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    1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Picked up this guitar a while back not knowing exactly what to do with it. It had already been drilled for a stoptail (strange metric bushings) and the original New York pickups (which I have) had been replaced with the mini-humbuckers. It had the original Bigsby but as I said, it was already drilled for a stoptail. Putting the NY pickups back would require routing out the wood that was added to mount the humbuckers so I figured I wouldn't do that yet. I'd see how I like the minis. Sent it to Terry Mueller to replace the metric bushings with Pigtail, fix the nut on the truss rod, and wire it correctly. It had been wired poorly when the minis were put in.

    I am stunned at how great this thing sounds. I never liked mini-humbuckers before, but man, these really sound good. Almost Tele-like. Great feel to the neck. And those knobs with the little brads for pointers are too cool.




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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    That is awesome. Does that have the center block or is it more like a 330?

    JD

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    That is pretty slick.

    I've *heard* the minis sound better than the New York pickups.
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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Beautiful !!!

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Jeez Tom, I had one EXCACTLY like that back in 1972. I was still 17, about to turn 18 and would sneak into a late night Country Western bar "across the river" and jam with the "old" guys. I had a brand new Tele thinline with "F" holes, two Fender humbuckers in natural ash and the guitar player in the house band loved it. I traded the tele for his natural Sheraton and it was a dead ringer for that one. I'm sure it's way too much a coincidence but I wouldn't be too shocked if that was it. Beautiful!!

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Wow, Kerry. Bigsby? And stoptail drilled? Could be, although the guy I got it from, retired professor in Kansas City claims to have had it since the early 60s. Claims the changes were done before he got it. How much true and how much fable is anyones guess though. But there are not many of them so it's an amazing coincidence either way.

    By the way, Joe D., yes, a center block.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Quote Originally Posted by TomGuitar View Post
    Wow, Kerry. Bigsby? And stoptail drilled? Could be, although the guy I got it from, retired professor in Kansas City claims to have had it since the early 60s. Claims the changes were done before he got it. How much true and how much fable is anyones guess though. But there are not many of them so it's an amazing coincidence either way.

    By the way, Joe D., yes, a center block.

    No, it was a Bigsby. I agree it is highly unlikey but if it was a possibility the mods would have been done afterward. It left my possession a few weeks after I got it IIRC. I find it strange that someone would have forsaken the Bigsby for a stop in the 60's like he said. Bigsbys were in high demand and much more desirable at that time. At any rate, it sure brings back memories of how many guitars I would whizz through back then. I never kept anything long.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Wow, what a beautiful guitar. I have a '64 RI John Lee Hooker Sheraton that I absolutely adore and has been my main gigging/teaching guitar for years. I wish I could get my hands on a real vintage example.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Very cool Tom and after the work it will be totally gig worthy, heavy duty mojo and the controls give it a little broadway vibe to boot.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Desperado View Post
    That is awesome. Does that have the center block or is it more like a 330?

    JD
    Sheratons have centerblocks... it's basicly a 345 with small humbuckers.
    Last edited by Troels; 03-29-08 at 06:18 AM.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Holy Mary, Mother of Pearl!

    That guitar is freakin' sweet!

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Hey, Tom. That's a cool looking guitar. Glad you're digging it. Another blonde for your arsenal. Enjoy!

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Tom, does that one have the early style multi-laminate neck?

    I've had several Sheratons and can't remember a bad one. But the early ones had neck shaes I prefered. Epi necks by the mid 60s were notoriously thin in width.
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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    TW, yes, early multi-laminated neck. The shape is very nice. Slight V to it. Nice and wide at the fingerboard, and plenty deep. Different than the Gibsons of the era, but very nice,

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Those Sheratons are very cool. I had one of those for a beater to go to band practice with. I stupidly thought the Epi was third rate Gibson made product. Boy was I soooo wrong. Of course at that time I thought the only "real" electric guitar was either a Gibson L-5CES or a D'Angelico(or L-5C acoustic) with a D'Armond floating pup clamped on. I was so ignorant about guitars in those days, I didnt appreciated semi-acoustics and I thought solid bodies were tinny unmusical sounding junk. I was wrong. I still love archtops with no center block though. I've also found my best jazz tones come from my Advanced Jumbo, although I've found(as we all have) that pretty decent sounds can be made on any instrument. Sheratons are under-appreciated IMHO.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Re: TW's question about the neck. Here is a shot...


    And for the detail freaks among us...
    The inlays...


    And the unique to Epiphone knobs...

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    Quote Originally Posted by plaintop60 View Post
    Those Sheratons are very cool. I had one of those for a beater to go to band practice with. I stupidly thought the Epi was third rate Gibson made product. Boy was I soooo wrong. Of course at that time I thought the only "real" electric guitar was either a Gibson L-5CES or a D'Angelico(or L-5C acoustic) with a D'Armond floating pup clamped on. I was so ignorant about guitars in those days, I didnt appreciated semi-acoustics and I thought solid bodies were tinny unmusical sounding junk. I was wrong. I still love archtops with no center block though. I've also found my best jazz tones come from my Advanced Jumbo, although I've found(as we all have) that pretty decent sounds can be made on any instrument. Sheratons are under-appreciated IMHO.
    Don't be too mad at yourself, Plaintop... we all made mistakes and giot rid of guitars we shouldn't From this catalog I can mention in a split secund: 1965 blond telecaster, 1964 sunburst Strat, a couple of FINE SGs and... argghhhhhhhh...

    Vintage Sheratons are the way go if you madly want an old 335 and don't have the money for that kind of stuff; quite opposite of Casinos that reach much higher prices than ES-330s... but that's another story.

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    Re: 1960 Epiphone Sheraton

    I'm trying to locate the carousel knobs that are on your guitar. Would it possible for you to provide the measurements?
    Thanks in advance for your help.


    Quote Originally Posted by TomGuitar View Post
    Picked up this guitar a while back not knowing exactly what to do with it. It had already been drilled for a stoptail (strange metric bushings) and the original New York pickups (which I have) had been replaced with the mini-humbuckers. It had the original Bigsby but as I said, it was already drilled for a stoptail. Putting the NY pickups back would require routing out the wood that was added to mount the humbuckers so I figured I wouldn't do that yet. I'd see how I like the minis. Sent it to Terry Mueller to replace the metric bushings with Pigtail, fix the nut on the truss rod, and wire it correctly. It had been wired poorly when the minis were put in.

    I am stunned at how great this thing sounds. I never liked mini-humbuckers before, but man, these really sound good. Almost Tele-like. Great feel to the neck. And those knobs with the little brads for pointers are too cool.






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