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Yesterday, 08:16 PM

Posted by DC Ron in Heritage Guitars

Well, like I said, I'm a sucker for survivors.  This arrived today, and is as you would expect a good news/bad news story.  But it's intended to be a fun project to work while watching sports this fall, so it's all good, right?





The REALLY good news is that it was well packed and included a few more parts than I anticipated: original TRC, control cover/label, Kahler locknut base and whammy bar. 


Can it be played?  Hmmm.  It was strung up with a piece of paper under the D string at the nut to compensate for a low slot.  No worries, easy fix.  A bit of fret wear, not too bad though.  Fret level is definitely in order.  It had a silly amount of relief and VERY high action, so I spent some time with the truss rod and Kahler string height adjustment to get it within range. Had to apply lubricant to both and work gently since they were a bit gummed up.  However, now I found...there is a ramp up at the body frets so that fretting above the 14th fret or so frets out at the 22nd (last) fret.  Not had this before but a bit of internet research indicates that the easy-to-hard options are (1) fret level (may not work), (2) fretboard level or (3) neck reset.  (3) is out so I'll start with (1) and proceed to (2) if needed.  (2) might be even more fun than (1).  The neck is a nice full C shape, much like my (Schundog's) '89 H535.


Does it work?  Yes. No.  The Schaller bridge pickup works great, as does the coil tap.  The variable phase control (where you would expect the tone control to be) seems to work.  Had to lubricate both the pots but they freed up nicely.  The middle pickup toggle is mechanically broken (floppy) and will have to be replaced. Neither single coil pickup seems to work, even when I jump them to the output.  Might be overlooking something here though. 


How does it look?  Well, I'm pretty sure this is the original "charcoal" finish, just faded to dark olive with age.  It looks greener in flash than it does in person.  But looking in the cavities indicates no trace of a previous finish.  Lots of little dings and such.  Obviously well played and not babied.  I'll worry about the looks last, if I worry about it at all.  Mojo is great as is.  Don't know what the story is on the stain on the label. 


So the plan is...

Strip down and clean up everything.

Level the frets

Fill and reslot the nut at the D string

Replace (2) missing fine tuners and (3) missing nut lock screws

Replace the middle pickup toggle

Troubleshoot the electronics

String her up

Have fun  :)




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Who's got the meanest Heritage H-150 "Burst"...

18 May 2014

Posted by mattjayworker in Heritage Guitars

So.....with my Prospect almost finished, the addict within has set sights beyond the present and into 2015 were a new guitar odyssey is to begin:


The Heritage H-150 "Deluxe Burst"


Here's the current "burst" that I've been using as a template for what I'd like to accomplish with this new build. (found it on google images associated with a former Heritage man named "Larry Perkins". 


It's what I would consider "mean as hell".




To ensure optimum meanness, I'm going to supply my own book matched maple top for this one as well, so far I've really only been keeping an eye out over at Northridge Hardwoods and Oregon Exotics. Does anyone have another suggestion as to where to look for a killer top?



Found this one on the Northridge site but it's not quite thick enough: 7/8" thickness is the min that the fellas prefer to work with for supplied tops.




Please post any pics of what you would consider " The meanest Heritage H-150 "burst" of them all"!!



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23 Jul 2014

Heritage Patriot 1x12 combo 45 watt in Wine Taurus. Dead mint and perfect functioning condition. Sounds incredible...one of the best amps I've had the pleasure to own! Features Original Joe Naylor Reverend Alltone Speaker that sounds great in this amp, 2 JJ6L6 tubes and JJ preamp tubes, bias points on rear, volume, treble, mids, mid focus knob, bass, reverb, cut and  mood controls. You can nail Fender to Marshall JTM 45 breakup and even jangley tones. Takes pedals like they were a part of the amp!Read the reviews and check out clip below:

[This is not my clip, but this amp sounds identical to this one and could possibly be this one, as I purchased amp on here.]PM any questions.Thanks! $950.00 shipped/would love PP gift, but not a deal breaker.






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