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  1. You lost me there - if the bridge sits high, and the shims angle the neck for a higher bridge, how would that make it "worse"?
  2. Or, you know, the shims you took out! Great job overall - a good basic chassis upgraded with top notch running gear. Will look forward to the demo.
  3. The GIBSON truss rod cover is a giveaway too - it's an early 90s Korean Samick-made guitar. The serial number is probably on the sticker inside, or on the back of the headstock, and it will start with S. Looks like a nice one!
  4. Just - wow. It's a stunner. Perhaps you could buy a replacement frequensator and just use the tailpiece end, while storing the original. A vintage one would be difficult to find and presumably as old as the one which broke, so perhaps for the safety of the guitar a newer replacement would be more secure. What a beautiful thing.
  5. Still, we'd love to see LOTS OF PHOTOS. Just to be sure, of course.
  6. Disagree. I don't care if it's made in China for a set price, if it's designed well and has decent quality control. That's a pair of Surf 90s in a Korean Sheraton - the original pickups were thick and muddy, even after rewiring, but the Surfs are vibrant and alive, and I feel like I can hear the guitar properly now. Not 100% sure about the look but I found the right sound for sure.
  7. There are two, brand new, from a Florida dealer on eBay right now - not hard to find. Search "Epiphone Riviera Limited edition Electric Guitar/ Cherry Brand New" and they will pop up.
  8. Aside from the inlays, you're asking for the Riviera from a couple of years ago - paradoxically the closest match for a vintage Sheraton setup. Cherry Riviera
  9. I had already replaced the wiring and pots in an attempt to get the humbuckers to clear up. Made little difference - the only issue would be if yours is noisy or has an actual problem. The main factor is the difficulty of accessing the wiring - some would say that if you are going to go to the effort of getting the wiring out to attach the new pickups, you may as well replace the pots for a couple of extra dollars. I don't have a decent microphone or otherwise I would do you a demo myself - it would be pointless trying to record through my computer.
  10. I just spent a good three hours with my Surf 90 Sheraton and I can tell you it's a great combination. There is a bark in those pickups which sounds like the Sheraton did with humbuckers, but it's now clear and sharp. My guess, and it's only a guess, is that it's the sound of the physical guitar itself, and the Surfs are bringing it out with more single coil clarity. Bear in mind that I have the Frequensator tail and those behind the bridge strings do add a kind of brassy ringing quality to it - not the case with the stock hardtail. It's not remotely a Fender sound - everything else I play is Fender related and it sounds nothing like my Teles or my Jag - but it has clarity like a Fender. What's amazing to me is that I am actually rolling the tone controls off, which I never do with a Gibson style guitar usually. I even prefer the neck position to the bridge. I've played a "real" Les Paul a few times and that has a kind of similar bark. So the Surf 90 Sheraton is giving me single coil clarity, but sounds nothing like any other guitar I have. Overdrive brings a very controllable growl to the tone, at the right setting I can play clean and then dig in to make it snarl. The rest of the story is a 1972 Twin Reverb (master vol silverface) and a cheap Delta Labs overdrive which is surprisingly good.
  11. Enjoys the feel of the instrument to play. Doesn't enjoy the sound it produces. Would like to alter the sound by changing pickups. Wants a clearer, lighter sound, of which Fenders are good examples. Anything unclear?
  12. I had exactly the same problem - beautiful guitar to play, looked great, sounded like sludge. Surf 90s fixed the sound problem perfectly, they are clear and bright with a very woody tone, and through dirt, they get angry very nicely. Aesthetically - I'm still not 100% sure.
  13. My Sheraton has been a little neglected lately, but I have similar Fendery sound preferences to you. I swapped my Sheraton's mudbuckers for a couple of GFS Surf 90s, they have hugely improved the clarity of the sound and retained the thick woody tone I liked. But now I can use the tone controls instead of jamming them on full. Rewiring the pots is a pain in the rear and I would only recommend it if there are actual problems - otherwise you can clip the leads from the existing pickups and attach the new ones, although you lose some shielding that way because the GFS ones have braided shields and the stock ones don't (I think). The Sheraton pickups went into an old junk Strat and I wired them with 1M pots - it massively improved their sound as well. But I highly recommend the Surf 90s, they sound great clean and they get very dirty indeed when you want. This is into a Twin Reverb with a Tube Screamer clone pedal. Hope that helps. For a cheap experiment you could just replace the pots with a 1M setup but you'd have to swap them back if you went to a brighter pickup. Tuners - not worth replacing since stability problems are 99% nut problems, get a good nut done and see where you are then.
  14. My 2007 MIK Sheraton is the only Gibson-style guitar I have ever liked - and that is because it just plays so well. I have made a bunch of mods, some cosmetic, some electronic, but the build quality of the instrument itself is fantastic. Since then I've given it some GFS Surf 90 pickups, which are outstanding and took it exactly where I wanted it to go (single coil clarity vs humbucker mud). Mind you the pickups I removed were great in a solid body with 1M pots.
  15. 72, master vol (oops), grill cloth replaced sideways ... BUT:
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