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  1. #101
    Today is SuperPatrick Sunday (with a little space of time for the H150 too). Bubba shot some pics of the label in the SP... It's called a Super Eagle Custom (see the label).

    Big

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  3. #102
    HE'S BACK !!!!!! LOL.
    A great sigh of relief, the wine burst is safely back in Toms River. And I LOVE IT WHEN IT SAYS:

    Franklin Park, IL, United States 07/27/2016 6:02 A.M. Arrival Scan

    That is for the BLONDE GE with set pickup. The fourth from the left in this photo...





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    Browser is giving me fits

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  5. #104

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    Did you get it yet?
    JD

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    I've been waiting to weigh in on this thread.

    For me it's great to see Patrick and his collection being brought up.

    To those of you fortunate to have been able to acquire some of Patrick's collection, I know you will love playing and visually enjoying them, but also for the art and memories they have.

    To those of you newer to this forum, you unfortunately missed the opportunity of aquaintance with Patrick. His knowledge, wit and sometimes acidic comments are missed.

    Anyway, I also note that there are more blondes in this thread than I saw in Stockholm when I was there :-) What's up with that?
    Regards,

    Gary

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    I asked Patrick about that. His first Heritage Super Eagle was a blonde. He just preferred blonde guitars.

    Also, Aaron Cowles was less expert at sunburst finishes than natural finishes, so the two Unity guitars are also blonde.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNAPPI View Post
    "Anyway, I also note that there are more blondes in this thread than I saw in Stockholm when I was there :-) What's up with that?"
    Yeah, 8 of them. Photographed in a bathroom. With a fireplace in it..
    That was Patrick..

  9. #108
    Houston:
    Tranquility Base
    The Eagle Has Landed...

    My first Golden Eagle. Love the body depth.
    Enjoy

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    And a few more.

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    When I first met Patrick, that GE was his favorite guitar. He would put others ahead of it from time to time over the years, but for the most part, this was his favorite.

    Yes, he liked his L-5s, Heritage D'As, and Unitys. They were visually more appealing in some ways. But this GE was the best all around guitar. That fundamentally was Patrick's best, and it began his long relationship with Heritage and then with Aaron Cowles.

    I say this with no bias really.
    MG

  12. #111
    The flame is outstanding on that Blonde GE. Well done. Great configuration for an Archtop. What an amazing collection you have put together with a single purchase knowing they have been vetted by Patrick. You know they are all good ones. Kudos to you

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    BigMike, Well done, sir. Beautiful Golden Eagle and great collection.

  14. #113
    Thanks to all the well wishes. Well here's the last guitar, had it for a week now but am finally getting around to showing solid bodies some respect. It's my Les Patrick, a decent topped H150. Love it because it's got nice flame but isn't one of those crazy flame jobs. It looks more like what Gibson might have put out for an artist back in '58... Lovely neck.

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    And when I got to talking to Chris last night after the Golden Eagle was safely here I told him I was sending him some Cuban cigars, Cohibas to be exact. Turns out Patrick and I also had Cohibas in common. Chris now has his Dad's humidor and he's a Cohiba nut too. Also I am throwing in these really over the top hand embroidered kitchen towels for Fran. I have been buying everything this little old lady in Minnesota makes. I have a real towel addiction, must have a couple hundred. I would guess over the last 9 years I've purchased over 500 towels from Anna Mae...

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    And lastly let's take a quiet moment to remember Patrick, the anniversary of his passing is not far off...

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    The H150 has been modified by Patrick. He may have had Heritage build it that way.

    The tuning keys are keystones, not the kidney bean shaped things usually on the H150. Patrick put an amber toggle switch cap on it. Lastly, those pickups are probably Seymour Duncans, not Schallers.

    Note that the pickup rings (bezels) do not match in color or screw holes. I don't know the story there, but Heritage sometimes mixed up parts like that. More likely, the neck pickup ring cracked over time. Finding Schaller rings is much harder than standard Gibson two holers. So it may be that the neck ring was replaced by Patrick with something easier to find. Don't know.

    BigMike is right about the flame. That's a classic looking top from 225 Parsons.
    MG

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    So Mike, How many in the stable now total ? Are you closing in on Marc ? BTW all, remember Big Joe saying he was
    done buying guitars.....not ! I just laughed when he said that. "Every time I try and get out they pull me back in".

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    Oh heck fellas...

    Vinny I don't know how many. I meet with my lawyer next week to draw up a will, just to get my ducks lined up - and in that will all the guitars will be inventoried and left to those I am fond of... I know who would like owning (and keep, not flipping) what I leave them.

