NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

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NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by smjenkins » Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:22 pm

I've been hunting for a reasonably priced imported MIJ Heritage JM since they were announced. I was watching one on Reverb and TCP ended up beating me to it. :) (More on that one here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=118036&p=1651292&hi ... e#p1651292). Eventually another one showed up on ebay with free shipping at less than 10% markup from retail. Basically the markup paid for shipping.

This is my first MIJ guitar so here's some observations:

1. The crafstmanship and finish are really top shelf. I'd say the nitro finish meets or exceeds the modern AV65 nitro finishes I've seen from Corona.
2. The shape and parts on the Heritage guitar are all US. That includes the pickguard. As you'll see in the pics, I replaced the pickguard with a US JM shaped guard and it 100% lined up.
3. The neck has a clear glossy finish! I really dislike when Fender tries to simulate aging only on the neck by using a satin finish that slightly yellowed. The instrument is new and not relic'd, don't just relic one part.
4. The pickups sound great. For my preferneces this guitar sounds better than the stock CFM AV65 I have.
5. This finish is billed as "transparent white" but the edges of the guitar are more solid white. I'd be tempted to call this "Mary Kaye burst". It's a really neat look and is a great blend of transparent while still feeling very white and not pinkish yellow which a lot of transparent white finishes can lean towards.
6. I've never loved the gold guard on white look so I swapped it out with a US JM pickguard I had in the parts drawer. I prefer this look but I know that is probably not the popular opinion here.

Anyway, enough talk, here's the pics:

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Re: NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by mediocreplayer » Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:25 pm

Put back that gold guard right now! I don't even like gold in any form, but it just works on this particular model. That said, it looks great with the tort too! I feel it is impossible to make this guitar look bad :?

Congratulations! I have been having gas for this model but cannot get myself to spend upwards of $1.5k on a guitar at the moment. I am very happy to read that you like the craftsmanship and pickups. Enjoy!

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Re: NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by Scout » Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:09 pm

Beauty!

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Post by wproffitt » Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:38 pm

Congratulations! That’s a really nice looking guitar. I love the look of a translucent white finish. You don’t see it enough. Enjoy it in good health.

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Re: NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by Veitchy » Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:48 pm

Beautiful guitar. I've been curious to see when someone on here would get their hands on one - I think their release kinda flew under the radar a tad. Interesting to hear that it's all US spec dimensions for the hardware.

I'm guessing the pickups are actual wide/short bobbin JM ones?

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Re: NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by Musicman20 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:03 pm

Wow!!!

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Re: NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by mbene085 » Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:07 pm

I absolutely love the subtle burst effect, that's just plain gorgeous (though I am partial to the stock gold guard look).

Congrats!

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Re: NGD (and new pickguard day) - MIJ Heritage JM in transparent white

Post by smjenkins » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:09 pm

Veitchy wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:48 pm
Beautiful guitar. I've been curious to see when someone on here would get their hands on one - I think their release kinda flew under the radar a tad. Interesting to hear that it's all US spec dimensions for the hardware.

I'm guessing the pickups are actual wide/short bobbin JM ones?
Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I didn't actually take off the pickup covers when I replaced the pickguard so I'm not sure what the pickup model is but I'm now curious. I'll take photos if I take off the strings again and get under there.

WRT the subtle burst in the finish, I've been reading up on the original MK finish and that guitar had a similar very transparent middle and burst edge. It seems like that aspect has gotten lost over the years on most interprtations.

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