I know...I'm a Heritage whore! I cant help it.
I found this historic piece last week. This is a 1990 H157.
To most, it looks like a typical Heritage 157...but look closely!!! The early H157s and H150s were rumored to have been made with leftover Gibson bodies that were left behind when Gibson left Kalamazoo in 1984. Heritage started production in 1985. This H157's body is the same shape as a Gibson Les Paul Custom!!!
Heritage was threated to be sued by Gibson in 1991 for the body styles of the H157, H150 and the H357 (firebird)
So.....Heritage changed the style of the horn cut on their single cut solid body guitars.
This is one of the early, "pre lawsuit" H157s!
This guitar has all the features of a Les Paul Custom. Mahogany body with a flame maple cap, mahogany neck, ebony board, multi ply binding on the body and peghead and gold hardware.
This baby was a mess when I received it. It had been played....a lot. I decided to give this guitar the glamor shots makeover!!! Tone pros locking bridge and tailpiece, locking grover tuners, 1981 Gibson Shaw PAFs (early 137 stamps), and a through buffing and cleanup!!!!
The frets have a lot of wear, but it still plays great! It has a thinner, 60s style neck. It weighs in at an average LPC....9.5 lbs.
The tone from this guitar is absolutely incredible!!!! Its so woody and warm!!! The Shaws and just a great PAF!!!!
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