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  1. 10 points
    Stephen, since I was the only poster making reference to being safe, I'll assume your comment or question is directed at me. So out of respect I will reply. However, if you are attempting to bait me into a thread hijack about my views on personal freedoms, government interventions, etc. during a global pandemic, I refuse.
  2. 10 points
    Stories make the world great. Americans don't appreciate much, really, we tend to throw everyone under the bus with trashy pseudo logic when it suits a frame of mind because we're programmed that way from elementary school. I'd like to think I'm smart enough to grasp the scope of the matter that when certain good things die off it's not always for the better or for "progress." In many cases, it's a clear downgrade. I remember, 15 years ago, haunting two leftover Jazz/Music clubs on Chicago's south side for the weekly jams. The New Apartment & Velvet Lounge. They were a time warp. Running the jams were cats in their 60's, 70's, & 80's. Guys who had memories & experience from the days when the south side of Chicago was a mecca for live Jazz & Blues. Even better, they all played on the south side circuit back in the glory years and had friends/family who performed going back to the turn of the century! Most the players didn't become famous but they could all play their ass off, the right way, with a heavy swing & exciting dynamics that kept a crowd interested. Just being there late night watching the people's attitudes, the casual excitement of it all, the older folks tending the bar, the local clowns BSing. Watching some guy drive his beat up day job construction van to the curb, hopping out and walking in with a spring in his step two drumsticks in his back pocket. He gets up on the kit after the next break and just kills it, really really kills it with excitement & chops & emotion and after 30 minutes of pouring sweat he go gets a beer then chills at the bar. Music in the blood, in the community. And, to know that's about all that was left of something much bigger and of incredible importance. Everyone knows the story, the next generations preferred their stadium rockers, the players preferred impressing themselves more than anything, the interstates moved in and split up maxwell street while demolishing rows of clubs/homes, then the kids just wanted to rap & the schools stop teaching music and in the end the demand was small, local. So, eventually the "South Loop" started to be a thing so as prices/demand changed for the properties one club closed down & the other moved to a new location then became a DJ club. A lot of history died and at no point did anyone anywhere look at that little corner of the globe and say "hey man, this is important, we need some of this to still be around." It's ALL gone now aside from a few self funded corner museums. Heritage? Phhh. It was all that was left of the golden years of the American Archtop and arguably the American Electric. I mean that in the very direct sense of a true lineage. Many of the people there had family building instruments in Kalamazoo going back to the 30's, the town used to have a Gibson reunion every year etc. Stromberg, Epiphone, D'Angelico, and others all dead, bought, sold, shuttered, moved, outsourced etc. Well, the other names at least having zero tradition beyond someone buying the name & making a buck off it using the old logos/brand. And if ya ask the guys making the new buck they're always gonna tell ya things are better than ever, funny how that works. At the same time you can go to other places on the globe and see people/families doing certain traditions the way they always have going back centuries. And, with a market just big enough to stay afloat while no one in the tradition scours the investors in hopes to go flatulate with their mouths on the latest episode of "Shark Tank." "We make the best bread in all the land, let's sell our name and cash out!" So, what were we talking about? Oh, perfect fit and finish. Excuse me while I go Alibaba.com and buy that $150 single cut which will technically arrive with a perfect fit and finish because it's made without all them stupid old fashioned methods. Remember folks, brush your teeth with Colgate brand toothpaste, it whitens your pearls like no other! Also, don't forget to tune into the news at nine: there was a house fire in the hood, something in broccoli is good for your heart and let's insinuate that some folks aren't worthy of being treated like humans.
  3. 8 points
    An H150GT, P90s, a modified champ and a 20’ cable are you need to get raunchy. 5 watts rules!
  4. 7 points
    Hahaha... In 2016 I standing inside of 225 Parsons and told a fellow member that the spirit of Heritage was dead. He didn't believe me. I suspect that the powers that, now, be at 225 Parsons didn't like a retailer selling their guitars so low and had their feelings hurt. Well... bless their little fuckin' hearts. Back in the day we all knew that Heritage would soon come to an end. It happened in 2016. I hope the old timers made a bucketful of cash when they sold the joint. I would have done the same thing if I were them. One prolific member here said that Heritage had Mojo. You can buy the building, you can buy the trademark and you can buy new blood but you can't buy Mojo. Can I get an Amen?
