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    That's fancy!
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    H-535 wiring and tone shaping

    First I'd do Treble bleed and see if that makes you happy. It's easier than removing the whole harness, I did treble bleeds to a number of semi's by just letting half the harness hang in while inching the two volume pots out of the f-hole.
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    Looking for a 535, Is This A Good Deal?

    Personally, when folks drill more holes IMO the value goes down for me. I would pass on a non factory Bigsby guitar with extra holes at or above market value of a clean one. That price is top dollar.
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    Heritage Guitar Values...Now and Future?

    I hope they stay low in terms of value, keep'em available to players at large.
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    Heritage Guitar Brochure Before Ownership Change

    If money were no object...I'm thinking sweet 16 with two mini humbuckers offset a bit from the bridge & neck a la the epi sorrento, also with a rosewood board and 345 type inlays. Sweet tones & looks would be had.
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    Heritage Website

    All the 9+ pounders I've seen these days are a few years old but the good news is those ones sell slow and get a few price drops! There's an almost 10lb '02 R7 locally for $2500, behemoth. I've been looking at new historics for fun from time to time (as in 2018/17) and they all seem to be under 9 with maybe one at 9 I've seen on the dot. Over 9 is pretty rare even though some many famous 'bursts were. Only point being, for me, that 9-10lb range sounds damn fine on those old records so it doesn't scare me away. Beyond that, people really seem to be very preoccupied with seeing how close to 8lbs and under they can get kind of like 6lb Tele/Strat freaks, I've played a ton of those featherweights and never noted anything to be particularly superior other than you can spin'em in the air with ease. To each his own. The African Mahogany thing, there might be something to it? I've even been surprised at the acoustic volume of 50's BR-6's, they're loud. Word is the early-mid 80's and late 70's Tokais were Khaya too but I've not seen 100% verification on that, my '83 LS-60 refin I used to have had quite the unplugged presence and the wood looked top shelf. But, the Burny I had from back then was made out of some white mahogany-ish budget-ey stock. There's a number of modern MIJ singlecut models made with Khaya too that fly under the radar but I've read good things.
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    Price check on Aisle 140

    I got one a year ago and paid $900 or so, sold for $1000 to Japan. People are definitely asking more $, whether they're getting it is another thing.
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    Heritage Website

    That's what I meant by "small sample size." I've seen plenty of 50's Les Pauls right up towards 10lbs, especially the first couple years of the P90 guitars and plenty of customs, one of my fav's I ever played was a '52-'57 conversion and it had to be near 10. So, I think if we actually did the math on all the known ones we'd find Tom's estimate to be correct that 9 is average....He would know Point being, a Les Paul in the 9-10lb range with a normal neck profile is nothing to scoff at. Today, "Historic" specs have people convinced that 50's Les Pauls were all 8.5lbs with huge necks. I would say the average historic comes in at 8.75lbs tho, with it being far more difficult to find them in the 9lb range. As for the "old growth" argument, I don't buy it per the mahogany. The only scientific analysis I've read was posted years ago on the LPF by well known luthier Bharat Khandekar who sent samples of wood kept from his many projects/repairs on 50's Les Pauls for lab analysis. The Mahogany came back from the lab as Khaya, an African variant. Gil Yaron said he saw bulk purchase order receipts for Mahogany from Africa dating to the 50's, huge orders. Given the amount purchased and the average weights it's likely the trees were fairly nourished & fast growing: hard, red, light in weight. Old trees tend to be heavier than the average per blank and are premium stock for woodmakers. IMO there's too many myths in terms of the tone chase of the 50's guitars due to their prices/popularity, lots straight from the mouths of dealers/enthusiats themselves.
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    Heritage Website

    This is a small sample size, given my time researching and shows etc I'd say right near 9lbs and above is extremely common for 50's Les Pauls when you take them all into account. Notable collector/dealer Tom Wittrock says "Some feel that anything over 9lbs would be heavy, but that's probably the average for 50s LP's." Well known buyer/player (Bonamassa) of them who may have played more than anyone on the planet said: "A tick over 9 and under 10 I find to be the best sounding ones. Big and Mighty." I know many famous ones are right about 9 or more like Greeny (8lb 15oz), Hotlanta (9.5), Pearly Gates (said to be over 9lbs), The Beast (9.5), Joe Perry's (9.5)... Add to that, look at those neck sizes, many from .85-.89 at the first to .95 +/- at the 12th fret with the taper really slimming down towards '60 along with lots of 'burst owners describing neck contours as "soft V" to "slim C". Personally, of the 50's I've gotten to pluck for a few minutes I can't recall a single one having a "U" profile like tons of modern historic Gibsons do. I've read before that the age/demographic of "Custom Shop" guitar buyers keeps the demand for as light as possible guitars since many in that demographic prefer the comfort of less weight. Given the fact that all these famous guitars were "porkers" I'd say it's safe to assume they didn't lack sustain/resonance/clarity by any stretch.
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    10 Most Iconic Guitar Amps

    Hmm, not sure what their aim was but I'd say given the JC120/5150/Mesa/JCM800 are on there it's hard to fathom why they didn't include the Fender "Hot Rod" series amps which are freakin' everywhere.
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    Heritage Website

    Oh, they can get up to 12lbs, when the dealer I gave lessons at ordered 4 or so 2 were normal but the other two were straight up at least 11+. But, still, to me it's cheap when you get the variants/growths of "mahogany" that are lighter in color and aren't as hard just for the sake of saving a pound, at that point IMO it's barely mahogany and these days a lot of "mahogany" guitars are built with that stuff.. I got lucky when I picked up my H150, most were around 9.5lbs or a bit under. The guy told me mine was 9.2lbs but it's under 9 on my scale, head scratcher. Hell, 9-10lbs is normal for 50's Les Pauls, it's just the other half of them were under 9lbs. It's all relative to me though. If I play my 'bird for a set, which is a feather, my 7.5lb ES feels heavy. Sometimes I cringe at the featherweight fad you see these days, weight was never a big consideration of mine until I found guitar forums.
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    Heritage Website

    Huh.. The wood on my H150 and on other Heritage's I've owned is the best part. The mahogany is seriously hard, not that soft super young stuff that dents easily which you see on many brands today, especially higher priced "featherweight" custom shop guitars. It's dark red, tough, and feels the same as my old Gibsons do, while making a super strong neck that still has a medium carve to it. Sometimes they get heavy though (mine is a hair under 9lbs), but at least it's not sacrificing quality for the sake of weight. I'll take a good cut of dark red tropical hardwood mahogany with a little bottom to it over the other stuff. The maple is top shelf too, usually looks domestic and is also rock hard. The rosewood is a super dense cut that feels and looks superb too, as is much of the rosewood I've seen on past heritages from the 90's and 00's. So, the wood is the last thing I'd change. And, the finishes? That's the best part! Super thin yet high gloss lacquer without any bogus treatment to it, usually solids sprayed perfectly and great symmetry on 'bursts etc. The attention to detail in the sanding of the finish is obvious. Eh, whatever.
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    Heritage Website

    Comical? 50's Gibsons beyond high end flats/arches/mando's aren't fetching top dollar for their build quality. Period, it's not even debatable. Ironically, the best built 50's Gibsons are comparably cheap. I love vintage but vintage kool-aid is the biggest joke of a drink that keeps getting sipped. Vintage solid body guitars are the quirkiest damned instruments in the history of electric guitars, almost nothing has come close since that era..nothing.
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    Heritage Website

    'Bout time, geez. Wish I could scope out the 2018's in person.