First post here, name is Gary, my friends call me "Wheaties." Not a full time professional musician, but play as a hobbyist. Have been a ski instructor for 35 years, currently in my 29th consecutive winter at Deer Valley, Utah.
I have a few very special hand wired boutique amps. Also a couple of pcb designs, a personally voiced Hughes & Kettner Tube 20 , also a Mesa Boogie 2/12 Maverick without a single Mesa tube or speaker in it. Just got a Weber MASS 100 watt attenuator, wish I had gotten it sooner, WOW! Have collected a few hundred vintage tubes, mainly 12ax7, 5751, and 12at7 types.
Love the smell of solder fumes when tinkering with project amps as well, have gotten some amazing results with what started out as a silverface Fender Champ that only has the cab, the metal chassis, and the pots remaining as original parts. When running it through the 2/12 or 2/15 semi closed back cabs I have filled with JBL g125/g135's even with a full band present I have to turn down on stage to less than half volume with only a single 6v6 for power tube. Enough gain and volume is present for "sustain for days" and controlled feedback kinda thang. It is wired to take el34's. Most of the time it has a vintage TS 5881 in it.
Have two Heritage guitars, one is a 555, antique natural with special woods package, Seth Lovers. Am one of those strange persons that names their guitars. Simply gorgeously stunning in appearance and sonics, her name is Miss D. Buttercups. I play out with this guitar. The other is a Milennium Limited Edition Ultra 2000 in Almond, has Lindy Fralin 8k/9k HB's. Her name is Miz' Uber, as in Uber-guitar. She's more lively sounding than any Les Paul type that I have heard. Not exactly fair to compare, because of the different construction in the Milennium series. I play that one mainly at home, she's pretty minty in appearance and from what I have learned is at least semi rare as far as production numbers go. The tones out of both of these instruments are to die for, and the looks on stage are truly spectacular, performing on stage for others is where Heritage guitars belong IMHO. Peace.