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    This Golden Eagle appears like a stunning example of a Heritage archtop. It’s fit and finish are unlike any of the 7 GE’s I’ve previously owned.


    It appears even nicer in person than in pictures. Everything about the guitar appears that yes, it is a personal guitar previously from Jay Wolfe’s collection.

    The finish itself is the first thing to jump out at you. It’s dark, yet not so much as to hide the fine woods used in its build. The wood grain would be classified as tight. There is bear claw in the tops finish. The guitars Maple is some of the best I've owned.



    The neck is the fullest of any of my previous combined 15 Super or Golden Eagles. It’s very comfortable and simply a breeze to play. The action is very low yet every note rings out through effortless playing.


    The surprising thing about this guitar is that while it has a single routed humbucker the guitar has a rather prominent acoustic voice.


    The guitar also has what is likely the final bridge base featuring flying Eagles embedded into the base that was offered by a Kalamazoo guitar shop.


    The bridge too is a very solid fit. The guitar finer elements are such they appear to signify Heritage pulled out the stops on this guitar. Even the Heritage inlays, the Eagles tree landing, and Cloud fret markers are of fine abalone.

    I've not purchased an arch top in over 5 years. As Heritage prices have increased, I could not resist the availability of this arch top.
















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    Beautiful! The grain pattern on the back is enough to induce seasickness.

    But...no front view of the headstock. I assume it's bound? Classy look IMO.

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    @2B: Congratulations on yet another beautiful Heritage archtop!

    And as usual, your photo skills highlight an already gorgeous instrument's features. Amazing! What is the color code on the inside label? OSB?

    Play it in good health.

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    I recognize that one! Love it!
    Lots of Heritage Henry Johnson DNA in that one.
    And you take much better pix than Marty, ha!
    Last edited by Hammertone; 03-09-2021 at 07:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff
    Beautiful! The grain pattern on the back is enough to induce seasickness.

    But...no front view of the headstock. I assume it's bound? Classy look IMO.
    For sure!

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    Very nice 2B would love to own one!!!

    By the way, that is some of the nicest guitar porn I've seen in awhile, whoa Nellie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitfiddler
    @2B: Congratulations on yet another beautiful Heritage archtop!

    And as usual, your photo skills highlight an already gorgeous instrument's features. Amazing! What is the color code on the inside label? OSB?

    Play it in good health.
    Thanks Git! It says: DARK ALSB

    But in some angles, or from a distance, it appears to have a dark wine tint. Striking finish for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESCC
    Very nice 2B would love to own one!!!

    By the way, that is some of the nicest guitar porn I've seen in awhile, whoa Nellie.
    Thanks ESCC. I wasn't in the mood for shooting hence the few number of pics. I'm rusty!

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    @B, what year GE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESCC
    @B, what year GE?
    2010. The use of the ebony Schallers were spot on too.

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    Oh, and thanks to the good Dr. for the sell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    I recognize that one! Love it!
    Lots of Heritage Henry Johnson DNA in that one.
    And you take much better pix than Marty, ha!
    And the Super Patrick is about 1/2 wider! Hey, Marty does pretty good with an iPhone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Thanks Git! It says: DARK ALSB

    But in some angles, or from a distance, it appears to have a dark wine tint. Striking finish for sure.
    Dark ALSB = "Dark Almond Sun Burst"...That is so beautiful!

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    Wow beauty and I normally do not like sharp cutaways but this one is great enjoy!

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    A few more pics...














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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    And the Super Patrick is about 1/2 wider! Hey, Marty does pretty good with an iPhone!
    And it's X-braced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    And it's X-braced.
    This GE is X-braced as well. And if I recall correctly the SP has a healthy amount of bear claw.

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    Greg, she is a beauty! May she inspire your guitar playing for many years to come (I knew there was a reason you sold your 175!).

    Congrats!

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    2b -
    This guitar is absolutely stunning ....and a smart buy for sure. The top thickness looks just about right as well. Congrats !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    This GE is X-braced as well. And if I recall correctly the SP has a healthy amount of bear claw.
    That interior shot is your guitar!
    Bearclaw? Did someone mention bearclaw? I'll post a better shot to highlight the hazelfichte, but...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    Greg, she is a beauty! May she inspire your guitar playing for many years to come (I knew there was a reason you sold your 175!).

