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    I got this custom Heritage Golden Eagle from Mickey. He's an excellent seller. It arrived safely, which is a blessing.

    This was made in 2010 and has a custom finish, which is labeled as dark almondburst.

    It is X-braced and fairly light.

    The Ameritage case is something Jay Wolfe had Heritage do on some of the instruments sent to Jay's store. It is like a vault.

    It came with TI 13 round wounds. I haven't plugged it in yet.

    The quality of spruce is excellent. The grain is tight and there is bear claw. The finish was done beautifully and was the work of Floyd Cramer. The top is resonant. The neck I'd describe as a medium carve. It's not like the earlier thin ones Heritage often did. It's not a '59 either.

    On to the pics:

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    That's a beauty, for sure.. set humbucker on a deluxe-trimmed git with nice spruce, that's the ticket !
    Congrats,
    John

    PS, I did linger on the case pics for quite a while before scrolling down to see the actual instrument, truly the whole "package" is phenomenal.

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    Congrats Mark! That is surely an example of Heritage Guitar's finest, made by craftsmen, the like of which, we may never see again.

    Kalamazoo put out some fine guitars and this example is proof of that!

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    'Tis only right that it go to you, Dr Marty. There is nobody who appreciates Heritage more truly than you.

    Looks great. That fiddleback! Oh my! Maple from an older age.

    Hope it gives you lots of pleasure.

    PS Looks like a shallow rim depth of 2.5"?

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    It's a 3" depth, 1 11/16" nut.

    Here's the end of the show!


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    Simply gorgeous. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

    Out of curiosity, do you think the bridge-base extension on the bass side enhances bass response?

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    I dig Florentine cuts on big boxes.

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    Another archtop, and a florentine...now we're makin' progress!

    Didn't you own a thin bodied Florentine GE with a natural top and a similar back about 6 years ago?

    Congrats Mark, she's a beauty!

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    Well done, sir!!!

    That Golden Eagle has ALL of the cool upgrades...and a couple of unique features that set apart from most all other GE's.

    Play it in good health.

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    NIce guitar I always perfer the rounded cutaways but this has the nice tailpiece. My guess is that it can be a close Wes. We need a sound bite.

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    Couldn't have gone to a nicer steward of the Kalamazoo's Guitar Legacy. A great add to a great collection. Love the appointments.

    CONGRADS

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    That's about the nicest Golden Eagle I've seen--Has a Super KB vibe with that Florentine!

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    Wowser! She a beaut.

    The rim and back shots are stunning. I really, really like the finish: front, sides and back. As noted above, the grain of the top is something else. That is a very special piece of spruce.

    Enjoy this one friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Another archtop, and a florentine...now we're makin' progress!

    Didn't you own a thin bodied Florentine GE with a natural top and a similar back about 6 years ago?

    Congrats Mark, she's a beauty!
    Well, yes I did. Excellent memory. They called the finish on the maple burnt amber. This one is a bit darker.

    Since you stirred up the past, I'll post the old pics of it. And I'll include some of another guitar I truly regret letting go of- to you!

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    I, too, was tempted, given its resemblance to the SP. This style of GE/SE/SKB/HJ, with a florentine cutaway and a darkburst, is particularly appealing, IMO. I find them quite striking. Right now, I'm on a guitar diet, but who knows what the future holds?

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    How do you like that case? I have one. It's awesome, but *heavy*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound
    How do you like that case? I have one. It's awesome, but *heavy*.
    The case is like a vault. It has excellent workmanship. In the end though, it's quite a heavy case.

    If it prevents damage to the guitar just once, it's worth the extra weight.

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    I don't know where they get their wood but it's the most figured maple I've ever seen. Flame or tiger striped doesn't even begin to describe what it is.

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    Almost the exact twin of my long-lamented blonde HGE. Still haunted by it. Those guitars can give a lot of love!

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    Congrats Big M ! From a good period of Heritage builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Almost the exact twin of my long-lamented blonde HGE. Still haunted by it. Those guitars can give a lot of love!

    Lawson,


    I'm gonna lay the blame on you because of your comments on the Heritage Guitars thread YOU got me on a quest... I may still have one other H guitar to grab up...
    And Lan is really a nice guy. Doggone we were talking up a blue streak on Saturday and Sunday. Man got that guitar right out too. No wasting time with him. A real pro.


    Big

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    Periodically I hunt for the guitar online. I had Heritage build me a replacement pickguard with their "hotter" floating pickup and a volume+tone control, and no point on the front edge. And my name on the truss rod cover! Loved that guitar.

