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  1. I can finally join the Heritage owners club as I got my H-575 just yesterday! Long time lurker, realized I've been a member here since 2012 that has been close to a Heritage multiple times (H-535s, H-530s, H-575s), good to finally be an owner! It was apparently a customer return from Music Store Live and I certainly cannot find a defect or anything that someone would return it for. So I feel like I got a nearly new H-575 at a decent price for today's going rates. The store probably had it for a while as the the serial number is AJ16810, which makes it a 2019 I think, right? It's a sunburs
    4 points
  2. Picked up a used 2019 Heritage H-137 in TV yellow from a fellow forum member. It is spectacular! Almost bought a used Gibbons TV Yellow Special but pulled out when I saw this one listed and I'm glad I did. The color on this one is so much nicer. It has that more mellow wheat color than the US Gibbons which is more in your face yellow. Also shows a lot more grain. It' weighs in at 7.2 lbs on my bathroom scale and the stock Lollar P90s really scream. I also really like the no pickguard/dog ear look. I have to say, I know the headstock gets a lock of hate, but I like it. I have Gibbonss for
    4 points
  3. A good friend of mine locally, who used to teach with my wife, had been on a gear buying binge lately. He has an absolutely stunning 1991 H150! He texted me the other day and said he was gonna sell his 2019 H137 (he bought it new from Sweetwater and hardly played it). So I drove over to his place yesterday and checked it out….he made me an incredible deal on it I could not walk away from. It came with the Heritage hard case and case candy. It’s mint. Not a mark on it. It sets up perfectly. The neck is a great beefy 50s carve. It’s really light. One piece body. Lollars
    4 points
  4. When Seth Lover "invented" the humbucker he also invented the height adjustable rings. P90 dogears needed the shims as the variations in neck angle and adjustable bridge height/playing action required them. Better to have shims you can remove or raise than a P90 decked to the body that prevents lowering the action due to strings hitting the plastic. I believe my custom Prospect P90 was their first and I needed to remove the shims to get the action to taste and clear the pickup.
    4 points
  5. I love my '07 H137 w/Pigtail bridge! I was just playing it today.
    4 points
  6. Yes, I am. This makes 3 Heritages in a month. This isn't any 575. This one is mine. I bought it in 2019 on Reverb from a music store about 50 miles from here. Then I met @pressure for lunch. I had to sell it in 2020 because I needed the cash. A few days ago, I saw it for sale online. And sometimes you have to strike when the iron is hot. I kept the guys contact info and called him. I just picked it up. I have no intentions of letting this one go again.
    4 points
  7. I played my third show with my new band JENUINE, last night!! We have worked so had in the last 3 months since I joined!!! It was awesome to play my Heritages in Kalamazoo!!!
    3 points
  8. Got the replacement bridge from heritage. Put it on and did a quick and dirty setup. Plays so much more in tune now. Not gonna get a fine tuning until the weekend because I don’t have time to go through all the micro adjustments until then. It’s such a great guitar and Heritage had such great customer service. one interesting thing of note is that the replacement OEM had different tooling marks than the bridge that was on the guitar when I received it. I did a little digging and it looks like the original owner had replaced the OEM with the MojoAxe lightning bolt style. I’m guessing
    3 points
  9. Good advice above. However something seems to look wrong with that guitar. After installing the strap button send that thing to me for a few weeks so I can make sure it is OK. 🙂
    3 points
  10. I usually use ChapStick. I also put that on the screws for control cavities, pickup mounting rings, pick guards, etc. "Lots-a thangs you can do with ChapStick". That's a fine looking 575 BTW, congrats!
    3 points
  11. Welcome Sim. Not only are 575s proper, they're made of solid wood; not plywood. Don't fret too much about drilling. When I picked up my 575, Ren asked if I wanted one installed. Sure! He dropped the guitar on his bench (right there by the Plek/coatrack), threw the headstock on his shoulder and drilled the pilot hole... It works well!
