Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO Review

Written by Mark Le. Last updated on September 11, 2020.
Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO Review

My life took a 180-degree turn when I first started using this new guitar, and to help you enjoy the same feeling, and I am writing this Epiphone Sheraton-ii pro review. I have always been a music enthusiast, but I never thought of it as more than my passion.

But people who listened to me play always suggested that I started a career in music. My low confidence didn’t allow me to do that until one day my father asked me to perform for kids at our Church.

I knew it was for a good cause, so I didn't resist. The crowd applauded and cheered as I sang a spiritual song, and the kids were beyond delighted. That day, I decided that I was going back here every week and help bring smiles to these children's faces. Now all that was left was to buy a new guitar. My old one was okay too, but I wanted something exceptionally good to mesmerize my audience and leave an everlasting impact.

Things to Consider Before Buying an Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO

It took a lot of courage to finally go and perform on the stage, and I knew there was no turning back for me. But if I had to do it, I wanted to do it the right way. The Sheraton pro was my only choice because it provided me with all the features that I needed to stand out in the crowd. The model comes with a laminated back and sides that are made with maple wood. The neck is also made with the same material and comes inside a sleek body.

The triangle inlays and the rosewood fingerboard further added to the unit’s appeal and made it appear more durable. There are also medium, and jumbo frets included that really pleased me. Sheraton also includes 2 or 3 pickup and coil taps that come in handy to make adjustments to the sound. To top all this, there is the lock tune o Matric Bridge that will provide greater accuracy. However, before moving further, I asked myself these three things.

  • Will the model offer me precision?
  • Is it difficult to adjust?
  • Can I afford it easily?

That being said, I didn't just base my decision on the answers to these. I also had other things on my priority lists, such as the size, weight, and color of the model. Luckily, I was satisfied with every single aspect of the Epiphone Sheraton.

Presenting the Product

I still remember the first time I opened the package in which my guitar came; I was totally mesmerized. It was extremely beautiful and had has a solid and sturdy design. I knew I wasn't going to have any complaints in regards to durability. And so far, I haven't had any. Moreover, I also like the inclusion of nickel silver to the body that reduces any occurrence of backward or eddy currents. These come in handy when the conductivity is low, but you still want to achieve consistency. Furthermore, regardless of the settings, I could always achieve a more transparent and fully crisp output from my model. 

Pros

  • Made with maple wood that provides durability
  • The sleek body makes it easy to handle
  • Rosewood fingerboard offers accuracy
  • Comes with medium and jumbo frets
  • Offers a stop bar tailpiece for efficiency

Cons

  • Expensive

Features & Benefits

If I were only to say that this guitar has been used by legendary musicians such as Noel Gallagher, John Lee Hooker, among others, it would be quite sufficient. But I didn't want to fangirl over all this and just genuinely wanted to make a rational choice, even if it required extensive research. I looked at all the superb features that the model offered. Here is my pick for what really stood out.

Body - Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO Review

Since the guitar needs to be held the whole time, I was really conscious of its body and design. Luckily, it came with a double cutaway and a semi-hollowed body that was chambered to increase appeal. Moreover, the exterior was laminated with maple and had a smooth glossy finish to make it look more attractive. It is also easier to handle the unit with the right hand.

Neck and weight

I am discussing both these features together because they greatly influence each other. I wanted a sleek neck that was also stable. Sheraton came with a thin neck that was also made with maple wood and whose joints were tightly set in. It was around 25 inches long and came with a standard truss rod and a glossy finish.

Fretboard

If there is one thing that I didn't want to compromise on at all was the durability and efficiency of the fretboard. Rosewood is used for the construction, and this material enhances the strength and resistance of the unit. Moreover, it offers a radius of 12 inches and is available in a medium-jumbo size. There are a total of 22 frets available on the board, and the inlays are of block and triangle shape.

Hardware

The hardware was also something I really loved. Sheraton came with rock-solid nickel hardware that was embellished with gold color. There is also an unbeatable lock Tone bridge that ensures a powerful performance. This, together with a stronger tailpiece, provides easier tuning. The guitar is further strengthened with 10-46 gauge strings.

Benefits - Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO Review

  • It comes with the ProBucker technology, which is one of the most critically acclaimed and reliable technologies in the market.
  • Nickel silver reduces eddy currents and ensures you always get a crisp output.
  • It also offers cast Alnico ii magnets that make them more precise in their tunes.
  • The package comes with 4 conductor lead wire, and vacuum wax petted magnets that eliminate any microphonics.
  • It is available in a variety of finishes, including ebony, sapphire, and vintage ones.

Reference:  https://www.epiphone.com/Guitar/EPIF14482/Sheraton-II-PRO/Ebony

Social Proof

If I had ever been awestruck by something, it was definitely this. This Korean made design was everything I needed to get over my fears and conquer the stage. But since this was a huge step for me, I didn't want to take any rash decision. There was only one thing that could alleviate my tension. I knew I had to look at what other people were saying about the product. I went to popular sites like Amazon to see what the whole fuss was about. And I was overjoyed to see that people absolutely devoured this product. They fell in love with the truss rode and the sleek body that allowed them to enhance their performance on stage.

Resource: https://www.amazon.com/Epiphone-SHERATON-II-Thin-line-Semi-Hollowbody-Electric/dp/B00YS9OEX8

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Alternatives

Once I make up my mind on something, I rarely divulge. But guitars aren’t cheap, and I knew I would regret not being more careful. Sheraton was still my top priority, but there were also other models that caught my eye. I decided to review all of them side by side to get a comprehensive picture. To be fair to all these products, I only compared the features that were similar in design and intention.

At the end of my research, I was more adamant than ever that this was the brand and the model that I wanted to invest my hard-earned money on. Sheraton did not only have a strong body, but it was also lightweight, which gave me a lot of confidence on the stage. Moreover, the use of maple wood also gives it a bright shiny texture that is wonderful to look at.

Putting the results in tabular form helped me a lot. I am sure it will help you too.

Ibanez Electric Guitar

Epiphone SHERATON-II PRO Ibanez Electric Guitar
Full maple body adds to the consistencyBack and front are made different materials
Weighs 2 pounds onlyWeighs 8 pounds
ExpensiveCheaper

Fender 6 String Electric Guitar

Epiphone SHERATON-II PRO Fender 6 String Electric Guitar
Rosewood is more durableNickel steel lacks strength
Ebony color adds to the aesthetic appealThe multi-colored body does not look attractive
Learning requires timeEasier to learn

Squier by Fender Affinity

Epiphone SHERATON-II PRO Squier by Fender Affinity
Suitable for use with both handsNot suitable for left-handers
A lightweight body adds to the portabilityHeavier body restricts portability
ExpensiveCheaper

Conclusion

If there is one thing that no guitarist wants; its eddy currents. These aren’t only very undesirable but also lead to a loss in power, heating and a general degradation in performance. The use of nickel silver in Sheraton helps reduce the occurrence of these currents even when there is low conductivity. This, together with an excellent tonal response, helps you produce a very crisp output. But these weren't the only reasons Sheraton came in handy. It was both lightweight and extremely attractive, and everyone who laid their hands on it wanted to use it.

The Epiphone Sheraton is a force to be reckoned with, and thankfully, I learned that at just the start of my musical career.

Article written by Mark Le
An enthusiastic and charismatic Christian – dedicated to living a life of full service to the ministry through helping churches in bridging the gap between the Gospel and Technology.

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