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  1. There may be an ethical argument there about the Firebird, but Aaron Cowles told me that much of the design was by committee, headed up by McCarty. Aaron had to keep reconfiguring the instrument and the Flying V. There was a channel where the pickups could go, not discreet routing. He was told to slide a pickup in a direction. They'd play it for a while. They then would give it back to him and have him reposition the pickup. The point is that there wasn't a single person who designed the guitar. That was true with the Les Paul, the SG, and the semi-hollows. Look at the odd pickup posit
    5 points
  2. I can resist anything other than temptation.... https://larkguitars.com/collections/electrics-heritage-guitar-inc/products/heritage-custom-shop-core-collection-h-150-artisan-aged-tobacco-sunburst
    4 points
  3. ...and these. Hope this'll take care of things until I can put the review together. And FYI, the color in these pics is dead on to the real thing, advertised as tobacco burst. In slightly less light, the red almost disappears into brown, a chameleon. Now that I have this sussed, I can take shots of specifics, if anyone has a request. But remember, a comprehensive review is forthcoming. I'll try to be as objective as I can, but I'm over the moon with this thing!
    3 points
  4. Well.... With a little help from Kuz, there are these....
    2 points
  5. I have the pics on my iMac now, and am waiting on instructions from the resident photo wiz (or anyone, actually) on how to resize them to post. They're too large. I've recently sent two Custom Shop Lesters packing in anticipation of this one. Saving my observations for a review that'll be too long, which I hope to post soon.
    2 points
  6. I wonder why Heritage and G i b s o n don't move their long standing trademark infringement issues to binding arbitration and bring the legal pissing contest to an end. Once that is done then maybe they could cease paying lawyers and focus their resources on making great guitars.
    2 points
  7. Well...it arrived yesterday. I have a lot of plates in the air, and I really don't want to give this instrument short shrift. Pictures will be a challenge, as this computer's iPhoto function is dead. I'll have to make other arrangements for that, I'm afraid. But I'm writing up a comprehensive review, which requires spending time I don't have right now with the guitar. Just imagine a little spinning beach ball here, for the time being. Doing the best I can....
    2 points
  8. This one is not everyone's taste. I'd say it's not a lot of people's taste at all. Five or six years ago I picked up a quilted American Eagle. It's a long story. The gist of it is that someone in the music industry got it in 1992. Soon thereafter he died. His son, a folk player, ended up with it, didn't like archtops, and I got it. I eventually traded it for a very nice Heritage archtop that was made for the Heritage sales rep for New York. I'll show you those pics first.
    2 points
  9. Thanks, Will. Actually, I've been downsizing. I've sold a McInturff, an R4, a Whitfill, a vintage Silvertone, and put a PRS DGT and an R7 on the block. Been very intrigued by the Custom Cores, and this one spoke to me. Wasn't exactly looking for it, but it kind of found me. Have yet to see one in the flesh, but the Heritage sponsored demos are really good and piqued my interest. Been a Lester guy forever, and have played a pile of vintage ones, but my "retirement wealth" doesn't include a disposable $300K to snag one. And as I've thought about all the stuff I have, the fact I don't gig
    2 points
  10. I like the color on that one. It's not as much brown/black as some tobacco bursts that I've seen. I like the lighter/reddish tone. It looks almost like an almond sunburst, but not quite as red. You chose well.
    1 point
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  12. Congratulations, looks like a dream to play 🙂
    1 point
  13. Beautiful even without a wood pickguard!
    1 point
  14. Given the more broad context of your response Marty, this statement, I think, really hits the nail on the head. A conversation regarding what "it" is and what "intact" might imply would be an interesting one, over a good single-malt.
    1 point
  15. It will be fun to read your review. It seems you've had a number of similar guitars so I want to know how this one stacks up. It's definitely a looker!
    1 point
  16. Just met her. A little early to start telling her how to dress and accessorize.... 😂
    1 point
  17. Wow, Professor, that H-150 is something special! Play it in good health.
    1 point
  18. Yeah thats a stunner! Great color and top.
    1 point
  19. Lol, I forgot to add "quotes" around the "Les Paul" - I only said it that way to say that it beats all the Les Pauls I've owned and played lol
    1 point
  20. FYI...Around here, if anyone calls a Heritage H-150 a "Les Paul", the maximum penalty is to say 3 Hail Heritages while kneeling towards Kalamazoo. Consider yourself warned.
    1 point
  21. Bring it down here next Thursday. Bring your new laptop as well. I know a place you can stay in that is very secluded. Take as much time as you want. There is an AC-15 and Blues Jr. here for you to use.
    1 point
  22. It's hard for me to imagine that Heritage is creating significant harm to Gibbons. Maybe so. I'm glad the case remains in Michigan. Gibbons is not the same company that it was in 1984. Heritage isn't either. These are two very large corporations/investor groups.
    1 point
  23. Greetings to all here in the forum. I am a long time follower and first time poster here. Your experience and knowledge of all that is Heritage has been a great help to me as I search for my next guitar. My interests are in the Blues and Jazz styles. While there is no one guitar that fits both styles completely, I am looking for one that is a good choice for each. I do like the Heritage Millenium Eagle Limited Edition from 2000. Have also looked at the H-555 for its custom features and the H-575. The Heritage Millenium Eagle Limited Edition is harder to find. Any suggestions would be
    1 point
  24. Ever since I took the Evelyn Woodhead sped reddin' course, my reddin' has im-PRO-v'd 100%, and also... com-PREN-shun has increased won-der-FULL-y. I ricommend the Evelyn Woodhed Sped Reddin' Course to all my frens out there, and you tell 'em that you heard it here first... on Roller Derby
    1 point
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  26. Funny: A friend of mine worked in a backing band on a cruise ship for a while. Apparently Trini Lopez had a brother who played music as well: he sat in with them once, and there was a big announcement from someone front of house, or holding a mic. The bass player turned to my friend and said " who the f*** is Trini Lopez?? " and it was picked up by another stage mic + pumped thru the PA 😆
    1 point
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  28. Cool! Whats the eta? Look forward to reading your thoughts about it and listening to the clips.