    3 points
  12. Hi All 🙂 before proceeding with my H-150 push-push upgrade (please see here) I thought to save some tone samples with my H-150 and share them with my fellow HOC'ers ....it's a lot of work to make a barely acceptable video and after all that there's is to do then comes playing sorry for not great playing, please let me know what you think if you want weather was a bit unstable and some wind and clouds made the light a bit intermittent
    3 points
  13. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like an apple...
    3 points
  14. GC in Kalamazoo has a really nice selection of Heritage guitars right now, including a Core 150. But there was a 2020 Dirty lemon burst Standard that was calling to me! GC had a great offer on Heritage stuff right now so I took it home! I had to do a complete setup on it. The action was sky high and there was way too much relief in the neck. But it setup PERFECTLY! Low action and the neck straightened out very well. Being PLEKED makes a huge difference!!!! HUGE!!!! Heritage had definitely stepped up to the plate with their quality. This 150 is stellar!!! As
    2 points
  15. My H-575 is the only guitar I have ever owned that made me realise, within the first seconds of playing it, that this was my guitar. I have to force myself to play my ES-175 now (it still can do things the H-575 can't, mostly because the H-575 is singke-pickup), which was my previous favourite guitar. And the H-575 was less than half the price. These are very good guitars: congratulations.
    2 points
  16. So I just bought a used H-137 in old school burst from Daves guitars. Should be here next week. Looking forward to joining the club with my ‘17.
    2 points
  17. I am normally a supporter of pickguards to complete the look. I really wish my H137 had a guard, but the Jay Wolfe one I got was too funky for me. I can't stand Les Pauls without pickguards, no matter how nice the top, but I have to admit that I like many H-530's without guards. I just got a blonde flamey H530 today, and I don't want to put a guard on it.
    2 points
  18. I could hear the sound but his lips were not moving. He was talking out of his arse.
    2 points
  19. Thanks rockabilly69! Great info, I really appreciate it. I've checked everything you listed and it passes. LOL Thanks MartyGrass, I feel the same about the extra work more strongly bonding me to the guitar. That's been my experience as well. Thanks to everyone who chimed in, I appreciate all of your replies. After taking the H-530 to my tech (quick plug for an AMAZING luthier, great guitar player, and even better human - Randy Hughes at https://www.hughesguitarsandrepair.com/), the guitar looks like a real keeper. He was able to straighten the neck using the
    2 points
  20. Dumbass!
    2 points
  21. Nice! i have a 2009 575 with Seths I picked up new in 2010 and I just love the sound. Congrats and enjoy!
    2 points
  22. Got to play it in a band format last night VERY BREIFLY as practice got cut way short. I was so bummed as I literally just switched to the H-575 in the tune we had to stop rehearsal during...but there will be a next time for sure!
    2 points
  23. Not exclusive to Heritage. It's Kalamazoo lexdysia.
    2 points
  24. I emailed the fine folks at heritage inquiring about whether the bridge posts are metric or sae and explained I bought a used guitar with a worn out grub screw that I plan on replacing. Their reply was that they are sending me a new bridge even though the instrument is not under warranty! How great is that for customer service? So it looks like I can see if I can get decent intonation with the lightning bolt tail piece after all.
    2 points
  25. Welcome to the Club. You have a beauty there!
    2 points
  26. Gorgeous 575, Congratulations!! I'll bet it sounds good with those Seths
    2 points
  27. An engineer friend once told me: if you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable
    2 points
  28. Chapstick is a formulation with beeswax. This is a good idea if you kiss your guitar for a wonderful time immersed in music; like I do... Every time.
    2 points
  29. The wax idea is a great idea. I also put a drop of oil on the screw threads before sinking it.
    2 points
  30. There are prescribed pilot hole sizes based on the screw size - probably a #6 screw - you'll find them on the interwebs. Tape the drill bit to be sure you drill deep enough (there's a block of wood behind the heel). Before working the screw in, rub candle wax on the conical helix.
    2 points
  31. A couple of bozos showed up here in 2017 or so with some fancy 137s. It looks like this bridge is different.
    2 points
  32. Exactly. Every guitar I've purchased has needed the TLC of the luthier. I've discovered that the Heritages, all of them, are fantastic foundations. Once they're tuned, they are beasts! The 137 is a real fun model that belongs in every stable. Congrats on a beautiful guitar! May she sing like no other.
