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bobmeyrick

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  1. I bought a Quilter Interblock 45 on a whim. I think it cost around £180, cheaper than some overdrives, and for that you get a 45W into 4ohm/33W into 8ohm amplifier with a headphone/line out and an fx loop. It sounds good clean and with a reasonable crunch if the gain is turned up. Ideal as an emergency back up, or as the basis for a compact rig - just add reverb, delay, chorus and o/d pedals and you're done. Plenty of videos out there showing it being put through its paces.
  2. One possibility might be to have an arrangement similar to that on Gretsch guitars. Have a master volume where the switch currently is, put the switch in the neck tone position, keep the separate neck and bridge volumes and have a master tone in the bridge tone position. If you did something like that I would suggest having a new wiring harness made and keeping the original so the guitar couldbe put back to original spec if desired.
  3. Jon Herington (guitarist with Steely Dan) has done something similar to Gitfiddler's suggestion with his CS336 -
  4. VickyFl, you're welcome. I seem to remember reading an interview with Jeff Beck where he said that when he first got an electric guitar he didn't realise you needed to plug it into an amplifier, he thought you might just plug it into the mains supply. Luckily for us (and rock music!) he didn't... The great thing about this forum is that the folks here will try to answer questions, no matter how silly they may seem, as we've all been there to some extent. We look forward to hearing about your adventures with your Heritage H140!
  5. I think you may be confusing a couple of things here. As DetroitBlues says, the term "humbucker" refers to a type of pickup. A simple electric guitar pickup is a single coil of wire wrapped around a magnet. The vibrating steel strings cause a change in the magnetic field which causes a small electric current to flow in the coil. This tiny current is fed to the amplifier which makes it large enough to drive the loudspeaker. Single coil pickups can be found on Fender guitars like the Stratocaster and Telecaster. While they work well, there is a problem. Electrical equipment often as stray magnetic fields associated with it, and the coil of wire in the pickup will be affected by these magnetic fields, causing a hum with a frequency of 60Hz (50Hz in the UK). "Hz" is the symbol for "hertz", the unit for vibrations per second. The bottom "E" string on a guitar has a frequency of about 80Hz. A humbucker pickup has two coils, wired in such a way that the hum picked up by one coil is (mostly) cancelled out by the hum from the other coil. On your guitar the pickups don't have a metal cover, so you can see the two black coils side by side. The position of the pickup affects the tone - the one by the neck will be more mellow with more bass, while the one by the bridge will be brighter with more treble. As for the "Hannes" bridge, this is a new design from Schaller, different from the ones usually found on Heritage guitars. It isn't a pickup - as DetroitBlues says, it's a support for the strings on the body of the guitar. I think the confusion arose with the term "bridge humbucker", which just means the humbucker next to the bridge. You can see the full range of Schaller bridges here - https://schaller.info/en/bridges/?o=1&p=1 The picture in DetroitBlues' post is the STM bridge fitted to older Heritages (though not yours), while the GTM is the "Nashville" style found on newer guitars (and on yours). Hope that helps. This is the Hannes bridge...
  6. Here's a thought. Could the fretboard have been a left over Les Paul Artisan fretboard? Also if the the guitar was the 7th one made, before Heritage started officially, would there be any other left over parts that might have been used, e.g. bridge, tailpiece, pickups? The pickups are using single mounting screws, which makes me wonder if they're not Schallers - if they were, why not use double screws? This could be checked at some point in the future, but for the moment @VickyFl, just enjoy a fine instrument!
  7. So they are. I notice that Schaller pickups have three mounting holes per side, so they can be mounted conventionally with one screw, as well as the more usual (for them) two screws. In any case, an interesting guitar, and I like the "Artisan" inlays.
  8. The inlays are very similar to, if not the same as, the Les Paul Artisan model. I wonder if the bridge and tailpiece are original - they look like a Nashville set, rather than the Schaller set used on early Heritages. Did Heritage use Schaller hardware and pickups right from the start, or did they use some left over Gibbons parts?
  9. I've always liked the modular amp idea. I used to have a Seymour Duncan Convertible 2000 combo with a few spare modules. Some of them were DIY, using circuit boards bought from eBay. I found that once I'd settled on a configuration I liked I didn't change it, which rather defeated the object of the amp. I eventually sold it, as it was a heavy beast, a bit too heavy to gig. An interesting amp, though, and ahead of its time - two separate channels, variable power (5 to 100W), switchable triode/pentode.
  10. Wouldn't have thought so, unless Gibson have a line of bolt-on neck guitars.
  11. They weren't put off by the so-called "ugly" headstock? ?
  12. Playing in a band should be fun, and that sort of behaviour is totally unnecessary. Getting gigs is hard enough, without alienating the person who runs venue. Luckliy the four of us in the Pete Donaldson Blues Band get along well. On the subject of guitars, do you have any particluar idea of what you want? I have a couple of H150s that aren't getting much use - a Trans Black H150CM and a Gold top H150 Special (a slightly thinner and lighter body). I've changed the bridge and tailpiece on both for Nashville units, and reinstated the original Schaller pickups - at one time the Trans black had a pair of Phat Cats in it, and the Special a pair of P-Rails with the Triple-shot rings. Hmm... I might put them back in. Let me know if you're interested. Yamaha make fine guitars - I used to have a PAC1511 Mike Stern model, a bit like a Tele on steroids, with a Seymour 59 in the neck and a Hot Rails in the bridge.
  13. Given the hen's-teeth rarity of Heritage amps in the UK, and given the sort of money you're likely to spend, it would be worth your while checking out some of the British boutique amp builders, such as Lazy J, Cornell and my favourite, 633 Engineering. Cliff Brown at 633 is a great guy to deal with, and every amp he makes is tailored to the buyer's requirements. He was previously chief designer at Blackstar and before that at Soundcraft, so he knows a bit about electronics. I've had my 633 Drive King for three years and it does everything I could want. That fine bluesman Kirk Fletcher uses 633 amps -
  14. Hi Mark, good to know you're out there playing. If you're in the market for a new amp I have one that might be of interest - a Seymour Duncan Convertible 2000 1x12 combo. I need to make some space as I've ordered a 633 Drive King, and the Seymour just isn't getting used. If you're ever down Nottingham way pop in and give it a try. Send me a message if you're interested.
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