1997 Heritage H575 in Almond Sunburst – Schaller Pickups

The Blue Book says….

Instruments currently built in Kalamazoo, MI since 1984. The company was incorporated on April 1, 1985. The Lasar Music Corporation, located in Brentwood, TN is the exclusive sales and marketing company for Heritage Guitars, Inc.

The Gibson guitar company was founded in Kalamazoo in 1902. The young company continued to expand, and built production facilities at 225 Parsons Street (the first of a total of five buildings at that location) in 1917. In 1974, Gibson was acquired by the Norlin corporation, which also opened facilities the same year in Nashville, TN. However, financial troubles led Norlin to consider shutting down either the Kalamazoo or Nashville facilities in the early 1980s. Even though the Kalamazoo plant was Gibson’s home since 1917, the decision was made in July of 1983 by Norlin to close the plant. The doors at 225 Parsons Street closed in the fall of 1984.

Heritage Guitar, Inc. opened in 1985 in the original Gibson building. Rather than uproot and move to Tennessee, Jim Deurloo, Marvin Lamb, and J.P. Moats elected to leave the Gibson company, and stay in Kalamazoo to start a new guitar company. Members of the original trio were later joined by Bill Paige and Mike Korpak (other long time Gibson workers). Korpack left the Heritage company in 1985.


– single sharp cutaway hollow style, cream-bound solid carved curly maple braced top, cream-bound curly maple back, curly maple sides, two f-holes, mahogany neck, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, three-per-side tuners, rosewood bridge, trapeze tailpiece, curly maple pickguard, two humbuckers, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-position switch, chrome hardware, available in Antique Sunburst finish, 16 in. body width, 2.75 in. body thickness, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1987-present.


I say…..


This is basically an ES 175 made by the guys who made the legendary ’50’s Gibson guitars.  Unlike the ES 175, this guitar has a solid maple top, so I guess it’s really more like an L4 or L5.  The finish is designated ALM SB – which I’m guessing is Almond Sunburst.  The Neck has a little fretwear but nothing out of the ordinary for a 16 year old guitar.  The Schaller pickups give a great thick woody tone with a great top end “edge.”

The rosewood fingerboard is in good condition, and the rear of the neck has very few marks on its “wide-thin” D shaped neck, making playing it a dream.  The body is in great condition, it does have a few dinks but no real scratches, just acceptable “wear and tear”  for such an instrument.

There are some “stand damage” marks on the underside of the headstock – but nothing that affects playing.

Tone has that awesome bass thump so necessary for Jazz “comping”  but at the same time has a clear and articulate top end voice for solos