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  1. I bought both of these many years ago and honestly, they are exactly what I expect the Custom Core models are today for Heritage. Collings reevaluated their electric guitars years back. When they first came out, they were closer to the feel, finish, and tone of PRS guitars. I know from a very reliable source, that Collings listen to their artists & dealers and listened to their advice that they want a vintage sounding guitar not a prettier one. So Collings changed wood suppliers and pickup manufactures for their electric guitars. This change was maybe within the first 5 years or so into the start of their electric guitar productions. I played the earlier Collings electrics and the reevaluated ones... they are tonally night & day different. To me, the Collings City Limits are benchmark of a single cut when evaluating tone, feel, playability, and a dry LIGHT weight resonant wood. As I have been trying to down size to the "best in class" of my electric guitar models, I went from four 150s and two McInturff Carolina Customs down to these two Collings City Limits and one remaining McInturff Carolina Custom for my single cut models. A custom core would be nice, but I would need to play one first. And honestly after leaving the band, the last 2-3 years I have only been playing acoustic guitar exclusively (yea, some major additions for me in the acoustic pile...) -I did change both Collings City Limits bridges from ABR-1s to Faber's locking ABR-1 bridges. -The Collings City Limits GT humbucker had Throbak ER pickups stock and they sound incredible as usual. -The Collings City Limits GT P90s came with Lollar P90s, of which I am normally not a huge fan (to me they normally just sound kind of sterile with no balls). So I briefly tried some Wolftone P90s in it and I liked the original Lollar 90s sound better. The Lollars had the right mix (in this guitar) of open & airiness where the Wolftones where (in this guitar) a little to congested sounding.
  2. Those are actually my guitars and they are utterly amazing. I am not comparing them directly to Heritage or Gibson, but for me they have the most comfortable neck carve I have ever played, vintage feel playability, LIGHT weight solid wood construction (no weight relief) both are under 8.4lbs, and sustain for days. I might even choose them over my McInturff. I would also like to play or own a Custom Core some day. But I would get an aged Burst that looked just like Yoslate’s.
  3. Well, Daniel, I appreciate your post but I don't agree. When the "Gold Tops" originally came out they were about as flashy as it gets. Certainly, more flashy than a flamed Burst top. Gold Tops were definitely originally designed to make the ultimate impression!!! And don't get me wrong.... I LOVE me some Gold Tops!!!!
  4. A couple of thing Josh; 1) You are not going to please everyone. 2) Not everyone wanted/needed a custom 137. 3) Not everyone had $1800-1900 to throw down on a fairly short deadline. 4) To be "embarrassed" about how it turn out is a little bit dramatic. Those that truly wanted one bought one, those that were just kicking the tires or didn't want/need a custom 137 didn't buy one. What is there to be embarrassed about? Bottom line, you and 3 others got a great custom guitar. How many did you really expect to sell? The four of you got a great deal and others just didn't want or need one.
  5. I will take the word from several long-standing members here on HOC that the "new" Heritage are making guitars as good as they ever have. I have note personally played any new Heritages. But, unfortunately, I agree with the above quotes on their business model. Some people could careless about their business model as long as they get a good product, others harken back to a day when "You can go to a place where everybody knew your name".
  6. Not every guitar was perfect, but most were very very good. I refuse to say any year was better than any year and compare guitars each to their own. I will put my 2007 555 Custom up against any Heritage being produced now for fit, finish, playability, weight, looks, woods, and tone.
  7. Kuz


    I had a '64 335 and the finish checking was exactly like this Core 150. Thin, tiny lacquer checking completely all over the guitar but no dings in the wood. I got a good price for it when I sold it 12-15 years ago.... but it is one of a couple guitars I wish I never sold.
  8. Kuz


    I'll make this quick and to the point.... that is the finest 150 I have ever seen. The color, the contour of the fade, and the finish checking (but not through the wood) aging... It is just perfect. Period.
  9. I agree raising the pickups can adjust the tone…. But when they are compared acoustically (the closest true apples to apples comparison) I hear the same thing; the Core is quieter, less sustain, darker & more compressed, and less open. Again, this is only ONE Core vs only ONE R9. If they picked a different Core or a different R9 the results may have been completely different.
  10. Well, unfortunately (to my ears), this Core 150 didn’t hold up very well to the R9. The R9 rang out more acoustically and was more open & musical through the amp. The Core 150 (to me) sounded compressed and congested…. It had the proverbial blanket over top it. YMMV
  11. I texted with Rob recently a couple days ago and he wants to post a continuing review of his new Core. But he also said he has had an exhausting week with some pressing deadlines so be patient for his full review, knowing Rob….. it will be worth the wait.
  12. Well I guess the mystery on how the guitar arrived is “case closed”. Nice description, Rob!
  13. Also the adjustment screws are toward the tailpiece, like they are on a Nashville.
  14. Thanks to you Daniel, I have Faber locking ABR-1 bridges on all my Stop-tail guitars. On Rob's Core 150 the bridge looks wider than an ABR, more the width of a Nashville bridge. At least that is how it looks to my eyes.
  15. Headstock, some of the Hog back, and top of the case please.... now that you know how to post photos.... LOL Also, do you have any thoughts on a poker chip and the metal pointer markers under the knobs to round out the vintage vibe?
  16. I have minty new guitars that I have played/gigged for years and babied. And I have new relic'd guitars that I have played/giged for years. I now prefer relic'd guitars. Why? Because I am not afraid to take out relic'd guitars to gigs/jams with without fear of a ding happening. AND I feel relic'd guitars feel better, lighter, and have less finish so they sound better. The BEST argument I heard for relic'd guitars was this comment; "Everyone talks about true, honest, player-wear on vintage guitars. So people like the played-in wear on vintage guitars. BUT if they think about it, it wasn't THEIR played-in wear, it was someone else's. So what is the difference in buying a vintage guitar with someone else relic'ing it or a new guitar that someone else relic'd from the luthier/factory?" In the end, that wear wasn't YOUR honest wear on either accounts.
  17. Kuz

