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  1. On this forum, I always felt uncomfortable saying what I did about the quality flaws of the older guitars, but there is NO doubt to me, that Heritage is building the best guitars they have since I've known of the company. Yes, some of the older ones are killer, especially some of the custom jobs I've seen, like Pressure, MartyGrass, Yoslate, and Kuz have commissioned, but I've seen many of the older ones sold in stores with some terrible nut slotting, fret filing and monkey soldering, etc. My friend Eric was a Heritage dealer and he carried all the standard models, so I played many of them from the so called golden years (preBandLab), and many people that bought them had problems with them. I had to do extensive work on all 3 of my older Heritage H150s to get them where I wanted them, but they all turned out killer. I had to replace the nut and do fret dressing on all of them. I sold one because it was ridiculously heavy, but the other two I've kept for good reason. When I first started getting into Heritages you could find a good H150 for around $1000 and then go to work on it, so the old ones were a bargain, especially if you could find one with a weight and finish that you liked. And then for a few hundred dollars more, you could get, new wiring, pickups, and hardware, etc, and you had a seriously good sounding guitar. My older 2006 H150 smokes!!! I bought it for $1200 and then put about $500 more into it so was a SERIOUS bargain! But many of the new guard H150's and H530's that I've played, were turn key, and were both good sounding and playable with no modding at all. I think the company is building some great guitars, and although more expensive, are still reasonably priced. Yes I know many of you guys are pissed about the way bandlab took over, but I don't care what they did, as long as they build good guitars and provide good customer service now. I have been looking at custom cores but waiting till I find exactly what I want. It's a new company better to start fresh.
    5 points
  2. What's up all, I'm new to the Heritage owners club and couldn't be more pumped up about this guitar I've come to love! Quick background on me: I've been an acoustic snob for the last decade and just in the last year started dabbling in electric (what in the hell took me so long to get around to electric...idk). Since the time I got my feet wet I've completely plunged in the deep end and now eat, sleep, and breath electric. I've got tunnel vision for the Blues right now. After going through 5 electric guitars in less than 12 months I stumbled into a local shop that had this gorgeous gold top (my favorite look) hanging behind the counter made by Heritage...who I had never heard of before. I had been bouncing between Epi, Fender, and Gibson and wasn't able to settle on any of them. So not knowing Heritage I figured I'd plug it in to a Delta Blues 115 and see how the neck felt. Until this guitar I hadn't played a neck sweeter than a 2010 Clapton Strat, and that thing was buttery-smooth (the radius I wasn't a fan of, however). As soon as I put my hands on this H140 it immediately felt at home, like an old friend. The sound perked me up even more, it was a perfect mix of subtle warmth and twang coming from the '61 Gibson Humbuckers the previous owner had installed. The cherry on top was the price. I new within the first few minutes the guitar was going home with me (and the Delta Blues came home as well) though I sat and played for an hour. She's got some wear and tear from the previous owner gigging with it (and prob the one before) but nothing that is alarming. I'd like to swap out the bridge and tailpiece, if anyone has recommendations I'm all ears. I also need to change the output jack and I think the pickup selector switch needs to be swapped out as well. If there's any recommendations or vids on this I'd appreciate it. The last cool little bit that cemented this guitar being mine until I turn to ash is it shares my 2nd daughters birthday! I imagine I'll pass it along to her one day. Here's my new favorite guitar: 1991 H-140 Gold Top
    4 points
  3. NGD! It's a 2021 Heritage H-535! Not a lot of flame on this one, but I really don't mind. I bought a set of Lollar Imperials for it, but honestly, the stock Duncan 59's sound really nice.
    4 points
  4. I still feel like it might be a preamp tube. I'd still want to borrow a known good working preamp tube from another amp and try swapping it around in the peavy. At the very least it will rule them out. Quick/easy check before diving down the troubleshooting rabbit hole any further. If you have another set of El84's you could temporarily borrow, worth a quick swap/trial there too. Anything beyond that, next step would be opening it up to start inspecting the circuit; not sure what your comfort level is here, but the ever important precursor to this is draining the caps before you do any form of poking around... if you're not feeling good about it, I'd stop here and take it to a tech. Else... For visual inspection, I'd start by looking at the components around the power tube socket; as Mav said above, a blown screen resistor is a possible suspect, and isn't all that uncommon to happen - you'll notice the burn marks around the resistor (if it hasn't popped like a fuse entirely). Next, I'd look at the large capacitors and see if any have swelled or appear to be leaking. If nothing is visually obvious; well, then it's multimeter and measuring time. Maybe we'll cross that path again with a deeper dive if/when it comes to it, lol.
