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Everything posted by TalismanRich

  1. What the heck am I supposed to do with those? Beat them with a stick? My old drummer friend left his kit in my basement some years back. I tried to learn a bit of drumming. It was hopeless! As someone who has ZERO coordination and even less sense of timing, about the only thing I could do with them would be to throw a blanket over them so they don't get dusty!
  2. It's not unusual that a series of customized guitars would be built back then. My H535 doesn't have the standard Schaller bridge and tailpiece or bridge. It's a Nashville style. I don't know who spec'd it, but it's factory stock. Folks like Jay Wolfe and Ed Roman bought enough guitars at a time to spec special builds. I know that the Ed Roman Class of 59 and Blues Deluxe guitars came with a stoptail and Tone Pros bridge. If they didn't want the Schaller hardware or pickups, it would be a simple thing to tell the factory to build a few dozen with XYZ hardware.
  3. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing it's Jescar Fret Wire 47104. That's typically considered their Medium Jumbo wire.
  4. SO what was wrong with the 170 that made you send it back?
  5. It's just a personal preference, like needing to have a fat neck, or a thin neck, flat radius vs 7.5" radius. I've never had an issue with any of my guitars having frets too low. 90% of the time, I can accommodate a guitar although I don't think I've play many guitars with big jumbo frets. I'm more bothered by the shoulders on the neck and sharpness of the edge. Most all PRS guitars felt bad to me. The edge of the fretboard tends to hit the inside of my thumb and was actually painful. I have played one PRS that was better, but most of the other were bad. The SE models were the worst. I liked Taylor's neck better than the Martins that I've played.
  6. Yeah, it was a shame as there were a LOT of really great shots in the PSP gallery.
  7. Gee, I thought that it was my playing that made me sound beyond awful! It was the pickups in my 157 all along!
  8. Tad, that wasn't smoke.... that was leftover mojo from being played in a bar! 😜
  9. FWIW, VMP Naphtha and lighter fluid are very close in composition, with lighter fluid evaporating a bit faster. That makes it easier for the spark to ignite. I think most standard lighter fluid is about 50-75% naphtha to start with. The guys at my plant used to fill their Zippos with VM&P and it worked fine.
  10. It's weird. I've seen posts about them, saying the HRWs are crappy pickups, too hi-fi, etc. They get yanked out for a $200 set of Seth Lovers or something, and then get posted for sale for $400 a set. I remember when people were trying to get Rendall to give up his "secret sauce" for the HRWs. Why would you want to know how to make crappy hi-fi pickups? The guitar world doesn't make much sense to me sometimes. 😁
  11. My Heritages all have Grovers. I don't think I ever got any with Schaller tuners. I tried putting Ivory keystones on my Grovers once, they lasted a few weeks and were off. I think they look really classy, but they strip out too easily.
  12. Z, it's obvious you don't have cork sniffing golden ears. They did the same thing with a bunch of Klon clones. Of course they were turning knobs and adjusting the sound so that moves the results. Is A=B or A=E? Is A=A? In my opinion, the biggest factor in the "tone" of an electric guitar (maybe 3/4) will be in the pickups. THEN you can start adding in all the other stuff, wood, hardware, setup, pick (yeah, your choice of pick has a HUGE influence). But you're absolutely right, there's no absolute target LP tone to my ear. You can compare the LP to the 150cc and say they are different in some maybe minor respect, but if you pick up 10 150s and 10 LPs, you'll probably find the same variation within those 10. I did that some years back when playing a bunch of ES335s at Wilcutt. Even unplugged they were all different. WIthin a range (and assuming you are talking multiples with the same model pickup) they'll have a certain characteristic compared to a Strat, or a Tele, or a Rick or a Gretsch. Yank out the 225 pickups or the Burstbuckers and put in some Duncan Invaders, or EMGs and you've got a completely different animal. I find that guitars feel different, and that would clue me into what I'm playing pretty drastically.
  13. Don't dilute the naphtha with anything. Nitrocellulose resins are totally insoluble in VM&P naphtha. The grades that are used by Heritage are dissolved in acetone and I think they might use a touch of alcohol. You don't want to soak the finish, but a dampened rag should be sufficient. It will evaporate quickly. Make sure you use it in a well ventilated area. Stay away from water heaters and furnaces.
  14. From the stand point of body thickness, binding and angles, I haven't seen any real change until the CC. The CC headstock size and neck angle are different from the standard. I also remember there being a difference with the body carve between the standard and CC line. I haven't played a newer standard in a year, so I'm going on memory here, but the standard 150 felt similar to my 2003 157, except the neck was a touch beefier, more like my 535.
  15. The problem is that the smoke gets embedded in the bare wood inside with a semi or hollow body. It becomes a case of "dilution is the solution". Constant airflow gradually draws out the smoke. Unfortunately, it takes time for that to happen. For an H-150 style, wiping it down with naphtha would do the trick since only the lacquer and fretboard get exposed. It should remove the majority of the chemicals from the smoke.
  16. I've missed the Bird's keen eye for photos! You always caught such great moments.
  17. Wow! You use the key? In the past 60 years, I don't know that I have ever locked a guitar case. What's the point? If someone wanted to steal my guitar, they would just pick up the case and walk away. 😉 I don't even remember getting a key with any of my guitars. The after market case I bought from GC had two in the box. They're still there.
