Heritage Guitar Inc. of 225 Parsons Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan was incorporated on April 1, 1985. The company is going on 25 years old, it has achieved the status of one of the premier guitar companies in the world today. It is, in many instances, the new guitar line handled by countless vintage shops throughout the world. This indicates it is thought of as the collectible guitar of tomorrow.
The idea to start 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 (in operation since 1975). When this took place, some of the employees were asked to move to Nashville. However, since their families had spent many years in Kalamazoo, it made it difficult to uproot and move. Therefore 3 men, Jim Deurloo, Marvin Lamb, and JP Moats, decided to start a guitar manufacturing business. In 1985 when the company was incorporated, 2 other former Gibson Guitar Corporation employees, Bill Paige and Mike Korpak, joined as owners. Mike left the company in 1985.
The founders biggest resource is and was the group of craftsmen they could draw from to begin operations. The owners themselves each had in excess of 25 years of hands on experience in making guitars. To this day each of the owners is directly involved in the manufacturing of each instrument.
This Heritage H 535 semi-hollow guitar is the Heritage version of very well-known Gibson model ES-335. If you are familiar with a ES-335s, the balance, comfort, neck, feeling and basic sounds are pretty much the same because of the basic design and construction aspects. This doesn't mean that the H-535 is just an ordinary clone of ES-335, the Heritage version has many additions and enhancements which will greatly impress you.
This instrument has a Flamed Maple top, back and sides with cream bindings. It incorporates a Rosewood fretboard with MOP dot inlays, Schaller TOM bridge, single binding on the neck top and back. It features the Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbucker in neck and bridge positions. This combination offers that fat rock sound, but still holds on to that classic telecaster sound. Acoustically the guitar sounds very loud and woody. Plugged in, it has the fat tones you'd expect from a guitar like this.
This 2009 Heritage 535 is in excellent condition with only surface scratches on the top, pickguard, back, neck and peghead as shown in the detailed photos below. It has very minor fretwear and includes the original hardshell case.