    3 points
  5. I have to do that to almost all of my guitars, except my Gibson L5s guitars, because those 5 piece necks are just plain solid!
    3 points
  6. New Heritage owner here that lucked upon an older H140 and I couldn't be happier with it. A '91 Gold Top that shares a birthday with one of my daughters! She's got scars from her past but the sound she makes is buttery goodness.
    2 points
  7. Check the infinite flux capacitor. Set to 88 MPH use a variac powered to 1 Gigawatt. See you back in 1955!
    2 points
  8. Lately my favorite has been a Suhr SL68 through a 1974 Marshall 4 12 bottom cab with original blackbacks. #2 Heritage victory
    2 points
  9. I’ve never weighed sh** but sometimes in the morning mine seems pretty darn heavy!
    2 points
  10. I don't have a favorite amp, I go for too many tones in my studio for that baloney:) This is what I use... Studio volume Levels: Clark "Beaufort", Dirty Girl "Reverb", Winnie Thomas Princeton Reverb Clone, 1961 Ampeg Mercury, Mesa "DC2", Vox "AC-15", 1950 Webster Chicago 166-1, Built by friend Marshall 18 watt variant called the "English Rose" Stage Levels: Victoria "Regal II", 1964 Fender "Deluxe Reverb", TopHat "Club Deluxe"
    2 points
  11. 2 points
  12. Umm...can I enter my #2 favorite amp? I picked this one up last year and have really been enjoying it a LOT. It doesn't have a ton of features or effects. It's simply an old school, 12 watt, 5e3 design, updated by Fender's Custom Shop that sounds amazing. They sold them as either a combo or head. Since I already had the matching speaker cab, I went for a slightly used head version of their Custom 57 Deluxe. #2...
    2 points
  13. 🎵To all the amps, I've, loved, before... 🎵 Eh, no comment.
    2 points
  14. OK. Fair is fair. My other favorite amp:
    2 points
  15. Well I’ll put my 2 cents in. I’ve played light and heavy and in-between guitars (all LP type) and have found great (acoustic) sounding guitars in all categories. I have played two Black Beauties, a ‘59 and a ‘60. They were both heavy(ish) but I don’t know the weight. The ‘59 was very lively and the ‘60 was worthless even though it sold for $60K! There isn’t really a way to know if a guitar will sound good by weight, only by playing it will you know if it is good. I love my 150GT because it vibrates like mad and has a nasal tone I love and it weighs 9.6 pounds which isn’t really light. I have played with pickups in my guitars and have found they make a big difference in tone on the same guitar. The amp is a huge player in the tone of the guitar as well but it relies on a good guitar with good electronics. Electronics can’t fix a bad guitar and a good guitar can sound like shit with bad electronics. The magic of the Burst LPs was not just the wood but the electronics and the newly designed amps of the day. They all came together to be able to have sustain like never before and controllable feedback (which is beautiful). The big power in the amps back then blasting a guitar body just feet away did something that wasn’t really known in the early 60s and before. If a brand new Custom Core with unpotted pickups was in front of a 100 watt plexi with an 8x12 cabinet full of 25 watt paper coil speakers it would do the same thing as the original Burst. There is not anything about the originals that cannot be replicated today except the horrendous value. We are currently in the best time for great guitars, never have there been so many excellent guitars being built with such consistent quality. Here is what I know about trees and wood and my hypothesis: Trees that can grow in both dry or wet conditions will produce dense or light wood (respectively). A Mahogany tree can reach an immense size when it grows in a wet boggy area just like a White Ash will (swamp Ash). The wet grown tree will have larger pores and larger growth rings and when dried will be lighter than the more dense, dry land tree. Back in the day Ash trees were cut down to drain swamps and make farm land and the result was a cheap wood for Fender to make guitars from. Mahogany from Brazil was cheap and plentiful and often came from wet boggy areas. This was also a cheap wood for the G brand and used on their less expensive archtops and flattops and found a place in their new LP in the early 50s. The less dense wood typically is more resonant with the larger pores and made a great solid body wood that could sustain while being lively and also was not oppressive to pickup and play. The swamps were all drained and Brazil started limiting harvesting from their forest. Planed obsolescence became a serious quality issue in the 70s and into the 80s (for everything not just guitars) and the vintage guitars became known as the greats and a mystic was born. Now light wood is available from plantation grown trees that are grown quickly with fertilizers and irrigation and the clock can be rewound to the glory days. Aren’t we all lucky as hell.
