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The semi-hollow design of the Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar uses a solid center block and hollow "wings" to give it the fat, mellow tone of a jazz guitar and the sustain of a solidbody. It has ... Read More

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The semi-hollow design of the Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar uses a solid center block and hollow "wings" to give it the fat, mellow tone of a jazz guitar and the sustain of a solidbody. It has an arched maple top, back, and rim; laminated maple neck; gold-plated hardware; multiple bound body, neck, peghead, and f-holes; and vine inlay on peghead with mother-of-pearl and abalone fingerboard inlays. Includes two humbucker pickups and separate tone and volume controls. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and string changing easier. Limited lifetime warranty.

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  • Arched maple top, back, and sides
  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Dual humbuckers
  • the LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and string changing easier
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Multiple bound body, neck, peghead, and f-holes
  • Vine inlay on peghead
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EpiphoneSheraton II Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 58 reviews)

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This is the one for blues!!!!!!

I purchased the Epi Sheraton II a month ago from Guitar Center, Spokane (awesome service and help at that location worthy of the 3 hour drive). I usually wait much longer before writing...Read complete review

I purchased the Epi Sheraton II a month ago from Guitar Center, Spokane (awesome service and help at that location worthy of the 3 hour drive). I usually wait much longer before writing a review, but this guitar deserves a great review already and every blues musician should know about it. After many hours of A/B testing in three states, I picked up the natural finish version and to my surprise, everything about it instantly stood out from all other guitar brands and models tested in various price ranges. It is the fastest non-satin finish neck, semi hollow dual humbucker guitar by far that I could find and the tone/sustain probably can't get much better. I suppose you could get a fatter sound with a change in pick-ups, but that is not as high on my list as some other tones. I wasn't crazy about the natural finish/flower head stock/gold hardware for my look, but I could not put it down. I have since read that maybe they save the "best wood" Sheratons for the natural finish models because of the aesthetic value. It has tones that blow my mind! It begs and sings for string bends and vibrato! Echo effect is outstanding. The lead humbucker is so bright, I can just about grab a clean Casino sound out of her. Yet, I can easily get some downright dirty blues sounds too (although the Lucille's lack of F holes seem to be dirtier). For the distortion fans out there (not my thing) and even if you are not, check out YouTube for a Sheraton demo treat that will blow your socks off. I play it daily for hours until my neck/shoulders tire out (it is heavy) and then I sit down and stare at it's beauty endlessly (yeah, I'm still in the honeymoon phase). It's too bad no one ever sees the back, for it is just salivatingly sexy! Finish and inlays are outstanding (I have to give credit to the Korean labor force). The neck binding/inlay/fret work is worth $100.00s alone. Warning to purists: the neck appears to be laminate with two thin strips of darker wood lengthwise. I'm no luthier, it is pretty, but this might be the specific construction that makes the Gibson prevail...albeit, for over double the money. Action is perfect and just a slight intonation adjustment on the B string was all she needed (probably because it is set up and inspected in the USA). The Grover tuners are the best I've owned. My beloved Strat has not been touched since this babe has entered my life. I would highly recommend a right angle cord plug to avoid any potential force at the jack (notorious issue for top exit hollow bodies). Any reviews talking about loose nuts at the jack, pick-up switch and tone knobs do not understand that this guitar is not just some slab of wood, and this is the way hollow bodies must be assembled and keeping them tight is part of the required maintenance like checking air pressure in your car tires. I do have two very minor beefs. The pick-up switch is mechanically noisy when practicing at low volumes. No electronic pops like the Dots, but just a heavy click that kind of ruins the mood during a song. Maybe it is just a little stiff since it is still new. Secondly, the nut is plastic and although in this price range it is not unusual and it stays in tune now that the strings are broken in, it is the only outwardly cheap thing on what appears to be a guitar that looks like thousands of dollars. That said, since I would have paid another couple hundred bucks for this guitar, I guess I can pay to have a bone nut made and installed. There is no question IMHO, that this is the best dual humbucker blues axe out there unless you are willing to pay well over a grand. I am so thankful to Epiphone for not making me spend the big bucks for a Gibson.

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Muddy Pickups

I was going to give four stars, but to say that I like everything about this guitar except the pickups is to say that I dislike the most important part of the guitar. I...Read complete review

I was going to give four stars, but to say that I like everything about this guitar except the pickups is to say that I dislike the most important part of the guitar. I play through a Fender Hot Rod DeVille, but the sound just comes out muted. This seems to be a common complaint about this guitar. I'm either going to change the pickups or trade it. I've heard good things about the guitar once the pickup are changed. I wish Epiphone would just put good pickups in to begin with. If you look at the specs list, it just says dual humbuckers, non-descript humbuckers.

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4.0

my 1st broke , my 2nd one came back w/o pull button knobs

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from jax,fl.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • the guled on bage falls off

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

Great looks , easy on the fingers , craftsmanship rating 8.5.

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5.0

what a beautiful guitar!

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from Austin, tx

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is beautiful! Shipped properly. The only complaint I had, was the delivery driver left it at the top of my driveway @ 8pm. So I didn't find it until the next morning--which is not guitar center fault at all. They did a great job shipping it on time, and I love this guitar!

