Vey Well Pleased

Neil Scarlett

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Hello. About a year ago I achieved a very long held ambition and bought a cherry red Gibson 335 (a retirement present, used, not brand new!). I'm not a professional, just a back bedroom strummer but I'd always lusted after one.

A few weeks ago I got a used 2007 Epiphone Sheraton, sunburst finish. I can't believe how good the Epiphone is - the build quality is excellent, visually it looks superb, the hardware is spot on and it plays really well and feels good to hold. The Gibson is slightly more "sophisticated" in sound with better dynamics and a somewhat wider and cleaner range of tones which makes the Sheraton sound slightly muddier and warmer in comparison, but I have to say that the Sheraton's is quite an appealing sound and there's nothing wrong with it at all, it's just a bit different.

The Gibson was 7 times the cost of the Epiphone. I would rate the Epiphone at at least 80% of the Gibson. I'd always wondered about the difference between the two and this was a real eye opener. To my mind the Sheraton is a real bargain for the money, it is a quality instrument in all aspects and I am very well pleased with it.

Just though I'd put my feelings on record.
 

Noodling Guitars

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Welcome, but more importantly....
This is a "guitar porn" blog, pics, please......👀
I concur and second this!!!

Joking aside, the Epi semi-hollows seem to be quite popular and get good reviews! Those late 2000s models also tend to be a steal nowadays too.
 

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I have two late '80s Sheratons and, yeah, I think they are every bit the guitar a Gibby 335 is. Really great guitars by any measurement
 

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Nice, i have a epiphone dot i got for 500 USD a dang. I have access to the bf's Heritage version of ES called H555 and though the epiphone is 70 % of Heritage it still means epiphone is a real value, even the Lucille at 950 USD (vs gibson) for a giggable guitar (only need to do a set up). Heritages range in 2500 USD the low end for Gibson's ES. The bf is into Heritages and the history is some factory guys in Kalamazoo stayed and bought the factory from Gibson when they went to Tennessee .
 

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In my own experience many of Epiphones models are only slightly lesser than their Gibson cousins. When comparing both my '56 Gold Top Tribute and my ES 339 to my jam buddy's Gibson versions of both we both agreed that for the price the Epi versions were a better value.

As far as the Sheraton pickups go. If you'd like to get them to sound a bit more open and less muddy replace the stock pickup covers with those made of nickel silver. It will make a major difference in their tone and you'll hear more high end and less mud. Your choice of course.
 

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Yeah the Epiphone guitars are an amazing value. I have a Gibson les Paul standard and a SG. Both are great guitars but I went through several Gibson les Paul’s before I found one I really liked. I have 3 Epiphone les Paul’s that I liked as soon as I played them, to me that’s kinda weird Epiphone just seems to make great affordable guitars ready for the stage.
 


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