NGD Heritage H-157 Custom

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  1. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    Just picked this up today. It is a '97 Heritage H-157. It is pretty much my holy grail, I always wanted a Custom, got an Epi and just couldn't look past the rosewood neck and acrylic inlays sold it after a good long try to make myself happy with it.

    I played a good 2.5 hours tonight, that is the 1st time in forever that I have played that long, and my fingers are letting me know now...

    This thing is not 100%, probably more like an 8.5/10 due to some minor dents/dings from 20 good year for play, but it plays like buttah. I have 30 days to decide since it came from Sam Ash, but I think I decided within minutes of plugging it in. It was like it was set up just for me, the action is exactly how I like it, eerily so.

    It has the Schaller bridge/tailpiece/pickups that they came with back then. The Grover tuners seriously make the ones in Agiles feel like toys, how can they be that much better feeling despite being 20 years old???

    Being that I am from Michigan, having something hand crafted from there is just very cool. I really want to take a factory tour the next time I'm there. Also hit up my 2nd favorite brewery while I am there.(Russian River is my #1)

    It is a bit of a tank at 11-1/2lb. It is made the "right" way, solid mahogany, solid maple cap.

    The pickguard is flamed maple it appears with real binding to match the body.

    Decided to just get what I wanted instead of trying to make something else into what it really isn't.

    Will probably be selling off my Studio since it is a really nice guitar, but if I reach for a LP, this one is probably going to be first out of the case.

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    devdem Well-Known Member

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    That's a fine looking instrument right there.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Oh man I like it!
     
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    That is gorgeous, just to bad it's backwards. Haha.
     
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    Congratulations- that is awesome.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Congrats! Some day, some day I hope to own a Heritage........but with air in the middle. :)
     
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    But it's not a Gibson ( thank goodness)
     
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    Beautiful guitar. Congrats!
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    Damn..that's a beautiful custom, congrats. I've had my hands on a few heritage LP's and they are definitely top-shelf instruments.
     
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    honyock Well-Known Member

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    After playing this, it is my goal to get one at some point in my life. Had I known, last summer, someone offered up a H-535 for well below market value. Should have jumped...

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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    That'll do. LOL
     
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    Congrats, she has held up well, enjoy!
     
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    Speaking for both TJ and myself, if you ever decide to sell her, contact us. One of us will probably make you a good offer.
     
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    honyock Well-Known Member

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    I really hope it never comes to that. This one will hopefully be an heirloom.

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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Nice guitar! Not sure about PG
     
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    Haha, is the air even more expensive?
     
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    I’ve always wanted a Heritage! They are what Gibson should still be. Some day! HNGD!! If you ever need the money, sell a kidney first!
     
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    Very cool
     
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    Nice score! I too hope one day to own an H-535... some day......
    HNGD!
     
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    Congratulations honyock! I am so glad you were able to find a guitar as fine as this one that suits you to a T. I am a Heritage fan. The tailpiece is a monster!

    After I bought my 1986 Heritage H170cm a guy at the store was telling me I should "upgrade" to a Gibson tailpiece. The owner (God bless him for his honesty) said "Why would you do that? The Schaller tailpiece is much heavier and better made and probably helps increase sustain".

    Please let me know what you think of those Schaller buckers after you are able to spend a bit of time with them. From my past reading they are generally viewed in a favorable light.
     
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