    And yes, i am a little obsessed with it.

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    Lawson

    That's sure a beauty...

    I'm not 100% sure I like the flamed "Guild" style pick guard on there, but we'll see. I do like the Heritage version BUT I'm not sure I'll like whatever pickup is on it. BUT I have two Plan B's in place... Use one of the Aaron Cowles made pick guards shown with Shatten controls under it with the existing pickup. DO what Joe did, send the Heritage pickguard assembly to Kent Armstrong and have him put a fat sounding humbocker in it. OR maybe that single coil type like on the Super Patrick (or the Guild AA JS I have)...


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    Stunning beautiful stuff you got there, and those signatures... I'd frame anything George Benson signed and hang it up somewhere to show off!

    I continue to hunt for that Heritage, just to know where it ended up. I could likely not afford to buy it back as I am now Gibson Poor, as it were (GIP = Gibson Induced Poverty?). But just knowing where it went would be good. I have a slight plan in place... so stay tuned.

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    That GE was available locally at a great buy, for an eternity! I was never a fan of the Heritage country-western look pickguards. I preferred their rounded edge Ebony pickguards for the GE. Congrats BM!

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    Beautiful guitar.

    As time goes on, I appreciate those Heritage guitars more and more. It's hard to explain.

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    That reminds me of my Golden Eagle

    Sometime I wish I had kept it ... these days I definitely would keep it over a solid body


    On the other hand the Gibson R9 LP I traded it for is one of my keepers


    I'll have to check my pictures when I get home to see if there's a match

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    Well both the GE and the HJS showed up three hours early, it was hilarious, the UPS and FedEx trucks back to back in front of my place bringing me big boxes. I had a good scare with the FedEx box, the GE, because it had the big duvet at the bottom, I opened her right up and THANK GOD the box had lots of heavy bubble wrap at the bottom and the case was warm enough (both trucks were running with heaters on, I ASKED). So I dragged that one into the office for a thorough going over. It was shipped in tune so I started playing it. Really a fast neck, not super skinny but I could spend hours playing chords and singing with her... It's far nicer than the photos suggest. I like it a lot...

    Big

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    I posted this guitar when I first got it. It has been at Pete Moreno's shop for about 4 months or so. Thanks to Dr. Mark (MartyGrass) for keeping the restoration going. A few nicks/dings drop filled and buffed out. Had an ebony bridge built/fitted so I can go back and forth between a metal bridge and wood bridge in between string changes. Awesome setup. Pete sure knows how to bring a guitar back to life. It is a Golden Eagle with an HRW mounted pickup and parallel bracing (A Heritage Wes Mo). Sounds and plays great.

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    Marty spoke highly many times of your guitar. Pete truly is a master of his craft !!!
    a real beauty Bob !!

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    Hi

    Beautiful guitar. The gold plated tailpiece looks brand new. Was it replaced or re-plated? If re-plated who did that work? I just purchased a mint L5. The only cosmetic issue with it is the dulled patina on the tailpiece.

    Thx
    Cincy

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    That guitar is very...red.

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    I played that for a while. The neck is maybe medium thin and is fast. The action is good. The guitar is truly very comfortable.

    I put it directly into my Hendersen and it made some beautiful sounds.

    It had Chromes 12s.

    I wouldn't change a thing on the guitar. You would be gilding the lilly. It's as good as you'll get with that general style of guitar.

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    To hijack for a moment with a tangental info request, what are the dimensions for the Golden Eagle? The Heritage site does not currently seem to list these specs (in an obvious place at least). Specifically, I am curious about rim depth and body length—I know the bout is 17".

    Thanks in advance.

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    Here is a link that lists the specification (and the price of a new one). The old website use to have this information.

    Heritage Golden Eagle | Guitars 'n Jazz



    Quote Originally Posted by skittles
    To hijack for a moment with a tangental info request, what are the dimensions for the Golden Eagle? The Heritage site does not currently seem to list these specs (in an obvious place at least). Specifically, I am curious about rim depth and body length—I know the bout is 17".

    Thanks in advance.

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    The pics make it look maybe a little brighter red than what I saw in person. It's cherry, but it's not candy apple bright. It's the standard Gibson translucent cherry.

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    The body dimensions of the Golden Eagle are much like the L-5, with the notable exceptions that the rim depth is only 3" and the body length is 20-1/4", not 21".

    This is noticeable in hand. The Golden Eagle feels _much_ more comfortable in your arms than does the L-5. It scarcely seems to be a 17" guitar.

