Epi Sheraton ii... what do you think?

RockDC

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I've been wanting a big body semi-hollow for a few years now but can't seem to pull the trigger. Its mostly because I want a Gibson 335, 345, or 355 but cant afford the price tag on a guitar I don't imagine to be my #1.

So I played some Epi's, Gretsch, Ibanez in the stores around town and decided the only one liked out of the box was a Sheraton II. So whats the consensus on TGP? Do ya'll love or hate them?
 

mattyj

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I like mine. It's from 1997 and some bits have died (bridge, pickups, tuners), so they've been replaced.
 

mhuxtable

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Love my Sherri. Solid guitars. I replaced the guts (pickups, pots, caps, switch, etc) and it's a winner. You'll end up wanting to do the same, so factor that into your budget.
 

Drewski

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Mines a '99 and its the only guitar thats been with me since then. Ive bought and sold probably 20 guitars in those 12 years, and this ones not going anywhere.

Mods Ive done over the years: '57 Classic neck pu, '57 Classic plus bridge pu, switchcraft jack and switch, CTS pots, vintage pio caps, gotoh nickel bridge and stopbar, nickel grover tuners, bone nut. I love this guitar.

If you can live with the headstock shape and the name on it, theyre pretty nice guitars. My friends buy them and pay me to make theirs sound and look like mine.

 

Waxhead

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Sheri's are the best guitar Epiphone makes imo.
They vary in quality though so test out plenty.
If you pick up a sweet one and mod it to ES-335 specs it'll sound almost as great for about $700. Here's mine :)

 

Custom50

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i think they're great sound and playing guitars for not alot of cash. what's not to like?
 

tsar nicholas

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I have a '95, it's really an outstanding instrument for the money. Quality construction, super stable 5-piece neck, rockin' lively tone with Duncans. Can't beat 'em.
 

Austinrocks

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have an epi sheraton its a few years old, the guitar is nice, maple is a bit brighter than mahagony, which has been my reason for not getting a 335, they tend to be dark IMO. the electronics and pups have been replaced and really love it after that, the bridge is looking pretty beat probably my next change on the guitar.
 

DanHorse

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Yeah you can get a fine sounding guitar if you test a few out first. One thing that puts it above other Epis is the neck, really good.
 

paulvcarter

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I liked mine when I had it, poor machine heads and so so pick ups but they set up well. For the price they look and play great - well worth it using for gigging instead of some hugely expensive guitar someone will steal.
 

RockDC

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Well this is definitely a "love fest" of course that's only if you put a lot of money into it:bkw But if it makes it worth keeping and it plays great then why not.

I think I might have to start looking for one to pick up used... at what price is fair right now?
 

Presc

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I think it's an okay guitar. The stock pickups are no good IMO. If you can pick one out that plays well, gut the stock electronics/pickups, and put in some nicer stuff, I think you would have a pretty solid guitar on your hands. Of course, $600 for a Sheraton, + the cost of some decent pickups, pots, caps, etc + bench time if you can't do it yourself and you're starting to inch closer to the territory where you could get a used Heritage 535, Yamaha SA2200, or an ES333.
 

cutaway

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a common mistake among sellers too is listing the "by gibson" sheratons as MIJ. those are korean. and those fetch pretty big bucks. i had a MIJ that i bought 2 summers ago on ebay. i caught it late one night ending in a few minutes, paid $425 for it. sold it on CL $800 a few weeks later. i just couldn't warm up to it.

edit: well, after looking around, i guess it's the sunburst "by gibson" models that sell for more? i found this (no case and a little dinged up, but nothing major)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Epiphone-Gibson-Sheraton-Natural-Guitar-/370510174207?pt=Guitar&hash=item56442097ff

then there's this guy. :D

http://cgi.ebay.com/Guitar-Epiphone-Sheraton-w-Gig-Case-1999-/270716026641?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f07eebf11
 
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I'd probably rather have a Riviera -- either the Valensi model:


or the older one with frequensator and mini-hums:



-- but I'd take a Sheraton any day. With the exception of the Studio Dot, I think Epi does the hollow/semi-hollow thing really well. My Casino remains one of my favorite guitars ever.
 

supergenius365

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Mine is older. Maybe 93-94. I have felt the need to change out everything I could. Only now is it a cool guitar.
 

lpdeluxe

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I had a '95 Samick-made Sheraton II for a stretch. I rewired it with Seymour Duncans and better electronics (a major chore) and it never did much for me. I kept tinkering with it but it never happened. Not much sound, not much feel. Other people love theirs, and I think I may have just gotten my hands on a poor example. If you are looking for one, be sure to play it first: if it sounds good with the stock pickups, you're good to go and change pickups if you want. If it doesn't sound good, pickups won't help and you'll be unhappy with how complicated the job of changing them is into the bargain.
 

Waxhead

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I think it's an okay guitar. The stock pickups are no good IMO. If you can pick one out that plays well, gut the stock electronics/pickups, and put in some nicer stuff, I think you would have a pretty solid guitar on your hands. Of course, $600 for a Sheraton, + the cost of some decent pickups, pots, caps, etc + bench time if you can't do it yourself and you're starting to inch closer to the territory where you could get a used Heritage 535, Yamaha SA2200, or an ES333.

yeah except my Sheri cost $450 new in hard case.
Add on $250 for Gibson Classic 57's, all new electrics, bone nut and graphtec saddles and you're half the price for those other 3 you name. And it'll sound closer to a real ES-335 too :)
 

Billygibson

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If you can wait for a good used one, hold out for an older Korean Model
with a 5 piece neck vs. the new Chinese ones with the scarf joint. It's just
a more solid neck and with it being maple, it adds to the stabity.
Especially, if you're going to mod it; it will have already depreciated.

I found this last month on Gbase. It's an '06 and practically unplayed.
It still had the Epi decals on the pickups.


 

Elias Graves

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According to Epi, 5 piece necks are now moving out of the China plant.
It seems they heard the cries of the faithful. ;)

EG
 




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