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1981 Epiphone Sheraton Vintage Guitar Antique Sunburst 100% Original, Japan Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1981 Epiphone Sheraton in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory, this very rare iteration of the Sheraton model represents the top tier of Epiphone's thinline semi-hollowbody production. The guitar features a dark Antique Sunburst gloss finish on the maple body, with a smooth and lively acoustic tone that translates faithfully through the humbuckers. The guitar positively sings with great clarity and smooth sustain, and each position on the three-way switch yields a complex, vital sound from cutting and chiming to rich and throaty. Weighing 8lbs 13oz, we've had this Sheraton professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with notable depth and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, filling out to a nice handful from the 7th fret and beyond, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut which features pearl block inlay bisected by abalone Vs. The original medium jumbo frets have fret edge binding and their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features multi-ply binding, the Epiphone logo and vine inlay, and gold Rotomatic-style Epiphone branded tuning machines. The original Gibson "Authorized Instrument" sticker is still intact on the back of the headstock too.

The electronics are all original, with untouched solder joints on the humbucker covers. The hardware complement includes an ABR-1 bridge and Frequensator tailpiece, and there is uniform surface patina across the gold plating. The original white label is visible through the F hole noting the Sheraton model and ASB (Antique Sunburst) finish. Plastic parts include gold reflector cap knobs, a cream switch tip, and a black multi-ply pickguard which shows prominent pick scuffing.

The Antique Sunburst gloss finish is particularly dark and saturated, and cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle rash and a few scattered small marks on the back, while the top shows sparingly little wear. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.