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  1. Hello, I did a quick Looper-Jam with my Heritage H575 and kinda liked it, so I thought I share it with you :)! Everything is played live (with my TC Electronic Ditto X4 into a Tone King Falcon Grande). Have a nice wintertime, a peaceful Christmas, a happy Chanuka or maybe just a relaxing hibernation! Kind regards, Julian πŸ˜€
    9 points
  2. 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
    8 points
  3. I think this is a very positive development for Kalamazoo and Heritage Guitar. It has to help Heritage Guitar's name recognition. I fell in love with Kalamazoo the first time I visited. Both my daughters received degrees from Western Michigan. Many Great memories. In 2002 I ordered my first Heritage from Elderly Instruments and later took it to Heritage to have it upgraded to the DVIP set up. I was hooked. That's when I first met the guys and girl : ). So many trips since then. Every person I met are just Great People! That by far is the most important thing to me!
    7 points
  4. Forgive me. The only issue regarding the Heritage headstock is one of subliminal cognitive dissonance in those for whom it's an issue: It's not the Gibs*n open book headstock. And the hilarious irony in all of this is that it is a Gibs*n headstock. Allow me to digress. I had the Twentieth Anniversary 150 and its headstock in the studio all weekend. Two tunes, multiple tracks on each, and the 150 felt and sounded so terrific it got the call every time. One track was on a Big Rock Tune, and I got to record arpeggiated changes through a vintage Leslie, really L O U D . My first time
    7 points
  5. I do not know if this is a Hot Rod or not but I do find it Hot. This is my variation of a H-125, the Kenny Rambow Model. After seeing the prototype of this guitar I inquired about buying it. They declined. Months later while walking through the factory with Marv, he told me if Kenny would make the body they would make it a Heritage. They allowed me to re-design the body to my specs and they also gave me an ebony fret board, headstock and inlayed "The Heritage". Many thanks to Kenny and Marv. This is a killer. As I have said before, this may not be your cup of tea. This is
    7 points
  6. HRW x 3 = Tone, Tone, Tone!
    6 points
  7. My 535 in ASB! (Antique)
    6 points
  8. Before During and after
    6 points
  9. I started out with a Harbor Freight $40 fixture. It's quite good considering the price. I used it on multiple projects with a 1/4" 14 degree bit. Pine (there's that four-letter word again) splinters and splits Real easy especially when freshly milled and dried. I'm sure you'll have much better success with hardwoods. Maple is an economical wood that machines well - especially if it's NOT curly (flamed). You do know that every dovetail bit has a few depths that work. The depth is based on how far apart the jig's fingers are. Should you find it necessary to buy a Leigh 24" jig,
    6 points
  10. 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
  11. I've gigged in some bars I wouldn't bring one of these into. Some of them I wasn't sure I should bring myself into. JP Moats did the wood sourcing, as I recall. He had good connections that preceded the birth of Heritage. Each year I have more respect for the original Heritage owners. What they did took guts and stamina. The majority of the guitar world had no interest in their success. I'm sure a lot of corporate types either paid them little attention or just thought they'd fold. Heritage was often up to some twist. The D'Angelico and Gretsch ghost builds, the flattops,
    5 points
  12. 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
    5 points
  13. OK, since the Parliamentarian spoke up...I'll admit it's fuzzy math. My oldest, most vintage Heritage is a '93 Golden Eagle...Old Style Burst. Even though 28 years old, she sounds a lot older.
    5 points
  14. I used to like Ted but later found out he was a draft dodger. When his career was in the tanks he became America's patriotic hero. I never suspected he had any shame. I still doubt he does. That said, boy did he put on a show at the local military base one time. The base newspaper had a bunch of letters from the higher officer's wives about how he would never play there again. They asked for Ted Pungent and they got him. I wouldn't want anything he has touched.
    5 points
  15. Thank You to All. Yes I have played it briefly just to make sure everything is working the way it should. These guitars are what I would expect from the Custom Shop. Fit and finish is Great. All the MOP appointments are over the top. This one weighs in at just over 8.0 lbs. As far as the pickups I'm probably the last person to comment on that but Throbakish if that's a thing. I could go through all the specs but you can read those on the sight. I have received 2 and one was pre-sold. He loves it. I think he is up to 9 Heritage's. Their goal was to get back to the 50s v
    5 points
  16. There's a bit o'burst on this one.
    5 points
  17. I'm a fan of Heritage bursts.
    5 points
  18. Another pic for those interested. It's a '59 formerly owned by Ace Frehley.
    5 points
  19. Here's two versions of "Old Style Burst" (OSB):
    5 points
  20. My three bursts, from L to R: VSB (Vintage), ALSB (Almond), ASB (Antique). My other three Heritages are a Natural H575, Trans Black H150 and Goldtop H150 Special.
    5 points
  21. I was presented with a very tough trade choice this week. As you probably read in my other thread, I was tech-ing on a beautiful 20th Anniversary H150. I lent my 71 LPC to him while I was working on the 20th. The discussion got brought up of a trade. My 71 for the 20th. At first I was very hesitant...it was my birth year Les Paul that I never thought about parting with. After spending some quality time with the 20th, I began to fall in love with it...so it’s a done deal!
    5 points
  22. I only have one Heritage..my 1987 HB2 prototype.. Without exception, she's the finest playing bass I've ever owned or played..
