Heritage H-140CM

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Heritage

Description Les Paul style guitar, made in the original Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Posted By Carl Phillips (11977)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 4/17/2004, Bill North (12505) posted:
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I really wasn't looking for a guitar, but fellow WN member Carl Phillips was selling gear in order to get a P.A. together. I was always intrigued with the Heritage line and the price was right so I figured, what the heck, why not. It turned out to be a real bargain as I had traded my Gibson LP as part of the MarkIV costs.
I would definitely buy another Heritage guitar, The 17 degree head angle and narrow tuner splay really keep spurious harmonics from above the nut to a minimum. Great tone really flows from this guitar, sweet and full of sustain.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $550.00
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
On 5/22/2001, Carl Phillips (11977) posted:
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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!!!
Sound Quality:
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.