- The idea to start Heritage Guitar began when the Gibson Guitar Corporation closed its Kalamazoo, Michigan factory in September of 1984 and moved all production to Nashville, Tennessee. Three men, Jim Deurloo, Marvin Lamb, and JP Moats, decided to stay in Kalamazoo and start a guitar manufacturing business.
- Heritage started operations in the oldest of five buildings formerly owned and operated by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. That building was completed in 1917 and has been a center for guitar manufacturing ever since.
- The founders biggest resource is the group of experienced craftsmen they could draw from. Heritage is proud of its many employees with over 25 years of guitar building experience.
- The owners themselves each have in excess of 25 years of hands on experience in making guitars. To this day, each of the owners is directly involved in the manufacturing of each instrument.
- Much of the machinery that Heritage uses today was purchased from the Gibson Guitar Corporation.
- The first guitar Heritage introduced was the H-140 solid body single cutaway electric guitar. This model was shown at the NAMM show in June of 1985.
- Heritage Guitar Inc. is going on 25 years old and has achieved the status of one of the premier guitar companies in the world today.