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1998 Heritage H-555 ES Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Almond Sunburst, Near-Mint w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1998 The Heritage H-555 in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and warranty paperwork. A direct descendant of Gibson, Heritage guitars are still handcrafted under the guidance of original Gibson employees at the Kalamazoo, Michigan factory. After Gibson left their original factory in 1984, their employees purchased it and have continued the legacy and pioneering spirit that defined Gibson's golden age.

The H-555 captures all the best qualities of a finely-crafted ES-355, with a tonewood combination comprising a highly figured curly maple semi-hollow body, a flame maple neck, and a thick slab ebony fretboard. Outfitted with original Schaller-made humbuckers, these pickups offer a broad range of tones from smooth bridge pickup growl and articulation to broad neck pickup girth. The pickups compliment this H-555's acoustic properties, with the snap and immediacy of the maple body and ebony board balanced by the warmth and airness of the semi-hollow construction. The guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece flame maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with prominent shoulders in every register, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard is inlaid with abalone diamonds flanked by pearl arrows, with a 12” radius and fret-edge binding on the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are practically perfect, only showing a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. This H-555 plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width, and on the bound headstock, the gold-plated Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the silkscreened “Made in Kalamazoo, MI, USA” text.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a traditional layout that offers individual Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker, coupled to a three-way pickup selector toggle. The baseplates of the humbuckers have clean Schaller date stamps from '98 and untouched solder on the covers. The gold Schaller roller bridge and corresponding stopbar have bright gold plating and only a touch of surface patina. The flame maple pickguard is framed by multi-ply binding, and plastics comprise the original quartet of amber bonnet knobs. The handwritten model label is visible through the bass-side F hole.

The Almond Sunburst nitro lacquer finish highlights the consistent, dimensional curly maple figuring which extends across every inch of the body. This is an exceedingly well-kept example, with cosmetic wear limited to a scant few tiny nicks on the body perimeter and a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the flame maple neck is flawless.

The original hardshell case is included, along with the warranty paperwork.