The first thing that hits you when you see this thing is just how beautiful it is. The Heritage Company sure knows how to make a pretty guitar. The Heritage H535 a thin semi-hollow with a mahogany neck and single ply binding around the body, the finger board and the headstock, which is fitted with Grover Imperial tuners. The guitar has Schaller pickups, that are hot. I would choose a lower output PAF style pickup myself, but whatever. These pickups need to be lowered to get any nuance. The guitar tends towards the bright end of the spectrum.
The neck is a shallow “C” shape. I could get a decent blues sound out of it. The guitar is pretty, but the sound can be quite dirty. By backing off a little on the attack you can still get those ringing 60’s folk rock sounds too, which is a plus.
The guitar is pretty, but the sound can be quite dirty. By backing off a little on the attack you can still get those ringing 60’s folk rock sounds too, which is a plus.
Heritage builds some of the prettiest guitars around and this H-170 is no exception. The cherry sunburst has a nice aged center with plenty of MoJo. This guitar has a thin mahogany body, making it light and easy to wear. The double cutaways give you access to all the frets. Nice. The neck is mahogany with a shallow “C” shape. If you’ve played Gibson guitars, then the neck of this Heritage H-170 will be immediately familiar. There are two volumes and one tone control with a three way pickup selector. The unbound finger board is rosewood, again with very nice figuring. I found that the edges were somewhat sharp though. The pickups are Schallers. You can spot the Schaller humbucking pickups by their two adjusting screws. The combination of those pickups and the lightness of the body give this guitar a real cutting sound. Very bright. This is not a bad thing in a band where you are trying to be heard over the bass and drums, it just is what it is. Not really a blues guitar in my opinion. If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.
If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.