Excellent condition featuring square shoulder dreadnought body shape, Sitka spruce top with decorative soundhole rosette, laminated Brazilian rosewood back and sides, decorative backstripe, multiple bindings on the top and back edges of the body, thick black plastic teardrop shaped pickguard, ebony belly bridge with adjustable saddle and two pearl dot inlays, one piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays starting at the third fret, bone nut, open book Gibson peghead, black headstock veneer with Gibson logo and diamond and curlicue pearl inlays, multi-ply bell shaped truss rod cover with Heritage engraving, three on a side Schaller German made tuning machines with G stamp, serial number impressed into the back of the peghead, multi-ply heel cap, two metal strap buttons, and original hard shell case.
This 1969 Gibson Heritage is in excellent cosmetic and playing condition. The neck is very comfortable in hand especially paired with the 1 11/16" nut width. The frets show some play wear but have lots of life left in them. The guitar plays great up and down the fingerboard. This dreadnought produces a really nice dry recordable tone that Gibson guitars have come to be known for. This Heritage model is in better shape than almost any others I have ever seen. The top is relatively flat with just a tiny bit of belly behind the bridge. The neck angle appears to be optimal and there are hardly any signs of pick scratches or play wear throughout. I believe someone took great care of this guitar. It does have some lacquer checking throughout which is typical for an instrument of this age, but nothing crazy. The bridge appears to have been reglued at some point which is also a fairly typical application. The laminated Brazilian rosewood back is extremely attractive and quite figured and the top has aged to a very mellow vintage tone. The original Schaller tuning machines work perfectly as does the original adjustable saddle. This instrument was stamped with a 2 on the back of the peghead from the factory but there are no visible flaws. It does appear someone attempted to unsuccessfully remove the 2 so there is a minor blemish on the back of the peghead (see photos). The interior label is also MIA. A strap button has been added to the middle of the heel. If you're looking for a late 60s Gibson flat top with fancy appointments, don't look past this one.