The Epiphone Sheraton is a thinline semi-acoustic, semi-hollow bodied electric guitar. Though the Sheraton and all its variations were introduced under the ownership of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, Epiphone is the exclusive manufacturer.
Gibson designed the Sheraton’s body at the same time as their similar, though less fancy ES-335 model. It featured the same double rounded horns body as the 335 and had similarly placed electronics. The Sheraton was fitted with a set glued-in neck, in accordance with Gibson’s standard practice. One distinguishing characteristic of the Sheraton was its Frequensator tail piece. While Gibson’s 335 usually featured a stop tail piece or in some cases a vibrato tail-piece, the Sheraton had a Frequensator. Another unique feature was its inlay. The 335 originally used dot inlays on the neck, later replaced by blocks. The Sheraton featured a block and triangle inlay, as well as a fancy vine on the headstock.
The Epiphone Sheraton II was introduced in 1986 and featured only one major difference. The Frequensator tail piece was now replaced by a fixed stop bar. Recently the vintage sunburst finish that many Sheratons are made in has changed color from a black on deep red color to a black on orange-yellow color.
Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups
Semi-hollow laminated maple body & top
Mahogany center block
5-ply body, neck, pickguard & headstock binding
Set maple neck with SlimTaper “C” profile
Rosewood fingerboard with V-block inlays
12″ fingerboard radius
22 medium-jumbo frets
Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Elevated tortoise pickguard with “E” emblem
Gold bell knobs
2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
3-way selector switch
1.68″ nut width
5-piece maple/walnut neck 1986-2007
Maple neck with scarf-joint 2008-Current
“Epiphone By Gibson” 1986-1988
This one was built at the Samick plant in Korea, 1998