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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.

Features
  • 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 62 reviews)

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    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent sound and value!

By Doctor Ron

from Coarsegold, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Gold plating too thin.

    Best Uses

    • Any musical style

    Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing for 40 yrs or so. This guitar sounds better than my Gibson ES335 and is 1/4 the price! Sound is well rounded with plenty of musical spectrum. Much more well rounded sound than a solid body. You can get shimmer and sparkle too because of the tapped pups activated by pulling up on the volume knobs. The fret board is smooth and fast--the only downside is that the frets themselves could have used a good polish--but that is normal for any Gibson/Epiphone or any guitar in this price range.
    The only downside to this guitar is the gold plating is very thin and after only 3 months or so of play it has worn off in a couple of places and I can see bare metal underneath.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gorgeous and just right as it is

    By Old John

    from St. Louis

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

        1. Superlative care in shipping. It came in the Epiphone box (very protective) inside a second box.
        2. Gorgeous out of the box. It was a restock, but after carefully examining it, it appeared flawless to me. Thanks for the discounted price!! The finish workmanship is top notch.
        3. Action was perfect for me, but I had to adjust intonation for the unwound strings. NBD.The neck was perfectly straight.
        4. My "go to" is a strat style/EMG guitar, so I was looking for something different and this is surely that.
        5. I had little confidence in off brand pickups (Epiphone is "off brand" in my book), but these are well suited to the guitar. You don't want to saturate the system when you play a semi-hollow. I have an 11 Rack, so finding an amp model that flattered the setup was not a problem. You cannot expect the same amp set up to work perfectly for a solid body and a semi-solid. These pickups have a much fatter sound than my EMG strat pickups -- neither good or bad, just a fact.
        6. Within 3 days, I knew this was a keeper. I am not big into comparisons (to the 335, for example), because each guitar deserves its own assessment, just like people do. I can get jazzy, clean and fat tones, then crank it up for hard core metal. Everything in between is there. For some reason, it is a superb rhythm guitar. Chords just sound so good.
        7. Whether this guitar suits you is personal, so I make no recommendation. It is surely worth a try.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Gibson Killer

        By na

        from DFW, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

        I haven't A/B'd this directly against a Gibson ES-335. But, as a Gibson USA guy for many years, please allow me pass on some knowledge I've acquired the hard way. There's as much pride in workmanship in this Epiphone as I've ever seen on a Gibson. Sure, Gibson has to justify their insane retail prices somehow. But $150 pickups, pretty finishes, and a Gibson logo do NOT justify dropping 2 or 3 grand for me anymore. I've spent thousands on Gibsons and I've never quite felt like I got my money's worth, aside from a few good used Studios and maybe a couple SGs I suppose. The Sheraton II however, is worth every penny and then some. Set up properly, action is absurdly low without ANY fret buzz. Pickups are a solid 4 out of 5. Great output and very articulate. Resonance and sustain are just vastly beyond any solid body I've ever played. I did recently play a Gibson ES-335 and I'm not gonna lie. The Gibson is a better guitar. The shocking thing though? Not by much! If the Gibson was a 10, then I'd give the Sheraton an easy 8.5 REGARDLESS of the msrp. The only things the Gibson has going for it are solid wood vs laminated, and the pickups. That's it. If that's worth spending the extra 2 or 3 grand, that's your prerogative. For me, this guitar lacks NOTHING that actually matters. Plays, sounds, and looks amazing. Mojo for miles! Built extremely well and made to last. If you want more out of a guitar, you're chasing something that doesn't exist.

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        brought mine in 2007 still kicks

        By requinto rivera

        from East chicago Ind

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • great 4 jazz (mainly)
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • gigs/ bed room (mostly)

          Comments about Epiphone Sheraton II Electric Guitar:

          I love this a great n warm pups this thing sing jazz (mainly) and blues use it with my bugera v-22 and wow. 4 those that think the pups r muddy they got a bad ax. but if u set the amp right then if not change the pups. I never would unless they go bad. I love mine and won't give it up made in korea.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

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

          By Mule

          from jax,fl.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          what a beautiful guitar!

          By Chrys

          from Austin, tx

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          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!

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classic rock and blues for 52 years

            By kenneth

            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 !

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sweet Guitar

            By HUEY

            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.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            20 year owner

            By Wallace

            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!!!

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

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

            By GARY BENSON

            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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