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  1. I’m new here and thought you might want to see something I just picked up from Pete Farmer in the custom shop. I have wanted an Eagle Classic forever and as a retirement gift to myself, I contacted Heritage and visited with Farmer who showed me some options. I landed on the last of the five 2019 NAMM Eagle Classics that was in mid-construction. He nicknamed them the Be-Bop. As it turns out, mine will be the only one of the five that has everything from the original specs including the tortoise shell tuning buttons (the other four have gold). It plays like a dream and I haven’t put her down since I picked her up in July. Several gigs later, it’s my go-to guitar from now on for everything. Thought you’d like to see some photos.
    6 points
  2. This 1999 creation popped up for sale about a decade ago. Some on the HOC may remember it. I wish I knew more about whoever had it custom built. It's a quilt top translucent black three pickup guitar. The knobs, TRC, tuner buttons, and both back plates are made of ebony. The fretboard inlays are abalone. The pickups originally were Bill Lawrences. I had Pete Moreno do a lot of work on this. He put two humbuckers and a Phat Cat in. For the wiring, he consulted Mike Koontz in the Detroit area in building the harness. The goal was to have two knobs for volume on the humbuckers that were push-pull for coil splitting, a third volume knob for the Phat Cat that's also push-pull that is an off-on function for that pickup, and a single tone knob. They succeeded magnificently. After some time I sold it to get something to a guy on the Les Paul Forum. A decade or so later we reconnected and I got it back. This is not everyone's cup of tea. But if you want to burn up a few hours dialing in different tone, this works. It's a very good looker, too. Here is the original pics.
    3 points
  3. This plays really well and sounds magnificent. But as import, it reflects the feelings of the original Heritage owners.
    3 points
  4. …it would probably be this one. 2016 H137 DC in Candy apple green.
    2 points
  5. Thornton cousins. No Gibson here. I've told the story of the triple pickup H-157. I'll probably put in a TOM bridge (one is on the way). The translucent black is stock from Heritage and require nothing but a truss rod and bridge adjustment. The Throbaks sound very good. The H-157 staple/P90 I got new from Green Oak Guitars (Paul from HOC) and needed nothing changed. I recently got the H-150 Ultra from a forum member. Although it is older it arrived in nearly new condition. I replaced the bridge and tailpiece. It needed some fret work done and the nut slots filed. Aaron Cowles's son took care of that. It plays beautifully. The H-150 with the mini-toggles was made for a friend of Ren Wall a couple of decades ago. It has an ebony fretboard and now has P-Rails. The VSB H-157 is set up the same way. It came with abalone inlays. The final H-157 is as it arrived from Heritage. It is probably an Ed Roman special. It has SD Black Back pickups. http://www.edroman.com/parts/blackback.htm It required no additional setup or changes. Thorntons are always perfect. You can take that to the bank. Guitars are tools and art.
    2 points
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  7. nope he stays on top of his orders. He's one of the most popular boutique winders out there, but unlike many others, he knows how to run a business!
    2 points
  8. Not true, for my last set, we talked for about an hour on what I wanted and he custom wound them the next day.
    2 points
  9. I know what you mean by bling. But after a while you start to appreciate the extreme detail that adds nothing to its sound. I've had a chance over the years to talk with Marv Lamb, Aaron Cowles, Maudie Moore, and JP Moats about the design. They wanted to put everything into this instrument. The American spirit had been low with the Tehran hostages, the economy doing very poorly, and the Challenger exploding. Of course Gibson moved to Nashville hurting the Kalamazoo economy badly. But it was all starting to turn around. Heritage was now making and selling guitars with growth projections, inflation dropped to 4% and unemployment plummeted to 6%. Kalamazoo was recovering nicely. To change things up, here's someone wearing bling while playing a very simple instrument. That works, too.
    2 points
  10. You grew up some. No reason to risk it on the downhills without being organized competition. As Bob Dylan said, your pride ain't poison.
    1 point
  11. When you get older you get, well older, and smarter. Don't give up on your passion but give up some of the abandon. I am glad to hear you are feeling well again. You took a lick.
    1 point
  12. Welcome to the HOC and to the retiree club. That is an exceptional guitar!
    1 point
  13. I had a solder sucker that would operate off of an air tank. Man, was I spoiled. The tip assembly fit in the end of a 50 watt iron and it would suck the solder into a glass tube. It worked so much better than one of the Pace suckers. An Aloe plant near by is a nice thing to have too. 😉
    1 point
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  15. Doing pickups in a 150 is an easy job. When you get to doing semi hollows, it's not for the faint of heart. If you have the 40 watt iron, it should do fine. You need to get the backof the pot hot enough so that things flow. Too weak of an iron and you can get cold solder joints. +1 on getting leaded solder. I've got two rolls, should last me forever.
