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  1. Dick, thanks for my morning coffee-through-the-nose laugh!!! ;D ;D Tim and Morbidrockgod~Welcome to the HOC institution, where the inmates run everthing!
  2. According to the Heritage website (my favorite site of ALL time, by the way!) they state that they were incorporated on April 1, 1985. Gibson left Kalamazoo in September 1984, so if they made their first 'A' series guitars, it would have been within three months of the exodus?! The first H-140 wasn't shown to NAMM until June 1985. Has anyone seen an 'A' series Heritage? How it all began.. Heritage Guitar Inc. of 225 Parsons Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan was incorporated on April 1, 1985. The company is going on 19 years old, it has achieved the status of one of the premier guitar companies in the world today. It is, in many instances, the new guitar line handled by countless vintage shops throughout the world. This indicates it is thought of as the collectible guitar of tomorrow. The idea to start Heritage Guitar began when the Gibson Guitar Corporation closed its Kalamazoo, Michigan factory in September of 1984 and moved all production to its other plant in Nashville, Tennessee (in operation since 1975). When this took place, some of the employees were asked to move to Nashville. However, since their families had spent many years in Kalamazoo, it made it difficult to uproot and move. Therefore 3 men, Jim Deurloo, Marvin Lamb, and JP Moats, decided to start a guitar manufacturing business. In 1985 when the company was incorporated, 2 other former Gibson Guitar Corporation employees, Bill Paige and Mike Korpak, joined as owners. Mike left the company in 1985. The founders biggest resource is and was the group of craftsmen they could draw from to begin operations. The owners themselves each had in excess of 25 years of hands on experience in making guitars. To this day each of the owners is directly involved in the manufacturing of each instrument. Heritage started operations in the oldest of five buildings formerly owned and operated by Gibson Guitar Corporation. That building was completed in 1917 and has been a center for guitar manufacturing ever since. Much of the machinery that Heritage uses today, was purchased from Gibson Guitar Corporation. The first guitar Heritage introduced was the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar. This model was shown at the NAMM show in June of 1985. Since that time Heritage has added many instruments. Currently Heritage manufacturers Custom Carved Hollow Body Guitars, Semi Hollow Body Guitars, and Solid Body Guitars. This is to say nothing of the countless number of custom instruments made in each of the groups previously mentioned. Banjos, Mandolins, Flat Tops, and Basses, are no longer being produced because of the demand for the guitars mentioned in the above 3 categories. Heritage is proud of it's older employees’ with 25 years of average experience and what it has accomplished in 19 years. Heritage is also training younger luthiers to learn this fine art of craftsmanship.
  3. Welcome, Mr. Thumbs. Is your name a tribute to Wes? If so, you've got the perfect axe to cop his licks with. Gorgeous...and another OSB member. 8) I've never seen a Golden Eagle with an input jack on the outer rim. Most are in the end pin. I much prefer the former.
  4. Welcome to all of the latest newbies !! It is really interesting to read how enthusiastic folks are when they 'discover' how good these Heritage guitars are. And yes, they are something to get excited about!
  5. Welcome to all of the latest HOC members! We may need to change the name to "The International Heritage Owners Club"! 8)
  6. Hello Andras! We are glad you found us! You've got excellent taste in guitars. 8)
  7. Hi there, Harold, and welcome to the HOC! As for your H-575's value, see if you can upload a photo of it here and describe its condition, features and pickups. There are a number of 575 owners (and one 'Wheeler Dealer) here who will gladly give you a range. Another option is to do an Ebay search for sold Heritage H-575's. Then you can see actual instruments to compare yours with.
  8. Welcome, Korky. Yours is an ever decreasing tale of Heritage buyers these days. Dealers are pretty savvy now about the Parsons Street gang. Congratulations on one of the best deals I've ever heard of! Does he have any more Heritages he'd like to 'give away'? ;D
  9. Fons and Rick~ [glow=red,2,300]WELCOME![/glow] If Mike Lull worked on your Heritage, I'm sure she's purring like a happy kitty. As another Bluesboy player, I can vouch that they are the perfect compliment to a 535 for live playing.
