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Epiphone Sheraton II Overview
Epiphone Sheraton II Overview
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: Wildwood Guitars
Epiphone Sheraton II  •  SN: 1211210080
Epiphone Sheraton II • SN: 1211210080
Published: 2014/08/16
Channel: Wildwood Guitars
2014 Epiphone Sheraton-II: Incredible Value
2014 Epiphone Sheraton-II: Incredible Value
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Woodeso's Guitar Mods
Epiphone Sheraton
Epiphone Sheraton
Published: 2010/10/21
Channel: GregsGuitars
Matt Marshak and His Epiphone Sheraton
Matt Marshak and His Epiphone Sheraton
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: OfficialEpiphone
Epiphone Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst
Epiphone Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Reverb.com
Unboxing 1989 Epiphone Sheraton in Tobbaco Sunburst MIK compare to guitar center model
Unboxing 1989 Epiphone Sheraton in Tobbaco Sunburst MIK compare to guitar center model
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: losinglouie
Comparing the Epiphone Casino, Sheraton and Dot 335 - Nick from Gibson at PMT
Comparing the Epiphone Casino, Sheraton and Dot 335 - Nick from Gibson at PMT
Published: 2011/02/16
Channel: PMTVUK
Epiphone Sheraton II Test
Epiphone Sheraton II Test
Published: 2011/08/30
Channel: David Wallimann
Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Sheraton Reissue Demo Highlights
Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Sheraton Reissue Demo Highlights
Published: 2013/01/08
Channel: Andertons Music Co
Best acting of the year - Epiphone Sheraton II Overview CUT
Best acting of the year - Epiphone Sheraton II Overview CUT
Published: 2014/08/05
Channel: Kate Hankey
Chinese vs Korean epiphone sheraton 2, pt1
Chinese vs Korean epiphone sheraton 2, pt1
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: renole2005
Epiphone Sheraton II Showcase
Epiphone Sheraton II Showcase
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: gibsonshopru
Epiphone Sheraton II Guitar Review
Epiphone Sheraton II Guitar Review
Published: 2009/01/15
Channel: Jammin Joe Buck
Epiphone Sheraton II Archtop Semi Hollow Electric Guitar
Epiphone Sheraton II Archtop Semi Hollow Electric Guitar
Published: 2012/02/21
Channel: Allans Billy Hyde
The Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO
The Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: OfficialEpiphone
Carter Vintage Guitars - J.D. Simo - 60
Carter Vintage Guitars - J.D. Simo - 60's Epiphone Sheraton
Published: 2014/04/01
Channel: Carter Vintage Guitars
Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Sheraton Reissue Demo
Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Sheraton Reissue Demo
Published: 2013/01/07
Channel: Rob Chapman
Epiphone Sheraton Guitar Setup and Review
Epiphone Sheraton Guitar Setup and Review
Published: 2010/09/25
Channel: Dave's World of Fun Stuff
Epiphone Sheraton II - Guitar Jam
Epiphone Sheraton II - Guitar Jam
Published: 2014/12/24
Channel: Darrell Braun Guitar
Epiphone Sheraton II VS Guitar
Epiphone Sheraton II VS Guitar
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Dave's World of Fun Stuff
Guitar-View.com Gibson ES-335 vs. Epiphone Sheraton II
Guitar-View.com Gibson ES-335 vs. Epiphone Sheraton II
Published: 2011/06/01
Channel: guitarviewHD
Marshall JCM800 and a 2009 Epiphone Sheraton II EB
Marshall JCM800 and a 2009 Epiphone Sheraton II EB
Published: 2012/12/11
Channel: Guitargasdotcom
Vintage Guitars Sale - 1982 Epiphone Sheraton 515-864-6136 - Vintage Guitars for Sale
Vintage Guitars Sale - 1982 Epiphone Sheraton 515-864-6136 - Vintage Guitars for Sale
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: Lawman Guitars
Epiphone Sheraton Vintage Sunburst demo - PMT
Epiphone Sheraton Vintage Sunburst demo - PMT
Published: 2011/08/03
Channel: PMTVUK
Chinese vs. Korean Epiphone Sheraton 2, pt2
Chinese vs. Korean Epiphone Sheraton 2, pt2
Published: 2016/12/18
Channel: renole2005
1964 Epiphone Sheraton played by JD Simo
