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

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Thanks for making this thread; I was about to post one asking about the Custom Core H-150 and I'm glad I did the "Search" first. You answered pretty much everything I wanted to know about the guitar.

I've developed some serious GAS for one of these but can't find one to try anywhere. That dirty lemon finish is gorgeous and I feel like trying one out will either cure the GAS or send me over the top to pull the trigger.

And thanks for making the quality comparison with the Gibson CS. Once I read that Edwin Wilson was heavily involved in designing the Custom Core line for Heritage, and saw the price point compared to Gibson Custom Shop RI guitars, I became even more curious about how the quality would compare. A new one of these would still be less than most recent (last 3 years) used R9's, and doesn't appear to be a major compromise.
 

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Thanks for making this thread; I was about to post one asking about the Custom Core H-150 and I'm glad I did the "Search" first. You answered pretty much everything I wanted to know about the guitar.

I've developed some serious GAS for one of these but can't find one to try anywhere. That dirty lemon finish is gorgeous and I feel like trying one out will either cure the GAS or send me over the top to pull the trigger.

And thanks for making the quality comparison with the Gibson CS. Once I read that Edwin Wilson was heavily involved in designing the Custom Core line for Heritage, and saw the price point compared to Gibson Custom Shop RI guitars, I became even more curious about how the quality would compare. A new one of these would still be less than most recent (last 3 years) used R9's, and doesn't appear to be a major compromise.
You are very welcome!! I’m glad I could help.
 

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That's a bitchin guitar and I hope you have many years of enjoyment out of it. But if this were a Gibson Custom Shop guitar with stripped out tuners on it there would be pages of hate on Gibson QC.
 

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That's a bitchin guitar and I hope you have many years of enjoyment out of it. But if this were a Gibson Custom Shop guitar with stripped out tuners on it there would be pages of hate on Gibson QC.
Yeah, with all the attention to detail that the Heritage CS apparently put into this guitar, it's very surprising that stripped tuners made it out the door. I would definitely be annoyed spending $3,700 on a guitar and finding two stripped tuners.

In all fairness though, I would definitely be even more annoyed if I had spent twice that amount on a comparable Gibson RI and still found QC problems. The extra $3,800 for the Gibson should at LEAST buy me that, no?
 

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Yeah, with all the attention to detail that the Heritage CS apparently put into this guitar, it's very surprising that stripped tuners made it out the door. I would definitely be annoyed spending $3,700 on a guitar and finding two stripped tuners.

In all fairness though, I would definitely be even more annoyed if I had spent twice that amount on a comparable Gibson RI and still found QC problems. The extra $3,800 for the Gibson should at LEAST buy me that, no?
Attention to detail should be expected on any expensive guitar.
 

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Attention to detail should be expected on any expensive guitar.
Agreed; it's the least any consumer spending multiple thousands of dollars on an instrument should be able to expect. This McCarty .594 in the case sitting a few feet from me on the other hand... flawless right out of the box (I guess at least one American guitar maker is doing it right... hahaaaaa; I kiiiid, I kiiiid).
 

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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!!!
I've wanted a Heritage Les Paul Special forever. I'm not in the league that needs to spend that amount of money on an instrument , as I need to spend more time in the woodshed.
 

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Brent that is a beast. I bought an H-150 about five or six years ago on here from Frank that looked almost identical to that. Killer guitar. It's the best top I've ever owned and I've had/have some monster tops. I just couldn't do the headstock. It's a bit shallow thinking looking back.

They make a great axe. I'd love to play one of their custom shop guitars. Congrats buddy.

I just bought a brand new.....Telecaster. Wrong forum for that excitement lol.
 


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