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MartyGrass

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  1. That first pic looks like he's getting the guitar out of a mausoleum. The finish is a masterpiece.
  2. I prefer to relic my own the old fashioned way. You combine your favorite musician buddies, a small basement party, and unlimited beer. Give it about six hours. Nature will do the rest.
  3. Oddly, in Kalamazoo there's only one place to PLEK, and they aren't doing it for the public. Ann Arbor Guitars has an excellent reputation. They do the filing, leveling and polishing by hand. One of the luthiers there, who's been doing this a long time, said that the PLEK machine requires someone very skilled to run it. The luthiers at Ann Arbor Guitars believe they can match or exceed what a decent PLEK job gives. Plus they can do more, like adjust the bridge height and cut the slots. Elderly Instruments also has skilled luthiers. I'm not against PLEKing. In fact I've had
  4. I've been very impressed with ThaliasCapos, a family owned company that makes fancy truss rod covers. They are sturdy, well made and pretty. I've bought some for my G-brands (Gibbies and a Guild). I was so impressed I ordered some Gretsch TRCs. The MOPs that sometimes come with Heritages are beautiful but can be fragile. These are half the price and are backed by two thin layers of wood. I've been working with Andrew, one of the craftsmen at ThaliasCapos, to produce Heritage as a line for TRCs. He sent me a template that looks good for size but needs a slight tweak on screw hole
  5. Dave, you may be on the wrong side of the Michigan but you're on the right side of this discussion. Here is my new car getting relicked.
  6. Heritage does a pretty thorough job of relicking the finish. The paradox is that if there are few finish checks the guitar is discounted. Go figure.
  7. Roy Clark was one of the best guitarists ever. He would not take crap guitars. May he rest in peace. Ren Wall worked on Roy's personal instruments, at least one solid body, two different styles of his namesake hollow/semi-hollows, and probably more. Apparently he was quite a character, according to Marv Lamb. Here he is playing a difficult piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxDQQDF6j0Y Here he's playing the same thing on the TV set of The Odd Couple. There's nowhere to hide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xssnp7R51A Lastly, here he is playing his Heritage Ro
  8. That is so true. When I adjust bridge height and the truss rod tension, I often have to put a capo at the first fret to eliminate the nut slotting factor. I then file the slots down. The hardest part of doing that is to not take too much off. Often you do a little, replace and tighten the string, assess, remove the string then take a little more off. Getting the nut slots cut right for the strings you use does make a big difference. Some of the wooden bridge saddles are not 12" arcs. Usually its the middle string slots that need to come down for more even action. I don't think
  9. I have to agree with you. I learned to file slots on nuts and bridges along with doing a setup. I found this to be a useful skill with other brands too. But Heritage seemed to nearly always benefit from this.
  10. I have seen more consistency in the last few years. PLEKing is a plus. My opinion is that every year produced superb guitars. Every year. There were some average and below average guitars as well. I evaluate each instrument on its own. I hear people point to trends they identify about soldering, neck characteristics, finish quality, etc. There are so many exceptions that if I were to buy an instrument, I'd not assume anything based on the year. Humans like to think that there are good batches, runs or years in a lot of things, particularly guitars. I would not trust that.
  11. This extraordinary guitarist was a Heritage endorser and had his own Heritage model. He disappeared years ago. His model guitar was a thinline H-550 with a Bigsby. He could play the hell out of it in a Chet Atkins way. But he did some more up to date stuff as well. His guitar didn't sell well. He then got a Gretsch model named after him, which also didn't sell well. He had a tough patch in his life when he lost his wife and child in a car accident. He later had a brain tumor, but as I recall that was successfully removed. If you haven't heard him play, here's one of hi
  12. I believe the guitar is improved with a gold finish. Black and tan, especially translucent black with tan, is a little shocking on the eye. Gold and tan seems glorious.
  13. Here is one from the first batch made in 1992. It looks well cared for. I think it lives in Chicago.
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