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Item Reviews for: Epiphone Sheraton II Archtop Electric Guitar  -  EPI SHERG LIST

Can't Put Her Down!
By: M Campbell from San Diego, CA      Submitted: 10/4/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? A total joy to play! She plays and sounds as good as she looks. I have been a tried and true Fender fan for years, but now I will also sing the praises of Epiphone! Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? Overall quality of craftsmanship is good with only one minor flaw in construction which does not impede in any way with it's playability or sound quality ( a rough join where the neck meets the body on the back of the guitar). I play mainly blues and blues based rock, but also cross over into country rock, punk, hard rock and power pop. I find this guitar crosses over quite well with all of the categories. If you can't get the sound you want from this guitar, you can't place the blame on her. Feel Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Having played mainly a Fender Stratocaster for years, I expected to initially feel some adjustment moving to a larger body electric guitar, yet found the transition to be easy. In fact, my Stratocaster feels slightly heavier than the Sheraton II. Right out of the box I found the action to be set just right. The neck feels very comfortable in my hand and she plays like a dream. My biggest problem is putting her down...she just makes me want to keep on playing. Tone How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin? I've read reviews that the sound can be "muddy" from the stock pick-ups, but I've not found that to be the case. I run her through my various Fender amps and find I can get some exceptional tones from her. I've already begun to write and record music using this guitar and I'm very pleased with the results I am getting. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Mine is in the Natural finish. I had been on the fence between this and the Ebony. I couldn't be more pleased with my choice in finishes. The beauty of the natural wood grain can not be beat. I assure you, even the best photographs can do no justice to the Natural finish. It's so much more impressive in person. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? This guitar looks like it should cost a good grand more than it does. Regardless of the name on the headstock, after getting a Sheraton II, you'd be hard pressed to think a regular ES 335 looks more beautiful. And even if you personally find the pick ups or other hardware not to your liking, you can simple swap them out and still have a real stunning guitar like no other. I got an unexpected bonus in that my model came with the five piece neck, as apposed to the three piece. My initial choice for the Natural finish was because I liked the look of the five piece neck. But, through correspondence with Epiphone/Gibson, was made aware that Epiphone was no longer manufacturing the five piece neck models. When contacted, AMS informed me they no longer had any in stock, as well. So, when I removed her form the box and turned her over to see those "beauty lines" on the back of the neck, I couldn't have been more excited. Playability How was the action out of the box? Just as with my Epiphone Wildkat which I purchased only months earlier, the action was set just right for me right out of the box. Both are proving to be really great sounding and playing guitars.
Well worth the money
By: David from Bonita, Ca. 91902      Submitted: 8/7/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. This Guitar plays great, looks great,& sounds great (after new strings) Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It looks like it is very well made. I have an American Strat. & Taylor Accoustic I 've played for years. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? It is Dark & Smooth. Pickups were hot & spot on Finish How did the stain or paint job look? My very Glossy, Ebony Epi. looks HOT!
It's a good one.
By: zimmazamm      Submitted: 7/23/2013

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Vintage Sounds
By: Brian from Biloxi MS US of A      Submitted: 6/21/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Quality product. Finish has small imperfections,paint over binding,over cut on inlays, but at a fraction of the price of big brother Gibson, I can happily live with it. Is prone to feedback when cranked or too close to amp. When set right it is sweet, cool jazz, gritty blues, rock and roll. Overall I would buy one again, maybe natural this time. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? May be made in China but has Gibson QC to keep it top notch. Some very small imperfections in finish but at $600 it's not really an issue. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Has a typical humbucker tone with a bit more high and sustain, watch cranking up or standing close to your amp it does have typical hollow body feed back. Can play some cool jazz runs or loud rock. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Finish was good had a few small spots wherepaint was over binding, inlays have a few spots where wood was over cut and epoxy filled spaces.
Totally Awesome
By: Jeff Phillips from Santa Ana Ca. USA, teleplayer51@hotmail.com      Submitted: 6/18/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Very well built guitar. Ordered it on a Friday night and received it the following Wednesday. This instrument came in perfect condition. Feels very well built. Finish is Flawless Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I don't think dependability will be an issue at all. Guitar is very solid and well built. The Sheratons are made in Korea so it is far superior to the Dot which is made in China Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? guitar can go from Snappy to dark and mellow. Neck pickup gets a nice creamy tone, whereas the bridge pickup does have the right amount of clarity. As good as they are, I am someone who can't leave stuff stock for long. I will probably upgrade the pickups to Real Gibson classic 57's or SD Seth Lover 59's. Also might change the caps to Orange Drops. I have noticed that capacitors do make a pretty big difference. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I got the natural finish one and it is perfect. I checked it over very carefully for any flaws. None were found. Beautiful maple finish with perfectly matched grain.
"Incredible Archtop Electric Guitar"
By: David P. Makowski from Plymouth Meeting, PA United States      Submitted: 5/22/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. The Epiphone Sheraton 2 is such a beautiful instrument to own. I believe Epiphone puts extra attention into this guitar as it is the "Flagship" of their product line. Forget where this guitar is manufactured because a quality guitar is a quality guitar. It looks outstanding and has an awesome tone. AMS also offers a deal if you purchase the guitar and matching Epiphone Hard Shell Case which is also very well made. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The Epiphone Sheraton 2 is built to perfection. I cannot find one single flaw anywhere on this guitar. I tuned the guitar one time when it arrived and have not had to tune it for days. Once in a while (applies to most guitars) I may need to check the G or B string after serious string bends. The finish is spot on, the hardware is top notch, and the 3-way switch plus volume/tone controls feel solid and appear to be of good quality. I am sure they are Alpha Potentiometers as opposed to CTS Potentiometers and the 3-way switch is not a Switchcraft but works great. I have no idea what capacitors are connected between the volume and tone controls however I have experimented with "Bumble Bee" and various "PIO" such as Waverly's and I can't tell a big difference. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? My Epiphone Sheraton 2 sounds thick and creamy. Another description would be a fat sound. The pickups are double wax potted and they are super quite. No feedback or squelling during abrupt stops or at the end of a song. Excellent sustain and clarity from the factory pickups. The neck pickup really stands out as a violin type of sustain. The bridge pickup is bright and not too mid-rangey. I love the stock pickups. I have read a lot of reviews where guitarists feel that Epiphone pickups are inferior and they often recommend changing them out. One thing to consider is that when you plug your Epiphone into your rig, you really should adjust the EQ as most people have their rig set up for a Gibson Les Paul or Fender Stratocaster. Of course the Epiphone may sound muddy, thin, or just "not right" but once you adjust your amplifier and any pedals you may be using, you should see a difference in how good these stock pickups really are. Epiphone takes great care in manufacturing their pickups. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish on my Sheraton 2 was flawless. I bought the "Natural" color.
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