    As for a total, heck I don't know. I was talking to Jay Wolfe the other day and tried to get him to sell me his HJS Custom... we'll see. So no, I'm not done. And I know a kid I'm gonna surprise at Christmas. A good kid, a loyal friend. He's gonna have a VERY Merry Christmas.

    Be well guys...

    God Bless

    Big


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    Ya Mike, I just did my will and living trust. We are getting up there. Enjoy those beautiful guitars every day that God gives you. No u-hauls to heaven.

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    Mike,
    An HJS Custom I hear? Can you tell us more?
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    Mike,
    An HJS Custom I hear? Can you tell us more?
    JD

    Probably this one.

    MG

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    Mike,

    Be forewarned that too many guitars can become a burden. I am up to 22 ( and seriously am thinking about selling a few off) and am starting to hit the wall of diminishing returns. Strings need to be changed regularly (at least once a year no matter how seldom a guitar may be played), frets need to be polished and at a certain point, the guitars start to feel a bit strange. With a manageable collection size, one can rotate all of ones guitars often enough so that they all feel familiar.

    A guitarist only needs two guitars (an acoustic and an electric). The rest is just an art collection. And you got some of the gems from Patrick's art collection. Congrats again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    A guitarist only needs two guitars (an acoustic and an electric). The rest is just an art collection.
    Marc you're on the right track, but two guitars takes a bunch of discipline! I have 14 guitars and share some the same issues that you describe. Some day, maybe down to 6...

    Archtop
    Gypsy
    Steel String Flat Top
    Nylon String
    Semi-Hollowbody (humbuckers)
    Solid Body (single coils)
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    Yeah of course, he has the only one with the Rose on the Pickguard. I give up..
    Thanks MG
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    Probably this one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    Marc you're on the right track, but two guitars takes a bunch of discipline! I have 14 guitars and share some the same issues that you describe. Some day, maybe down to 6...

    Archtop
    Gypsy
    Steel String Flat Top
    Nylon String
    Semi-Hollowbody (humbuckers)
    Solid Body (single coils)
    Iim7rtymodfj,
    6? Never happen bro. That's like saying the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art will only have 2 paintings. The Persistance of Memory and The Starry Night..
    JD

  25. #124

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    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    Marc you're on the right track, but two guitars takes a bunch of discipline! I have 14 guitars and share some the same issues that you describe. Some day, maybe down to 6...

    Archtop
    Gypsy
    Steel String Flat Top
    Nylon String
    Semi-Hollowbody (humbuckers)
    Solid Body (single coils)
    Well....Then one could argue that you need an acoustic archtop and an electric archtop. You need a D hole Gypsy guitar and an oval hole Gypsy guitar. You need a Gibson solid body and a Fender solid body. It never ends. Scratch that. It does end. Age 40 for Scott Chinery. Age 62 (IIRC) for Patrick. Life is short. Enjoy as many of the amazing guitars that are out there that you can. And play them! A day spent playing music is a good day on the planet!
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    Wise words Marc. I have 8 guitars but they all feel good to me instantly. I do hate to change strings. I have been using TI's only for years. I used to change them 3 times a year but now just when I hear the deadness which is close to a year if it is a good set. Two many guitars will take you away from the ultimate goal of playing as much as you can. Just can't part with my babies. Amps are a big distraction for me also. I have degrees in electronics which is my living also. I can have a amp that sounds perfect but I still have to tear it apart and reinvent the better mousetrap and the end result is only noticed by me. Joe has labeled me a complete nutbag but he is in the same boat. Just a different style of rowing it down the river.

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    I'm getting ahead of myself since I need to spend some time bonding with what just arrived.
    And I treasure every guitar I have. Not at the point of being weighed down by them, had a little trouble finding closet space for all of them but figured that out too. So it's all good.

    As for the HJS, I'll find out why Joe had to have one one of these days.

    Big

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k View Post
    Amps are a big distraction for me also. I have degrees in electronics which is my living also. I can have a amp that sounds perfect but I still have to tear it apart and reinvent the better mousetrap and the end result is only noticed by me. Joe has labeled me a complete nutbag but he is in the same boat. Just a different style of rowing it down the river.
    It's fun being a nutbag. I love it! But, I am the nutbag that rows with 2 hands and 2 oars.. You my beloved Vincenzo, 1 arm, 1 Oar.. Continuously rowing in a circle..