    The year ends....

    Mark, it is great when the chemistry of the band comes together and it looks like you are finally there! I love all my guitars and currently don't have any PRS guitars. But I can tell you that from my experience PRS guitars are the most versatile guitars out there. Get a PRS with a Trem and they can sound close to a LP & SG, and the coil tapping is surprisingly good for Strat & Tele tones. If I could only have one guitar for a gig, a Trem equipped PRS with coil tapping would be the one. I will eventually get another PRS DGT, but I have two kids with college expenses right around the corner. And don't let anyone tell you that Guitar -->input cord ---> amp is the only way to play. NO professional plays this way. Clubs don't allow you to play loud enough anymore for amp only distortion. Even Robben Ford uses a zen drive to goose his $50K Dumble. You aren't less of a guitarist if you use pedals. Your tone doesn't suck if you use pedals. Hello, David Gilmore forever has used a clean amp and pedals for his OD/Dist and no complains of his tone. EVERYONE use pedals. One question; How long are you banned from driving? That really stinks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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  19. That's a shame Mark, but you showed a lot of patience. Time to move ahead with a new guitarist. Life is too short not to enjoy yourself playing out at gigs!
  20. Mark, it is always good to feel vindicated. And why is it that the truth always comes around after the fact? I am glad the band is still together and hope your drummer is up and running (or at least up and walking) soon! Yea, turning on the footswitch for the lights helps. Lately, I learned that plugging the input cord from my pedal board to my amp helps make my guitar sound louder!!!! Ha, ha
  21. Kuz

    Moving forward

    Mark, I am really glad you were able to solve this issue in a civilized manor. I know many here on the HOC were advising you to fire him, but maybe now the message came through loud in clear. It's my experience that she will go through cycles of good & bad behavior, so I would be prepared that the "bad" wife may come back. Hopefully, another quick talk to the husband will get her back on track if needed. Bottom line, it's like rebooting your iPad or computer....you don't have to reboot that often but it fixes the problem quickly until the next glitch & reboot. Again, I commend you on your patience and civil behavior especially when you did nothing wrong.
  22. Yes, your patience is something I envy. I probably would have been more direct and made the situation worse. But the "playing" members of the band should all have an equal vote on band matters (not wives or girlfriends). It is really petty and selfish of the band member (with the wife) to back out of a gig when he agreed to do it. If the band says "yes" that should be the end of it. I can also speak from experience, that there are no amiable separations from a band. Leaving members will hold a grudge and say, "Let's keep in touch" but like when your girlfriend breaks up with you and says, "Let's still be friends" both parties know you will never speak again. I guess the moral of the story is; at all costs try to work it out before leaving because it will be hard (if not impossible) to restore what you once had. FWIW, I LOVE my Gretsch Penguin. I had a couple hollowbody Gretsch guitars, but the feedback was a real problem with stage volume so I sold/traded them. I would go with a solidbody or semi-hollow for more flexibility and an actual usable guitar on stage. That Duesenberg is HOT!!!
  23. Kuz

    It's not always fun

    Mark, I feel your pain. I basically quit a some would call successful acoustic duet because it seemed I was the only one trying to find new gigs and figuring out new cover songs. My buddy had plenty of "free exposure" gigs he found and discount gigs for friends (free food & drinks), but the kids were getting older and I needed at least something in my pocket to justify being away from the family. Then when due to a medical illness I was forced to quit drinking, I didn't mind that my buddy would drink, but he started to get hammered past the point of where he could perform. The first 12 years of the acoustic duet band was great, but I would rather play at Church every Sunday then go back to gigging every weekend and do all the work for practically no money. As far as flubbing a solo, we have all done it (myself numerous times). But it is my experience most people listen more to the chords, melody & lyrics then the solo. Honestly, I doubt most people noticed. Keep on playing because, trust me, you will miss gigging in front of an audience..... I know I did. Best, John
  24. Sounds like some real good progress with the band, Mark. Congrats!!! I am playing and singing (praise leader) tomorrow. Our praise band is having a few issues with dedication and direction. I am going to offer my services for another church that is starting a contemporary worship band. My hope is to stay in both for now. Keep plugging away and get that amp checked out. It is always easier to play when you aren't thinking about your tone when you play!! Best, John
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