1987 Heritage USA “Eagle” Jazz guitar

EAGLE

– single round cutaway hollow style, solid mahogany top/pickguard, f-holes, cream-bound body, mahogany back/sides/neck, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, three-per-side tuners, rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, pickguard-mounted Heritage jazz pickup, volume control on pickguard, chrome hardware, available in standard finish, 17 in. body width, 3 in. body thickness, 25.5 in. scale, mfg. 1986-2007.

 

“Heritage EAGLE 1987″

Serial #: D20304, Kalamazoo label

Body size at lower bout: 17″, Scale length: 25 1/2″ Nut: 1 11/16″ Body depth: 3”

Finish: I think its called Vintage Sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched fine grain mahogany top, back, sides and neck; solid rosewood fingerboard; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Original hardware includes solid mahogany pickguard; tailpiece with logo insert, Chrome Deluxe tuners; compensated adjustable rosewood bridge; adjustable truss rod. Kent Armstrong floating PAF pickup.

Handbuilt in Kalamazoo by former Gibson artisans in the old Gibson plant, the Eagle is the workhorse of the Heritage line. Equivalent in size to the L-5C and L-7C, the Eagle shares the same Venetian cutaway and parallel bracing. A classic single pickup jazz box, the guitar combines elegant simplicity with handsome flamed mahogany throughout.

The guitar has a clear, balanced and focused voice, with the warmth and depth you’d expect from the solid mahogany tonewood. The action is smooth and low over a gentle D profile neck with excellent original fretwork. The guitar is in a lovely condition and is fitted with a genuine Kent Armstrong Handmade Floating PAF pickup and its original hardshell case. A handmade classic and the ultimate best-buy in a true American made acoustic archtop guitar.

This model was introduced by Heritage in 1986.This guitar is 1987 and a very early model.

The Label inside is signed by four of the founding members of Heritage Guitars.Bill Page,J P Moats,Marvin Lamb and Jim Deurloo.This guitar is not just a lovely guitar to play it has a nice piece of history attached.

Case: Original hardshell case

A stunning example of craftsmanship.  This is without doubt a quality “Jazz guitar”  currently strung with flatwound strings that give that slinky feel and muted Jazz “Thunk.”  There are almost no marks on this guitar.  The acoustic sound is full and rich in harmonics, the single pickup provides an authentic jazz tone, and the electrics are all crackle free and fully functional.  The case is an authentic period correct Gibson style hardcase labelled as belonging to “Bobby Cochran” – Eddie Cochran’s nephew, and singer for “Steppenwolf” – I have however not yet received any confirmation that the guitar used to be his.