I just picked up this 2000-2001? Epi John Lee Hooker Sheraton "assembled" in the USA. There's not much info on these and from what I've found they were constructed and sprayed (nitro) in Japan and the hardware, electronics and set up were done here in the US. The neck pickup sounded okay but the bridge was bright and "lifeless". I brought it over to Jack Briggs to have him rewind both pickups and install a bone nut. Jack has been winding his own pickups these days and I've been by his shop more than a few times to sample a few of his offerings. I was very impressed with a set of mini's he wound a few months back, so I knew what to expect ;-). Well, the pickups sound perfect and the guitar plays great. I've owned a couple of good dot "reissues", a couple of Heritage 535's and an original '66 Epi Riviera and this holds its own with any of them. He also made me a truss rod cover as this one came to me without a pickguard or trc. Thanks Jack!