    1 point
  29. I've always been a big fan of the semihollow style. From the time I was an 11 yr old kid taking lessons, I wanted one. It took a long time before I got one, but I'm glad I did. If I had to pull out a guitar, my 535 or my Starfire IV would be my first choice. I have a 525, full hollow, laminated with P90s A full hollow is nice, and it has a distinctive sound. It is really nice unamplified. I don't find it as comfortable as the 535, but it's got a place. If I had to pick one, the 535 would be it.
    1 point
  30. MartyGrass, this community family is so special to me! And I know there are those out there are those here stretching the 575 to it’s limits too, I’ve read the forums comments! Gives me musical options when choosing the right guitar for my intended use. I know it’s all so individually subjective , and never say never , but I can see why some of you all have multiples of Heritage models! And that’s a good thing. 😁
    1 point
  31. Unless you're a jazz guy, or even if you are, the 535 is the more versatile tool for the job. Guitar maestro John Scofield plays his semi-hollow for everything from jazz with the legends, and rock with Govt. Mule, to country. Yes, he has a country music album, or at least an album of country tunes jazzed up. Country for Old Men.
    1 point
  32. Tim, you are, as always, right on top of things! That R4 was one of the best, coolest guitars I've ever had the pleasure of owning!! Some of the best stuff I've ever recorded was with that one. Very, very tough to let it go! Apparently it went to a big studio guy in LA, so I can take a lot of comfort in the fact that it'll get plenty of work. But you know (and you do), "[T]he moving finger writes, and having written...."
    1 point
  33. Rob, congratulations on your forthcoming Custom Core. Can't wait to see it and read your comments after putting it through its paces. On a side note...I can't believe you sold your R4!!
    1 point
  34. Congratulations Rob. You're going to love it!
    1 point
  35. I've had this for a while now. I can say that it has a nice low action and acoustically it is a boomer. The bottom end is strong, balancing the top end well. It's a joy to play.
    1 point
  36. I always thought the Eagle was a really nice tribute to some iconic American achievements. They are fantastic instruments: I even like the quilted one there! At one PSP I hadn't brought a guitar with me, so asked Pete if they happened to have a spare guitar I could hold as a prop for the group photo. Well, I almost fell over when he came out with a large hollowbody case that was red, white, and blue. " is that what I think it is?? " he just smiled & handed it to me. I opened the case and it really blew my mind when I saw it. I couldn't believe it, I just wanted any old gt
    1 point
  37. I have minty new guitars that I have played/gigged for years and babied. And I have new relic'd guitars that I have played/giged for years. I now prefer relic'd guitars. Why? Because I am not afraid to take out relic'd guitars to gigs/jams with without fear of a ding happening. AND I feel relic'd guitars feel better, lighter, and have less finish so they sound better. The BEST argument I heard for relic'd guitars was this comment; "Everyone talks about true, honest, player-wear on vintage guitars. So people like the played-in wear on vintage guitars. BUT if they think about it, it was
    1 point
  38. I think most of us agree that there is something truly special about a well played and worn in guitar, the reality is most people cant afford the vintage price tags. I don't see the issue with trying to get as close to the real thing as possible, especially when the difference in dollars can be anywhere from 10 to 100x's more.
    1 point
  39. I try not to have the neck too close to the strings because the magnets have a greater affect on them at the neck vs the bridge. I have an ES225 with the original set up from ‘57 and both pickups are pretty far from the strings. I raised the bridge poles until I felt like the volumes complimented each other between the neck and bridge. On my 150 the pick up is probably 1/4” when fretted at the 22nd fret. I have a special that is a bit closer but I cannot get it farther away. IMO if it sounds good then it is good. First raise the pole pieces then go from there. It’s easy to get a little overpo
    1 point
  40. I like bridge P90s as close as I can get 'em to the strings, then I balance the neck from there!
    1 point
  41. You can always get some P-90 shims to lift the pickup. Mojotone has a set of 3 (different thickness) for under $10.
    1 point
  42. I’ve always liked this model. I think it’s a true example of what Heritage could do in the golden years. It ticks all the boxes of every skill needed in making something of this scope. Didn’t Bob own one of these at one time? You have a beautiful example of this Model!
    1 point
  43. I just found this pic. Here is me with my pre-Marvbird. Marv may have well built this. I'm guessing it's a 1968-69 build that my neighbor got used. He gave up on the guitar and I got it. It had a high action and heavy flatwounds on it. I didn't know anything about that stuff, but my fingers hurt yet I kept going. The guitar was plugged into a Kalamazoo Model 2 amp. There are song books, records and a record player on the bed. Yes, I was jamming with the Beatles. My guitar teacher on day told me I could lower the action if I wanted. Some guy in his music store did that fo
    1 point
  44. Marv grew up at the north end of Huntsville, AL. When I went to Kalamazoo for PSP1 I took a small jar of red Alabama dirt and gave it to Marv. I had a friend. He told me he grew up across the road from the Chase depot. A few days after I got the guitar I took it up there and took the photo in front of the old depot. You can bet I sent him a large print. I sold the guitar because I was afraid to play it. When ever I took it out people would ask me to play it. I didn't trust most of them but what can you do. I managed to get rid of it before some fool could do something stupid. It
    1 point


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