NGD ...or refin I just got back . Heritage 80 flame top

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  1. Caretaker

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    Old Heritage 80.
    It had a finish that faded to what I can only describe as Alpoburst.
    I just couldn`t live with it.
    I never did a NGD when I got it so i`ll do it now.
    It`s heavy, over 9 lbs.
    Slightly smaller neck than I like but it`s comfy.
    Great flame.
    Great board.
    It now has Fralin Pure PAFs.
    Tone wise the cleans are pure blues.
    First thing I played(out of respect) when I plugged it in today was Breakdown by Tom Petty(RIP)
    The tone was absolutely spot on.
    Then some Page, the cleans from What is and What Should Never Be. Again, spot on.
    Then Queen`s Crazy Little Thing Called Love. A little thicker sounding than May(he played it on a strat) but it was pretty close.

    Now for some gain.
    Some Gary Moore blues, Some very loud Kossoff and Metallica`s Jump in the Fire(one of my fav solos, EVER).
    Then I played along with my 2 "go to" tracks for tone.
    Rock Bottom from Strangers in the night and finally Dire Straits Brothers in Arms.
    Not one note I wasn`t happy with. All played through a Marshall SL5.

    Photos to follow in a bit.
     
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    Almost forgot, a HUUUUUUUGE thank you to Jim(Mr Beef) for the first class refin/aging job.
     
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    20171005_112806.jpg

    I love the new look!!!
     
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    Thanks for the pics Fred.
     
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    Your very welcome! I think your refin looks awesome! I remember what it looked like before and it doesn't even compare to how it looks now...wow! I love it!

    If it sounds half as nice as it looks, you have a killer keeper! Enjoy!
     
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    that is so Badass!

    But unless it is WAY over 9lbs. it is light for the time.
     
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    It is probably closer to 10. I just said 9 because I know it is at LEAST that.
    Also, I can not stress how impressed I am with the finish Jim did.
    It was a pleasure to play before but now it feels like an old friend. Like it was meant for ME.
     
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    It is probably closer to 10. I just said 9 because I know it is at LEAST that.
    Also, I can not stress how impressed I am with the finish Jim did.
    It was a pleasure to play before but now it feels like an old friend. Like it was meant for ME.
     
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    Old guitar newly finished then made to look old again... the mind reels. Personally, I'm a big fan of improving the instrument, and your guys really accomplished that. Leaving something stock just because that's how it was is a widely held view, and certainly as legit an opinion as mine, but I just love to see things improved when possible. Your guitar is spectacular, and the weight comes with the territory. I'm an old guy with an iffy back, but even so find even heavy guitars to be no big deal -- no issue whatsoever. Let's remember that when these were made, the weight = sustain view was quite prevalent. So while some definitely avoid these hefty guitars, weight is not necessarily an issue for many. I would love, love, love to have this guitar. It's a great specimen!
     
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    Looks great...absolutely beautiful!! :thumb: Congrats!

    Looks like the original frets.
     
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    Thanks guys. Yes, original frets, pots/caps and all hardware except tuners and switch tip.
    Pickups were gone when I got it. It now has a old(original run, unmarked) Fralin Pure PAFs.
     
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    When finances permit(WAY down the road) I`d like to find a period correct case. As much as I hate them, lol, this should have a chainsaw.
     
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    had a few of those back in the 80's . They were pretty dam good LP s. I still would rather have one of those than alot of the LPs made today . weights were reasonable for the period and i was alot younger , so i don't recall complaining . Im spoiled now though. ....and old as dirt
     
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    The weight isn`t bad. I play mostly clean blues and sitting down so nothing to complain about.
     
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    Is there a before picture?
     

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