    1 point
  16. I’ve wanted to own a Heritage ever since I saw Gary Moore playing his signature H150, many years ago. However, they rarely come up for sale over here, especially in the south west where I am, finally a 137 second generation, in TV yellow, from 2006 was offered to me and I jumped at the chance to own it. At nearly 70 years old, a full fat Les Paul is way too heavy for me and Fender scale guitars are too hard on my arthritic fingers, so the H137 is like a dream come true. Just restrung it with DR Veritas 9-46 which I’ve been using for some time and it plays and sounds fantastic. It’s had a replacement tailpiece fitted, a tonpros, which I’m in two minds about, firstly it had some sideways play that I’ve corrected with a small shim and now the strings line up better with the pole pieces. Also , I can imagine that if a string breaks at a gig, it would be a nightmare to thread a new string through quickly, so I might investigate sourcing a “lightning bolt “ as per original, thanks for letting me on the forum, Mike. ps will have to try to resize and add a pic.
    1 point
  17. Sommelier, isn't that French word? Why not just say he's a connoisseur of guitars. Wait, that's French too. Can't we explain anything without using a foreign language? Sacrebleu !!!
    1 point
  18. Wolfe makes great pickups, you will not be disappointed. Congrats!
    1 point
  19. Oh yeah, that's the Shiznitt, right there!! Congratulations!! Beauty!
    1 point
  20. Simply amazing group of fine guitars, Mark. I think I see my fingerprints on that antique natural quilt top 157.
    1 point
  21. that is a great idea. And you could buy a new soldering iron for the cost of having your tech install those pickups. https://www.circuitspecialists.com/csi-premier-75w-Soldering-Station.html Get yourself some leaded solder (unleaded is harder to work with) https://www.circuitspecialists.com/4890-18g.html and a solder sucker to clean up the messes people left behind like many Heritage solder joint I've seen! https://www.circuitspecialists.com/zd108k.html
    1 point
  22. I am not a fan of gold hardware. Just my taste. But that is sweet! Beautiful top.
    1 point
  23. https://buildyourownclone.com/collections/beginner-packages
    1 point
  24. Stzygy,y Welcome, and congratulations on your retirement. Rewarding yourself with this gorgeous guitar I hope that brings you years of joy, my friend!
    1 point
  25. Wow and Wow! Congratulations that is a true Custom Shop Beauty.
    1 point
  26. Ha. I’ve been playing tons of octave melody on her. Wes would have been happy. Lol
    1 point
  27. WOW! That is a gorgeous Eagle Classic! Congratulations and welcome to the HOC. Be Bop deserves her own song... "
    1 point
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  29. My experience with real world aging is the finish wears through long before they check. I have 4 guitars that I play very regularly and all four have the same wear patterns. The photo of my 150 shows zero checking but obvious wear through on the top and the neck has lost about 50% of the finish. Guitars take a long time to check with changing temps and humidity over time. I always thought that the relics were to mimic a vintage players guitar but, to me, they always miss the boat. They are too uniform in the wear they mimic. I have an 81’ Es347 with wear through and some checking and also some very pristine areas. I know it is knit picky but it drives me crazy to see the relic guitars looking too perfect. I could get into a guitar with a slightly dulled finish since I really don’t like a shinny sticky new finish but none of the checking stuff. It took about 2 years for me to begin to see wear through on the top of my 150 and about 7 years to get to this point.
    1 point
  30. I put locking grovers on all my Heritages
    1 point
  31. I’m usually not a fan of 59s either but they sound great in this 137. Maybe because it’s all mahogany???
    1 point
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  33. It sounds like this company isn't afraid to work to get your money. I would fairly complex transformers when I was in electronics. A tough one, 6 or so different wires, would take 8 hours or more if you hustled and had your game on. Making a pickup shouldn't be that complicated with the small amount of wires used -not that I know how that works. They know their craft and they want to give you the best service they can. I say hell yeah! Good for them and good for you! Bring those things down to Alabama and I will do the soldering for you free of charge. 😉
    1 point
  34. Well at least you know what you can and can't do And yes, Wolfe is amazing with his turnaround times! If you like the PAF sound you will love the Legends! Check out this set of Wolfetones that I put into a PRS Custom 22 that I got in trade. I don't typically like PRS guitars, and when I plugged this one in, it reminded me of just what I don't like about PRS guitars, but after I put in a Wolfetone Dr VIntage in the neck, and a Marshallhead in the bridge, I instantly loved the sound of it! clean dirty
    1 point
  35. Those are killer pickups, his best take on a PAF! And Wolfe has the best customer service that I know of. I've never waited for than a week with pickups from him! And I've never liked SD 59s either. I don't know what your pickup installing skills are like, but if you know what you're doing, I seriously doubt that you will be disappointed in your new pickups.
    1 point
  36. I was lucky to play Rhoads Scholar's American Eagle. Beautiful sound, even unplugged. I miss him.
    1 point
  37. I have OG Black Binding beause of the..........erm, whatever. I like Black Binding!! Dude!! Beauty of an axe. I was gonna grab it on a payday and found it gone. Oh well. I hope you play it in good heath ya butth......uh...big nice guy! LOL!! Seriously. Enjoy it.
    1 point


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