On consignment from our friend and Jazz icon, Kenny Burrell, is his very own Heritage Super KB Signature. He has recorded at least 108 albums as a band leader and today, in his 80s, is still on top of his game. His latest offering is Special Requests, a live set from 2021, which reached #1 on the jazz charts in September and was the most-reported jazz album on 51 radio stations.
Burrell has one of the most recognizable voices in jazz guitar and has been a leader and role model since her first appeared on the scene with Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1952. The paragon of taste, feeling, and sophistication, Burrell is also the quintessential sideman, lending his touch to hundreds of recordings over the last six decades. Today, he is active recording and performing, a respected educator, and an elder statesman of music.
225 Parsons Street is one of the most famous guitar addresses worldwide. It has been home to the Heritage Guitar Inc. for the past 30 years. The company, started by a small band of craftsmen, collectively, the most experienced full line guitar builders in the world. The Heritage Guitar Inc. of Kalamazoo incorporated on April 1, 1985 and is one the premier guitar builders today.
The idea to start Heritage Guitar Inc. began when Gibson Guitar Corporation closed its Kalamazoo, Michigan factory in September 1984 and moved all production to its Nashville, Tennessee facility, which had been in operation since 1975. With this move some of the employees were asked to relocate to Nashville; however, Kalamazoo was home to their families, making uprooting difficult.
Three men, Jim Deurloo, Marv Lamb and JP Moats took an idea and made it a reality with the 1985 incorporation of Heritage Guitar Inc., and two other former Gibson employees, Bill Paige and Mike Korpak joined as owners. Forty-year industry veteran and former Gibson Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Lane Zastrow, has held and continues to hold that position with Heritage Guitar Inc. today.
The first guitar introduced by Heritage Guitar Inc. was the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar, followed by the flagship Golden Eagle: one of the most respected carved top guitars ever made.
Since its inception, 30 years ago, Heritage Guitar Inc. has built thousands of revered guitars to meet the specifications and needs of the most discerning and discriminating musicians, such as the legendary Kenny Burrell, The Country Music Hall of Fame Roy Clark and renowned international artists: Henry Johnson, Mimi Fox, and David Becker.
At the factory you will find three of the founding owners, as well as other employees from the Gibson days still cutting, carving and bending fine woods, fitting lustrous abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays, and fine lacquer finishes done by hand in the time honored traditions of the true craftsmen… building the guitars with pedigree and provenance. Look for the headstock with: The Heritage.