    Owing to the 3" by 20-1/4" dimensions, the 18" Super Eagle also seems to be much less of an armful than does the Super Eagle.

    FWIW. (All four guitars are excellent archtops.)

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    Thanks for the sourcing/details on the specs. I've not yet had an opportunity to try an Eagle but hope to set that right sometime soon, especially due to the slightly smaller dimensions.

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    A while ago, Mike and I made a deal. If I ever got tired of the HJS18, he gets it back. I didn’t think it would ever happen. My plan was to die with that guitar. The HJS18 was, still is and probably will always be -- the best guitar I’ve ever played. It was everything I ever wanted in a guitar. I always wanted it to work for me. And after I “Joe’d” it all up, it really did.
    But as my life went on my fun money thinned out, Bills and some of my other interests needed some of it. So I called Mike and told him I was thinking of parting with the HJS18. We worked out a deal where we swapped the 165 (I sold him back in December), plus some cash for the HJS18.
    For some reason (might have been one of my posts here..), it didn’t sit well with Mike that I would be with only one guitar going forward. So a couple of weeks ago (totally out of the blue) I get a text from him that said, “Joe, I’m gonna loan you the Wineburst for a while. It has a chunky neck just like your 165..” I said, your gonna what? He basically told me to shut up and just play the hell out it.. No strings attached. Its going back to New Jersey where it belongs.
    So, on loan from the Hale Guitar Collection, here is the famous Wineburst..

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    When I received the Guitar it was apparent to me that it was basically never played. Patrick had A LOT of guitars. He was more of a collector than a player. This one, wasn’t even broken in. You can feel it on a new guitar. So I took off the strings, the pickguard and the pickup, the knobs and the tailpiece and got my Porter Cable out and started polishing. I used Sonax Final Polish as a one step and it brought the finish back to life. The Super Rotomatic tuners were oxidized so I polished them up good. The heads were very loose, so I tightened them. The gold plating on the Finger tailpiece and pickup cover was in great shape. Speaking of the pickup, this pickup was a Gibson pickup that Ronaldo gave to Patrick years ago. It has the infamous patent number 2737842 stamped into the back plate which was the patent number for Gibsons’ wraparound tailpiece!?! Apparently, Gibson used that Patent number as a deterrent for other pickup makers so they would not try and copy the pickup design. Nonetheless, it’s a nice Humbucker that sounds like the offspring of a 57 Classic and a T-Top. Pretty powerful and well defined from top to bottom. I love Gibson pickups, so this one suits me fine.

    The top is thin and the bracing is shaped like a wide X, to allow for placement of the routed humbucker in the neck position. The acoustic sound with George Benson 13’s is amazing. It is much louder than the 3” depth should project. So far, the sound is completely well balanced across the entire neck. Speaking of the neck, its not chunky at all. But the neck heal is obstacle big like my 165, which is no doubt why I have both of these guitars. Lets face it, I am a chord melody player at this stage and playing solos an octave up the neck is something I do very infrequently. So it doesn’t bother me at all.

    I look forward to exploring the possibilities of this guitar. It has sat idle for too long and it deserves to be played. Patrick said this Guitar was made in 2012 for a recording artist who couldn’t pay for it. That’s a shame for such a high quality instrument. In the coming month I will post a Video (or 2, yeah you know me), but for now I have some adapting to do and I wont do a disservice to this guitar by just throwing something together. Stay tuned..
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    Looking good Joe
    Get it to Ronaldo have him take care of that tailrise, I’ll pay for the work.

    Big

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    What a forum this is! Have fun, Joe.

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    Congrats Joe - I love the color. BigMike is a generous man with a big heart.

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    This thread made my morning.

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    That is SO "my kind of guitar." Just perfect.

    What a cool deal. Mike's a good guy, big heart.

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    Now not to make waves but this didn't go down quite like Joe said: I believe I texted him something more like

    Shut the fuck up Joe, I'm sending it...


    LOL
    (got a few of ya there for a second huh ???)

    A lot of times Joe was talking about how he wanted a L5, or a WesMo specifically. No matter what we have we ALL got something we want. This place foments serious GAS for sure.

    When I had that Wineburst here back in 2016 I looked at it and thought, sheesh if that ain't a Heritage WesMo I don't know what is. It is a lovely guitar and I know Joe will make incredible music with it... It does my heart good to see him getting so excited over it. I know Patrick and Fran Amato will be smiling too...

    Big

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    Well done...Big Mike and Joe!!!