1964 Epiphone Sheraton played by JD Simo
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: Carter Vintage Guitars
Gibson ES-335 and Epiphone Sheraton II
Gibson ES-335 and Epiphone Sheraton II
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: Yoshiaki Doi
Rusty Wright and his Epiphone Sheraton-II
Rusty Wright and his Epiphone Sheraton-II
Published: 2014/07/01
Channel: OfficialEpiphone
1964 Epiphone Sheraton | Carter Vintage Guitars Staff Pick
1964 Epiphone Sheraton | Carter Vintage Guitars Staff Pick
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: Carter Vintage Guitars
1961 Epiphone Sheraton Part2 (clean)
1961 Epiphone Sheraton Part2 (clean)
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: GregsGuitars
Epiphone Sheraton Roundwound to flatwound strings
Epiphone Sheraton Roundwound to flatwound strings
Published: 2014/07/18
Channel: colliss1
The thrill is gone - Epiphone Sheraton II
The thrill is gone - Epiphone Sheraton II
Published: 2007/11/01
Channel: BluesZep
Epiphone Limited Edition Union Jack Sheraton
Epiphone Limited Edition Union Jack Sheraton
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: Dawsons Music
NeoSoul Sunday on Epiphone Sheraton Pro II
NeoSoul Sunday on Epiphone Sheraton Pro II
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: Bowie Ong
Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb RI + Epiphone Sheraton II (Gibson Classic 57
Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb RI + Epiphone Sheraton II (Gibson Classic 57')
Published: 2013/07/16
Channel: Marcelo Brancato Tranjan
Epiphone Sheraton 2 Part 1
Epiphone Sheraton 2 Part 1
Published: 2009/01/20
Channel: GregsGuitars
Epiphone Sheraton 1962 50th anniversary
Epiphone Sheraton 1962 50th anniversary
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: Nestor Barbieri
Epiphone Sheraton II 1991 by Gibson
Epiphone Sheraton II 1991 by Gibson
Published: 2015/04/10
Channel: maxime andré
Epiphone Sheraton 2 and ES175
Epiphone Sheraton 2 and ES175
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: colliss1
"Short Preview Vid On The Black Epiphone Sheraton ll Guitar" June 20, 2016 - Big Will
"Short Preview Vid On The Black Epiphone Sheraton ll Guitar" June 20, 2016 - Big Will
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: New Big Will Music Universe
Gibson Burstbucker
Gibson Burstbucker's 1&2: Installed in Epiphone Dot Semi-hollow Guitar
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: Woodeso's Guitar Mods
Epiphone sheraton II Hard to Handle cover
Epiphone sheraton II Hard to Handle cover
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Gordie McBride
Epiphone Sheraton II - Shery Blues
Epiphone Sheraton II - Shery Blues
Published: 2009/04/18
Channel: BluesZep
Far East Movement - Rocketeer (Epiphone Sheraton Pro II)
Far East Movement - Rocketeer (Epiphone Sheraton Pro II)
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: Bowie Ong
Korean Made Epiphone Sheraton II VS
Korean Made Epiphone Sheraton II VS
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: bbosla
1983 Epiphone Sheraton Japan Ebay Item number: 370392194677
1983 Epiphone Sheraton Japan Ebay Item number: 370392194677
Published: 2010/06/02
Channel: IplayMusic2
Epiphone Guitar Comparisons: Korean Sheraton, Sheraton ll, ES 335 Pro
Epiphone Guitar Comparisons: Korean Sheraton, Sheraton ll, ES 335 Pro
Published: 2016/02/13
Channel: Minor7thb5
Epiphone Sheraton II Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar Ebony
Epiphone Sheraton II Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar Ebony
Published: 2015/02/16
Channel: Morrell Music Company
Epiphone Sheraton II Boogie Man
Epiphone Sheraton II Boogie Man
Published: 2011/08/20
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Epiphone Sheraton
Manufacturer Epiphone
Period 1959 - 1970
Construction
Body type Semi-hollow
Neck joint Set
Scale 24.75 in (629 mm)
Woods
Body Laminated Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood
Hardware
Bridge Tune-o-matic
Pickup(s) 2 New York mini-humbuckers
Colors available
Natural, Sunburst, Cherry

