The Heritage Guitars Custom Core Collection H-150 model was originally launched last year. The company from the old Kalamazoo Gibson factory has now expanded it with the Custom Core H-150 Plain Top. So if you were looking for a premium single-cut instrument, but not a big fan of the figured maple, these may be worth checking out.
Heritage Guitars Custom Core H-150 Plain Top
The iconic 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo factory, with more than a hundred years tradition of making instruments, including some of the most revered guitars ever made, has been home to Heritage Guitars since 1985. The company, headed by former Gibson employees, has been making fantastic guitars, often employing traditional methods and machinery.
The new Custom Core H-150 Plain Top is the latest release from the brand’s Custom Shop. It’s a follow up to last year’s Custom Core H-150, but for those who aren’t particularly fussy about a highly figured top. They are still gorgeous looking instruments, and you save a bit of money. The specs are the same, the major difference being the the grain on the tops.
You still get a lightweight mahogany body, this time with a plain maple top. The neck has a C-shape profile and the traditional 4.5 degree neck angle. The headstock also has a traditional 17 degree angle, with a holly veneer, which has the logo and Twin Arrow inlay. The model is available in a standard Vintage Gloss finish, or for a bit extra, given the “proprietary Artisan Aged treatment”, for those who prefer the worn in look.
Hardware and Electronics
The guitar features proprietary tuners with the Heritage logo laser etched on them and a locking Tune-O-Matic style bridge with an aluminium stopbar.
You still get a pair of Custom Shop 225 Classic humbuckers, custom-voiced for this series. These vintage-inspired pickups are wired through a traditional layout of twin volume and tone controls, and three-way toggle.
Price and Shipping
The new models will ship with a certificate of authenticity, and in newly-designed hardshell cases. The Heritage Custom Core H-150 Plain Top is available for USD 3499, while the Artisan Aged version will set you back USD 3999. You can hear the guitar in the demo videos below.