    2 points
  33. My H-575 came without a strap pin at the heel. Instead the boys put a pearl dot inlay marking the spot. I bet Ren did this.
    2 points
  34. Nice graphic Tim. My Heritages with strap buttons use position #4. The SuperLight Millie doesn't have a neck strap button, I thought it would add too much weight.
    2 points
  35. Dealer's choice. I did #2 on my Super Eagle. https://www.stewmac.com/video-and-ideas/online-resources/hardware-installation/wheres-the-best-spot-for-your-strap-button.html Congratulations on the 575, as well. I've owned six Heritage guitars (and dozens and dozens of most everything else), all different, each unique! Still have four, and they're keepers!
    2 points
  36. Guitar arrives safe and sound. It’s really beautiful and has a great sound and feel. I’m having some difficulties adjusting the intonation with the compensated bridge. I may have to get an into stable wraparound, I play some jazzier chords and they sound a little off at different places on the neck. The guitar sounds great and plays so smooth, once I get the intonation issue solved it is likely going to be my #1.
    2 points
  37. OK. Different guitars and pickups don't sound the same. I like the '57 un-potted LP sound, as in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Robben Ford's Soul on Ten. My '57 Goldtop RI was very close to that sound. Then I put Throbak SLE 101s in my H150. It is exactly the LP sound I want. Besides the one with P-90s, of course.
    2 points
  38. This.... Anyone read This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin ... https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/298964/this-is-your-brain-on-music-by-daniel-j-levitin/ A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature. Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author.
    2 points
  39. I bet if they raised the pickups a bit on the Heritage it would have sounded better. Mind you, I've never heard 225 p'ups, but there are subtle adjustments that make a huge difference on guitars. That's why I never buy anything musical, based solely on YouTube videos. Even with Throbak pickups, adjusting the pickup height makes them sound clearer or muddy.
    2 points
  40. Oh yeah that is a great tone! I will take that chirp over the out of phase middle position any day of the week, and that is a screamer of a solo with him riding the universes's energy tap like a bronco bustin' cowpoker.
    2 points
  41. I am not going to spend $500.00 on pickups -but I am cheap. There are so many affordable pickups out there that sound fine I just don't get it. I know a lot of people that run their guitars through several pedals at once. After that the pups don't matter.
    2 points
  42. Reminds me of a funny exchange when I was much (much) younger. My grandmother responded, rather curtly, to something one of my aunts had said with, "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar." Common phrase, nothing funny about it. My grandfather, however, added from the other room, "But if you want to catch them all, just use shit." I think moments and memories like that one contributed significantly to who I am today.
    2 points
  43. "That definitive PAF tone for me (and yes, completely subjective) is the tone in the Erlewine/Bloomfield Burst. In particular there's a brilliant, beautiful "glassy" tone (some high-mid/high voodoo) I've heard in a very few Bursts, but most prominently in Bloomfield's (the solo at 6:41 in Blues On The Westside, from Mike Bloomfield Live At Bill Graham's Filmore West). I've been chasing that tone for decades. Never got very close...until yesterday." And I should clarify that the tone I'm referencing here, and the tone in Bloomers' clip is in the middle position, both pickups. Not at a
    2 points
  44. Time is a flat circle.
    2 points
  45. You don't have "Betty Davis eyes" either Rich. Your fine just the way you are.
    2 points
  46. Great looking guitar! Get yourself a badass style bridge to solve your intonation problem. Stewmac sells many different brands of fully adjustable wrap around bridges. Congrats on your purchase!
    1 point
  47. There's a ton of variables in the tone chain, isn't there? I was reading reviews of Stringjoy Nickles. The same set got really bad and really good reviews. Maybe we're chasing something that doesn't exist or isn't stable. Maybe it exists only in our mind or attitude. I've got this old Heritage 150 that shouldn't be special and probably isn't, but sometimes it feels and sounds just right. Idk.
    1 point


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