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1988 Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Semi-Hollow Guitar Vintage Sunburst


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Up for sale, a 1988 Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This well-crafted, uncommon Epiphone was produced at the Samick factory in Korea. Covering all the tonal bases of your favorite ES-335, the Sheraton features maple semi-hollow construction (hollow wings with a center block for added sustain and reduced feedback) and a five-piece maple/walnut neck. Unplugged, the sound is warm and resonant, and the stock humbuckers deliver plenty of sonic richness, with more bite in the bridge position and thicker sounds at the neck. The humbuckers are also wax potted for feedback reduction, with a balanced midrange and tight lows. This Sheraton II weighs 8lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The five-piece maple/walnut neck has a medium depth D-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and ideal heft, measuring .855” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features multi-ply binding and pearl block inlay split by abalone triangles, with fret-edge binding on the flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the replacement hand-carved bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock features an uncommon "Epiphone by Gibson" inlay, as well as Epiphone’s Tree of Life. The gold tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should, and the back of the headstock retains the foil serial sticker.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by independent pairs of Volume and Tone controls, plus a three-way pickup selector switch. The gold hardware exhibits uniform patina through the plating down to the bare nickel, and plastics comprise the quartet of ambered bonnet knobs and multi-ply bound tortoise pickguard.

Small mounting holes from a previous Bigbsy install have been cleanly filled (two on top behind the stopbar, and a few around the rear strap button). The gloss Vintage Sunburst finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of pinhead-sized dings and faint scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and along the lower bout perimeter. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is pristine.

A padded softshell case is included.