The Epiphone Sheraton is a thinline semi-hollow body electric guitar. Though the Sheraton and all its variations were introduced under the ownership of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, Epiphone is the exclusive manufacturer.

History[edit]

Under the ownership of Epaminondas ("Epi") Stathopoulo, Epiphone was a leading manufacturer of hollow-body and archtop guitars. Epi Stathopoulos died in 1943. Control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. In 1951, a four-month-long strike forced a relocation of Epiphone from New York to Philadelphia. The company was bought out by their main rival, Gibson in 1957. In 1958, Gibson began to expand upon its Epiphone line of semi-hollow guitars. They reworked Epiphone's old Century archtop into a thinline electric fitted with a single P-90. This was followed by the introduction of a twin-pickup, double-cut thinline semi-hollowbody, the Sheraton. The original Gibson-made Epiphone Sheratons were up until 1970, when production moved to Japan, and major design changes began to occur.

Design evolution[edit]

Gibson used the same body for the Sheraton as it was using for its new ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355 models. It featured the same double rounded horns, and had similarly placed electronics. The Sheraton was fitted with a set glued-in neck, in accordance with Gibson's standard practice. Distinguishing characteristics of the Sheraton included its multiple body binding (like that of its top of the line Gibson cousin, the ES-355); its Frequensator tail piece; and its headstock and fretboard inlays. Unlike any of the semi-hollowbodies in the Gibson line, the Sheraton's headstock featured Epiphone's traditional fancy vine (or "tree of life") inlay on its headstock, while its fretboard featured a block and triangle (or "V") inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone, as well as binding on the fretboard's surface, inset slightly from the outer edges.

1958 Epiphone Sheraton introduction specs: Thin body, double cutaway, semi-hollow with solid maple block down center; 2 Epiphone "New York" (single coil) pickups; 2 volume and 2 tone controls with white 'carousel' knobs, and a pickup selector switch; tune-o-matic bridge with no retainer wire; gold plated metal parts; Frequensator tailpiece or Bigsby vibrato; bound tortoise-shell pickguard; Epiphone 'E' tuners; multiple bound top and back; single bound rosewood fingerboard; abalone/pearl block "V" fingerboard inlays, neck joins body at 19th fret, 5-piece neck (from remaining Epiphone-built inventory) has a "V" chunky back shape; tree of life pearl peghead design; sunburst or natural finish. 1961 Sheraton specs: Parts begin to change to Gibson-made parts. The pickups are changed from the New York single coils to mini-humbuckers, knobs become gold gibson bonnet knobs, tuners become Grovers. Serial number now pressed into the back of the peghead between the D and G tuners, in addition to being on the blue Epiphone label in the bass "f" hole. The new Epiphone "Trem-o-tone" adjustable vibrato tailpiece is introduced. 1962 Sheraton specs: Production changes from NY-made Epi necks to Gibson-made mahogany necks. Cherry red finish introduced (this will remain the rarest Sheraton finish throughout Gibson's production period of the 1960s). "Epiphone" script inlay on headstock becomes more streamlined in appearance. 1963 Sheraton specs: Peghead shape becomes more elongated. Binding on fretboard moves to outer edges (no longer inset). 1965 Sheraton specs: Sunburst finish becomes more two-tone (tobacco to amber). Late 60's to 1970: Neck width narrows to 1 9/16", as on many Gibson-made guitars of the era.

