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  1. I would like to give my thanks and appreciation to you all for the warm welcome back. It has definitely been bittersweet. My heart never left Heritage, but I never thought I would return either. I was presented with an amazing job opportunity through another company....and I took it. I had a great six years there before the pandemic issues closed us down. Unfortunately the division I managed was most heavily effected. I was offered to transfer and politely chose not too accept. I feel very positive about starting over at Heritage once again. It is VERY different from
    11 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Yes, goldtops are pretty cool.
    6 points
  4. 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.
    6 points
  5. https://www.mlive.com/galleries/AZF2MFJS2RDRDPOOQJVK2RB7I4/ Katie Flamm rest the neck of a H535 Heritage guitar on her head as she applies wood filler before sanding on Oct. 29, 2007. Flamm has worked for Heritage Guitar for three years and follows a family tradition. Her father Claude Dean finished guitars for Gibbons and Heritage at 225 Parsons Street in Kalamazoo. At home in the evening, Flamm has also been teaching her 15-year-old daughter Kaleigh to sand wooden peg head veneers and pick guards. (Kalamazoo Gazette archive photo)
    6 points
  6. +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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. In my opinion the 535 was their flagship. I bought and sold two to get the one I loved the best. They were all great guitars but why should I have 3 when I can only play one?
    5 points
  10. I just was looking at Facebook and a new post said: It is official. They gave me a badge. First day back was awesome.
    5 points
  11. If you ever get down that way look her up at the factory. People talk about southern hospitality but I can tell you hospitality is just as strong in Michigan. Here is one of my photos from 2008.
    5 points
  12. 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
  13. With all the H-140 talk here is my H-140. 1995
    4 points
  14. Likewise...my first Gibby (back in the day) was a late 60's LP deluxe. I loved the look but could never really get comfortable with the neck and weight. Now that I have been educated and become a big fan of the 140 series, this gold top thanks to skydog52 via ebay is on it's way and will hopefully arrive safe and sound. A trip down memory lane I am hoping , only better.
    4 points
  15. Goldtops are my favorite. I like certain flametops, both of my H150s have nice flame, but a Goldtop with a little green in it is my favorite finish on a guitar. To me they have a more get down to business look about them...
    4 points
  16. According to Mr.Paige, these came out in '88
    4 points
  17. Ditched the EMGs....got into the parts drawer for a facelift
    4 points
  18. I harken back to the spirit of the origin of Heritage guitars. Four guys broke off from the Gibbons corporate establishment and decided to use what Gibbons left behind to make old school, hand built guitars. That was a decision to swim against the current. They had financial problems and difficulties with the administrative parts of the business, yet they survived for decades. A large part of what they did was "custom work", meaning it was normal to configure a neck, finished, and adornments to what the customer or dealer wanted. The guitars were built one at a time with tags on them as t
    4 points
  19. Picked this up from fellow HOC member. Just arrived. Couldn't be happier. Photos don't do it justice.
    4 points
  20. I've never talked about a car my friend actually gave me, but I guess now is about as good of a time as ever. Years ago I wrote a song called Cadillac Car and my good friend Scott loved the lyrics of the song so much he vowed, that one day, he would find a car for me and fix it up, so I could live out my dream. Well he did it. Here's the song... https://www.soundclick.com/music/songInfo.cfm?songID=6629217
    4 points
  21. The story on this SKB is that RhoadsScholar, who lived in the Detroit area, called me to say that there is this fabulous like new SKB at the local Guitar Center. He played it and thoroughly checked it out. Rhoads called me after he left the store and told me this is one I can't miss. I contacted the manager immediately and put money down to hold it. The next day I drove two hours each way to check it out. There were no disappointments. The guitar had been purchased long ago but was stored as a collectible. I used my superior negotiation skills that led to me paying full pric
    4 points
  22. Hello everyone! It had been quite a few years since I have had a Heritage NGD to celebrate. I was at a local shop and stumbled across this. After playing it for just a minute or two, I knew I had to have it. It is a 2016 Heritage H-150 in almond sunburst. Its a lot more cherry red around the edges than the pictures came out. The pictures give it more of an orange-y vibe than it really has in person. It has quite a few mods as well. I know some might not like the mods, as it makes it appear more "G"--style, but it feels and sounds perfect so I am not messing with anything. Once I get pl
    4 points
  23. 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 points
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. I think the [img] and [/img] things were preventing the images showing. Just copying and pasting the address to a post works.
