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  1. zguitar71

    In Defense of Heritage 2.0

    I personally could care less if other brands are made in the factory, if they help keep Heritage in business then so be it. I absolutely feel that Heritage is going in the right direction. If they want to compete with PRS or Collings or Gibson they must have higher standards then what I have seen on the 4 I have owned in my time. Updating and modernization is part of the history at 225 Parsons, it gave the world great guitars like the L5 and the the humbucker.
  2. zguitar71

    Support the brand

    I am prepared to get beat up here for this but CNC is not unwelcome IMO. I have specific attributes I look for in a guitar neck, for instance my H150gt has a great neck for my hands. I would love to find other just like it but there is not consistency with Heritage. I also have a Collings CL that I like too but I can pick up any CL or I35 or 290 and get that same feel. From a players perspective this is important if I'm changing guitars during a gig. The other thing with cnc is the ability to always have a perfect neck joint which is a must for good tone and sustain. My personal experience with Heritage guitar quality has not been good but I overlooked it because of price and I have the ability to work on them myself. I had a Super Eagle with overspray on the headstock and file and scrape marks on the fret board. My 150 had horrible file marks on the fret ends and it still has a bit of a rise where the neck joint is. I have file the frets to make it playable with action that I like but eventually I will have to pull the frets and take the rise down with a radius block. These are things that keep potential buyers away and steers them toward guitars made overseas. The solution is raise the price and put way more human hours into the guitars to get the final touches right as well as fit and finish. Or, go with cnc and insure better quality and keep the price point closer to where it is now. Move the human element to sorting only the best Woods and couple that with a perfect build and Heritage could be as good as Collings.
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  4. zguitar71

    575 or 525 for live higher gain setting

    The 525 will control feedback a little better because it is a laminate body and shallower depth. The Gibson 175 is a better choice IMO than the 575 when playing loud and gained up a bit because of the laminate body. If you are looking for full hollow I would stay with a laminate body. As far as HB pickups your choices get a bit limited. Don't rule out p90s though they can be really killer with some gain. The lollar p90s are potted so they do not feed back as easy as the vintage stuff does which helped lead to the idea all hollow bodies feed back when in high volume settings. Some feed back is a good thing, it is super fun when you can have feed back when you want it. I have played live with a Super Eagle that fed back with clean settings every time the horns started to play in a big band. I have also played a 175 loud and gained up without any issues in a 4 piece rock band. Big body solid wood vs smaller body laminate and positioning can make a huge difference, both had potted pickups. Personally I would go with a 525 or 530, I know they are p90 gits but maybe you can have a custom version made.
  5. I loved the picture of your Super Eagle. Is the finish Antique Natural? I'm thinking of buying a Super Eagle, and I really like the way yours looks. Thanks for your time.

  6. zguitar71

    H150CM - Burnt Amber

    Wow, I love the 150! Great color.
  7. zguitar71

    Rockin' Hamilton

    Rockin' this summer in Hamilton for the brew fest wearing the "Datsun" shirt, giving a hint to the "Z" and "71" in zguitar71.
  8. zguitar71

    150 Goldtop Lollar P-90s

    Nice golt top!, my dream guitar right now, Love the lollar p-90's.
  9. zguitar71

    Special Invitation To New Members

    I have a Super Eagle and I never play it any more because of the size. It is a real shame because the guitar is very nice. I use my semi-hollow guitar for jazz gigs all the time now. A semi-hollow with a mahogany body and neck and a maple top would be perfect.
  10. zguitar71

    Special Invitation To New Members

    Which model Heritage are you interested in? That does suck about the Gibsons. I sold an early PRS about 15 years ago and wish I had not. In 1988 I could have bought a `59 Black triple pickup Les Paul for $1000 that I had in my pocket and turned it down, 20 years later they jump to $75,000 in value and I could just die. In `88 people only wanted the Burst Les Paul's from the late 50's and they were selling for 25K then, people bought the triple models for the PAF pickups and put them other guitars. Live and learn.
  11. zguitar71

    Special Invitation To New Members

    The v2 was a purchase back in `89 when I was 19. I wanted a v guitar but could not afford one. I walked into my local guitar shop (Amro Music in Memphis TN at the time) and they had the V2 out with a tag that showed the invoice with the price they paid for it and next to that a price tag with the same number on it. It sold to me for $450, they had it in the back of the shop since 1980 and go sick of looking at it collect dust. The V2 was very pricey at the time, something like $1450 around $4300 today. The guitar really is not very good. The thing is very awkward and the pick-ups sound like poop. There have been article written about them in the past and some people think they could be the next `58 V but I'll believe it when I see it. If it does go sky high in value it will be for sale and I will look forward to an early retirement. I still have the Warranty card that the store filled out but my lazy ass never finished and never sent in along with the bill of sale and some other crap that came with it trying to sell me some Gibson brand shit. The Strat is a Warmoth DIY with SD 5-2 pickups and sounds great.
  12. zguitar71

    Special Invitation To New Members

    Here are some pictures of my stuff. All 6 The back of the SE The well worn ES347 Some neck wear to go with some case wear.
  13. zguitar71

    Special Invitation To New Members

    I joined a few days ago. I have owned a Heritage Super Eagle for 11 years. I hope the picture I am posting works but I have a tendency for failing at the computer stuff. I own 6 guitars and one Carr Slant 6v 2x12amp. My most played guitar is my 1981 Gibson es347, I bought it in `91 and it was in mint condition, now it is full of scratches, nicks and the finish is about 50% worn off the neck. Before Smoking was banned in our bars here in Missoula, I would open the case it smelled like an ashtray. The smell and playing wear make this guitar very dear to my heart. I also own a Santa Cruz D/PW, a Gibson V2, a Warmoth Strat and the other very dear to my heart guitar, a 1938 Kalamazoo KG-31. It is loud, full of tone, light weight, big necked (no truss rod) and I only paid $300 for it, what more could a person want? I play my Heritage mostly at home or at jazz gigs when I am in the mood but the size usually keeps it at the house and the 347 comes out instead. I love the guitar and HAD to have it, I have always been a big Kenny Burrell fan. I bought it new from Wolfe Guitars in January 2000. It has Seth Lover pickups, upgraded wood (something called the Ultra upgrade), gold hard wear, Imperial tuners and an antique natural finish. The tone is big and it breaks up the Carr 6v perfectly when set on 18 watts. Christopher Gray
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