The Epiphone Sheraton
is a thinline semi-hollow body electric guitar. Though the Sheraton and all its variations were introduced under the ownership of the Gibson Guitar Corporation
is the exclusive manufacturer.
Under the ownership of Epaminondas Stathopoulo
, Epiphone was a leading manufacturer of hollow-body and archtop
guitars. Epiphone's guitars were of such high quality that they rivaled Gibson's hollow-body guitars. Until 1957, Epiphone was one of Gibson's fiercest competitors. The death of Stathopoulo in 1957 effectively ended Epiphone's independence and the company was sold to Gibson. In 1958, Gibson began to expand upon its Epiphone line of semi-hollow guitars. They reworked Epiphone's old Century archtop into a thinline electric fitted with a single P-90
. This was followed by the introduction of a twin-humbucker, double-cut thinline, the Sheraton.
Gibson designed the Sheraton's body at the same time as their similar, though less fancy (but more famous) ES-335
model. It featured the same double rounded horns body as the 335 and had similarly placed electronics. The Sheraton was fitted with a set glued-in neck, in accordance with Gibson's standard practice. One distinguishing characteristic of the Sheraton was its Frequensator tail piece. While Gibson's 335 usually featured a stop tail piece or in some cases a vibrato tail-piece
, the Sheraton had a Frequensator. Another unique feature was its inlay. The 335 originally used dot... Read More