    Congrats!
    Yes, but I didn't want to part with the ES175 either!

    But I wanted a 17" guitar and I'm now a 1 guitar household in retirement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman
    2b -
    This guitar is absolutely stunning ....and a smart buy for sure. The top thickness looks just about right as well. Congrats !
    Thanks QAman! A poor mans Trenier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    That's your guitar!
    Bearclaw? Did someone mention bearclaw? I'll post a better shot to highlight the hazelfichte, but...


    Hey, did you know I nearly traded for your guitar when Mikey had it? True story. But I sold the Heritage JS for $5k back during a time when Heritage JS' weren't going for $5k. It wasn't meant to be. I'm glad it ended up in your hands.

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    A stunning guitar 2B ,the appointments spectacular, Heritage guitars
    are rarely seen on this side of the pond. You snagged a superb model
    here, Congratulations on this acquisition, it would sell in the blink of an
    eye should you ever decide to part with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    A stunning guitar 2B, the appointments spectacular, Heritage guitars
    are rarely seen on this side of the pond. You snagged a superb model
    here, Congratulations on this acquisition, it would sell in the blink of an
    eye should you ever decide to part with it.
    Thanks SF! How ya been holding' up over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Thanks QAman! A poor mans Trenier!
    2b- a great guitar is a great guitar ! Nothing poor man about this instrument- its every bit on par with some of Gibsons best stuff. I have a fabulous guitar collection, that I won't get into here .....and it contains 2 spectacular Heritage guitars. They have such a beautiful jazzy tone........without the heaviness of some recent Gibson's, and I have come to appreciate the acoustic blend with that old world Gibson vibe.

    So happy for you with this buy.....and I just love a good sunburst.

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    l


    Greg,
    Things are slowly improving here, and I shall be able to visit my wife in the care Home
    on Monday next for 20 minutes . for the first time in a year. It has been a tough time
    for her, but she never complains. I am very glad that she is still with us and cheerful.


    Best, Alan

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    ^^^ this breaks my heart like you can’t believe ^^^

    But, 2b I am glad you are back in the mix. It feels like old times again.
    That is a seriously beautiful guitar. I reminds me of the 1st Heritage I ever saw. Back in the mid 80’s. A rep from Heritage was showing off his beauties at the music stores in my area. Patrick told me it wasn’t him. I was at Sweetest Sounds in Lyndhurst with Ed Capuano when the rep opened the case. I got weak in the knees..
    your guitar is really beautiful. It takes a back seat to nothing.
    Thanks 2b and welcome back. Don’t leave us anymore. This is the way it was meant to be.
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    ^^^ this breaks my heart like you can’t believe ^^^

    But, 2b I am glad you are back in the mix. It feels like old times again.
    That is a seriously beautiful guitar. I reminds me of the 1st Heritage I ever saw. Back in the mid 80’s. A rep from Heritage was showing off his beauties at the music stores in my area. Patrick told me it wasn’t him. I was at Sweetest Sounds in Lyndhurst with Ed Capuano when the rep opened the case. I got weak in the knees..
    your guitar is really beautiful. It takes a back seat to nothing.
    Thanks 2b and welcome back. Don’t leave us anymore. This is the way it was meant to be.
    JD
    Thanks JD! It sat, and sat, and sat, just long enough for me to sell a tube audio preamp and amplifier combo to buy it. I wasn't using the amp and preamp anyway, so it was just as well. Moved them on to someone who could use them. Time to use this guitar!

    I remember those early Heritage days on the west coast too! I walked into a music store while on duty in full uniform to sample one. Then of course radio called...duty calls!

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    2B dude the beauty of that guitar and the beauty of your pictures are 1000% equal.
    from an Ibanez fan and ex pro photographer.
    you rule!

    Alan buddy hugs!

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    That magnificent instrument could not have found a better home. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    A stunning show stopper for sure ! I love 17's with a Florentine cut.
    Sweet upgrade from the 175. Congrats Greg. Do enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Hey, did you know I nearly traded for your guitar when Mikey had it? True story. But I sold the Heritage JS for $5k back during a time when Heritage JS' weren't going for $5k. It wasn't meant to be. I'm glad it ended up in your hands.
    Yes, Mike traded it for his American Eagle, with which he is quite enamored, and everyone's favourite Heritage enabler eventually forced me to buy it. Thanks, Doc!
    Fat Tuesday rewlz!

