Heritage Guitars has a new Custom Core H-150 range coming, and since they are built in the old Kalamazoo Gibson factory by a team of ex-Gibson employees, you can be sure that the guitars will play and feel like an authentic singlecut instrument. If you’re on the lookout for a singlecut model, these should definitely be on your radar.
Heritage Custom Core H-150
Heritage Guitars are famously manufactured in the old Gibson factory at 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo, with many ex-Gibson employees working there. You can expect nothing but high-end, luthier built instruments from this brand. They still employ many of the old building techniques and machinery that were used to build those early American designs from the golden era of the electric guitar.
The new Custom Core H-150 features a gorgeous looking premium curly maple top with a redesigned carve. The back is made of ultra-lightweight mahogany, and the mahogany neck has a ’50s C-shape profile. The neck is at a 4.5 degree angle, with a 17-degree headstock, which has a holly veneer, the logo, and a Twin Arrow inlay.
The model is available in either a gloss nitro finish, or you can opt for an aged finish instead, if you prefer the worn-in look. This new line is expected to be out sometime near the end of November.
Custom Shop 225 Classic
The Custom Core H-150 ships with a pair of vintage-voiced Custom Shop 225 Classic humbucking pickups, which are wound on site using traditional pickup winding techniques. So, in theory, they should sound similar to the old classic ’50s style PAF humbuckers that can fetch thousands of pounds on their own these days. The pickups are wired via a traditional twin volume and tone control layout and a three-way toggle switch.
Each guitar comes in a new, re-designed hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity. I have played a number of Heritage guitars over the years and each one has been a thing of beauty to look at. But it’s when you plug them in and play them, that they really come alive. And I expect the new Custom Core H-150 range to be no different.
If you want a vintage-style, hand-built American singlecut electric guitar, then this model needs to be somewhere on your list of brands to try out. You can also check out one of our recent articles here for other premium Les Paul alternatives. But, if you are dead set on owning one of these new Heritage models, you can place an order online using the link below. And if you do end up buying one, I would appreciate it if you could contact me and let me know what you think. My guess is that you will love it!
Just take a listen to the demo videos and let me what you think in the comments section below.
RRP – USD 3799
- Heritage Custom Core H-150 with premium curly maple top: Heritage
- With a pair of hand wound Custom Shop 225 Classic humbuckers: Heritage