  5. 6 points
    + 1 on reaching out to the Heritage Custom Shop: info@petefarmerguitarworks.com Here's a full hollow Prospect that I had built back in 2014. It's an unbelievably well built and versatile guitar!
  6. 6 points
    Just completed my latest retirement project. Refinished a Philco radio cabinet from 1940s and inserted a Ceritone Mini 20 amplifier. Sounds great and best of all my spouse likes having it in our living room because of its appearance!
  7. 6 points
    Back to the original OP. Back door deals are done every minute of every day. Companies do it for all kinds of reasons. Before we get on the new Heritage we can’t be so naive in thinking that the old Heritage didn’t do the same thing. The new Heritage just did it in a big and what turned out public way. I know of HOC members that brokered deals without going through “Dealers” including me. I fell in love with Heritage Guitar 25 years ago and will be a supporter until they close the doors. I’m from Michigan and I am proud of the Kalamazoo story. My 2 cents
  8. 5 points
    "Be safe" is now political? Well, holy shit. How about, "Take care"? Or "Be well"? No more of that partisan propaganda. Better safe than sorry. Dang. That was probably over the line too. I'm amazed at what can upset some people. Good night and good luck. Oops. I think I did it again.
  9. 5 points
    Hello, I just posted a quick loop-video on YouTube of my duo Gramm Art Project (https://grammartprpject.com) looping Johns Scofields "A Go Go" (using a Heritage Prospect Std). Everything is live, just a qick and dirty recording, but I like it (and I hope you enjoy it, too!!! Sure, comments and likes are very much appreciated ;)). HERE IS THE VIDEO: A Go Go (Loop-Cover by Gramm Art Project)
  10. 5 points
    Just got another Heritage (I've owned quite a few of them over the years). I was perusing the Gear Page Emporium a week and a half ago, and had no intent on buying another guitar but noticed this beauty from Wolfe Guitars. I thought - if I were to custom order a 150, this is exactly how I would order it (what are the odds). Tobacco Sunburst with premium top ($400 upgrade), bound peghead which I love on Heritage guitars (had a 535 with that), inlaid logo, AND most importantly a 59 style neck. Pickups had been swapped out with Seth Lovers (which I personally love). So what the heck - I ordered it! Wolfe Guitars seems to get the cream of the crop due to their status. Another example of supreme Kalamazoo workmanship, and can keep up with an Les Paul R guitar (I had an R8).
  11. 5 points
    Yup. I still check out HOC on occasion, cause there are lots of participants here whose opinions I respect, but, since the event Steiner describes, I couldn't imagine buying a new Heritage guitar. Forget the shape of the headstock; the label "Heritage" seems mockery. Owning and playing out with a Heritage once said something, or at least I thought it did, about honoring a community of craftspeople, in a world where such community has become more and more rare --and screw the hype of big-corporation advertising and lifestyle. A new one now says nothing to or for me worth paying to say: there are lots of guitars out there with impeccable fit and finish, made in pursuit of the corporate bottom line. I understand and respect that others have different connections to K'zoo and the instruments, and, feeling as I do, there hasn't been much reason to post --maybe the change was inevitable, and, I have no desire to discourage purchases by others from a company that provides much needed jobs, even if the nature of those jobs has changed. But, when I read Steiner's post, I couldn't help but think ... he and I disagreed often, maybe even usually, back in the days when this forum hosted some wide-ranging debate. On this point, we completely agree. Seems worth saying, and thanks to Steiner, and 'Bird, and Kuz, and Deytook, and others, for saying it well.
  12. 5 points
  13. 4 points
    Here is one of their latest beauties.
