The Heritage - Help Please!!!

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  1. nickreynolds

    nickreynolds Member

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    Hello,

    Does anyone know how I can tell what kind of pickups are in my Heritage H-555? Should I pull them out and look on the back or what?

    thank you
    Nick
     
  2. hubberjub

    hubberjub Silver Supporting Member

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    What year is it? They used mostly Schaller pickups untill fairly recently.
     
  3. nickreynolds

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    I don't know what year it is, how would I tell if they are HRWs?

    thanks
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  4. nickreynolds

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    Also, will it help to remove the pickup and will it say anything?
     
  5. vbjamin

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    Send Heritage an email with the serial number of the guitar. I did that and got the info toot suite.
     
  6. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Heritage uses a number of different pickups:
    Schallers
    Duncan '59s
    Duncan Seth Lovers
    Duncan Antiquities
    HRWs,
    Custom orders
    Etc.
    I've been told that the guitars with the HRWs have a dot on the tip of the toggle switch. Not sure how accurate that info is, but my 535 that came with HRWs has the dot.
     
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    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Gold Supporting Member

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  8. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Another thing to check for; do they have two height adjustment screws or four? The Schallers and HRWs both have four adjustment screws - two on either side.
     
  9. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    If the mounting ring has two adjustment screws on each side then they would be Schallers.
     
  10. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Gold Supporting Member

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    Or HRWs.
     
  11. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    True. HRW's are actually rewound Schallers done by Rendall. I believe the switch tip info is correct for guitars with the HRW's. My '99 H555 came with Schallers. I recently went with Duncan Seth Lovers.
     
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    For the year, go the the heritage website; there is a page for dating your instrument.

    If you remove the p'ups and can't tell the make, send them an email w/ a pic and Ren will ID them from that.
     
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    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    What's the letter prefix before the numbers?
     
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    A dot on the switch tip denotes HRW's.
     
  15. cruster

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    If your guitar is stock, they're likely to be Schallers. If you have a dot on the switch tip (white dot on a black tip, black dot on a cream tip) you should have HRWs (which are either Schallers rewound by Ren Wall, or Schallers built to Ren Wall's specifications).

    The problem with making an absolute statement like "the H555 has Schallers" is that Heritage is very willing to build just about anything the customer wants. So, it's possible that any specific guitar could have been built with non-"standard" components. Another issue is that, if you aren't the first owner, someone along the line could have swapped them out for something different.

    I'd start with checking the number of adjusting screws (four screws are almost certainly going to be Schaller or HRW) and then go from there. You should check out the Heritage board. Make sure you post pictures, though; those guys are crazy for Heritage pics. ;)

    Good luck!
     

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