Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: McKay Music
Sound — 8
I like the sound through either a 50 watt Marshall or a 1965 Fender Vibrolux. I prefer my 65 Fender tube amp with echo-reverb built in, which, produces a fat round, clean tone at mid-volume. If more distortion is needed I increase the volume to 8-10. I purchased a amp stand which was needed when playing with other musicians who have larger amps. I can get nice 'pinch' harmonix when needed. On rare occasion I use a Dunlop wah pedal.
Overall Impression — 8
I have played for 50 years. All genre. Traveled on the road and played large venues and low-down bars. !00 watt double stacked Marshalls; 50 watt smaller Peavey, Fender, Vox, and the Epi has always done it's part. I name my guitars and, although not in the same class as my Gibson, Fender or, Gretsch, "Blondie" will remain in the family. Blondie is to darned pretty to let go.
Reliability & Durability — 7
As mentioned previously this is a working players guitar. Gig ready and set up for nightly use. This Epi is not hard on the shoulder as it is not a heavy guitar. I have never had any problem with the strap buttons, but, to be safe I installed locking buttons.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The crafmanship of this guitar is excellent. Perhaps other Korea made Epiphone were not so well made, but, this one is a work of art. The wood grain is matched and lined beautifully. The color contrast of blonde, gold, and, tortoise shell is an eye popper and I often get comments from the audience or other musicians.
Features — 8
I purchased an Epiphone Sheraton II in 1991, used, made in Korea. My Epi is blonde with gold hardware, tune-o-matic bridge, and 2 humbucking pick-ups. It has two tone and two volume 'witch-hat' knobs. The headstock has that beautiful Epiphone 'tree' design. The headstock is larger than many other guitars. The neck is comprised of 3 separate types of wood with a 'skunk' line down the middle. The finish has retained the high gloss Shine even after many years of use. I have used the guitar in rock, blues, country, and, some jazz bands. A very versatile guitar and a real headturner for looks. I had to replace the pots after much use. I usually set my guitars action and harmonics up but, the Epi required a Luthier, to reset the neck due to my A string not being balanced. I like the double cut-away, and it frets nicely up and down the neck. I installed off white fret markers in the upper neck similar to a Gibson. The tortoise shell pick-gaurd is classy, but, I had to place a small rubber pad between the guard and body due to the guard vibrating against the body. Ernie Ball strings either 0.9 or 0.10 work well; I prefer the 0.9 package. This Epi is a well crafted solid 'working' players guitar. I own Gibsons and Fenders and, although my Epi is an excellent instrument, it cannot compete with my Gibson or Fender. However, for durability, beauty, tone, and price it serves as a excellent back-up guitar. I noticed the price ($500.00 in 1992) has changed very little over the last 20+ years. I.e. minimal depreciation.