e have added a new vendor to our amazing family of guitar sellers and wanted to give you a little background on this incredible company. Clearly we were impressed and we think you will be too.
First a history lesson
According to Heritage Guitars “about me” section the late 1800s, Orville Gibson arrived in Kalamazoo and began designing his own range of mandolins. Over time his company grew to become one of the world’s premier musical instrument manufacturers. Some of the world’s finest guitars were built at 225 Parsons Street from 1917 to 1984.
Some of the Heritage former senior employees wanted to continue the tradition of handcrafting beautiful, high quality electric guitars in Kalamazoo. In the spring of 1985, they bought space at the iconic factory, much of the original guitar-making equipment. Jim Deurloo, Marv Lamb, and JP Moats (the founders of Heritage) had a combined total of 84 years of guitar-building experience when the company began. In time, Bill Paige and Mike Korpak joined as co-owners. Today, Jim, Marv, and Bill are still active in the daily business and their wealth of knowledge continues to live through the next generation of luthiers. They introduced their first Heritage guitar, the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar, at the 1985 NAMM show in New Orleans. Over the years, they have built a small array of various instruments. They now focus exclusively on making the world’s greatest hollow, semi-hollow, and solid body electric guitars and Rusty’s has the pleasure of being a part of the sale. We are so excited!