Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
The Sheraton-II PRO honours Epiphone's most influential 'thin-line' semi-hollowbody electric archtop, now offered with critically acclaimed ProBucker™ pickups with coil-splitting and a Graphtech® NuBone XL™ nut.
- ProBucker™ pickups with Coil-Splitting
- Maple body
- Grover™ machine heads
- Colour: Vintage Sunburst (VS)
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Hailed by blues legend John Lee Hooker as 'an out-did 335', the Sheraton has been renowned for decades for its combination of superior tone and beautiful pearloid and abalone inlays. Originally released in 1959, the inspiration for the 'thin-line' or ES series has its roots in Les Paul's first solidbody guitar, 'The Log', that Les built in Epiphone's factory in Manhattan in 1940.
'The Log' was made from Epiphone parts with a 4 x 4 inch piece of Pinewood down the middle. The ES-series is also semi-hollow with a solid centre, which makes it more resistant to feedback than a typical archtop guitar.
Inside the Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO
John Lee Hooker described the original Sheraton as an 'outdid-335' for its striking fingerboard inlay, classic shape, and elegant ivory and black binding on the top, back, neck, headstock and f-holes. The new Sheraton-II PRO has the same profile and is made from Laminated Maple and topped with a bound 'Tortoise' style pickguard with a signature metal 'E' (for Epiphone!) and the same classic binding.
5-Piece Laminated Neck
The 24.75 inch scale neck is hand-set and made of 5-piece laminated hard Maple/Walnut with a beautiful Rosewood fingerboard with block and triangle pearloid and abalone inlays, 22 medium jumbo frets, and a large vintage style 'Clipped Ear' headstock with the classic 'tree of life' motif. The Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO also now comes with the new Graphtech® NuBone XL™ nut that is as hard as bone but will last a lifetime without chipping or cracking. Graphtech moulds and engineers each NuBone XL™ nut for consistent tone and string balance as well as precise string spacing.
The Epiphone Sheraton™ II-PRO now features critically acclaimed ProBucker™ humbuckers.
The first humbuckers (often called 'Patent Applied For' for the telltale sticker found on the back of the pickups) were made at the Epiphone/Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the late 50s and have acquired a mythical status among guitar players. Epiphone ProBucker pickups have that elusive vintage sound because they are made with the same alloy as the originals--18% Nickel Silver unit bases and covers--along with Sand cast Alnico II magnets and high quality 4-conductor lead wire. Each ProBucker pickup is also vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics.
The Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO has a ProBucker-2™ in the neck position and a slightly hotter ProBucker-3™ in the lead position. Both pickups also have coil-splitting via their individual volume controls. Coil-splitting allows a player to turn a humbucker pickup into a single-coil pickup for endless tone combinations. Each ProBucker pickup's volume and tone control use 1 inch 500K Ohm potentiometers along with a 3-way pickup selector with an ivory-coloured toggle cap.
Epiphone Gold Hardware
The Epiphone Sheraton™ II-PRO has rock solid nickel hardware in elegant gold with an unbeatable LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge and StopBar tailpiece combo. Tuning is easy and reliable with gold Grover® Rotomatic machine heads with a pro-level 18:1 tuning ratio. The Sheraton-II PRO is strung at the factory with D'Addario® 10-46 gauge strings.
Epiphone Sheraton™ II-PRO Specifications
Body Wood: Laminated Maple
Top Wood: Laminated Maple
Neck: 5-pc Hard Maple/Walnut Laminated
Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper™
Neck Joint: Glued-in, set
Scale: 24.75 inch
Fingerboard: Rosewood with 'block and triangle' inlays/Pearloid and Abalone
Fingerboard Radius: 12 inch
Nut: Graphtech® NuBone XL
Nut Width: 1.68 inch
Frets: 22 medium jumbo
Top: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
Back: 1-ply (Ivory)
Neck: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
Headstock: 5-ply (Ivory/Black)
'f' Holes: 1-ply (Ivory/Black)
Headstock: Vintage 'Large Clipped Ear' with Mother of Pearl 'Vine' Inlay
Neck Pickup: ProBucker-2™
Bridge Pickup: ProBucker-3™
Bridge Volume with coil-splitting
Neck Volume with coil-splitting
Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
Truss Rod Cover: 2-ply, (Black/White), Vintage 'E' in White
Machine Heads: Grover® Rotomatics™, 18:1 ratio
Strings: D'Addario® 10-46 gauge
Colour: Vintage Sunburst (VS)