The Epiphone Sheraton: An Upscale
Version of a Gibson Classic
In 1957, Gibson purchased the Epiphone Company, which
up until that time had been one of its fiercest rivals particularly
in the area of hollowbody archtop guitars. Prompted by a stern memo from
Ted McCarty to hurry up and introduce some new Epiphone models at the upcoming
NAMM show in 1958, Gibson introduced a completely new line of Epiphones,
highlighted by the now-legendary Sheraton.
While some of the new Epis had familiar names, such as
the Emperor and Deluxe, the Sheraton represented a first for Epi not
just in name but in its semi-hollowbody construction as well. Although
Gibsons ES-335 garnered more publicity from its 1958 debut, the Sheraton
offered the same revolutionary body style but with a more stylish look,
highlighted by its Emperor-style V-block fingerboard inlays and vine inlay
on the peghead.
The Sheraton was an immediate hit, the unique voice of
its mini-humbuckers soon made it the instrument of choice for many professional
artists of the time, including blues legend John Lee Hooker. Today Epiphone
continues the Sheraton legacy by offering three versions of this classic
Sheraton : MSRP $2,460 including hard case
Lee Hooker Sheraton &
MSRP $3,194 including hard case
The Sheraton-II features Epiphone's "Alnico Classic" pickups. Patterned
after Gibson '57 Classics, they offer warm, subtle tone with full, even response.
When pushed, they give you that classic humbucker crunch making them an excellent
choice for blues, rock and jazz.
All current Sheraton models feature Grover Machine Heads for precision
tuning and stability. With greater mass than other machine heads, they also
add weight to the headstock therefore increasing sustain and
All Sheratons feature a glued-in, dovetail neck joint with a 5-piece
neck of Hard Maple and Rosewood for maximum stability, sustain and
All Sheratons feature a multibound headstock with the historical "Mother
of Pearl" Vine inlay originally introduced in 1935.
All Sheratons feature a multibound neck and Rosewood fingerboard with
Epiphone historical V-Block inlays of Abalone and "Mother of Pearl" originally
introduced in 1935.
Gibson-made mini-humbuckers are used on the Elitist and JLH Sheratons.
Originally only available on certain Gibson-made Epiphone models, its smaller
size, narrow magnetic field and unique design combination produces a bright
and focused output while retaining the famous Gibson humbucker
When it comes to sustain, tone and ease of use, the original Gibson
Stopbar tailpiece and Tun-o-matic adjustable bridge cannot be
Designed and patented by Epiphone's Herb Sunshine, the frequensator
tailpiece was originally put into production in 1937. The short fork on the
bass side results in a deeper tone. The longer fork is used on the treble
side for extra brilliance. The forks are interchangeable for varying tone
as well as string tension.
The Elitist Sheraton comes with a high quality hard case featuring
the Epiphone Elitist brand name logo.
The John Lee Hooker Sheratons come with a high quality hard case featuring
the classic Epiphone vintage look.
Check out all the Sheraton models at your local Epiphone
Dealer. To find an Epiphone Dealer near you,