  10. Hello Chris. Welcomd to the HOC. It sounds like your H535 could use a full-on fret level job. Hopefully you've got a local guitar tech who can do a proper set-up of your guitar. Heritage has improved on its quality control and set-ups in recent years. Yours sounds like one that never had the TLC it deserved. Glad it made it to a happy home.
  11. Welcome aboard the Good Ship 'HOC', Jim777! Always good to see a fellow Ibanez fan as well. I'm as much a nut for their high end semi-hollows as Heritages. Never played a dud from Ibz. Do you also post over at the Ibanez Collectors World? I've been there off and on for many years. And your 555 is the shizzle! Chestnut Burst is one of my favorites...next to Golden Amber on 555's. 8)
  12. Bobpell~ Welcome to the HOC! How did you come to know about Heritage guitars in Italy? The web? Or did our crazy support group's reputation for mischief reach the Vatican again? :angel: I've owned Ibanez semi-hollows from the 80's and their action is consistently low and fast. You might consider having your 575 set up in a similar manner. The action on my 575 is similar to my old Ibanez AS200! And watch out for the trouble makers that insist on pictures of your H575 Custom. They'll blast you with :this_thread_is_useless_withou . I hope you post often and enjoy yourself here.
  13. Welcome Jerry...and YES, order at least one 535 with P90's! OK, I can't play lefty, but there isn't a cooler semi-hollow on the market than one of those babies. I look forward to your posts.
  14. Welcome, Jerry!! There's something really special about H555's...and you've obviously discovered it. Hey, we don't have any secret handshakes or anything like that, BUT if you tease us with colorful descriptions of your cool Heritage, be warned!! Others (not ME, of course!) will blast you right out of the HOC waters with this silly looking :this_thread_is_useless_withou emoticon. Since I would NEVER stoop to such an imature, sophomoric tactic like flashing the dreaded :this_thread_is_useless_withou at a new member, some of the wise guys around her would. So dig out your digital camera, 35mm, or Brownie, and snap a few pics, post them on a free picture hosting site and drop'em here, or those OTHER guys will give you the...well, you know! ;D Glad to have another 555 brother on board. 8)
  15. Welcome, Bubba Heat! Yessir, nice gits ya got. Is that a 'Prince Tele' by Hohner or Ibanez?
  16. Welcome (again) Bob! Great looking family you've got there. "Accomplice"...What a GREAT name for an amp!
  17. A big 'HEY'...to all of the new guys and gals here! :hello: We are now up to '550' card carrying members now. OK, so we don't have no stinkin' cards yet! But it is great to see this club growing, member by member. And don't be shy-bees. Show your Heritages, because... :this_thread_is_useless_withou and your comments :mblah05: about them. You are among (sick) friends here. >
  18. There have been a number of newbies joining the HOC and some posting (with guitar pics) and interesting comments. It really is great to see this forum grow in such a relatively short time. I've missed saying HELLO to some of ya'll, so for all of the recent new members of this whacky site, a very special HOC WELCOME!
  19. Pro Fusion~ Man, what a great looking Black Beauty!! Let us know when the perpetual grin starts. It happens to us all after the first few hours of playing a new Heritage. ;D
  20. Welcome to the HOC, Roy! We REALLY want you to be able to add a Heritage to your signature list of cool gear. ;D Keep your eye on Ebay and Gbase and Craigslist for your H-150. They seem to come onto the market in groups. Good hunting! 8)
  21. Katie~ Welcome aboard this listing ship of fools, me lady! This is a very special place for Heritage-a-holics to hang out. I am so glad you decided to hang with us. And I do have one question for you... How can someone who works at Heritage, ONLY have two of their guitars? I'd have to build a room addition for all of the stuff that would follow me home from work if I worked there! 8)
  22. Southpawl~ HowDee and Welcome! and... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! :occasion18: :occasion18: Your present is your very first Karma (applause) point from me. You might get a few more it you realize (you knew this was coming!) :this_thread_is_useless_withou ;D
  23. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!! Welcome to the 'HOC anonymous support group'!! Tobacco Burst and JGauker, thanks for your great posts. Now, you KNEW this was coming........................................... :this_thread_is_useless_withou :this_thread_is_useless_withou :this_thread_is_useless_withou Since JGauker has a website, try right-clicking on your photo, highlight the Properties 'address' url link and paste it here using the 'image' icon. This was my personal favorite...
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