  14. 4 points
    First and foremost I'd like to thank our new HOC friend Uwe E. for being an incredibly cool and incredibly generous guy!!!! Uwe was kind enough to send me this 33 yr old Heritage classic back to Michigan all the way from Germany......for free and if that's not incredible enough, he overnighted it. I'm still blown away and can really only say: !!!!!!!!!THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL GUITAR UWE!!!!!!!!! So yeah....The guitar is even cooler than I imagined it would be, after giving it a quick rinse and some tweaking, I plugged it in and was quickly blown away with both the abundance of tonal variations as well the overall playability of the things. It freaking sounds GREAT, this is my first H with Schaller electronics and I gotta say that I'm really quite impressed with the STAT''s tone. I'm also loving the fact that it's a 25.5 scale instead of the usual 24.75 scale that each of my other H guitars have, it really makes bending so much easier! While the guitar certainly has a much different vibe than any of my other current H's, the tone and playability actually reminds me A LOT of the 2 Marvbirds I had for a while.....I guess it's terribly surprising considering that the MB's share the exact same unbound neck and headstock. Another bonus is that it's got that old familiar worn in "marv carve" feel to it, hell, I'd be shocked if it wasn't Marv himself who shaped it back in 1987. All in all, it's a great guitar and I'm still just a bit shocked and feeling extremely grateful for Mr. Uwe's generosity! Good times!!
  15. 4 points
    Once upon a time, deep in the mists of HOC history, some member here once owned a beautifully figured and finished H-170 that may have had an ebony board and trap inlays. The only oddity of the build was a Bigsby. For whatever reason, said owner of said guitar dubbed the Bigsby "The ToneSucker(tm)". He may have even taken pictures of the ToneSucker H-170 with his kids' cat, making various disparaging remarks. He was probably inebriated at the time, but who can say? Truth be told, that particular guitar, in that particular configuration, was an absolute monster. According to the legend, it played like the proverbial butter (not the cultureally-insensitive Land 'O Lakes kind, either; think the kind your great-great-grandmother made with a churn down on the farm) and sounded like the Voice of <insert-diety-of-your-choice-here> with the HRW pickups. It even had the cool black switch tip with the white dot, they say! In a bout of stupidity (something that happened over and over), said owner offered for sale the fabled ToneSucker(tm) H-170 here on the HOC. Who bought it is, alas, also lost in the mists of HOC history, and it has never surfaced again. The ToneSucker(tm) has, thus, attained mythical proportions and serves as a touchstone of what the original owners were capable of delivering during the golden age. Rob, Jim, Lyle, Brent, probably several others can back up this apocryphal tale as I believe they may have actually handled (or maybe merely laid eyes on) said ToneSucker(tm) H-170 at one of the early PSPs. I only repeat the story as it's been handed down to me. I can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of any of the preceding.
  16. 4 points
    I was getting some buzz/rattle from the original H tailpiece, so I replaced it with a Benedetto style ebony tailpiece I have had sitting around for a while (purchased on this forum from MartyGrass several years ago) and also installed ebony tone/volume knobs. Tailpiece and knobs now match the ebony fretboard.
  17. 4 points
    I have one but alas, no seths!
  18. 4 points
    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 I lived in Tallahassee. $140 later (yes, really), it was mine. It had done some time in a bluegrass band before it came to me, and some braces had come loose at the ends. A quick trip to the repair guy later for a reglue and setup, and it sounds like a million bucks. Actually while waiting for it to come back and searching for more info on it, I found the (different) forum posting from the guy wanting to know more about “this oddball Heritage that just came across my workbench”. He was taken by how incredible it sounded and just had to find out more. The H-140 is the new kid on the block, but already it has been a revelation. I’ve owned a similar guitar made by some Nashville-based company, and it just can’t compare. The original Schallers sound incredible and the neck is so comfortable, I finally see what all the fuss is about.
  19. 4 points
    Hi guys. this week i got my brand new H-535 in Trans Cherry, couldn't be happier!! I also gut a G&L USA Special, but i I couldn't take the H-535 off my hands! The thing is my amp (Mesa Express Plus 5:25) got broken yesterday (i think i need to replace the valves) and yet i feel that the H-535 got a magic even without amp! I can say, above all doubt, that i can really hear the uniqueness of the woods played on it, not just the strings... regularly when i play guitar without an amp, even all the es-335 i heard, none of them got the magic of the H-535 - such a masterpiece! There is one thing, barley bother me , but still, is the f holes need a little touch-up- the color is not consistent there... but i barley see it, this guitar is so beautiful! I am considering replace my Vintage 30 Speaker to something else. i want a good speaker that will goes well with the H-535. I heard that the Creamback 65 can do it very well- what do you guys think?
