Why are used Heritage guitars so affordable?

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  1. ugacrow

    ugacrow Member

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    I've only played a handful of 'em in stores, but they seem to be absolutely gorgeous, beautiful sounding, and great feeling.

    How come they're so much cheaper than anything else American made on the used market?

    Or am I just wrong, and they're not that cheap at all?

    Thanks!
     
  2. stratoquack

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    The resale is low because the headstock does not say Gibson or Fender. It's just the world we live in.
    Heritage makes a great instrument and a can really be a steal in the used market.
     
  3. brentrocks

    brentrocks Guitar Hack/Player Gold Supporting Member

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    +1

    you pretty much nailed it
     
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    The headstock shape, lol! Seriously good guitars though.
     
  5. rooster

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    Just be thankful that the resale is low, and pick them up when you can. I've got 3 of them, and wouldn't trade them for anything. The used price is, however, quite a bit higher than it was 3 years ago.

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    Cheap compared to other fine American guitars.

    Seems Heritage guitars are cheaper than other non-Gibson, non-Fender American-made axes, though. E.g., Hamer.

    Am I right about that?
     
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    In my experience with Heritage, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince....

    YMMV
     
  10. Dave Orban

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    That's a direct link to their Gibson heritage. ;)
     
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    I agree that used Heritage guitars are a great deal. They are cheap since they don't have the reputation of Gibson. Definitely try before you buy, as each guitar varies like a Gibson does (weight, cosmetics etc).

    I have seen an increase in visibility, quality, and price of Heritage over the past few years. The Plek machine and other improvements supported by Jay Wolfe and the Heritage crew have been excellent.
     
  12. XKnight

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    For the same reason that G&L are cheap in the used market. They don't have the brand recognition of the big dogs.
     
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    brentrocks Guitar Hack/Player Gold Supporting Member

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    in my experiences I would say the same for Gibson
     
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    This is exactly why G&L resale is lower than it should be.

    Heritage is to Gibson what G&L is to Fender.
     
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    They typically sold for alot less when new. I bought a new H535 from Wolfe's 12 years ago for $1189. I could easily get $1200+ for her today.
     
  17. Boris Bubbanov

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    Did you find that you (and others) paid a lot less than asking price, initially?

    Much obliged.

    *****

    I agree with XKnight's observations. Although Heritage prices had come up over the last few years, they and G + L will now go down before Fender or Gibson. I think Mr. Gruhn's comments earlier suggest this, also.

    So, there's always a few dollars seeking out guitars that must be sold. But these very types of buyers are usually dead set on Fender and Gibson (and Martin) only.

    I agree will gkoelling's comments also, except to say G + L has sold a decent number of guitars in the South. Heritage, unfortunately, is not to my knowledge selling many guitars in my region, and has not. Wolfe's is about the only place with serious inventory down this way, IINM.

    Bubbanov
     
  18. motis1953

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    Wolfe's Heritage guitars eliminate the dorky hardware that used to come on these guitars. They spec great hardware and offer a great selection of Duncan and Lollar pickups in most of the stuff they have.
     
  19. gtrshow

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    Probably the same reason why Heritage amps and Hamer and G&L guitars are so affordable. Cachet or lack thereof.
     

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