    3 points
  29. 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
  30. It's good to be back! I stopped playing for a few years. I stayed in the music industry running a small record label selling techno in Europe and doing AR work. It was an amazing experience. My job mainly consisted of sourcing out talented artist in electronic music and licensing remixes and working with the artist to create tracks to the labels taste. We released amazing sounds from an unknown German artist who was 18 years old. We also haggled with some of the bigger dogs making music for Ibiza clubs and scored a few solid releases that charted on the techno and deep house char
    3 points
  31. 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
  32. I yanked the Zemaitis Dragon Classic higher output pickups (8K neck, 16K bridge), out of my CS22MF DCP NT, and put in some Tyson Tone "Precious in Grace" pickups! These pickups just put the guitar over the top. The Dragon Classic set reminded me of the famous DiMarzio PAF/SuperDistortion combo, for hard rock they actually sounded great, but since I'm more of Stones/Faces fan I wanted more of the classic late 60's - early 70s crunchy PAF tone. And man I got it here. And while I was at it, I got some cool stainless steel bonnet knobs from a company called 490 Designs that I found on ETSY. I also
    3 points
  33. You know those rubber pads on your cars brake and gas pedals, that's a bad place to treat with Armorall too.
    3 points
  34. They closed all of the vibrato bars in my area due to COVID.
    3 points
  35. I totally concur with Green Oak guitars. The proprietor is EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Heritage and is great to buy from. Don't forget about Private Stock Guitars; the dealer where I purchased my most recent new Heritage; yet, another stellar dealer.
    3 points
  36. The HOC is a much better place with the official and sanctioned return of our good friend, Marty Grass!
    3 points
  37. Yep. That was at the first PSP. I walked in there not knowing what to expect and came home with some very good friends. I got this photo shortly after entering the factory.
    3 points
  38. I'm a little in shock that it is on its way here. ASB with HRWs. 60th birthday gift. I never thought I would own one, or really even get to play one unless I got lucky. An odd set of circumstances, a UPS mishap with a Heritage Super Eagle, my wife's tolerance, and and a friend's good will came together and made it happen. Those of you that know me know that Kenny is my guitar super-hero and that I once took a year long class from him at UCLA on the music of Duke Ellington, and spent a lot of time with him in his office just talking music, jazz history, etc. He is a wonderful guy.
    3 points
  39. Once the drooling starts it's only a matter of time.
    3 points
  40. In my opinion the 10th, 20th and 30th anniversary models are the best and stand out with their special inlays and appointments.
    3 points
  41. 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 pla
    3 points
  42. 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 em
    3 points
  43. 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.
    3 points
  44. Hello Everyone! My name is Andrew and I go by the user name Dogrel (writer of bad poetry, singer of bad songs, lover of the eccentric and weird, certified smartass). I live in Savannah, I have been playing for 24 years now, and am finally able to afford the guitars I’ve always wanted. I now have two Heritages, a 1987 HFT-445 acoustic and a 1988 H140-CM that was my birthday present this year. I love them both, and they are easily the best guitars I’ve ever owned. My HFT-445 is my “incredible score” story. I found it in a pawn shop of all places, just a mile from my house when
    3 points
  45. The Seths sound very authentic in my Heritage.
    3 points
  46. Hello, Mike here. Posting as MikesGtr. Long time (multiple decades) Telecaster/Stratocaster player. Never owned a Gibson or Gibson style guitar, but always wanted an es335. Never found one I bonded with and now I know why. I was actually waiting for a Heritage H535 to find me and the guitar helped me find this site. Anyway I play in a 80/90's cover band in Massachusetts and having way too much fun playing guitar these days. From what I have read so far, it seems like there are some passionate Heritage owners and I am looking forward to reading the content on this forum and hope
    3 points


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