  20. 4 points
    I love this guitar. Hou about that's sound? https://youtu.be/477RPEkzcoY
  21. 4 points
    Pics or they are Bugeras.
  22. 4 points
    I think Heritage is the genus, and 530 would be the species.... Uh..no, wait.... What?
  23. 4 points
    Like many other guitar makers, Heritage threw their hat into the shredder guitar market in the 80s. Heritage wasn't as successful as most, at least they tried....lol This was Heritage's cream de la cream of their shredder line....the STAT DELUXE. There was a Standard STAT that was a flat top and different electronics configuration and a different headstock style (more like a strat) I bought this guitar as a husk...well it had the tuners and nut on it. LOL It has a bookmatched, carved flame maple top. Honduran mahogany body and neck (set neck), with an Indian rosewood fretboard. I decided to put stock Schaller pickups back in it, just from a historical standpoint....but they really do sound great!!! It came stock with the Kahler "Spyder" trem. Kahlers best trem system, IMO. The neck is a medium C, with lots of dings n bumps on the back.....the guitar, as a whole, is in great shape for it age....its been played. Surprisingly enough, there are no headstock breaks, or tips broken off and repaired. All in all a very fun guitar...and quite rare. IMG_0812 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0813 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0814 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0815 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0817 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0820 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0821 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0822 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0823 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr IMG_0824 by brent HENDERSON, on Flickr
  24. 4 points
    Eh... if it sounds good to your ears, that's all that matters; and in the hands of someone who has things dialed in, and hitting all the right notes, it's probably going to sound good to most others as well. Myself, however, am one of those cork sniffin' tube aficionado types. My ears are sensitive to details and highlights. When I'm playing for myself, or listening, and I mean really listening, to what's coming out of someones amp... my ears long to not only hear the note, but what happens immediately after the note. That harmonic, bloom, chime, after note, momentary decay, etc... that tiny little, blink (with your ears), and you'll miss it detail, that happens in that instant after a note is played. And while I have heard some amazing sounding SS amps (which were also conveniently paired with amazing playing), I have yet to hear one that legitimately reproduces this effect in the same way that a tube does (to my ears). Then there is also the way a guitar can interact and manipulate a tube amp... you sort of become one with the amp, and figure out how to strike a note of chord just so to either get a tight accurate sound, or heavier attack to get some grit or sag. Yes, you can get some interaction with an SS amp, but not at the same level of character you can coax out of tubes. That's not to say I think anyone else should think or feel the same way I do on the matter... it's just the way my ears work and what they want to hear.
  25. 4 points
    I have played next to one of the superior SS jazz amps. It was a long way from sounding as good as my Fender Twin. What do solid state amps, fat girls, and mopeds have in common? They're all fun to ride, "till your friends see you with "em.
  26. 4 points
  27. 4 points
    I don't think you're recognizing the scope here. Walk into any guitar store in the world or just your local guitar center. Take a look around and count how much of the stuff on the walls is based off of (with tiny changes for, ahem, legal purposes) and/or directly using shapes/designs/parts/etc developed right in the main building on Parsons street? We're talking millions of guitars made and a huge portion of their history lies right there in lil' ole Kalamazoo. Even the "modern" stuff is just tweaks on Kalamazoo stuff. Thus, given the immense impact Parsons street had on the guitar world it's wonderful that the building and people of whom some were multiple generations involved had still been there, in some fashion, working in the tradition many many years later the right way. I don't know a lot about India beyond a trip to the local restaurant so as to what world changing things developed there that branched out which compares to Kalamazoo as such I've no clue. I don't think I'm romanticizing the blunt facts of the matter. However, we can certainly quibble of the materialist approach of "who gives a **** an axe is an axe" which I understand that side of it too. But, damn, seriously, the impact of Parsons street and the people in Kalamazoo to the guitar world can't be overstated at any level of hyperbole. Oh well.
