The Heritage Story –
Heritage is celebrating over 35 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 H-150 features a solid carved figured maple top sourced from Michigan and a solid one-piece genuine mahogany back. Beautiful mother of pearl trapezoid inlays adorns the solid-mahogany neck and with Seymour Duncan 59s, this is one solid body guitar with loads of sustain and a warm, thick tone.
Despite its solid wood construction (non-weight relieved) for maximum sustain and tone, it is still very comfortable to play. The sound is big, full, and with great sustain.
Features – H-150
Body Material: Figured Maple Top / Mahogany Body
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose
Fretboard Material: Rosewood
Fretboard Radius: 12″
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Neck Profile: Standard
Neck Wood: Genuine Mahogany
Scale Length: 24-3/4″
No. of Frets: 22
Fretboard Inlays: Trapezoid
Pickup: Seymour Duncan 59 (Neck & Bridge)
Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-Way Toggle
Electronics: CTS 500K Potentiometers, 0.022uF Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch and Pure Tone Input Jack
Bridge: Locking Bridge and Tailpiece
Tuning Machines: Grover
Hardware Finish: Nickel
Control Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
Weight: 10.0 lbs
We have listed and sold a number of Heritage guitars at PREMIER GUITARS, and they have all been fine instruments. Certainly way up there in build quality & materials, and they all play beautifully. This H-150 is no exception.
At 10 kg it is no lightweight, but rather sits in the average Les Paul weight zone. But it is not weight relieved, and as such delivers a big fat humbucking sound expected of this style of guitar. The great bonus with this guitar is that it sounds good at any volume level – just because you wind back the controls, it doesn’t mean it loses its tone and definition.
This Heritage H-150 is in excellent condition with only a few light marks on the back, and some tiny indents on top – impossible to see except in a certain angle of light. Apart from that, it’s pretty much as new, even though it’s over 10 years old.
Colour is a very alluring Deep Grey – not black even though the pics show it as such. You can see the beautiful figured maple top through the translucent nitro finish.
Comes with an Ashton poly case in good condition.