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  1. More from Gibson rep when asked about the discrepancies in the headstock, tuners, skunk stripes, and inlays specifically: “I have indeed seen other like this. It is nothing to worry about. Thanks!”
  2. Another email from Gibson. Doesn’t sound like they’re really interested in figuring out if it’s a copy or not lol: “There were small variations like this on the model during the mid-late 1980’s. The bridge was likely added after the guitar left the factory.” I just don’t think there would be so many variations, especially with things that they’ve literally never done on another Sheraton in the history of the guitar. I’m concluding for my own sanity that this is indeed a copy, which I’m cool with. At least it’s not a Gibson copy that I could have paid a lot of money for! BTW, I wish I knew who made this copy so I could find more guitars by them, this one is so well made.. it’s been on large festival stages and recording studios etc without even a second thought of what it might be. If you see one of these in the wild somehow grab it for cheap!
  3. Anyone have any ideas on who or how to verify for sure that this could have made it out of a Korean factory with so many differences? It’s just so hard for me to believe that this would have been sold during that time period being so “off”..
  4. It’s definitely not brand new, nor does it look it. The photos are deceiving, but all the hardware is pretty corroded (it’s obvious it’s cheap stuff), there are some dings and a cracking in the poly by the jack. I’ve actually had it for 8 years now and it’s been put through the ringer. The pickups are brand new though. And you are likely correct in that it’s probably a fake. I’ve gotten two conflicting answers to this weirdness today, Gibson said via email that it’s “definitely a 1986 sheraton II” which I don’t really believe, and Gruhn Guitars here in Nashville is saying they think it’s likely a well done copy from China. Either way, I still love this guitar and personally I think it feels better than every new sheraton I’ve picked up lately. Who would make a copy of this guitar is beyond me, and who bought it new and when is a mystery, but I’m happy with it and it’s served me well.
  5. Thanks eddieG, this is the email I response I received from Gibson this morning: ”Thanks for the email. Without the serial number we wouldn’t be able to narrow down a specific year. However, this would have indeed been made between 1986-1989. These were the only years this logo was used on the model. I personally had one with an identical logo which was made in late 1986, so this may have been made around that timeframe. Thanks again, and I hope this helps!” Still doesn’t explain any of the weirdness of the guitar.. I’ve also noticed that the fret inlays are different (they don’t have the v shape cut into them) and they go all the way down the fretboard instead of stopping at the 15th fret.
  6. Hoping to get some help here.. Posted in its own thread but this one still seems to be alive so here goes. Photos in original post found here: I have this Epiphone Sheraton with the “Epiphone By Gibson” headstock, leading me to believe it is a 1986-1988 Samick factory Korean made. There is no serial number sticker or engraving. Now, the weird part.. The headstock is different than the standard ones. I’ve seen more of a “cursive” type Epiphone logo on a few, but never one exactly like this that’s missing the “registered” symbol. Also, there’s no black decorative lines in the binding on the sides of the headstock like the others have, and the tuners are different (could be aftermarket). And the floral design is different slightly. The weirdest thing is that there aren’t skunk stripes on the back of the neck. Every single Sheraton I can find has these, but this one does not. Also, the bridge is different than the 86-88 models. Has anyone seen this before? I’ve emailed Gibson but haven’t received a reply.
  7. I have this Epiphone Sheraton with the “Epiphone By Gibson” headstock, leading me to believe it is a 1986-1988 Samick factory Korean made. There is no serial number sticker or engraving. Now, the weird part.. The headstock is different than the standard ones. I’ve seen more of a “cursive” type Epiphone logo on a few, but never one exactly like this that’s missing the “registered” symbol. Also, there’s no black decorative lines in the binding on the sides of the headstock like the others have, and the tuners are different (could be aftermarket). And the floral design is different slightly. The weirdest thing is that there aren’t skunk stripes on the back of the neck. Every single Sheraton I can find has these, but this one does not. Also, the bridge is different than the 86-88 models. Has anyone seen this before? I’ve emailed Gibson but haven’t received a reply. Photos included.
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