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2000 Heritage H-157 Black Beauty, Ebony w/ Schaller PAFs & Case, Kalamazoo USA


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Up for sale, a 2000 Heritage H-157 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. 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-157 is Heritage's iteration of the Les Paul Custom platform, with a gloss Ebony nitro lacquer finish and stock Schaller PAF-style pickups. The traditional tonewood ingredients include a carved maple cap, solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, and bound ebony fretboard.

The humbuckers cover traditional PAF territory, with a clear, dynamic, and harmonic-rich quality. There's a smooth growl and present punch to the bridge pickup, and a broad, airy neck pickup sound, all benefitting from the resonance and sustain of the tonewood platform, particularly the glassy snap and note attack of the ebony board. This Heritage H-157 is an expertly crafted, USA-made guitar crafted in small quantities and capable of delivering the sound and feel that defines a golden age Gibson. Weighing 9lbs 10oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in the Heritage with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with more shoulder and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features pearl block inlay and medium jumbo fretwire. These frets retain their full factory height with perfectly rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar is a breeze to play up the straight neck which has a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, conforming to traditional Les Paul specifications with a 24 3/4" scale length and 1 11/16" nut width. The headstock boasts Grover Rotomatic tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with traditional dual Volume and Tone controls paired with a three-way pickup selector switch. The wiring harness is untouched, with stock CTS pots that date to 1997. Both Schaller humbuckers have their original stickers on the baseplates too, dating between 1999 and 2000. Hardware includes a Schaller roller bridge and corresponding tailpiece with bright chrome plating, and stock plastics include a quartet of black speed knobs.

The Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish is framed by ambered binding, exhibiting buckle rash at the bass-side waist and various additional finish scratches and nicks on the back. Wear on top is more restrained, with some requisite pick scuffing across the strum path and some pinhead-sized marks on the lower bout behind the bridge. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a small spot of missing finish on the treble side shoulder and a few additional minor marks behind frets 7-8.

A black tolex TKL hardshell case is included.