    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    It never ends. Scratch that. It does end. Age 40 for Scott Chinery. Age 62 (IIRC) for Patrick. Life is short. Enjoy as many of the amazing guitars that are out there that you can. And play them! A day spent playing music is a good day on the planet!
    Funny thing.. They both lived in the same town!

    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post

    I'm getting ahead of myself since I need to spend some time bonding with what just arrived.
    And I treasure every guitar I have. Not at the point of being weighed down by them, had a little trouble finding closet space for all of them but figured that out too. So it's all good.

    As for the HJS, I'll find out why Joe had to have one one of these days.

    Big
    BigMike,
    You don't NEED an HJS. You have many guitars that will be just as good. The only thing you don't have is.. Johnny's Signature. And he used a BOLD sharpie too... Its almost like he was signing all of them for you!

  29. #128
    No I was getting way ahead of myself. Being I have the Unity, Excel, Super Patrick and Golden Eagle I have a lot of exploring to do. Sometime in the next 45 days or so my next Mr Wu comes in also.

    Did get the Golden Eagle tuned up and played it a while, wow it is so gorgeous in tone and looks. Easy to play too. I can see why Patrick favored it. Under the flood lights in the office while I am playing it the flame in the sides and neck are quite distracting. LOL. Just really great attention to detail.

    SCORED a case of my favorite brandy. I fell in love (LUFT) with my Culinary History instructor some 23 years ago, this woman talked food and for me it was like a woman talking dirty to me. She had a fondness for Calvados, a special apple brandy from a region in Normandy. Not any cheap stuff but oh so easy to keep sipping on. I found a place called Wine Chateau in Jersey that ships. Got a case at a significant discount. So tomorrow night if it's raining I'm gonna sit on my porch and sip and celebrate this all being done.

    Big

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    We all rejoice with you Mikey !!! Funny how life is. Just a few months ago life was slapping you around.

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    VINNY

    Yeah a year ago Life seemed pretty damn harsh. But since I got all my guys placed and got in here things have progressively improved. As for the guitar collection let me address that: I had the Mr Wu guitars in Jersey and a few other guitars I really liked for one reason or another. And since I got here I got a '79 GB10nt that I am very fond of, a '90s GB100, some very top notch BC Rich acoustics (a '68 and a mid-'70s) and a few other things. And it was very nice to finally get back into the GB World. But these instruments and the other really good things that have happened to me TRULY make me feel Very Blessed, I was just playing some oldies on the Excel copy and boy I have the amp and the acoustic volume pretty well matched, it's so great...

    As for the Amatos, Fran got a brand new Hyundai Sonata in this green color she is very happy with. I believe I will be buying the
    wine burst Golden Eagle (despite the nay sayers) because I sorta got fond of it while I had it in hand. The blonde Golden Eagle that was Patrick's, man I grow fonder of that every time I play it. Hardly played the Unity, but it's up on the rotation next for the rest of the day.


    You know my dearly departed Ma used to say the same thing to me over and over in my life. She said "Mike, you stepped in shit but you always come out smelling like a rose". And I would defer to her that it wasn't luck, but maybe a little karma and a lot of hard work and networking with people who knew they could count on me. The fundamental things my parents had always thought me: be honest, work hard, look after the other guy. And from the street I learned to keep my mouth shut and never rat on my friends (in any way).

    Again thanks to all the well wishers and thanks for the compliments on the guitars, really Heritage and Patrick deserve all those compliments. I'm a real Heritage Nut Bag now. LOL...

    Big

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    BigMike,

    Don't you love it when you get the acoustic and electric volume matched on an archtop? I really enjoy this with a guitar with a floating pickup. _That_ tone is completely seductive, IMO. Start playing some of the charts that Joe DeNisco does so well--with that kind of tone--and you can see the midnight sun.

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    Welcome to Club Nutbag. We love new members.

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    Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone View Post
    BigMike,

    Don't you love it when you get the acoustic and electric volume matched on an archtop? I really enjoy this with a guitar with a floating pickup. _That_ tone is completely seductive, IMO. Start playing some of the charts that Joe DeNisco does so well--with that kind of tone--and you can see the midnight sun.

    Saturday greetings from Club Nutbag, River Forest. LOL. Yeah using my Fuchs modded Music Man HD130 at half power with a slanted amp stand I was sitting across the room on the bed but over to the right of the amp, got that acoustic volume matched to the amp volume and I SWEAR I was getting reverb out of the
    sound holes !!! It's Great.

