Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: WN member
Made in USA
Mahogany body with mahogany 24 3/4 " scale set neck
rosewood fretboard with 22 medium size frets
Les Paul style controls Schaller "High Tech" pickups Goldtop finish treatment with aged cream colored body top binding Shaller roller bridge and stop tailpiece Grover tuners
Heritage Guitar of Kalamazoo, Michigan was incorporated on April 1, 1985.
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 H140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar. This model was shown at the NAMM show in June of 1985.
This is a very nice guitar, regardless of price paid. The neck is straight, true and well crafted. I've owned a few Gibsons in my life and this one is a good example of the Gibson "old school" craftmanship. The frets are level and there are no dead spots. There are no flaws that I can detect.
My main rig right now is a Mesa/Boogie Mk IV. The H-140CM is plugged straight into the amp. It sounds like a Les Paul (suprise !!!) in it's tonal pallette. It's a dead ringer for the LP. The Scaller pickups were about the same as a JB/Seth Lover combination, but lacked depth and clarity. I replaced them with a BurstBucker Pro matched set. This simple improvement brought much more range and definition to this guitar.
CTS pots and Switchcraft switches plus Schaller stoptail/bridge and Grover tuners make this a tank as far as durability are concerned. This particular type of switch is more vulnerable to noise than some the other switchcraft models, but it is identical to the Gibson version. It just comes with the territory.
This guitar is better than a Les Paul for less clams.
What could be better.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $0.00 trade (new)
Where Obtained: Internet trade
U.S.A. Made, Mahogony body w/mahogony set-neck, Maple cap, 24 & 3/4 inch neck scale, 22 medium fret, rosewood fingerboard, same controls as a Les Paul, Seymore Duncan pickups (JB & '59), Goldtop, Shaller roller bridge and stop tailpiece, Grover machines.
This flawless axe plays like a dream, beautiful neck, BETTER THAN MY LES PAUL!!!
With a JB in the bridge and a '59 in the neck this axe really smokes. Played through a Boogie Nomad 55, this axe will suit all styles. Noiseless. Once again, better than my LP.
Will update as time passes. Built like a tank though.