IT FOR A RIDE...SEE WHAT INTEREST IT GENERATES OUT THERE ON THE
were the words of Mary Lamb of Heritage referring to the prototype
"Little One" Guitar. My introduction to this little
dynamo guitar actually happened when my wife, Ronnie, and I decided
to travel to Kalamazoo,
MI to visit the Heritage Guitar Factory.
I already had the honor of being a Heritage Guitar Endorsing Artist
and a proud owner of a Model
H-170CM, Gold Top.
This would be my first opportunity to meet the craftsmen who created
my H-170 masterpiece. For me, it was quite exciting to be
standing in front of the historic 225 Parsons Street building where
so many music legends had come to buy their guitars. It was an
honor for me to meet the craftsmen who created my very first
professional guitar at age 17.
Rendal Wall and Gerry,
fine-tuning the Little One
It was during our meeting with the Heritage owners, J.P.Moats,
Jim Bill Paige, and Marv Lamb,
that I mentioned I was an advocate of the small guitar. I wanted to
know if Heritage would ever consider building a small bodied guitar to fit
my aggressive performing schedule. Something very professional with
the traditional Heritage sound. It was then that Marv showed us the
most beautifully crafted, small Heritage prototype, with a full-scale
neck. It turned out to be the Curly
Maple, Amber color,
which I am currently performing with at all my gigs. The style is
elegant, easy to play and with a "kick-butt" sound.
The "on-stage" marketing of the "Little
always generates interest. We were taking this guitar
everywhere. By the time we started taking orders for the Little
One Guitar, we
had collaborated on a few changes; thickening the body, with the
neck as thin as possible (a feature enjoyed by many
guitarists). With the Heritage craftsmen behind the
"Little One" you can be sure that the same care is put
into creating this Guitar as the Models that cost thousands more.
been my pleasure to take this Little One on the road. I'm also using
a Poplar Gold Little One Guitar with the new HRW
Pick-up installed and
the sound is scary! This Guitar has a lot of soul! Heads turn
when people hear the exceptionally clear, full rich tone of this small
Heritage guitar. I'm using it in the studio and on the road.
We've been to a lot f fascinating venues thus far, such as the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame
in Cleveland, headlining concerts at Fairs and Festivals throughout PA,
NY, and NJ, major Resorts in the Poconos of PA and the stage of the Nashville
Convention Center at
the Summer 2000 NAMM Show.