  28. 4 points
    Speaking of memories. https://web.archive.org/web/20070623101616/http://www.heritageguitar.com/Heritage 2005 Catalog.pdf
  29. 4 points
    OK. Here goes. Had fits trying to resize the pics. Hope they come through. If you expand the pics, its easier to see the figure in the wood. She is gorgeous! Thanks for the responses guys! Hope these come through OK
  30. 4 points
    Hi all, I have been a member since June and finally getting around to introducing myself. I have been a guitar player for 40+ years. And mainly Strats. I have done my best to love humbuckers without success until this last spring. I took a road trip to Kalamazoo to look at 535's. Ended up buying a 150! It's a beauty. One piece top and perfect neck for me. So I end up playing a whole bunch of guitars and Mike and Pete bring this one out. I am playing it and in walk Marv and Bill. We end up meeting and talking with them for a while. Getting a picture with them and the guitar. What great guys! I am talking with Mike and Pete about ordering a 535 in the future and my wife goes well, I don't think you should leave without that 150 after the picture and mojo it now has! So how could I not? Anyway, it is a fantastic instrument. And what a great experience at Parson Street. Ended up with a private factory tour, meeting Marv, Bill, Ren, Jim, Pete, Mike...I feel very lucky and blessed for that day. And the 150 has knocked my strats off the front line, it's all I play and gig with. I have never been one to name my guitars but this one is Mabil. After that day. Rock on! Nick D.
  31. 3 points
    Older models were actually built in the old building 225 Parsons, painted in the old Booth (used in 59 LPs), most will have gone through a post builder complete setup and have a certain mojo, different years had different necks and specs ... New builds are to a higher standard, better out the box. A lot less options with models and features but now a factory custom shop to facilitate anything outside the norm. In the ol days many of our friends at the factory earned a living making us special guitars, now the guitars are more cookie cutter, less of our friends and original owners are there now and the profits go towards the new corporations. And of course want something unique, money talks at the custom shop. As a former dealer, the factory is very standup, offering upgraded warranty on dealer owned unsold merch... Many off our orders use to be customs, I can tell you my Ol' guitars are stellar, Jay was very verbal that many times his merch' had a date with his plek. The factory now uses one. No way to go wrong!
  32. 3 points
  33. 3 points
    It seems Gitfiddler isn't the only one facing a difficult decision. I'm going to cheat a bit on this. I have to say I can't choose a favorite. Each has special sound and qualities that make it a preferred choice for different applications. For Classic Rock the H150 with ThroBak SLE 101s is my favorite. For sheer beauty of sound and looks, the Millie with Fralin Pure PAFs is my favorite: For versatility, my 535 with ThroBak ER Customs is a favorite: However there seems to be one I pick up and play most often, because P-90s.
  34. 3 points
    In my opinion the 535 is the finest guitar Heritage has ever made. Goldyrocks belongs to one of my best friends, the Amberburst rest in an undisclosed location and Lady Bird was traded to Mike Novello. Let the tone fill up the inside and feel the air blow out onto your arms.
  35. 3 points
    I spot ya, Skinslammer...
  36. 3 points
    The Seths sound very authentic in my Heritage.
  37. 3 points
    Hey everyone! Thought you would all enjoy reading my recent interview with the great Rendal Wall that was just published. If you play guitar or even just enjoy music in any way, you owe a huge debt to this great man. For quite some time I have wanted to document Rendal's experiences and his amazing life, so it was a definite honor for me to sit down with him for this great interview recently. Thanks for all of your knowledge Rendal and everything you have done for the guitar. You truly are a living inspiration my friend. - Todd Beebe, Chicago, IL https://bg.buddyguy.com/rendal-wall-guitar-wizard/
  38. 3 points
    With the addition of the 2x12 ext. cab, Superfly now owns one of the most outrageous Patriots of all time!!
  39. 3 points
    Hey all! After doing a ton of research, I finally made the decision last night to purchase a Heritage Guitar! I got a Standard H-150 in Dirty Lemon Burst. From everything I researched, and from those I spoke with, I heard nothing but positive things about the new Heritage Guitars. From the way they are built to the fit and finish to the attention to detail with fret work, the feedback I received was all positive. I’ve heard they even rival some custom shop Gibson’s as they use real Mahogany, AAA Maple Tops, and real MOP inlays. I’m looking forward to getting tomorrow morning when FedEx arrives! https://imgur.com/a/puHDwS8
  40. 3 points
    I would answer this, but it just dawned on me that I'm a counterfeit composite of my mom and dad, and now I'm depressed.
