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Gibson used the same body for the Sheraton as it was using for its new ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355 models.It featured the same double rounded horns, and had similarly placed electronics.Unlike any of the semi-hollowbodies in the Gibson line, the Sheraton's headstock featured Epiphone's traditional fancy vine (or "tree of life") inlay on its headstock, while its fretboard featured a block and triangle (or "V") inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone, as well as binding on the fretboard's surface, inset slightly from the outer edges.1958 Epiphone Sheraton introduction specs: Thin body, double cutaway, semi-hollow with solid maple block down center; 2 Epiphone "New York" (single coil) pickups; 2 volume and 2 tone controls with white 'carousel' knobs, and a pickup selector switch; tune-o-matic bridge with no retainer wire; gold plated metal parts; Frequensator tailpiece or Bigsby vibrato; bound tortoise-shell pickguard; Epiphone 'E' tuners; multiple bound top and back; single bound rosewood fingerboard; abalone/pearl block "V" fingerboard inlays, neck joins body at 19th fret, 5-piece neck (from remaining Epiphone-built inventory) has a "V" chunky back shape; tree of life pearl peghead design; sunburst or natural finish.The Elite / Elitist Sheraton, Terada Japan 2002 - 2008.The standard Korean Sheraton, made in Korea from 1997 - 2006 The standard Chinese Sheraton made in China from 2008 - present The 'Epiphone Sheraton II' was introduced in 1996 , and featured only one major difference, the 'Frequensator' tail piece (which was only available on only certain models) was now replaced by a fixed stop bar. Currently original Sheratons are rare, but Sheraton II's are still in production and are readily available , although the specifications have changed immensely , including the change to 'Grover' Machine Heads (tuners) , has been a big improvement."Epiphone" script inlay on headstock becomes more streamlined in appearance.1963 Sheraton specs: Peghead shape becomes more elongated.
Distinguishing characteristics of the Sheraton included its multiple body binding (like that of its top of the line Gibson cousin, the ES-355); its Frequensator tail piece; and its headstock and fretboard inlays.Serial number now pressed into the back of the peghead between the D and G tuners, in addition to being on the blue Epiphone label in the bass "f" hole.The new Epiphone "Trem-o-tone" adjustable vibrato tailpiece is introduced.1962 Sheraton specs: Production changes from NY-made Epi necks to Gibson-made mahogany necks.Cherry red finish introduced (this will remain the rarest Sheraton finish throughout Gibson's production period of the 1960s).