Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by blueroommusic, Aug 29, 2006.
Can anyone give me some feedback on Heatley Tradition guitars?
Heatley's are just pretty darn nice instruments.
There aren't many opportunites to get your hands on one other than waiting in line but having had the opportunity to own one, I can only say they are top shelf stuff.
Tony - Glad you like it!!
I hope all is well - I miss it.
For reference I have a JG, DeTemple, Stevens and Tyler. I've owned virtually everything. I think they are wonderful. I have a very special one with an unreal top and many upgrades. It is the thickest sounding guitar I've owned. Do not hesitate to get one.
I could not be happier with mine. It is hands down the best LP style guitar I've ever played. As I've said before, it has all of the things I love about LPs and none of the shortcomings. Killer in every way. And Scott is a peach--truly a pleasure to work with.
When I pick my Jaw up off the floor I'll tell you what I think of that beauty!!
I have 2 Heatley`s on order. Once you play one your hooked. If I thought there was a better guitar out there I`d buy it . I did my homework played what I could and Heatleys blow them away. He is in his own league IMHO. My wait time on order was a year,only 7 months to go.If you get a chance to buy one grab it. Scott`s a great guy. Drool zone; heatleyguitars.com
Scott is a unique talent, good guy too. The tele he built me will probably be my main single coil type guitar for life. I've had it long enough now to know that it won't soon be replaced, if ever.
i can't wait till my first heatley arrives..it's getting close
Scott's been an absolute pleasure to work with like everyone
has already stated and very accommodating to my wacky
electric nylon string tele concept..i'm sure he had to do
extra research since he's never done one before.he could
have easily have said "try Sadowsky" but he seemed very excited
about taking on the challenge
i have no doubt..he'll nail it!!
I have owned a Tradition (now up in the NE w/Tony). I was fortunate to trade for a T style Heatley. It is on of two guitars that I grab on a daily basis. The neck is just perfect!! It is also chambered w/his talon F hole - sounds better than most accoustics. I am also fortunate to have a limba standard on order - we are still wrestling with finding the right maple cap for it. Bottom line - Scott has been a great guy to work with in my opinion. He always responds to my questions and his attention to detail is way up there.
That is a beauty!
Did Scott use the '50s celluloid material for the inlays on yours? Is it the LP thickness? Scale length?
Do tell us more han! I actually printed that one out for my HALL of Fame wall around the PC ! Quite an honor my friend! :AOK
There's a bunch more pics of my guitar here: http://www.heatleyguitars.com/Jeffstrad.htm
Here are some specs:
-- Western Maple top (quartersawn)
-- Mahogany body (2 piece, quartersawn)
-- Mahogany neck (quartersawn)
-- Braz. Rosewood board
-- MOP inlays (have this wonderful yellowish aged look to them)
-- 24.625" scale
-- Nitro finish
-- Wolfetone pickups
The body is as thick as a LP, but the top is 3/4" (I think LP tops are only 1/2" thick)...weighs a bit under 9lbs. It looks great, plays great, and sounds great. Definitely my desert island guitar.
i love that guitar. :AOK
B-E-A-U-Tiful!! Seriously one of my fave guitars I've seen in a long while.
Grab mine while you're down there - WOW!
I don't have a Heatley Tradition, but I do have a Standard, a T, and a custom 7-string.
You just can't beat Heatley.
What's more, his axes just feel so substantial in your hands. Nothing flimsy in there.
My three are absolute monsters.
By way of comparison I own/have owned Hubers, Bakers, McNaught, Suhr, Hamer, etc... The Heatly Tradition I owned was every bit as well made as these others and sounded absolutely killer. I sold it because I purchased it used and the previous owner speced out a V shaped neck that just didn't agree with me. Everything about that guitar was spectacular, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if I were in the market for a LP style guitar.
+1 to that!
I am the happy owner of the Rosewood Hollow that Scott carved for me a couple years ago. Awesome guitar, rock solid, sounds incredible.
You just can't go wrong with a Heatley.
ditto, my Tradition has answered my "perfect LP" dreams - - >