    5 points
  23. Hi, I play Heritage Sweet16 at New Year's Eve. Last year I got cerebral infarction so I ll sell it off. But thanks to rehab I can play guitar same as before. Film quality is terrible and durling performance I call my pick's name. awful quality. So please listen it if you have so much time for killing.
    5 points
  24. +1 for the SD Custom Shop "Greenies" Have a set in my '06 VSB along with 525k pots and Luxe Bumblebees. But I think my fav "hot rod" has to be my fat-necked '16 Amber H535 with ThroBak Pre-T-301s, 525k pots and NOS Bumblebees πŸ˜€
    5 points
  25. I have a few Heritage's but I always end up with this one for my Hot Rodded model. Custom Academy with Thro-Bak MXV Plus pickups and RS Guitarworks control package. Bound headstock with extra MOP accents, multiple bound front, nice figuring and solid maple block keeping it under control. This one has some Mojo and just fits me as one of the most comfortable to play. She seems to handle any noise I produce. I love all my Heritage's but this one is a special Lady!
    5 points
  26. In my opinion the 535 was their flagship. I bought and sold two to get the one I loved the best. They were all great guitars but why should I have 3 when I can only play one?
    5 points
  27. My H-537 came with a cream plastic pick guard. I sent Arnie over at Embers Guitar Station the pick guard and he going to make me a maple one and finish it in translucent orange to match the guitar.
    4 points
  28. Hi everyone Recently I start using BlueChipPicks and I think they has very good chemistry. If you have time, please check it. https://youtu.be/2OnB8E81YB0
    4 points
  29. Having spent decades analyzing data from million dollar Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) devices, I understand that PLEK is a combination of the two. Certainly a cool idea but the ability of a machine to do its thing is heavily dependent on fixturing / how the guitar is held. Given the variation of neck size and profiles, I will not get any instrument I own within a country mile of one of these things. Heritage had a PLEK years ago that evolved into a coat rack; with their process of hand-rolling necks, I don't think they were happy with the results.
    4 points
  30. Phony relic jobs just don't look right on a Heritage guitar. That's just my opinion YMMV.
    4 points
  31. My favorite part of this work of Art. Maudie Moore's signature worked into the palette. https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/maudie-moore
    4 points
  32. Some will be familiar with the background. Gretsch moved its factory to Japan around 1990. The Gretsch reputation had been deteriorating over the previous decade. By most reports the quality of Gretsch builds went up and stayed up at the Terada plant. There were some custom builds by Steve Stern and Gene Haugh made in America but at a high price. In the early 1990s Fred Gretsch III wanted to continue the Gretsch Synchromatic archtops with a very high quality level. He made an agreement with Heritage to build a limited number, 10 I'm told. This was around the time Heritage was also g
    4 points
  33. 4 points
  34. I don't know if these have been posted but fun to revisit if they have. I attended the 100th Anniversary event and had a lot of fun.
    4 points
  35. Wish I'd known, Dixie! Got rid of a Gibsom Custom Shop Robbie Krieger about two months ago. I replaced Krieger's neck mini-bucker with a Lollar staple, a la '54. Eight pounds, four onces. Used it a lot live in The Sedans' waning days, and on the last studio disc. As good a guitar as I've owned! Letting that one go definitively announced that the downsizing was on.... Here it is, on the right channel, solo's all neck p'up:
    4 points
  36. A buddy bought a '99 535 just like this. The photo below shows the 3 535s three of us own. It is a great, very pretty guitar. I would tell you that he got it for a song but I have heard him sing.
    4 points
  37. Sometimes you get lucky and come across a special bit of gear. I remember vividly the first time I laid eyes on this guitar, I just started to laugh. Then I played it and it is just so exquisitely unique, humbuckers where the p90s usually are, but it's just right and I never once thought about changing them out for some Lollars (well maybe I did, but, nah). I haven't been playing as much lately, tempus fugit, and I am glad to free her from her California visit. Back to Kalamazoo, or Mecca as I think of it. This guitar gets around! Thanks for the beautiful photos MG! Most of all thanks for shar
    4 points
  38. Here is something I did with a friend who plays keys. I used all Heritage guitars on it...Slide and melody were my old H-170, rhythm was my H-535, the little afterbeat thing on beat two is my Heritage Leon Rhodes. What I like about the H-170 is how it has a thick LP type tone but during the second half of the song it is more screaming strat style...a truly versatile guitar. I didn't have a Heritage bass so I had to settle for my Marcus Miller Sire. https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=14197508
    4 points
  39. This would be a Marv Burst because he did this as a custom burst for this guitar. Marv also rolled the neck for this one, I know because he called me to come up to Kalamazoo to try the neck in the raw. I'm not sure he knew it would be a 400 mile round trip for me. I had a Fab time.
    4 points
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  42. Here is my rescue,refinished,modded limited edition deluxe. #92. Seth lovers with rough cast a2 magnets, aluminum tail, locking bridge, kluson 19:1 revolutions, Pete Moreno refin, 50s rewire, stinger... Very yummy!
    4 points
  43. Well, then, here's the predecessor shot to that one......a little less heat in the automotive content, but a pretty classy Heritage nonetheless.
    4 points
  44. Here is the Prototype of the H-125. I still dig that blue guitar and wish they would make me one with P-90's.
    4 points
  45. With all the H-140 talk here is my H-140. 1995
    4 points


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