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Guitar of the Day: Epiphone Sheraton II

Is the fat, airy, warm tone of a hollowbody guitar calling out to you but you just can’t live without the sustain and attack of a solidbody? The Epiphone Sheraton II can deliver all of that and more. Players familiar with semi-hollowbody — thin hollowbody with center block design — guitars know that they are present in nearly every genre of music and will appreciate the Sheraton II’s sonic goodies. It also has a surprisingly budget-friendly price, especially for a guitar with so many pro features and such great tone!

Start with a five-layer maple/birch body with a mahogany center block, add a hard rock maple neck and you have this guitar’s awesome foundation. The Alnico Classic humbuckers, made from Gibson USA parts, highlight all of the Sheraton II’s punchy attack, great sustain, and big, round, fat tone. The Slim Taper “C” neck profile makes this a fast playing axe. Gold-plated hardware, mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, multi-bound body and neck, and Epiphone’s historic “Tree of Life” headstock inlay make this a sharp looking guitar as well.

The original Sheraton had a split-trapeze Frequensator tailpiece but the Sheraton II has a stop tailpiece for increased sustain. The 14:1 Grover tuners, 500k-ohm potentiometers, and a Switchcraft pickup selector round out the fact that this guitar is totally pro, despite its price tag. Shown here in a Natural finish, the Sheraton II is also available in Ebony and Vintage Sunburst and all three are beautifully classic.

Find out why Blues legend John Lee Hooker and guitarists as diverse as Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Mathew Followill (Kings of Leon), and Nashville “A-team” session guitarist Pete Wade have used the Epiphone Sheraton II on stage and in the studio. It’s a great sounding, looking, and playing pro-grade guitar at a seriously competitive price.

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