    2 points
  16. I rotate through amps like I do my guitars. For the past couple of years, the Princeton clone has probably gotten the most play time. About a month ago, I pulled the Classic 30 out and put it upstairs with some of my guitars. Then I fired up the Patriot, although I'm wondering if there is something happening with it. It was making a strange background noise, especially if I moved the Mood control to max. Then I was playing with the Marshall 401, no pedals, but with a good amount of crunch. That's the nice thing about having amps with differences. Its just like having different guitars.
    2 points
  17. Now for something completely different, Tone King Gremlin head, mesa boogie transatlantic 15 head, or a Victory Duchess deluxe head into a Dr Z 1x12, or a Mesa 2x12. Victoria 5112, and last but not least Heritage Patriot 2x12 combo.
    2 points
  18. Agree Don! Hard to pick a fave, but always fun to chat about it. Yoslate, I almost bought a Tophat super deluxe once: still kind of regret it! Was using a club royale but it didn't have the lower end oomph & grunt of the super deluxe. Sold the CR & was still on the fence when someone else grabbed the SD. Oh well. It sure sounded good.
    2 points
  19. I am blown away by what the used Heritage's are going for. I buy to play, not to sell. Ten years ago on this forum you could get anything for a good price. Not so much now. . I have a bumper sticker on my car that says "Capitalism Bums Me Out." Oh well, when I kick the bucket my wife and or daughter will benefit but I ain't selling yet. I will have a letter to each of them in the cases to not let shady guitar guys take advantage of dead guys' families. The old ones are great. My main two gigging guitars are both old Heritages. The new ones that I've played are also great. However, you can't get the H170 or H-162s or cool guitars like that new.
    2 points
  20. Depends on what's going on. For me, as of late, that's sitting in my chair, in front of the computer. For that, the Super Champ X2 with the Eminence Ragin' Cajun or, no kiddin', the Roland Micro Cube. Probably best tone ever for the stage, a Top Hat Super Deluxe 33!
    2 points
  21. I know most of you get a kick out of seeing Heritages in the wild. Pretty good sighting here. This video (Spanish Moon and Skin It Back) is of the most recent Little Feat iteration. It features Scott Sherrard, former Gregg Allman bandleader, on a 137. He's not Lowell, but the good thing is that he's not trying to be. Very much his own man. Tony Leone on drums and vox holds a terrific groove. Band sounds great, and the video quality is just superb!
    1 point
  22. Not a downer at all. I agree I think they're the newer line (which I thought were Zebra but later learned that's the term for the black and white bobbins...). All of the PU stuff is really new to me, I've been an acoustic guy my whole gee-tarring career.
    1 point
  23. Nothing wrong with being an acoustic snob !!! Seriously although my first love is acoustics,there is nothing wrong with electrics,just a little different. Currently this household has just over 40 electrics to just over 20 acoustics (havent had time to count exactly recently.)
    1 point
  24. H140s are a hidden jems. Light weight and great tone!
    1 point
  25. Four for me too, and as I said, never a broken headstock, although, one of them was a nightmare quality-wise. I was doing a showcase at a Sundance film festival party, and the cover of the front pickup fell off. Yep, the solder joints on the cover broke! And one of the tuners barely worked, it hardly kept tune. Gibson sent me replacement parts, which I promptly replaced, and then sold the guitar! I only own one now, but I did keep the best one for myself. It's got Klein pickups, Faber hardware, vintage braid harness and PIO caps (I tried a bunch of caps by clipping them in with alligator clips, 'till I found the perfect match for my pickups). It's a killer. When I was doing guitar repairs, I played two mid sixties killer Firebirds, and the one that I have is the only one of the four that I had that had that sound.
    1 point
  26. Hi I changed my play style a little bit along with the Heritage Archtop's sweet tone. I don't use any amps so this is a genuine Heritage tone I think. If you have time please listen to it. I always appreciate for your listening to my playing. Really thank you. Sorry for so many postings.
    1 point
  27. That doesn't sound bright enough to be only acoustic. The treble is rolled off. I enjoy your playing and think the Sweet 16 is a perfect fit for you.
    1 point
  28. This is the biggest reason why I sold my Marvbird. Every time I played it I had to pass it around to friends. It was bad enough to think of breaking it myself but the thought of some one else breaking it took me over the edge.
