Epiphone Lucille vs Sheraton II - what is the real difference?

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  1. sgguitarzz

    sgguitarzz Supporting Member

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    I am considering a semi hollow to add to the collection (currently have a Gibson SG and Epi Les Paul Tribute Plus) and these 2 look very nice. I have played the Sheraton II in GC and liked it it alot. Very nice feel, good full sound etc. I never played the Lucille but it looks like a very nice guitar and some of the videos I have seen it sounds pretty good as well. In addition I am even considering a Gretsch 5422T which I know is very different. I know I am kind of all over the map here but I am hoping to hear from some people with some experience with any of these.
     
  2. Brutus

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    I've got a Sheraton. It's got the woodsy tone going on and feels good to play. Fingerboard is a bit too wide for me but it's worth adapting.
     
  3. peskypesky

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    I vote for an Epiphone Dot. I bought a new one last November that rocks my world.

    You should also cosider the Epiphone ES-335 Pro.
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-limited-edition-es-335-pro-electric-guitar


    I chose the Dot over the Sheraton because the neck shape felt better in my hand. But we all have different hands.

    The Lucille has some major differences from these others. No f-holes. Unique bridge/tailpiece. And a varitone.
     
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    IIRC the Lucille doesn't come with any f-holes, and features the Varitone notch filter circuit to cut out a different frequency at each of its 6 positions. I'm more familiar with the Sheraton and it's a classic whereas the Lucille comes off to me as a little gimmicky, BUT if you ever want to switch out pickups or wiring, it's MUCH harder on the Sheraton than on the Lucille. (You have to access all the wiring through the f-holes on the Sheraton, which as 3/4" at their widest point, whereas the Lucille offers a removable back plate).

    EDIT: Also, have you checked out the Epiphone ES-339 with P90s? THAT is a sweet axe...kind of like a Casino meets a 335.
     
  5. Bluesidae

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    Have owned dots. To me a Sheraton is a Dot on bling steroids. I have a Lucille - no F holes,cable plugs in on the side, varitone , fine tuning and a maple neck. It is heavy. It is somewhat unique. It plays like butter! Creamy smooth but it can rock.
     
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    I had all 3
    the Sheraton was/is my fave (I have an extra one for 475 if interested)

    the BB King was really great too - I like the Varitone - although only the "first" position had "full volume output"

    it was also stereo AND had fine tune bridge - I didn't care for the mickey mouse horns though - but that's splitting hairs

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    oops... I forgot about the stereo. Only tried it a couple of times... one - 'two' many chords for me!
     
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    output (1) is mono; output (2) is stereo = thus running stereo is "optional"
     
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    The BIG difference in the varitone.

    also, f holes and inlays.
     
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    Since there are no F-holes there is an access point in the rear of the guitar which makes electronics work easy peasy.

    My Lucile sounded HUGE. They are all maple construction, but mine was not bright in the least.

    I have some experience with the Sheraton too. Great guitar too. It' really hard to wrong with either one.
     
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    If you decide on the Sheraton II, look for one of the Korean made ones from the 90's. The quality is A LOT better than the current ones IMHO. I've had three of the older ones in white (which is no longer available) and loved them. I sold two to my friends and one to my doctor. If I didn't have my PRS HBII, I would definitely get another one. Besides, you can always add a Varitone switch if you must have one.
     
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    I like the Epiphone Dots but the necks are fat on them.
     

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