While the Epiphone Casino is a full hollow body guitar like the Gibson ES-330, the Sheraton has a semi-hollow body with a maple centre block similar to the ES-335. The Sheraton premiered in 1958 after Gibson purchased Epiphone, and the earliest examples use components left over from Epiphone's New York factory. In 1961, a vibrato tailpiece and mini-humbucker pickups were made standard. Sheratons were built in Gibson’s Kalamazoo facility from 1958 to 1970.
So essentially, this Sheraton is an ES-355 with mini humbuckers, gold hardware, different tailpiece and an Epiphone badge. If this guitar had Gibson on the headstock it would be double the price. And Gibson wasn't even making blondes by 1965.
Features - 1965 Epiphone Sheraton in excellent condition
- Original natural finish in great shape showing light playing wear only
- 24 ¾” scale length
- Tortoise shell pickguard
- Trem-o-Tone tailpiece
- Multi-bound top and back
- Maple centre block
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Pearl & abalone block inlays with V inserts
- Original frets in excellent condition
- "Tree of Life" headstock inlay
- Original gold hardware showing natural tarnishing
- Original Grover tuning machines
- Original mini humbuckers and electronics
This is an early ‘65 Sheraton so it still has all the ‘64 features including that excellent neck profile that everybody wants on their 335 -
Nut Width: 1 5/8"
Width at 12th: 2.0"
Depth at 1st: .79"
Depth at 12th: .97”
It plays beautifully in all positions and is set up nicely with a medium low action. The mini humbuckers are killer – offering up a tight & focused punch without the mud of some full sized humbuckers. Bridge pickup reads 7.7k, neck pickup 7.1k
This is a beautiful guitar in every way – a true vintage classic without the price tag of its factory siblings from the same era.
Comes in its original Epiphone hard shell case on good overall condition.