    Cleaning lady is here today and It's Unity Day, all day... You guys posting ads over at Archtop.Com DAMN YOU !!! I was seriously looking at a Epiphone Emperor, this beast. Reminds me of a guitar I old tech in California, David Tupper, lent me for a while.

    https://www.archtop.com/ac_46emp_714.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone View Post
    BigMike,

    Don't you love it when you get the acoustic and electric volume matched on an archtop? I really enjoy this with a guitar with a floating pickup. _That_ tone is completely seductive, IMO. Start playing some of the charts that Joe DeNisco does so well--with that kind of tone--and you can see the midnight sun.
    Thanks Greentone. That is my all time favorite thing to do. The natural stereo sound produced by matching volumes like that makes me shiver. You can see the midnight sun. That is the saying I will use from now on.

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    Welcome to Club Nutbag. We love new members.
    id say our new member has blasted through the membership vetting process with a bang, huh? Love it.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ View Post

    Saturday greetings from Club Nutbag, River Forest. LOL. Yeah using my Fuchs modded Music Man HD130 at half power with a slanted amp stand I was sitting across the room on the bed but over to the right of the amp, got that acoustic volume matched to the amp volume and I SWEAR I was getting reverb out of the
    sound holes !!! It's Great.

    Cleaning lady is here today and It's Unity Day, all day... You guys posting ads over at Archtop.Com DAMN YOU !!! I was seriously looking at a Epiphone Emperor, this beast. Reminds me of a guitar I old tech in California, David Tupper, lent me for a while.

    https://www.archtop.com/ac_46emp_714.html
    big mike, be careful. The Unity might ruin you for anything else.
    Save some money big man. You might need to eat at some point..
    JD

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    Hey Mike....I know Dave Tupper. Great guitar tech. Trouble is he is always overwhelmed with work. Lucky if you get your guitar back in a month. If you need a fret job he is worth the wait.

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    I told you not to send that Wineburst back! I recall Patrick suggesting its tone was exquisite. I'd forget all about that silly cosmetic stinger if I owned it...I mean, just look at that burst. AND Golden Eagle single humbuckers aren't an easy find. I searched for 3 years and never came across one for sale.

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    I confirm: GE single set pub is outstanding! Huge congrats. Man, you're on a roll ... amazing! Enjoy each and every one of them!

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    Dave Tupper is a friend of mine since '88. Still got his digits memorized. I didn't live or work THAT far from him so any time I was baking biscotti I'd head over toward Alameda De Las Pulgas and see him. Love that guy. He sure has some fine guitars coming through his shop. A real stand up guy.

    I really am very in love with my blonde Golden Eagle single set pickup... Actually I was pretty stunned to find all these beauties hadn't been swept up by someone...

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    Mike I hope you have some Virtuoso guitar polish. Those beauties need to be rubbed down with the best only. Trust me their is nothing better to put on nitro lacquer.

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    Trust the man. He knows what he's talking about!

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    You know, if there if there is one measely thing I don't like about the HJS is the size of the FHoles. They may contribute to the sound, I don't know.. But it seems like Herman Brice didn't care for them either because he got the nice f-holes on his.
    Tootie has the cutaway and the pickguard in the wrong side of the guitar..

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    Tootie is wise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    You know, if there if there is one measely thing I don't like about the HJS is the size of the FHoles. They may contribute to the sound, I don't know.. But it seems like Herman Brice didn't care for them either because he got the nice f-holes on his.
    Tootie has the cutaway and the pickguard in the wrong side of the guitar..
    but that's one of the things that makes heritage, heritage. Big 'ol f holes, ugly headstocks, and thinner tops. Okay, that and half the price than for the wares of some of those other companies

    I think it's a mental block in your head because you're used to the other...I don't hear or see a difference, but I'm not focused on it...I'm mesmerized by the headstock

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    Really, I showed my cleaning lady the Unity, Golden Eagle, Excel and Super Patrick and her hand went straight to the lovely MOP inlays on each of them. She hardly speaks any english but her "OH !!" says it all. She doesn't know squat about guitars but she sure knows stunning when she sees it !!

    Big

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    2b, I actually love the headstock. The holes though.. Yeesh..
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    2b, I actually love the headstock. The holes though.. Yeesh..
    JD
    You're just missing the 70's! Here's an old 70's ad for ya in case you missed the suggestive humor of this one


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    I miss the 70's. It was so perfectly simple back then. Good times.
    thanks 2b

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe DeNisco View Post
    I miss the 70's. It was so perfectly simple back then. Good times.
    thanks 2b
    +1

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