Here is a vintage 1966 Epiphone Sheraton semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 407504, is in immaculate condition and includes the original hard shell case, the original owner’s manual, and the original Bobby Lee leather strap! This extremely rare specimen features an incredibly rare hand-rubbed Cherry Red finish, just like that played by blues legend John Lee Hooker, as well as, a factory installed Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. The Epiphone Sheraton was the brand’s most elaborate and fancy semi-hollow and was even more expensive than Gibson’s ES-355! Consequently, the Epi Sheraton was produced in very small quantities, and those in cherry are nearly impossible to find.
– Cherry Red Finish (hand-rubbed, very rare)
– (2) Mini humbuckers (Pat. No.)
– Thin semi-hollow body with solid maple block down center (like an ES-355)
– 7-ply top body binding, multiple-ply bound neck, back, headstock, pickguard
– Flower headstock inlay
– V-block pearl/abalone fingerboard inlay
– Original gold Bigsby vibrato
– Gold plated parts
– Gold-plated Grover tuning machines
– Gold insert reflector knobs
– Large Pebble Black hard case with purple inteior (rare variety)
This guitar plays and sounds great. Although the neck sports a transitional 1 5/8″ nut width, the profile is substantially deeper than the 1 9/16″ slim taper shape, it feels larger than average, and is amazingly comfortable. The factory original large frets enable ease of playability, and the action is quite low. Pat. # mini-humbuckers sound surprsignly great, and have become a very accessible and popular pickup. This guitar doesn’t just look great, it also plays and sounds great as well.
In general, the guitar is in exquisite cosmetic condition. It is evident that the instrument was never seriously played. The frets are in perfectly intact condition, and exhibit no such playing wear. The guitar is in perfect structural shape, with no cracks, no breaks, no repairs and no modifications. Incredibly, there is zero evidence of pickguard deterioration and gassing, and only minimal expected oxidation to the gold hardware.
It weighs 8 lbs. and 6 oz.
The case is in very excellent condition, with slight wear on the exterior. The original hang tag is un-documented and blank, and is in incredibly well-preserved condition as well.