Heritage Guitars at Westside MI

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In the late 1800s, Orville Gibson arrived in Kalamazoo, Michigan 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 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, and the rest is history.

The first Heritage guitar, the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar, was introduced to the world at the 1985 NAMM show in New Orleans. Over the years, a small array of various instruments were built but now the focus is on exclusively making the world’s greatest hollow, semi-hollow, and solid body electric guitars.


Above is the semi-hollow H-535. It features two Seymour Duncan Seth Lover Humbuckers which come full circle back to Kalamazoo providing authentic tones that harken back to the late 1950s to. The solid centre block and laminated figured maple construction help control any unwanted feedback issues. This timeless guitar is the perfect companion for everything from Rock, to Jazz, to Blues, and beyond.

Above are two H-150 models with an Original Sunburst and Vintage Cherry Sunburst finishe that were first conceived in Kalamazoo during the 1950s. They both feature a solid carved figured maple top sourced from Michigan, a solid one-piece genuine mahogany back, and a genuine mahogany neck that features beautiful mother of pearl trapezoid inlays. The solid wood construction (non-weight relieved) means maximum sustain and tone, while the thick figured maple top reflects sound pressure.

They come equipped with Seymour Duncan 59 humbuckers. They provide a warm, thick tone and are wax potted that allows for minimal microphonic feedback.


Left is a H-530 model in Original Sunburst. This fully hollow, double cutaway is the lightest guitar in the Heritage line-up. Constructed using the same laminate maple rim set as the H-535 model, the open construction and lack of a full centre block, allows this guitar to breathe naturally. The pickups are Lollar P-90s which provide warm and growling tones that many players seeking a vintage tone desire.

The H-530 has versatility to suit play jazz, blues and rock styles.