  41. 3 points
    Hi everyone on the forum, My first Heritage is on a truck, hopefully gently rocking and rolling its way to my residence. It's a December, 2017 Cherry Red H-530. My small guitar collection is lacking in the hollow / semi hollow department. That style has only recently been represented by a Epi JB ES-355, and that's got a block. My every day playing guitar is a Collings DC-S and I'm thinking that the Collings paired with the Heritage should cover all the tonal possibilities I would likely ever need.. The Lollar P-90, even in the single pickup DC-S, provide a lot of tonal variations with just a volume and tone control and both guitars got 'em. My rig is basically different layers of boost with some modulation in order to obtain a big sound at low volume: compressor/fuzz/boost/vibe/overdrive/delay-reverb into a solid-state Tech 21 Trademark 60. I play almost exclusively at home these days. Will post pics once it arrives, since until then it didn't happen. - Warren
  42. 3 points
    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 hopefully adding to the discussions when I can. Cheers. Below is my new baby.
  43. 3 points
    Hmmm... Where have I seen one of those before?
  44. 3 points
    A Sweet “16” non cutaway with a tap tuned top. Two piece maple neck 1 3/4 nick width Ebony Board dot inlays 24 3/4 scale raised fretboard parallel bracing Basically I would like to see a 20s L5 design Archtop from Heritage with the focus on acoustic tone not amplified. Oh, it must be Cremona Brown too!
  45. 3 points
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    Ren is The Heritage Museum....
  48. 3 points
    Legitimate road wear is just that; legitimate. Personally, I'd never pay extra for, nor buy a factory "reliced" guitar. I show real road wear as a badge of honor.
  49. 3 points
    Back in the1980s, a popular little amp in Britain was the Sessionette 75. Compact (about the size of a Blues Junior), reasonably priced and decent sounding, and at the time there was some concern about the future availability of valves/tubes so people were open to alternatives. They were well reviewed at the time, had an overdrive channel and a spring reverb tank. These days the can be had for around £150 - £200, but the best bit is that although they were discontinued years ago, the designer (Stewart Ward) has come up with a modification to the power stage which makes them more valve like. He calls it "Retrotone"... I picked one up for a reasonable price a few years ago, got it Retrotoned, recovered it with cream vinyl, and it's my go to amp for rehearsals or gigs where there's not enough room for the Drive King and 1x12 cab. I also swapped out the Celestion G12-100 for a Celestion G12 Neo Creamback, which is half the weight! I tend not to use the drive channel on the amp and instead partner it with a Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Classic o/d pedal. Here's a video where I was using it clean, with just the boost on the Nova System for soloing. The guitar is the VSB H150 with Bare Knuckle Stormy Monday p/ups.
  50. 3 points
    Its funny that people used to complain that they couldn't buy a Heritage because they didn't sell through places like GC, MF or Sweetwater. They simply didn't have the staff and facility to crank out the numbers that it would take to supply those places, especially with the broad catalog they had. Plus the largest number of models were archtops which aren't the biggest sellers. I've said this before, but I think that Marv, Jim and the rest of the old staff just loved making those nice archtops. They take more effort and time than cranking out a 137 slab or even a 150. The company HAS TO MAKE A PROFIT, or it wouldn't exist. Otherwise its an expensive hobby for somebody. So they have limited the line, updated the distribution channel, and concentrated on putting out a more consistent, and still high quality guitar. I think its a good path. As for the prices rising, I don't think they are outrageous. I look at Heritage in a similar light to folks like Anderson, Suhr, Collins. A Suhr or Anderson strat will cost you $2500-3000. I haven't bought anything simply because I've got all the bases pretty well covered with the ones I have. Likewise for amps. I keep looking at Ceriatone OTS and HRM amps, but I REALLY don't need one. I've got a half dozen amps and I can find a sound I like from one of them. I prefer the path they are on to the one that Heritage Amplification went down, or Hamer, or Parker, or Robin.

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