Up for sale, a 1966 Epiphone Sheraton E212T in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The Sheraton represented the highest tiered thinline semi-hollowbody model offered by Epiphone in this era, manufactured by parent company Gibson at their Kalamazoo, MI factory. Made in sparingly small quantities across its 1959-1970 run (production only crested 100 instruments in the '67 model year), Cherry was the rarest of the three standard finishes available, with only 53 non-tremolo examples in existence.
The Epiphone equivalent of an ES-355 with upscale multi-ply body and neck binding, gold hardware, and pearl block inlays bisected by abalone Vs, the Sheraton is as visually stunning as it is tonally impressive. The original pair of hand-wound patent sticker mini humbuckers offer the sonic range and versatility of a 355, yet with a more articulate top end and bell-like chime. The bridge pickup is detailed and balanced, with a touch of growl and great sensitivity to your picking dynamics, while the neck pickup has notably more girth while still retaining clarity. The mini humbuckers really do re-voice the classic humbucker sound in a great way, and it's a perfect middle ground for players that gravitate towards humbuckers but also want a bit more snap and tighter bass response, features typically reserved for single coils. Acoustically, the guitar has excellent projection and bark, and at only 7lbs 13oz is quite easy on the back too. We've professionally setup this Sheraton here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialing it in with spot-on intonation, low action, and fresh 11-49 strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with generous shoulders in every register and significant roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The multi-ply bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been professionally refretted with absolutely flawless jumbo fretwire, and the guitar plays effortlessly up the straight neck with a responsive and ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and an upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures just a hair over 1 5/8" in width. The headstock features Epiphone's ornate "tree of life" inlay, fitted with original pat. pending Grover Rotomatic tuning machines which show patina on the buttons and turn smoothly.
All of the electronics function as intended, and both mini humbuckers retain their original perfect patent stickers on the baseplates with untouched solder on the covers. The gold hardware includes a replacement vintage patent # ABR-1 bridge with ideal surface patina to match the original Frequensator tailpiece. The original early ABR-1 bridge with foundry stamp is also included, but caving slightly in the middle and not ideal for a properly spec'd setup. Plastics include the original quartet of reflector cap knobs, and the original multi-ply bound dark tortoise pickguard is in excellent condition. Visible through the bass-side F hole, the original blue rectangular Epiphone serial/model badge is visible with clean text and unfaded paper.
The original Cherry gloss nitro lacquer finish is rich and saturated, with prominent lacquer checking across the body, most concentrated beneath the pickguard from the typical off-gassing of the tortoise material, which has also contributed to the patina on the hardware. There are two cleanly plugged Bigsby B7 mounting holes on top, each with a dot of touchup, and cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to buckle rash central to the back and a few additional ancillary scuffs and marks. The neck exhibits horizontal lacquer checking extending the length of the profile, with some light wear through the gloss adjacent to the neck binding from natural palm wear.
An era-correct Gibson black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior is included.