    1 point
  29. I know it happens, just like Les Paul headstocks break. But I think a lot of Firebirds are dropped due to their shape so that's why I think you see it more in Firebirds. Everytime I hand a Firebird to someone who's never played one, I see how clumsy they handle it. I also see a lot of people leaving them to rest on amplifiers which with their odd balance leaves them more apt to fall. And there's the walking them into ceiling fans that I've also seen. Do they break? Sure, but I've seen Es335s and Les pauls with headstock breaks from just their cases falling on their sides. Most all of them are weak in that area, especially the ones with thinner necks.
    1 point
  30. And the mythology evolves. Told me there was a guy who worked there who put his cigarettes out in a sawdust pile, insisting they wouldn't ignite the dust. They had to clamp down on that story for the insurance coverage. Marv loved a good folktale....
    1 point
  31. I remember at the first PSP we all wanted to take a small bag of saw dust home. We did... on our clothes, in our ears and in our shoes. I was sneezing mulch for a week.
    1 point
  32. Marv told me it was a transformer fire. That is all I know.
    1 point
  33. 1 point
  34. If you're saying that Heritage in its beginning was like Gibson, that's about right. Gibson may have been more organized. Well, they were more organized. Heritage was probably sloppier the first 20 years compared to Gibson. You're right though that you don't need tidiness to create great instruments. OTOH, it couldn't hurt.
    1 point
  35. I don't think Heritage changed a damn thing in their work environment. Point is, IMO, if you're going to talk **** about a sloppy workplace leading to poor results then you should have the courage to do the same about the entire "golden era" of Gibson, otherwise you're a hypocrite. Every dude had 10,000 random bits of things on his work desk.
    1 point
  36. Rich, good write up but minor correction in paragraph 1. Heritage officially commenced business April 1, 1984
    1 point
  37. 1 point
  38. I feel for her, that has got to be tough!
    1 point
  39. Dude spent his money on a bumper sticker that denounces capitalism. I am guessing that it was only the cost of materials charged, no labor or anything else. 🤣🤣🤣
    1 point
  40. More a problem of bad case design with Firebird which have crappy support at the headstock. I own one Firebird, and have owned three others, no problems with headstocks on any of them, as I modified the cases to support the headstock.
    1 point
  41. Love 5-piece necks. I've never seen a 5-piece neck cracked at the headstock.
    1 point
  42. All I use anymore is the Randall/Egnater/Synergy stuff.......One amp with interchangeable tube pre amps that slide in and out.....currently using a Dumble clone and an AC30, a Synergy Friedman Dirty Shirley(built by Bruce himself....) and Steve Vai's signature preamp. For a smaller C&W gig, a tweed bassman and a twin or for a jazz thing, a Gibson GA50 that pairs nicely with my H-576. What could be better than taking four amps to a gig in one amp? And no GOD Damn models....tube heaven...the real thing!
    1 point
  43. My most played amp these days is a little solid state Marshall from the 80s that I upgraded the speaker on. Saves wear & tear on my tube amps if I'm just noodling around etc. Otherwise I'd have to say a '66 jtm45/100, loaded with real GEC KT66's & mullards all around. Running into a '68 4x12 with Scumbag speakers. Or the Vibro Pig, which is like a feral version of a princeton reverb.
    1 point
  44. His mouth moves but the sound comes out of his pants.
    1 point
  45. Thanks for the replies so far. Im not so worried about the guitars so much as is the company or maybe both. I have 1 heritage and it’s great. Just thought I’d get another and to hear what I heard today caught me by surprise cause they used to say Heritage was better than everyone. I also noticed today that their models of Taylors they stock are on the lower end. I always try to support my local people before buying big box. They carry G&L, Taylor, now Eastman and Furch. Attached is a pic of my Heritage Eagle classic.
    1 point
  46. My real name is Chad. I have only recently (July 5) become a owner, but I did lurk for a while gathering information before making a purchase. I only have one Heritage (so far). I can't believe I waited so long to get one of these beauties. I am glad to be here to help and get help from those more knowledgeable.
    1 point
  47. I just unpacked my new H-575, my first-ever Heritage and my first-ever archtop.
    1 point
  48. New to the forums, and a new Heritage owner. Have had my eye on Heritage for awhile and played a few, I was really impressed with the quality and tones. Last weekend I tried them again at Sweetwater and decided to pull the trigger on one. Proud to say I now own a 2021 H150 in Dirty Lemonburst. I look forward to learning more about Heritage and their guitars here.
    1 point


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