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This guitar manufacturer was founded in 1985 by former employees of the Gibson factory. In the early 1980s, Gibson had to deal with excessive production capacity and, as a result, closed its historic Parsons Street factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to move its production to its factory in Nashville, Tennessee.
The employees who did not agree with this decision and move with their families to Tennessee, began producing guitars under a new name: Heritage.
Without going any further, this name does not pretend to be anything other than a claim for its tradition and passion for making guitars.
The first guitar that Heritage released was the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar, which premiered at the 1985 NAMM show in New Orleans. And, although initially the Heritage line consisted of electric and acoustic guitars, electric basses, mandolins and a banjo, finally, adapting to its demand, it was reduced only to electric guitars: Heritage decided to focus exclusively on the manufacture of the best hollow, semi-hollow and solid electric guitars in the world.
Today, Heritage is a boutique manufacturer in the line of large companies such as PRS and Gibson, but with a much smaller production.
Heritage guitars are manufactured without the use of CNC machines to work the wood, using a crude carving machine, built by the original employees.
Some of the famous endorsers that Heritage has counted on over the years are jazz guitarist Johnny Smith, jazz producer and guitarist Henry Johnson, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, two-time Grammy nominee David Becker, country musician Roy Clark, jazz guitarist Mimi Fox and guitarist Kenny Burrell.