This beauty is a “one-off” custom Heritage, made for an employee. The label is hand signed by 3 of the original Heritage owners and a long time employee Ren Wall. It was recently setup by Elderly Instruments and it plays great. NOT your Grandfather’s 516, this one is loaded with custom features, including:
-Candy Apple Red finish with cream color binding
-Thinner body with 1 5/8” rim depth, 16” lower bout, partial internal center block
-Bound f holes, bound neck
-Trapezoid inlays on a dark Indian Rosewood fingerboard. 22 medium jumbo frets & medium neck carve
-1-11/16th nut width, Bone nut, 24.75” scale, 12” radius
-Vintage type Bigsby. Stop bar holes filled with M.O.Pearl inlays. Low friction roller bridge (correct for Bigsby)
-Seymour Duncan 59 humbuckers (see description below)
-Knurled metal knobs
-Grover Rotomatic tuners
-REAL Nitro clear coats
-Factory hardshell case with key & hang tag
Condition- almost no fret wear showing, 1 small ding in the back at the rim- NOT through the finish, some very minimal swirl marks & scratches into the lacquer in the back BUT very minimal. This Heritage is very close to mint. It’s very “custom”…very beautiful and mega fun to play. So beautifully crafted in the historic Parsons Street shop in old Kalamazoo.
From the Duncan site:
Humbucker set consisting of our 59 Model neck & bridge delivers warm, full, P.A.F. style tone to any dual humbucker instrument.
While these vintage style coils give the 59 Model humbuckers an airy quality that keeps them planted firmly in the P.A.F. family, the alnico 5 bar magnet, and vacuum wax potting have been added to compensate for lighter guitar strings and louder amplifiers than were ever used in the 50s. The result is a pickup with tons of old-school tonal character, but with a brighter top end, and a more compressed sound. The 59s are great for all types of rock and blues. In addition to the alnico 5 magnet and wax potting, we hand build the 59 Model with a variety of traditional vintage treatments, such as 42AWG plain enamel mag wire, long legged nickel silver bottom plate, vintage single-conductor braided push-back lead wire, and no logo. As with all of our P.A.F. style pickups, the 59 Model is wound on Seymour’s old Leesona winder from the early Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, MI….where this custom Heritage was built.
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2875 Jupiter Park Dr Ste 400, Jupiter, FL 33458
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