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The company was bought out by their main rival, Gibson in 1957.In 1958, Gibson began to expand upon its Epiphone line of semi-hollow guitars.The new Epiphone "Trem-o-tone" adjustable vibrato tailpiece is introduced.1962 Sheraton specs: Production changes from NY-made Epi necks to Gibson-made mahogany necks.The standard Korean Sheraton, made in Korea from 1997 - 2006 The standard Chinese Sheraton made in China from 2008 - present The 'Epiphone Sheraton II' was introduced in 1996 , and featured only one major difference, the 'Frequensator' tail piece (which was only available on only certain models) was now replaced by a fixed stop bar. Currently original Sheratons are rare, but Sheraton II's are still in production and are readily available , although the specifications have changed immensely , including the change to 'Grover' Machine Heads (tuners) , has been a big improvement.The 'First Release' (original) Sheraton II "re-issue" became much more popular than the original Epiphone's high end guitars, the elitist line, includes a Sheraton , although the Machine Heads (tuners) were less than 'desireable'. The most recently manufactured Sheratons were John Lee Hooker signature models.Sheraton production totals (data from 1961 to 1970 only): Cherry - 53 Cherry w/vibrato - 20 Natural - 59 Natural w/vibrato - 49 Sunburst - 243 Sunburst w/vibrato - 197 In 1970, production ceased in U. Mini-humbucking pickups were discontinued on the Sheraton, changing to standard full-sized humbuckers; serial numbering system changes.
Binding on fretboard moves to outer edges (no longer inset).
The Epiphone Sheraton is a thinline semi-hollow body electric guitar.
Though the Sheraton and all its variations were introduced under the ownership of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, Epiphone is the exclusive manufacturer.
It featured the same double rounded horns, and had similarly placed electronics.
The Sheraton was fitted with a set glued-in neck, in accordance with Gibson's standard practice.
Under the ownership of Epaminondas ("Epi") Stathopoulo, Epiphone was a leading manufacturer of hollow-body and archtop guitars. Control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo.