  26. Yes, but were they done right? There is no reason why Grovers should go out of tune with a proper setup, and if the something was missed in the setup, and it wasn't done properly, the guitar will still go out of tune with lockers. Yesterday, I watched three so called professional setups on youtube and all these guys made glaring mistakes!
    1 point
  27. I wouldn't know where to put my stubby, fat nubs on the little neck. And you really should put that thing in a blanket or sweater when you let it outside in the snow!
    1 point
  28. I was considering how to effectively calibrate a scale in the 5 to 20lb range. The only thing I could think of were coins. As (realitively) inexpensive as they are, you can probably order new ones from the bank. I haven't the foggiest how many quarters it would take to measure 20lbs. Bottom line is coins are extremely consistent and you'll never loose your investment...
    1 point
  29. Happy Birthday and Happy Guitar Day! That one has attitude.
    1 point
  30. Lovely guitar but I''ll bet your daughter is more so.Happy birthday to her.
    1 point
  31. Louise is one fine lady! And Happy 4th Birthday to your daughter. Congratulations.
    1 point
  32. For most purposes that scale should do the job as well as mine for 1/3 the price. There are few instances, these are mostly with cooking, that you may want the more expensive one for a little convenience. I haven't needed that option outside of the kitchen. Even then you just have to squat down a little to read the display on the $20 model. If I had to do it over again, I'd get Gitfiddler's. That one and others like it were not nearly as affordable when I had to get a scale.
    1 point
  33. 1 point
  34. well, THAT is pretty damned cool!! congrats!
    1 point
  35. Happy birthday to the wee one, and congrats on the new addition!
    1 point
  36. Hi guys found you while I wait very impatiently for my 99 h 550 custom to show that FedEx has held captive somewhere between Montana and Oregon! Was looking for a 335 for months but started to learn more and more about Heritage then I saw the 550 on eBay and I was sold!!! Love the history and this site seems like a awesome spot for info. Been playing 40 years have a few guitars... lol but never been this excited. Do you happen to know what the factory p.u. Would have been on this guitar? Great site guys!!
    1 point
  37. Don't know if you have ever tried one, but I have also gotten fond of the pedalsnake. Using the pedalsnake I can run 4CM into my fx loop and have just the one cable. I have heard a few people complain about tone suck from it but either my ears are worn out from years of loud playing or it is not an issue. My stuff sounds the same with or without it. It just saves a lot of space and even has one line that sends power to the board/HX FX/Stomp or whatever.
    1 point
  38. https://reverb.com/item/37941281-samp-custom-pedalboard-2020-purple Samp Custom, the guy is in Belarus, and as you can imagine, it took a lot of time for it to get to me with customs:) Before I ordered it, I did a layout of what pedals I wanted to combine and the when I got all of the dimensions I looked for a board that would fit my needs. He also supplied a nice gig bag with it that will easily hold all the pedals I need to use with it. I still need to add a panel mount XLR out jack on the left side, and hardwire the power cable from the power supply (Truetone CS6) to the power jack on
    1 point
  39. 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.
    1 point
  40. Sticker reflects 'ALMSB' finish... which think is Always Lugubriously Melodic Sensational Band
    1 point
  41. Before During and after
    1 point
  42. Chestnut burst, Almond burst and the classic Cherry burst!
    1 point
  43. 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.
    1 point
  44. With that serial number if my math is correct November 26th which was a Monday and it was the second guitar that day.
    1 point


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