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(@dazed_and_confused)
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I have been looking to buy a hollowbody. The other day in guitar Center i saw a beauty of a guitar the Epiphone Sheraton II. Has any one here played, heard, or own a Sheraton II? I would like to know how they play, sound, etc. All responses Welcome!!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Sheraton-II-Electric-Guitar?sku=518240

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(@maliciant)
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You shoulda picked it up and played it, cranked out some stairway to heaven on it... well, maybe not stairway but some scales or something, whatever is in your ability so you can compare. I'm positive that it's better than the fender hollow body I saw in a pawn shop today. I saw in another post that you've been playing for a year and a half, hopefully by now you are able to determine by playing an instrument if you like it or not. I'm not real comfortable with playing guitars in stores, especially if I'm not real serious about buying something, but unfortunately that's all you can do most of the time.


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(@jonny-guitar)
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I just recently bought a Studio Dot, which is a low end version of that type of guitar, and I really enjoy it. I like the sound a lot, and the Sheraton is bound to sound better(at least it should sound better but I can't say for sure, as I've never played one) and obviously, the Sheratons look a lot flashier then their younger siblings. They have a slightly wider neck then say a Fender strat, which I happen to really like, but it's a matter of taste. I can't get as bright a sound out of my Studio Dot as I can from my strat, which could have something to do with the pickups, I don't know. But it has a much cleaner sound then a strat even with the cheap pickups, and sounds sweet clean. I really love the warmth you can get from these semi-hollow bodies.

I did a little bit of research on Sheratons some time ago, while I was looking to buy a semi-hollow guitar, and people seem to really like them.

You've checked out the Ibanez Artcores, right? They're supposed to be a really great guitar for the deal, and they're really cool looking for pretty low price.


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(@redneckrocker)
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+1 for the Ibanez.

A buddy of mine has one, and it plays and sounds SWEET! I really liked the guitar, and I loved the tone.

Haven't played the Epiphone so I can't comment about it.

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(@oenyaw)
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I've got one. Absolutely love it. Plays and sounds very well. I've read (not there, of course) that among Sheraton players are George Harrison and Andy Partridge. I wanted it for the clean sound, whch it has. Play it, see how it feels. It won't let you down. I use Ernie Ball super slinky .08's on mine.

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(@jonny-guitar)
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The Sheraton II is also John Lee Hooker's favorite guitar, while we're talking about players who dig Epiphones.


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(@coloradofenderbender)
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I have a Sheraton II. I really like it. It is beautiful, well made and sounds great. I almost grabbed one at Guitar Center after playing it, but the price tag of $599 was a little steep for my budget at the time. A week later I scored my Sheraton on Ebay, practically unplayed, with a hard shell case for $325. If anyone is in the market for one, I suggesting looking at Ebay listings.

I do have an issue with the bridge on this guitar though. Check my post in the Repair & Maintenance forum and chime in if you have an answer for me! Thanks


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(@gary58)
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I live in the UK and have been thinking about buying the Sheraton, although they are very nice and excellent value for money, there are a few things to bear in mind.

1) This is not the guitar that G Harrison etc played, Epiphone were a company in their own right, and a competitor of Gibson in those days, now they have been bought up by Gibson and produced in far Eastern copies, the pups are inferior to Gibson, and the finish is polyurathene, not nitro cellulous laquer.

2) There is a range called the "Epiphone Elitest", which are Epiphones, but built in the USA with Gibson parts, inc pups and are of superior quality.

The cost, in the UK, for an Epi is about 500 pounds, and the Elitist is about 2,500 pounds!

Hope this helps.

Gary


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(@coloradofenderbender)
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Gary:

I think the Elitist series are built in Japan, but then shipped to the US, where they install the elctronics.


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(@twistedlefty)
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Gary:

I think the Elitist series are built in Japan, but then shipped to the US, where they install the elctronics.

correct, the elitists are built in their own factory in japan with some US parts i believe and setup here in the USA

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