THE NEW 2021 HERITAGE CUSTOM CORE H150...DEEP THOUGHTS

brentrocks

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I was fortunate to find this 2021 Custom Core H150 used....I'm so glad i did. I have gone through this guitar inside and out...played it plugged and unplugged, and I'm going to give you my honest and complete review of this new model from the Heritage Custom Shop.


PRESENTATION...


I was impressed with Heritage's attempt to make this a "special" model. The case is VERY nice and heavy duty. The bound certificate is a nice touch as well. I also found the CS keychain a nice touch. A lot of these pleasantries, somewhat mirror the Gibson CS...like the sticker on the pick guard....but considering that this model is going head to head with the Gibson CS R9, I can see the reasoning.

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FIT AND FINISH...


I have to say this was the most surprising part of this guitar, to me. The finish on the guitar is like a lightly aged/overly polish swirled....I would call it a close comparison to the VOS finish on CS Les Pauls. Its gloss...but not completely gloss. It caught me off guard...I was expecting a super glossy, super shiny finish. Nicely aged binding...looks like smoky bar binding. All of the routes, holes, attached pieces and parts all fit right and look great. Neck joint and neck pitch are perfect. The bone nut is cut perfectly!

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PARTS AND ELECTRONICS....

From what I'm seeing, it look like Heritage used all premium parts on these CC 150s. CTS pots, Orange drop caps, Switchcraft toggle and jack, Tonepros bridge, lightweight aluminum tailpiece and all vintage style braided wiring. I'm not sure what band the HERITAGE stamped tuners are...they seem to be ok, although, the D and G tuner nuts are striped out on my guitar (wont tighten down to the headstock) I'll have to email Heritage and see if they will send me a couple replacements.

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THE WOODS...


Typical LP construction. One piece mahogany body and neck. Highly figured maple top. Rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl traps. The headstock has an inlaid veneer with the Heritage logo. I cant believe how light this guitar is!!!! Just under 8 1/2 lbs! Its lighter than my 2020 H150 Standard.

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NECK CARVE....


Heritage really nailed the necks on these! Its a rounded C shape which measures .895 at the first fret and .982 at the 12th fret with a moderate amount of shoulder. Not baseball bat-ish. I find it very comfortable...its very similar to the neck on my 2017 Heritage 535 custom.





SETUP AND PLAYABILITY...


This H150 is PLEKed...all new Heritages are now. So, I was expecting a low action with minimal neck relief. Well, I got it!!! I use 10-46 gauge strings. The Custom Core 150 sets up with a super low action which makes it play like butter all the way up the neck!! Almost effortless chording and wonderful sustain.





TONE....


Heritage is putting their own 225 Parson Street Pickups in these Custom Core models. I'm not sure who winds these...I'm guessing someone in the Kalamazoo local? The 225 pickups remind me of a cross between a CS Duncan 59 and Seth Lover. The Bridge pickup tone is crisp and articulate. Great note definition. Not ice-picky. The neck pickups tone is very warm and creamy. Also very articulate. Very fat when pushed with some moderate OD. Overall, I feel the tone of this guitar is right up there with some of the best Les Pauls I have owned. I'm probably gonna try some different pickups in it, just because, thats what i do...lol. But out of the box....The Custom Core H150 sounds fantastic!

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PUTTING A BOW ON IT....


I can honestly say I'm very impressed with what Heritage has done with the Custom Core H150. Heritage has shown, with this model that they can play with the big boys. I'm not out to start a HERITAGE VS GIBSON DEBATE....NO!!! Its all personal preference. You want a CS Gibby, buy a Gibby. You want a Kalamazoo made CS LP...buy the Heritage....its that simple!!! I honestly think the Custom Core H150 and the Gibby Custom Shop R9 are of equaly quality and playability. (i know im gonna catch a lot of flack for that statement) The street price on the Custom Core H150 (non artisan aged) is $3799. Artisan Aged $4299. If you are looking for a top shelf Les Paul, made in Kalamazoo, Michigan....the Heritage Custom Core H150 is your guitar!!!
 

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Sweet Heritage, very consistent guitars! I think I've played only one in that past that was just "good". Great top on that one!
 

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Made a few small mods to it last night. The Heritage tuners were crap and did not tighten down to the headstock very well. (2 of the 6 were stripped out) I’m a fan of locking tuners anyway.

The 225 pickups were good, but I had a set of double cream THROBAK ER customs that I thought would be a good match for this guitar…I was right, they sound FABULOUS!!!

Also, I went with a traditional pick guard, poker chip and truss rod cover.

…and a HRW switch tip as a little tip of the hat to the “good ol days” of Heritage.

https://flic.kr/p/2mm7w2a https://flic.kr/p/2mma6WS https://flic.kr/p/2mmbfi5 https://flic.kr/p/2mm2npj
 

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Made a few small mods to it last night. The Heritage tuners were crap and did not tighten down to the headstock very well. (2 of the 6 were stripped out) I’m a fan of locking tuners anyway.

The 225 pickups were good, but I had a set of double cream THROBAK ER customs that I thought would be a good match for this guitar…I was right, they sound FABULOUS!!!

Also, I went with a traditional pick guard, poker chip and truss rod cover.

…and a HRW switch tip as a little tip of the hat to the “good ol days” of Heritage.

https://flic.kr/p/2mm7w2a https://flic.kr/p/2mma6WS https://flic.kr/p/2mmbfi5 https://flic.kr/p/2mm2npj
It amazes me how much that pickguard and poker chip make it look more "right" to me - I'd love to own a Heritage one day but they usually look a little uncanny valley to me or something, but man that looks sharp now. Congrats!
 

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It amazes me how much that pickguard and poker chip make it look more "right" to me - I'd love to own a Heritage one day but they usually look a little uncanny valley to me or something, but man that looks sharp now. Congrats!
I like to accessorize my H150s that way. I always have.
 

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I like to accessorize my H150s that way. I always have.
I don't blame you - they seem like great guitars but the "almost there" look has always turned me off, I might have to pick one up and do the same at some point - and I do love the double creams too.
 


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