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Limited Edition Guitar Page
(Millennium Limited Edition "Les Paul sized" guitars are sometimes referred to as a "Heritage Millie")
Have you ever felt something made of the softest silk?
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You could be just another face in the music crowd and play what everyone else plays
one of those mass-produced "custom" guitars bought off the shelf
or you may even play a guitar where computer-controlled lasers have replaced humans
(with proud job-cutting smiles from the bosses)
You could be privileged enough to play a Heritage
guitar where, like a
high end Martin,
Woody playing his Martin
D-45k at a Franktown, Colorado Gospel bluegrass gathering.
CLICK HERE or on the picture to see more about this great high-end acoustic guitar.
Consider that, with a few
exceptions, the larger mass-retailers
A manufacturer that can build large numbers of instruments infers
Life is full of choices and I chose to sell off
my Gibson EDS-1275 and Fender Strat
to settle on this one fantastic instrument.
Heritage guitars are commonly built using hand-picked Michigan Curly Maple (CM) exotic woods.
QUICK HERITAGE OVERVIEW
In 1984 a major guitar manufacturer left the city of it's birth
and moved their business from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Nashville, Tennessee.
Some of the original craftsmen stayed right in the same 1917-era building
at 225 Parsons Street and continued building hand-made "custom shop quality" guitars.
A significant collection of the original guitar-making equipment was bought
by those luthiers from that company when it moved away.
Most of those vintage tools are still in use today.
Those guitars, known as The Heritage of Kalamazoo, are some of the best in the business.
Heritage employs, trains and mentors some of the finest luthiers anywhere.
Click on the picture above to see the outfit
that chucked off it's hometown for the glitter of the big city
|Having had the
unique ability to be tutored by some of the most seasoned guitar
professionals anywhere in North America,
the master luthiers now at Heritage have become some of the best in the industry.
The founders of Heritage, some with well over 50 years of guitar-making experience, continue to grow the Heritage luthiers as few others could ever do.
Les Paul Recording dates to 1973 and was built in this same
I no longer own any Gibson guitars
built in Tennessee or Montana.
For those that say Heritage is a knock-off of the
I would say:
"Child, you've got it backwards."
Sunburst" Heritage Millennium Limited
with an original hard shell case and
a USA-made Bigsby B5 vibrato (tremolo) bar
This guitar, sequence number 003, was the first of the
Heritage Millennium Limited Edition series
produced for general sale (2000-2001).
According to Jay Wolfe of Wolfe Guitars in April, 2010 - the original music store that sold this instrument -
Heritage had told him that guitars sequence numbered 001 and 002 were pre-production prototypes and were never sold.
Although unconfirmed, it appears that Jay may have these two prototypes as I did not see them in the Heritage prototype room.
Can anyone help confirm that?
SN: Q31403 The third guitar built on Monday February 21, 2000
SN Q31403 Q = 2000
366-314=52nd day of 2000 (Leap Year = Feb 21, 2000)
03=The third guitar completed on this date
BELOW LEFT: Inside guitar reads: "Millennium Ltd Edit CNSB - First regular production model"
CNSB = "Chestnut Sunburst"
ABOVE RIGHT: The guitar was originally offered for sale by
Heritage dealer Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter, Florida (Wolfe's current Heritage inventory).
Apparently the two original Limited Edition "prototypes"
may be in Jay Wolfe's private collection.
Is anyone able to confirm that?
Above left: Documentation for the 2000 Millennium Limited Edition
Above right: Documentation for the 2001 Millennium Limited Edition
Below: Gibson has also offered a similar setup over the years
Do you have a
picture of you with your Heritage Millennium Limited Edition
guitar that you can email me?
Do you know of someone that has one? Ask them to email me.
Also - if you have one - what number in the series is it, what year (Q or P) and where do you live?
Below: In late February, 2000 Heritage craftsman (Russell)
displays handiwork on a newly completed
Heritage Millennium Limited Edition (2000) guitar.
Below: After the 2010 PSP3 Woody admired a brand new
Heritage Millennium Ultra STD series guitar.
Construction of the current Ultra STD model maps almost exactly to the Millie
and is highly recommended.
Some lucky buyer was certainly smiling ear-to-ear when this one was taken home.
Above Left: Woody's wife, Lorelei, with Ren outside the Heritage factory
Above Right: Visitors to the Heritage factory look over Woody's guitar as he prepared to head home to Colorado.
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