At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Heritage’s guitars strongly resemble those from a premier, world-renowned American musical instrument corporation. It starts with a ‘G’ if you’re still unsure. However, you’d be silly to simply write off Heritage’s electric guitars as “knock-offs” or copies.
That’s because the um… “heritage” behind Heritage Guitars paints the picture of a company that’s proud to stick close to its roots and continue a beautiful legacy — with curiously close ties to that larger, hinted-at brand. Boldly claiming that they build the “finest American-made electric guitars” on the market, in this blog we’re going to give you a brief but informative introduction to Heritage Guitars!
History of Heritage Guitars
Heritage’s origins can be traced back to as far as the late 1800s. When legendary luthier Orville Gibson arrived in Kalamazoo and started designing mandolins, his eponymous company later grew into an acoustic/electric guitar powerhouse that remains one of the industry’s leading giants today. Some of their most exemplary, trend-setting instruments were built at the fabled 225 Parsons Street factory between 1917 and 1984.
In the Spring of ‘85, a group of employees from that organisation decided to purchase space at the iconic Kalamazoo facility along with the original guitar-making equipment — in an effort to “keep the craft alive” after Gibson relocated. This officially marked the beginning of Heritage Guitars, who debuted their first model at the 1985 NAMM Show.