  18. I also like the fact that he brings up the advertising aspect. One of the things that was always a weak point for Heritage was advertising. It's the old "lamp under a bushel" syndrome. If people don't know know about you, they won't seek out your products. It would be interesting to compare the two guitars. I don't particularly like a really tall fret. I feel like I press too hard, which makes things go sharp if the frets are tall. Maybe my grip is too strong, but I've always played that way. I liked the way the pickups sounded. I tend to favor a neck or both pickups. The bridge always sounds too thin for me. That one had a bit of beef on the bottom, which sounded nice to me.
  19. When I first got my 535 it had a pretty significant smoke smell. I used Febreeze on the case a few times along with a fan blowing on it. For the guitar itself, I had air blowing in one side for days on end, which lowered it quite a bit. I also tried spritzing some Febreeze inside the hole... I don't know that it did a lot but it masked a bit of the smell. Eventually, the smell diminished and now it's fine. You can get a small USB powered fan that you could use to blow air into one F-hole. Just let it run for as long as you want. I had an old computer CPU fan that ran from a 12v power supply. Some people say that an ionizer or ozone generator works, but you don't want an ozone buildup in your house. If you could put it in a garage or something, it might be ok.
  20. One problem with trying to nail down the best guitar by year is that they never really seemed to nail down a "spec change" vs year. Lots of 150s were customized to some degree, and parts used were pretty consistent over the years, at least until Schaller exited parts of the market. Schaller pickups and bridge hardware, Vishay caps, Grover tuners, Jesco frets were pretty much standard items until the mid/late 2000s. Then they went with SD59s or Seths, and a TOM bridge style. The CC series were a departure in many regards, based on Edwin Wilson's specs. There were variations in the neck thickness but they would accommodate requests. The necks were rolled by hand. They have some templates to use as guides, but they didn't vary drastically. I have guitars built in 87, 2000, 2003 and 2005. The necks are reasonably close, somewhat thin for some people's taste but I think they are very comfortable. There are guitars built with chunky necks if the person ordering asked for it. As Dave and Kuz said, judge each guitar on a "case by case basis".
  21. I've always liked the T5. I played one years ago and it felt very comfortable, and it had a large variety of sounds. I've considered buying one, but I really don't have a need. If I was playing out I probably would have grabbed one. Having a passable acoustic sound as well as electric sounds would be great for live work. If anything, Heritage has proven to be a pretty traditional company. They have done some radical designs years ago, (Little One, SAE, Kahuna, HB1 and 2, Mark Slaughter, etc) but they have never been big sellers. Their bread and butter styles are the solid body LP style, the semi, and the archtops. The Millennium is a pretty unique design, but apparently it wasn't a good enough market to keep it in the lineup, although I've heard a few "maybe" comments. While they did some acoustics early in the company history, it was never a focus. Building acoustics seems to be a different "technique". Some acoustics had bodies made by another company, with a Heritage neck and finishing. I also don't know that they have a production room to do an acoustic series. Even Gibson does it's acoustics in a totally different location from it's electrics.
  22. I can't see Heritage going with anything other than solid rim and carved body. Plus when they do the laminate for the 535 and 525s, they use basswood and maple to make the laminate if memory serves me. They may just be using select pieces of maple to do the body vs "standard" maple.
  23. I think the fret wire is standard Jesco stuff. It's pretty much used industry wide, unless you go with stainless. I don't remember the number, though. The caps in most Heritages are Vishay MKT metalized film. They are yellow axial capacitors and are good caps. The pots can vary over the years, depending on availability. They use standard audio taper pots. I have tried changing pots and to be honest, sonically there was no change. I had one that was scratchy, so I replaced all 4 with CTS pots. The only difference was in the feel, as I used low torque CTS with a 15% taper which changes the rate of volume change as you turn the knob. They also made it easier to turn, which might be good or bad, depending on your style. Wire is wire... You can get nice cloth covered vintage style wire, but it won't change the sound. It's pretty and if you want it to look like 1959, then go for it. Jacks and switches are pretty much generic. If they are clean and work, they're good. If they get dirty and noisy, or cut out, then change them out. I've used Switchcraft and cheapos from China and as long as they are quiet and solid, they're fine. Depending on how you like to roll off volume, I added a treble bleed to my 157 for a while. I liked it's effect more than 50s wiring or standard wiring. Here's my 157 control cavity with treble bleeds and the stock pots and caps. As I had changed a noisy switch, I changed the cable running up to the switch with a shielded cable. (the grey stuff).
  24. That thing really cries out for a Floyd Rose! 😁
  25. If I remember correctly, when they were relocating to the other part of the building, didn't they toss a lot of the old patterns out? Someone had a bunch of Heritage stuff like that on Reverb or Ebay or something. That was a few years back so maybe I'm not remembering it correctly. Does anyone else recall that episode? If that happened, then making new Stats or Parsons Street guitars would truly be a custom build, from sketching it out on the wood plank and putting it on the band saw to shaping the curves of the headstock. It would probably be easier to get and independent builder to make a copy. Granted it wouldn't be a "Heritage" but if you were really hooked on getting a particular style guitar, that would be one way to do it. Probably wouldn't be cheap tho!
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