Sheraton production totals (data from 1961 to 1970 only): Cherry - 53 Cherry w/vibrato - 20 Natural - 59 Natural w/vibrato - 49 Sunburst - 243 Sunburst w/vibrato - 197

In 1970, production ceased in U.S., and began in Japan. Mini-humbucking pickups were discontinued on the Sheraton, changing to standard full-sized humbuckers; serial numbering system changes. Body and headstock shapes began to evolve, as they will continue to do throughout the 1980s and into the 2000s, as production also shifted from Japan to Korea. Korean build manufactured up until at least 2012 however serial numbers changed to all an number type after 2008. To tell if it's Korean built, it will have the following prefix: I=Saein, S=Samick, U=Unsung, and R or P=Peerless and if all number type serial number will be identified (Unsung for example) as '21' as the 5th & 6th numbers.[1][2]


Foreign Manufacturers:

Matsumoku, Japan 1979 - 1986.

The Elite / Elitist Sheraton, Terada Japan 2002 - 2008.

The standard Korean Sheraton, made in Korea from 1997 - 2006

The standard Chinese Sheraton made in China from 2008 - present

Sheraton II[edit]

Epiphone Sheraton II
My Epiphone Sheraton II.jpg
Manufacturer Epiphone
Period 1986-present
Construction
Body type Semi-hollow
Neck joint Set
Scale 24.75"
Woods
Body Laminated Maple
Neck three piece maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Hardware
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) 2 Humbuckers
Colors available
Ebony, Natural, Vintage Sunburst[3]

The Epiphone Sheraton II was later introduced and featured only one major difference. The Frequensator tail piece was now replaced by a fixed stop bar. The Sheraton II became much more popular than the original[citation needed]. Epiphone's high end guitars, the elitist line, includes a Sheraton. Unlike the "regular" line Sheraton with its full-size Gibson-style humbuckers, it features the New York mini humbuckers of the original Sheraton (later used on several Gibsons, but originally an Epiphone-specific transducer). Currently original Sheratons are rare[citation needed], but Sheraton II's are still in production and are readily available. The most recently manufactured Sheratons were John Lee Hooker signature models.[3] Recently the vintage sunburst finish that many Sheratons are made in has changed colour from a black on deep red colour (shown right) to a black on orange-yellow colour.[3]

Endorsement[edit]

Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has owned several Sheratons, including an early model featuring mini humbuckers and a frequensator with a customized Union Jack paint work. Following this, Epiphone produced the Noel Gallagher Supernova (which was actually a variant of the similar Epiphone Riviera, rather than the Sheraton) and was made available to the public with a Union Jack, Manchester City blue, Cherry Red or Black Ebony finish. In 2014, Epiphone produced a Union Jack Ltd Edition Sheraton (limited to 1000). Though this is not an official signature guitar, it is much closer to Gallagher's Union Jack Sheraton, although with two noticeable differences. The blue of the Union Jack is darker than on Gallagher's guitar, and only features the Union Jack paintwork on the front, opposed to the whole of the body. Brian Aubert, frontman for the Silversun Pickups, has a modified Sheraton with silver hardware. Furthermore, the Epiphone Sheraton 2 has been used by Kings of Leon lead guitarist Matthew Followill. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend plays a Sheraton II almost exclusively. Also, Ted Leo of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists used one for many years. Most notably, the Sheraton and Sheraton II were the main guitars used by blues legend John Lee Hooker. Epiphone introduced a signature John Lee Hooker Sheraton and Sheraton II in 2000, the year before his death.[3]

Notable Sheraton players[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/Epiphone_Serial_Number_Decoding.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "The Guitar Dater Project - Epiphone Serial Number Decoder". www.guitardaterproject.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Epiphone Sheraton II". Epiphone.com. 

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