This is a vintage 1966 Epiphone Sheraton semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 409212, is in very excellent condition, though the original pickguard has slightly deteriorated and the resulting gas has oxidized the gold-plating from the original mini-humbuckers. This extremely rare specimen features an incredibly rare cherry red finish, just like that played by blues legend John Lee Hooker. 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 (very rare)
– (2) Mini humbuckers (Pat. No.)
– Thin semi-hollow body with solid maple block down center (like an ES-355)
– 7 layer top body binding, multiple bound neck, back, headstock, pickguard
– Flower headstock inlay
– V-block pearl/abalone fingerboard inlay
– “E” block Maestro tailpiece
– Gold plated parts
– Gold-plated Grover tuning machines
– Gold insert reflector knobs
– Smooth tolex Gray hard case
This guitar plays and sounds great. Although the neck sports a 1 5/8″ nut width, the slim-taper profile is extremely comfortable, and it feels larger than average. The factory original large frets enable ease of playability, and the action is quite low. The 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 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. Aside from the unsightly pickguard deterioration and consequent artifiacts, for which this material is notorious, the instrument is in mint condition. The pickguard remains intact, although it exhibits the usual crystallization from such a process. The gassing also propagated the oxidation of the humbuckers and discoloration of the original finish, which did not effect the wood underneath. While this unfortunately happens to many Epiphones and Gibsons of this era, this example isn’t so bad in comparison.
This is a fantastic guitar in excellent condition. In fact, it is also such a rare variant, that is is highly unlikely that you will see another any time soon.