The Heritage Guitar Inc of Parsons St, Kalamazoo, Michigan was incorporated in 1985. The company is now 36 years old, and has achieved the status of one of the premier guitar manufacturers in the world today. In many instances, it is the new guitar line stocked by countless vintage shops throughout the world. Heritage is often thought of as the collectible guitar of tomorrow.
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. At the time, some of the employees decided not to uproot their familes and move. So three men, Jim Deurloo, Marvin Lamb, and JP Moats, decided to start a guitar manufacturing business. Two other former Gibson employees, Bill Paige and Mike Korpak, joined as owners.
The founders’ most valuable asset was the group of craftsmen they could draw upon to begin operations. The owners themselves had more than 25 years each of guitar making experience. Heritage started operations in the oldest of five buildings formerly owned and operated by Gibson, and most of the machinery that Heritage still uses today was purchased from Gibson.
This is a beautiful Heritage H-535 20th Anniversary Limited Edition built in 2005 to celebrate the first 20 years of The Heritage guitars. It features a high degree of workmanship and AAA materials – kinda the closest you could call their version of Custom Shop. Only 200 made, and based on legendary Heritage dealer Jay Wolfe’s specs including Tone Pro's hardware, Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups, a bound headstock, and Wolfe's pickguard shape, which was slightly different than the standard Heritage shape at the time. And for this special Anniversary Limited Edition, an inlay banner on the headstock reading "20th Anniversary.”
Body Construction Semi-Hollow (Chambered)
Top Wood Select Curly Maple
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Attachment Set
Inlay Pearl Dot
Headstock 17 degree bound
Tuners Sperzel vintage tuners with pearloid buttons
Nut Hand cut bone nut
Scale Length 24.75" (63cm)
Hardware 2x Volume Control, 2x Tone Control, 3-Way Switch
Pickups SD Antiquity Humbuckers
Finish Faded Cherry
The timbers on this one are mighty pretty. The Faded Cherry finish allows the natural grain of the select curly maple to show through the top and back in a subtle and attractive way. And from what we can see, both top and back are one piece – no seams to be found in our analysis.
The pickups handle gain extremely well, delivering an articulate array of tones that can be bright and growly or thick and punchy with the flip of a switch, with all with the immediacy of the maple body, and the airy, warm quality of the semi-holllowbody construction.
The original frets are intact and match Gibson spec for width and height, showing virtually no wear.
The guitar plays cleanly up the bound rosewood fretboard with no buzzing or dead spots, and the guitar conforms to traditional Gibson spec with a 24 3/4" scale length and a 1 11/16" wide carved bone nut. The original tuners are in place, turning smoothly & holding pitch perfectly.
Weight is 7.7 lbs
This guitar was bought new from a major Sydney retailer new in 2006. It has been played sporadically and looked after extremely well since then.
Cosmetic wear is limited to some light scuffing on the pickguard, and pretty much nothing else that we can see. This guitar is mighty close to mint condition and would suit a new buyer. Except that is now over 15 years old, has settled nicely and just needs some playing to bring out its true character.
Comes in its TKL branded Heritage hard shell case in excellent condition along with original Heritage paperwork and warranty.
Video demo of same model - https://youtu.be/Hm6lozAXnIM