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Everything posted by Gitfiddler

  1. @tsp17Awesome! Welcome back to gigging. Good times with the big, beautiful H550.
  2. It was similar. The LP Supreme has a carved top/back and similar mahogany sandwich inner core. The CS-356, like the CS-336 also had a carved top, with a hollowed out Mahogany back/sides, the same as the Millennium. However, Heritage offered a few variants of the H-155 and Millennium, the higher end versions (e.g. Millie Eagle) had a LP Supreme-ish carved flame maple back.
  3. @Steiner...This "old, yellowed natural maple" abomination is so hideous, I'd feel terrible passing it on to another HOC'er. It must forever remain in seclusion in the darkest depths of my on-site storage room. I promised Jay Wolfe I'd never let "Quilty" ever see the light of day...ever. She was, of course a catastrophic effort to salvage a blundered build by Heritage, placing the reverse carved backside of a planned Sweet 16 onto the front of a lowly H-575. So it must remain in perpetual seclusion so as to not offend HOC'ers.
  4. Will, you have first dibs if I ever lose my mind and put "Neptune" up for sale. 🙂
  5. The first thing to consider is the scale (length from bridge to nut) length on each of your guitars. And every feature has an impact on play-ability and tone. The Sweet 16 is a carved, full hollow body with 25.5 scale. H-575's are also carved, full hollow body, but with 24.75 scale. H-535's are laminate top/back solid rims, semi-hollow with 24.75 scale. This is probably one of the most versatile electric guitar body types available for all types of music. All that means the final decision is up to you...and your musical playing preferences. Good hunting.
  6. +1 on Fender Pro amps. My first real amp (excluding the Vibro Champ) was a 60's Fender Pro 1x15. That was the later 40 watt version Pro. For gigging I also connected it to a matching Fender 1x12 extension speaker. That was my 'chittlin circuit' and USO rig. Man, that thing could bark!!
  7. Sorry for your loss. Your headstock image appears to show a thin Mahogany stripe down the middle. That typically indicates a 3 piece (Maple/Mahogany/Maple) neck. Heritage tended to use flame maple on their necks, which is considered an upgrade to an already top of the line semi-hollow. Do you have a photo of the back of the neck?
  8. Mid-80's Concert amps are sweet rigs. I LOVED mine and still miss it. The only reason it was sold was due to it somehow getting heavier over the years. Or maybe I got weaker over the years??
  9. The very first production H-530. Gone but not forgotten:
  10. @tsp17...Awesome photos! Looks like you had fun with your bandmates. H550's are amazing sounding and playing jazz boxes.
  11. With prices rising on all currently offered Heritage models, shouldn't any of our proposed hypotheticals also include a suggested price? The more basic model suggestions should be less than current prices, but some of the more upscale suggestions could cost much more than the already high prices. Current List Prices: H-150: $2,599 H-530: $3,199 H-535: $3,199 H-575: $4,499 Eagle Classic: $5,299
  12. Caveat Emptor. You might have dodged a bullet if the seller refused to follow this simple step that is designed to protect from Ebay scammers.
  13. I had a similar experience with my Patriot. A few years ago I got called to do a jazz/RnB gig with a quartet at a venue that seated about 500. Even though they insisted on using their dedicated sound techs, mike our amps and control volume from the house set up, I waived them off. The mighty Patriot don't need no stinking SM57! At the rehearsal/sound check, the sound guy obliged me...at first. I plugged in my H555 and cranked up the Patriot's volume just past 12 o'clock and rang out a few glorious power chords and funk riffs. Next thing I knew there was a frantic sound guy running down the aisle towards me yelling "turn that f%&*@-ing amp DOWN!! That evening there was a Sure SM57 strategically placed in front of the tamed Patriot, with volume set at around 9 o'clock.
  14. Very nice playing and singing. H525's are something special.
  15. @TalismanRichYessir, that looks exactly like my rig...with the exception of a a few of tolex scrapes on mine from load-in/load-out episodes. And I love that sweet Millie too.
  16. Nice first edition Patriot amp, Brent. My 2004 looks a lot like TRich's, but doesn't have the 4 screws on the front of the cab. Mathers did the cab work for Heritage Amps, so there may have been subtle changes over the years.
  17. Having played venues that provide Fender DR's, Twins, etc., I can attest to MANY of them that sounded horrible. Most of those backline amps were 'rode hard and put away wet' as they say. They looked beat to hell and sounded anemic. I'd be willing to wager that an aging solid state ToneMaster will likely sound better after tons of gigs. No tubes to wear out is a major factor in my assumption. Time will tell.
  18. Considering the additional features loaded into the DR Tone Master rig, and the relatively close approximation to a tube DR, it makes sense why a venue like the Grand Ole Opry would use them as part of their back line. They have the option of miking the amp's speaker old school, or go direct via their balanced XLR Output Control, Selectable Cab IRs and Ground Lift. Plus TM DR amps are priced under a grand and should be maintenance free. If I owned a big nightclub or stage venue the TM DR would definitely be included.
  19. Congratulations on your beautiful, 'new-to-you' H-157!
  20. Gorgeous CS356 you've got there. I've owned two of them over the years, and love their unique size, tone and construction. In some ways they're similar to Heritage H-155/Millennium.
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