    It does have a larger neck, which I prefer, but which some folks might not like:
    .9063" | 29/32" - 1st Fret
    1.031" | 1 1/32" - 9th fret
    1.094" | 1 3/32" - 10th fret
    1 11/16" - nut width


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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter
    2B dude the beauty of that guitar and the beauty of your pictures are 1000% equal.
    from an Ibanez fan and ex pro photographer.
    you rule!

    Alan buddy hugs!
    Much obliged JK! You’re truly some photographer! I couldn’t carry your lenses, but thanks for the encouragement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    That magnificent instrument could not have found a better home. Congratulations, and play it in good health!
    c74, what a nice thing to say! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    A stunning show stopper for sure ! I love 17's with a Florentine cut.
    Sweet upgrade from the 175. Congrats Greg. Do enjoy.
    Hey Vinny, I was torn because it was such a nice ES175. But I’m a one archtop household so now I’m happy to have a 17” back into the fold. Thank you Vinny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    Yes, Mike traded it for his American Eagle, with which he is quite enamored, and everyone's favourite Heritage enabler eventually forced me to buy it. Thanks, Doc!
    Fat Tuesday rewlz!

    It does have a larger neck, which I prefer, but which some folks might not like:
    .9063" | 29/32" - 1st Fret
    1.031" | 1 1/32" - 9th fret
    1.094" | 1 3/32" - 10th fret
    1 11/16" - nut width

    Whatever happened to Mikey? Sure do miss his ngd’s!

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    Beautiful guitar, 2B, and the photography is spectacular. Enjoy it well!

    John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John A.
    Beautiful guitar, 2B, and the photography is spectacular. Enjoy it well!

    John.
    John A., thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Whatever happened to Mikey? Sure do miss his ngd’s!
    He posts in the archtop groups on facebook now and again.
    Last edited by Hammertone; 03-10-2021 at 02:16 PM.

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    Nothing I don't like about this guitar, what a wonderful acquisition!

    There's been a Sweet 16 for sale at my local shop for over a year now, and if it didn't have the floating pickup, I probably would have brought it home. Even now, a year later, I'm still tempted. Seeing your gorgeous pictures hasn't made that feeling any easier to suppress!

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    Goodness thats beautiful. Perfect amount of "fancy," imho.

    And I've said it before, but it bears repeating-- Heritage's burst are easily on the short list of the world's best, no hyperbole at all.

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    Thank you all for sharing in my ngd! I’m fortunate to get this guitar for sure!

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    Aw 2B thanks nice compliment. I’ll take any help cause I’m not up to carrying lens bags any more lol.

    There is a long thread over at tgp on Heritage, with a lot of people knocking them. Course those are all LP/335 fans, no Archtops mentioned. Let them try that here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSanta
    Nothing I don't like about this guitar, what a wonderful acquisition!
    There's been a Sweet 16 for sale at my local shop for over a year now, and if it didn't have the floating pickup, I probably would have brought it home. Even now, a year later, I'm still tempted. Seeing your gorgeous pictures hasn't made that feeling any easier to suppress!
    So, buy it and install a set-in humbucker - dead easy to do, doesn't hurt the guitar, will make no difference in terms of value, and so forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    So, buy it and install a set-in humbucker - dead easy to do, doesn't hurt the guitar, will make no difference in terms of value, and so forth.
    Better for me to GAS after it versus make another purchase

    This year, no guitar purchases. Focus on my lessons and getting better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    So, buy it and install a set-in humbucker - dead easy to do, doesn't hurt the guitar, will make no difference in terms of value, and so forth.
    Pete Moreno recently did that for me with a Sweet 16. I supplied the pickup. He charged only $100.

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    Congrats Greg! So good to see you post an NGD thread. This one looks like a keeper. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by losaltosjoe
    Congrats Greg! So good to see you post an NGD thread. This one looks like a keeper. Cheers.
    Hey Joe! Thank you very much! Yes it’s been a long time!

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    Now that's a Heritage that finally can compete with a Gibson L-5CES in my world!.
    Larger neck, sharp cutaway, if it was thin line as well I would not be able to sleep!