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  1. What is the manufacturer date on the serial number? Also what are the frets like around the crack? The ends appear to be still in a decent shape from the picture but I can't tell if the middle of the frets are raised, as would be expected. I would be sending these pictures and more to epiphone, this isn't common and they may be interested to find the cause.
  2. Ok then, what % of your epiphone fretboard have spontaneously cracked after 3 months? Environment will play a part in set up movement etc over time but there aren't guitars falling apart at the seams to the expanse of the op, due to a shift in humidity and temperature.
  3. I also doubt it's due to workmanship or poor quality materials. It was made and then shipped half way around the world and while humidity may be an issue I doubt it was shipped and stored in perfect conditions. Its developed a crack after 3 months of you owning it, but when was it actually produced according to the serial number?
  4. Kluson do a 72mm bridge specifically for peerless sheratons. They also fo offset posts to accept a klusson usa bridge. I haven't tried either but I am considering the offset posts for my early 90s sheraton with the same bridge. The bridge is called a harmonica bridge by the way, try wdmusic, they have a good selection for ideas.
  5. Serial number is 12- 2012 07- July 15- Quingdao, China. 00068- production number.
  6. More than likely its- 1999, December production number 0302. If I had to guess I would say Samick Korea, if I remember that's where it seems most of these were made. It would usually have a S or U etc for the factory but sometimes they don't. Is the number printed on the back of the headstock?
  7. The problem with this time period is that there was no real standardisation with regards to some of the discrepancies you have described, from year to year or factory to factory. This is why production was moved to Quingdao. However the one thing I would be 99% sure on is that a standard and a deluxe built at the same time would have the exact same features, bar the top ply. They would not set a separate production line with such subtle differences for what was a limited run guitar.
  8. Nice. Beautiful colour, and I always think they look classier with the back/ neck in the contrast. I REALLY hope they give the sheraton the same USA treatment. Have a look in the inside compartment in the case. The Chinese ones usually have a little white square label around 10mm. I've never seen a real issue with these cases other than people expecting less and finding fault because they are Chinese.
  9. No, it's a sheraton II, I have a 2004 VS non deluxe also built in Unsung Korea. My headstock is identical to yours. The deluxe was basically just the flame top, that's why it was only available in a translucent finish, look at the more recent dot deluxe, always in trans colours. In my opinion the sheratons from this era are some of the best produced, I've been looking for a natural one from 04 for a while.
  10. I have an older sheraton 2, and a union jack sheraton. There's something special about a sheraton definitely.
  11. Are you planning on playing the thing or framing it? The first thing I do with almost all my electrics is change the strap pins for strap locks, the same goes for my gibson custom.
  12. I really depends on your own preferences, as said above neck shapes vary on the models as do the finishing details, inlays etc. Think of the sheraton as the 355 compared to the 335, with the different inlays, binding and headstock details etc. I have two sheratons, one with mini humbuckers and a frequencator tailpeice, like the original. This has a totally different sound and feel to my other hollow bodies, have you seen or considered the new riviera? It will offer something different in sound to the sheraton 2 or the 335.
  13. There is nothing to put the stop bar stud into, it's just the ply body and I think another small peice of ply by the bridge for a bit of extra depth. It is literally hollow unlike say the sheraton with a centre block. I also don't see how adding a stop bar would aid the intonation? The intonation is between the nut and the bridge saddles. Anything before or after has no effect. I have used gotoh bridges as they give a bigger range of movement on the saddles for intonation, and I usually replace the stock nuts on epiphone with graph tech if needed.
  14. It's a shipping problem, could have happened anywhere. I'm positive the timber is structurally sound. Despite the rumours, headstock don't just fall off or explode. GC should have packaged it better and checked it before shipping, that's why they gave you a refund because they know this. Hope the next one shows you how good they can be.
  15. MC is the Muse factory in China, the 22 should be the year, but obviously its not a 2022. My guess is a 2002. 09 is September and the rest is the production numer. With regards to the year, I'm unsure why it says 22 not 02. They weren't being made in China in 92 and production was almost exclusively at Quingdao by 2012, thats why I say 2002.
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