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    5.0

    Classic rock and blues for 52 years

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    from Akron, Ohio

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    I've had my Sheraton now for a little over a year .I bought it used from Guitar Center in Denver .It was made in Korea in 2012, came with a case . The guys at Guitar Center are always great and very helpful .I'm not a novice , I started playing guitar in 1963 . I have owned several American made Epiphones in the early years .That ceased when they went overseas much to my dismay .I started playing Gibsons and Fenders . I kind of forgot about Epiphones until I took a good look at the Sheratons . They rival the old American made ones , the finish , inlay work , playability , tone ,and beauty is fantastic.I owned a very expensive 1982 Gibson ES 335 , that I was never crazy about . I can honestly say I like the Sheraton better . Mine is Ebony , the finish is breath taking ,I love the locking bridge for changing strings .I left mine completely stock , which I can't say about my Gibsons and Fenders . I would recommend this model to anybody that appreciates a well made instrument . I can't comment on the Chinese , or Indonisian models , but my Korean Sheraton is a guitar I will keep forever !

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    5.0

    Sweet Guitar

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    from Lafayette, LA

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    Well, can't do any better than this in most price ranges. I have Gibsons and never played an Epi. Walked into Guitar Center and saw this guitar hanging on the wall. On a whim, I picked it up and started playing it and was impressed with the feel and set up. Plugged it in and was amazed that the electronics were so close to my Gibsons. I was planning a Gibson semi hollow body as my next guitar, but the Epi being a third the price, and what I consider 90% of a Gibson, made an Epi believer of me. The fit and finish is excellent, the pickups are strong, the feel is amazing, and the looks,,,,well just look at it! Wow. And take it from someone who owns 3 Gibsons, No need to spend the extra cash, at least not on a semi hollow body.

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    5.0

    20 year owner

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    from Houston, Texas

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    I have owned a Sheraton II for 20 years, and not once have I had a complaint about the pickups. It is all in the way you set the tone controls on yur amp. I have played Peavey amps for about 26 years( the old school ones Heritage, Special 130, Renown 400), and I can always get my sound. I have recently purchased a Roland JC-120, and I cannot wait to run the Sheraton through it!!!

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    4.0

    Epiphone Sheraton II: Great guitar for the price; especially with modifications

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    from Seattle Washington

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    I bought one of these used; it's from 2003, made in China from my serial number research. The previous owner kept the neck pickup stock and replaced the bridge pickup with a Seymour Duncan '59. He also replaced the plastic nut with one of bone(which probably helps with tuning issues some have mentioned. The guitar in looks, finish is well done, and in playability and tone sounds great. As others have said, it's a great guitar that is very amenable to modifications(especially the pickups and nut) to get a '335' style axe that is all it's own?and hundreds less. Love the headstock inlay?so classic! The gold hardware plating, as many have said, does not last?but if you replace the pickups with American made ones I don't think you'll have that problem. You don't have to yearn for a Gibson ES335 and break the bank?give the Epiphone Sheraton a try!

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    4.0

    Perfect after a set-up/upgrades

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    from Indianapolis, IN

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    These are beautiful well made instruments that are in my opinion the best instruments Epiphone manufactures. Mine is the vintage sunburst finish and there were no imperfections and it shines like a mirror. That being said, they are still Epiphone's and you need to get them set-up at the least. After setup it played better than my Gibson ES-335 and the Gibson is now sitting comfortably in its case while the Sheraton gets all the attention. I recommend replacing the nut with a bone or tusk nut, and switching out the pickups with some Seymour Duncan '59 humbuckers. Do that, and this instrument will never disappoint you.

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    5.0

    Great guitar and doesn't break the bank

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    from kentucky

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    I originally bought this guitar because I was taking Jazz guitar lessons at my university and didnt want to take my $2000 gibson les paul on campus. Turns out I use this guitar much more than I expected I would. Mainly us it for Blues and Jazz and I love it. It will never match the feel and tone of a gibson 335 or 339 but it is a good guitar for the price. The guitar is very versatile (I dare say epiphone's most versatile guitar) and sounds good for rock blues jazz or just about anything. I played a great deal of Jazz blues with it and loved it. it is well put together light and feels good in your hand. the body may be a little big for some but it fits me great. Feed back is minimal for a guitar in this price range. Tone is great as it givs of a warm tone great for bluse and Jazz but allso can be adapted for rock. I would say the tone fits blues or the hybrid Jazzbluse the best then clean jazz second and rock third but it can do all three great I highly recommend the sheraton to anyone looking at this. not the greatest guitar but i wouldn't be afraid to play a gig with it. It wont measure up to its gibson equivalent but you really cant beat it for the price.

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    5.0

    Hard to Pass Up!!

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    from Kansas City

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    Don't believe the hype!! This guitar is one you can't pass up on!!The pickups are great, people keep saying that this guitar doesn't have good pickups but it does. Those people wouldn't know good sound if it hit them in the face. The finish is flawless, and the neck plays like butter. Don't worry about buying a Gibson ES-335 or whatever, buy this guitar. IT WILL BE A BUY YOU WILL NEVER REGRET!!!

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    5.0

    I'm a believer

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    from New Orleans, Louisiana

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    Bought this guitar last Thursday in New Orleans. I own a Rickenbacker 360 and a Tex Mex Tele. Wanted a hollow body with humbuckers so looking at Grestch, Gibson, Casino, Riviera, and Sheraton II. Without a doubt Sheraton just felt better to hold much less play. I've played about 50 years off and on and got into it again about 4 years ago and I can tell you that I have finally found the growl I have been looking for. This guitar is a beast and a Chinese import was THE LAST GUITAR I WOULD EVER BUY!! I was wrong. Quality craftsmanship, electronics, and playability has me sold on this tone beast.

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