The Heritage Story –
Heritage is celebrating over 30 years of handcrafting fine instruments in their famous guitar factory at 225 Parsons Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which was formerly owned by The Gibson Guitar Corporation. Heritage Guitars Inc. has achieved the status of being one of the premier guitar companies in the world today, still creating guitars by hand the way they did in the 1950’s . Much of the machinery that Heritage uses today has been in use for over 60 years in the famous Parsons St address.
The inspiration to establish Heritage Guitars began when the Gibson Guitar Corporation closed its Kalamazoo factory in September of 1984 and moved all production to its new plant in Nashville, Tennessee. At the time, many of the employees were asked to relocate to Nashville. However, since their families had spent many years in Kalamazoo, it proved difficult for some to just uproot and move. So three long term Kalamazoo locals, Jim Deurloo, Marvin Lamb, and JP Moats, decided they wanted to continue the tradition of handcrafting beautiful, high quality guitars. In 1985 when the company was incorporated, 2 other former Gibson Guitar Corporation employees, Bill Paige and Mike Korpak, joined as owners.
The founders’ most valuable resource was the experienced group of craftsmen they could draw from to commence 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.
A video introduction to Heritage – https://youtu.be/ewOCghxndo0
The first guitar Heritage introduced was the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar, which premiered at the 1985 NAMM show in New Orleans.
The cousin to the H-150, the H-140 is a lightweight version that is not weight relieved. Instead it has a slimmer mahogany back that helps cut the weight down. Though it may be lighter in weight, this guitar is heavy in tone. The sound is big, full, and with great sustain.
Select maple top
Solid, one piece lightweight mahogany body
Dark Tobacco Sunburst Nitrocellulose Finish
One piece mahogany neck
22 medium jumbo frets
Pearl dot inlays
12″ fingerboard radius
Single cream binding around body top and neck
17 degree bound peghead
Grover vintage tuners
Traditional tune-o-matic style Tone Pro bridge & stopbar tailpiece
Two Seymour Duncan pickups
Weight is 8.6 lbs
Heritage produces some of the most beautiful and durable guitars on the market. The Heritage H-140 produces thick, beefy tones and features the highest quality components and craftsmanship. This guitar has the overall feel and superior characteristics of any of its competitors’ models.
This is simply a great guitar. And it is in excellent condition, having been sporadically played but well looked after by a fastidious owner. There is no tarnishing of the metal hardware, There are no dings, dents, buckle rash, and no discernible fret wear. The only blemish is a tiny mark in the finish below the neck pickup – almost invisible. And a small surface scratch near the output socket.
The body is one piece, solid lightweight mahogany, weighing in at 8.6 lbs. Not crazy light, but certainly not heavy, with a fat tone that can only be derived from solid mahogany. It has been well set up and plays beautifully. Comparable or better than equivalent style guitars with a bigger name, and bigger price tag.
Comes in its original Heritage hard shell case in excellent condition.