1962 Epiphone Sheraton

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by acousticplays, May 8, 2015.

  1. acousticplays

    acousticplays Gretschie

    Jan 31, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    So I found this little gem on my local Craigslist the other day...I had never seen one before until I ran across the ad.

    Turns out Epiphone made 1,962 of these in honor of their 50th anniversary, and I had actually been shopping around for a new partner for the Gretsch during this time...

    needless to say, I brought her home.

    Gibson mini humbuckers, Slimtaper neck...this thing is comfy and sounds mean! The mini-hums are almost like full-sized humbuckers...but more pronounced. Think "fat" single coil sound...

    Guess I got a thing for that gold hardware... :rolleyes:


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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Very nice. Aside from being period correct those minis will spark. Does it hace a 3 or 5 ply neck?
    I have an older Korean Sherry with humbuckers and stop tail, it really needs a pickup change but apart from that it's an amazing playing guitar.
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  3. carlbob

    carlbob Gretschie

    Dec 2, 2008
    Finger Lakes
    What do you think of the Epiphone "Tremtone" tremolo bar? I had one on my 1961 Casino and didn't think much of it at the time. Kind of a poorly designed contraption; wonder if they made any improvements to the design on these reissues.
  4. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    The newer Tremtones are supposed to be excellent. They've ironed out the bugs.

  5. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Nice score!
    A buddy of mine in Korea plays one ( not the anni though) and loves his...
    Hard tail on his..
  6. 86runner

    86runner Electromatic

    May 6, 2015
    Oh man. That's a beaut! I, like Ricochet, have a 90s Korean Sheraton. I dropped Seth Lovers in it and never looked back! Congrats!
  7. afire

    afire Country Gent

    They sure did. They look sorta like the old Tremotone, but functionally, they're more like a Bigsby.
  8. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    Very nice...finish looks to bein good shape too..
  9. nadles

    nadles Country Gent

    Congratulations. I've got the hardtail version and love it. The Gibson mini Humbuckers are wonderful. You should also check out the 1962 reissue Sorrento - very tasty.

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  10. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    I love the Sorento in olive green. All it needs is a Bigsby ;)
  11. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Does the offset in the tailpiece serve a function? Or is it just cosmetic?
  12. nadles

    nadles Country Gent

    I must admit I prefer the Sorrento. There is just something about the thinline hollow body with mini hums. Very comfortable to play and it sounds amazing. Oh and mine is Royal Olive. Although being colour blind, when I first saw irt in the shop I thought it was a cherry sunburst :eek:

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  13. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2008
    Are these custom usa made then?
  14. nadles

    nadles Country Gent

    Yes and no. The official story of the frequensator tailipiece is "The short fork on the bass side results in a deeper tone. The longer fork is used on the treble side for extra brilliance. The forks are interchangeable for varying tone as well as string tension." It's also supposed to make bending easier on the treble strings, but makes it more difficult to accidentally pull the bass strings sharp.

    The unoffocial version (which I'd like to believe) is that at the time of its's introduction in 1937, Epiphone was the only company making a D string that was long enough to reach from the short fork to the tuning key. So they created an instant market for Epi strings.
  15. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    That's an outstanding guitar, congratulations.
  16. JaygLongBeach

    JaygLongBeach Country Gent

    Feb 14, 2011
    Southern California
    Nice find! Congrats, hope it's a keeper
  17. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011

    Fantastic guitar. I normally hate modern Epiphone headstocks. Howver, the headstocks on the 50th Anniversary models kick ass. I'm also gassing for the 50th Anniversary Crestwood.

    Marlin :)
  18. rambleon

    rambleon Gretschie

    Mar 17, 2015
    Brooklyn NY
    like this? :p
    not olive green, but you get the idea...


    I have since upgraded to a stainless steel com pton bridge.
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  19. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    Oh mamma!!! A beauty!

    M :)
  20. acousticplays

    acousticplays Gretschie

    Jan 31, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    As Marlin stated, it works just fine! Haven't had tuning instabilities with it yet!

    The back of the headstock says it was still made in China. However, fit and finish seemed to be better than any other Sheraton I've picked up. Wouldn't be surprised if they put a bit more effort into detail on these since they're Anniversary editions.
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