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Heritage Guitar (formally Gibson) celebrates 100 years


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#1 HemiBeers

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:09 PM

The Heritage Guitar plant, which is the format Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, is celebrating 100 years. It's the birth place of many epic Gibbys over the years, including Alex's white 355. Here's an article and a brief tour video.

http://www.mlive.com...#incart_gallery

The old geezers at the end of the video were the original founders of Heritage, who took over the plant after Gibson bailed years ago.

Heritage was recently sold to a local real estate developer (who I hate), but they are putting money into the place to modernize it. Many of the Heritage employees were getting to retirement age.

Since I live in the area, might be a pretty cool place to get a job...but I think I might have to take a pay cut especially if working in the shop.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:11 PM

My Mom bought a new Heritage in 1986. It was like a skinny Les Paul. She thrn proceeded to leave it in the gear van 24/7, 365 days a year till about 2009 when she asked me to sell it on ebay. It was utterly unplayable. Couple of broken tuning pegs, tarnished hardware, neck bowed beyond truss rod adjustability. It still sold for $650.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:12 PM

My Mom bought a new Heritage in 1986. It was like a skinny Les Paul. She thrn proceeded to leave it in the gear van 24/7, 365 days a year till about 2009 when she asked me to sell it on ebay. It was utterly unplayable. Couple of broken tuning pegs, tarnished hardware, neck bowed beyond truss rod adjustability. It still sold for $650.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

View Postedhunter, on 07 September 2017 - 01:12 PM, said:

My Mom bought a new Heritage in 1986. It was like a skinny Les Paul. She thrn proceeded to leave it in the gear van 24/7, 365 days a year till about 2009 when she asked me to sell it on ebay. It was utterly unplayable. Couple of broken tuning pegs, tarnished hardware, neck bowed beyond truss rod adjustability. It still sold for $650.
oh mom the tragedy! heritage started in 85 so an early model in good condition would fetch a pretty penny.

yeah they hold their value really well. there's few on my local craigslist that are asking around $2000 which is not a bad price considering the quality. you could buy used and probably sell it for close to the same amount if taken care of.

new ones are pushing $5k, so they're definately for serious players.

Edited by HemiBeers, 07 September 2017 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:58 PM

5k is a lot of money for a new guitar lol

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:26 PM

View PostPermanent-Rush, on 07 September 2017 - 03:58 PM, said:

5k is a lot of money for a new guitar lol
very true. But Heritage is going after the high quality, high dollar amount market. you won't see a $400 cheapo Heritage model on the Guitar Center wall.

Their plant is really not that big, so they're used to low volume to keep the quality high. But that drives the price up.

They've been in business since 85, so it works for them.

Edited by HemiBeers, 07 September 2017 - 05:28 PM.





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