The History of Heritage

At the historic 225 Parsons Street location in Kalamazoo, when the Gibson company left in 1984 closing the doors on the iconic factory a few former senior employees had decided they wanted to continue the tradition of handcrafting beautiful, high quality electric guitars.

By the spring of 1985, the former Gibson artisans Marvin Lamb, Jim Deurlo, Bill Paige and J.P Moats founded the Heritage Company. They acquired space at the former factory and purchased a lot of the old guitar-making equipment. The intention was to bring back the glory of the good ol' days of the Kalamazoo plant with their philosophy in mind:
He who works with his hands is a laborer
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist

Soon the Heritage guitars had a reputation of being certainly as good or maybe even better than Gibson guitars and meanwhile, Heritage celebrated their 30th anniversary and the art of handcrafting fine American made musical instruments continues at the Heritage Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan


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