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  1. I didn't clean up the headstock, but you still get the idea.
  2. I discovered a site recently that made nice looking guitar parts at a good price. I got a few for non-Heritage guitars and was pleased. I asked if they'd consider making truss rod covers for Heritage and they agreed. I worked with Andrew at the site on the dimensions. https://www.thaliacapos.com/collections/truss-rod-covers I received a prototype, which needed some tightening of the dimensions. Today I got a batch. They fit. The ones pictured are on an ebony backing- real wood. Some are MOP and some are blue abalone centers. They are just stunning. They charge $25 each, but
  3. Here are my thoughts about the neck. I would take a precision straight edge and place it over the bowing then tighten the truss rod a little. It's possible that the neck will straighten that far out but often not. I take the truss rod nut off and grease the threads on all my guitars to preserve the truss rod function and would do that first in this case. If that doesn't do it, you can level the upper frets a little. If that isn't effective or viable, you can then either accept the guitar as is or plane the upper neck if it's fretboard rise. I'm glad you like the guitar. Johnny Smith
  4. So I'm older now and crazier. In the meantime I was able to talk with the lady who did the inlays and engraving, Maudie Moore. I had also talked with Marv Lamb and Pete Moreno about this model. Lastly, Aaron Cowles gave his side a few years earlier. The model was made to honor America at a low point. The Iran hostage crisis was only a few years in the rear view mirror. The Challenger crashed. The economy was difficult. This guitar was designed with tons of Americana on it. I believe there were 25 made. Marv told me there were about 100 hours spent building each one, so it was
  5. 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.
  6. If you're not going to split the coils, SD 59s are great. Seth Lovers are nice, too much there are microphonics to contend with along with all the nice tone.
  7. I agree with Gitfiddler about rolling off the volume as a try. Another alternative is P-Rails. I've done this to two Heritages. This gives you a wide spectrum of sounds. PunkKitty is right. There are lots of choices. Consider the Unbucker if you really want to split the coils.
  8. I got this from Benny on HOC. He has been excellent to deal with. His description was completely honest and he's an excellent communicator. He shipped it promptly. This is a nearly 20 year old H-150 Ultra in a root beer finish. Here is his listing. The box was fairly badly damaged by FedEx when it arrived. Fortunately the case was liberally wrapped in bubble wrap and the guitar was well padded in the case. All's well that ends well. The guitar is as good as it looks in the pics. He said it weighs over 9 lbs. I measured it at 9 lbs. 10 oz. That's bad for He
  9. But why would China use Michigan maple?? Oh, to make the scam even subtler.
  10. SD52, he was a true friend of yours. He often brought you up. He liked your taste in guitars, to put it mildly. If he had his way, he'd be in the jazz program at Wayne State University. That started out as a "crazy dream" that looked very possible when death so ruthlessly claimed his life. He had the time and money worked out. Then poof. So sad. https://music.wayne.edu/jazz-studies/index.php
  11. There was a friendly rivalry among Marv, Aaron, and Hutch on tap tuning. Pete Moreno said they each did it differently yet respected each others work. Aaron built archtops and flattops. If you asked him how much does he charge for tap tuning he'd say they all are, why wouldn't they be?
  12. That has some beautiful wood on it. The tone control was an option for somewhere around $20. The gold pickup also was an option for floating archtops in the 1990s from Heritage. You'll see them on Super Eagles and Golden Eagles as well. Some HJS had the black stinger on the back of the headstock and some didn't. A general rule is not to cover beautiful wood. If the wings on the headstock match or augment the appearance, it's a shame to cover them up. Here's an old HJS of mine with a tone control on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muKvlvDh7os The tap tuning option i
  13. This is a bittersweet incoming. Old Guitar Day. The back story is that long ago I got a H-170 2nd generation goldtop new from a shop in New York. It was gorgeous with a 59 neck but felt very light. It turned out that it was weight relieved. The Heritage dealer did not know. I believe Punk Kitty had that one for a while. I got a H-150 from Jimmy Wallace a few years after that. Again, it was weight relieved but they didn't know it. I kept that for about a year then sold it. I got another one, and that was no surprise. That came from Patrick, who was a Heritage distributor for New
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