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After ordering this guitar in August, I have occasionally been checking here and online dealers for signs the wait might be ending. I got a call from sweetwater rep about 2 weeks ago that they had started shipping to customers that had placed orders as far back as January - but mine is yet to come. Other dealers say they have it in stock, but I had worked out a discount on the guitar plus amp and a few accessories. I have not bought a serious instrument online and also liked the fact that sweetwater at least looks at the instrument before shipping, and they are not far from home here in Indiana. I am glad I checked here today. Musicians friend has extended their 15% discount beyond Veteran's day, and will give it for the Sheraton if you call and speak to a human. That's more than the discount I had previously negotiated. Got 15% off everything.

I placed the order. A little nervous that they just forward the package without looking at it, like a music store would. But like someone else said the real test is inspecting it oneself.

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After ordering this guitar in August, I have occasionally been checking here and online dealers for signs the wait might be ending. I got a call from sweetwater rep about 2 weeks ago that they had started shipping to customers that had placed orders as far back as January - but mine is yet to come. Other dealers say they have it in stock, but I had worked out a discount on the guitar plus amp and a few accessories. I have not bought a serious instrument online and also liked the fact that sweetwater at least looks at the instrument before shipping, and they are not far from home here in Indiana. I am glad I checked here today. Musicians friend has extended their 15% discount beyond Veteran's day, and will give it for the Sheraton if you call and speak to a human. That's more than the discount I had previously negotiated. Got 15% off everything.

I placed the order. A little nervous that they just forward the package without looking at it, like a music store would. But like someone else said the real test is inspecting it oneself.

 

I got mine from MF.....I took a bunch of pics to post here but they were oversized....the one that did get posted showed the one small flaw in the F-hole.....There was also a eraser sized scuff on the case.Other than that , after a minor set-up I am completely happy with the guitar ....I wish you luck with your purchase and please post your thoughts after your guitar arrives.

Of all the dealers selling the guitar, MF is offereing the best deal with the 15% off, extended financing, and 2 year warranty.There is one listed on eBay for $1169 or thereabouts.

Peace,Luke

 

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Amazon.com is down to just 1. I'm betting that its f holes are bad.

 

Saw that yesterday when I checked...they had 7 left on Friday....Selling pretty good for 'ugly guitars' :-)Sweetwater is still all promises....

 

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I finally broke down and ordered one from Musicians Friend I'll post pics when I get it, just got the tracking number today.

 

Attaboy, still think MF is the best deal, 15% coupon free shipping, 2 yr. warranty..can't beat that with a bat.I'm am loving my UJ more and more...Love the Grovers, move like butter....the minis have sone real diverse tones ....Hope you will be happy...now is the time to order before the Holiday shipping goes 'crazy go nuts'

Peace , Luke

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I can't believe I was so stupid, was playing the guitar the other week and I can't believe I never noticed the hairline fracture on the neck of the guitar where it meets the headstock!!!! It's in both sides, I was ready to send it to the luthiers to be set up properly when I noticed the damage, contacted Andertons right away, who told me the guitar was checked before it left there warehouse, and that it could only have been done in transit, luckily they have a good stock, so they're sending me a new one out for Friday and taking the old one away, which I can't fault them for, just wish I would have noticed it sooner!!!!! Fingers crossed it's as good as this one without the damage!!!

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That seems to be common issue my 62/50 Sherry has them...there just in the finish but on a brand new guitar I'm glad they have another for you. Mines supposed to arrive tomorrow I'm pretty stoked!

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Just noticed on Ebay that someone has six EJs for sale....not a Music Store, 899.00, free shipping...has all six of the serial #s listed.

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I can't believe I was so stupid, was playing the guitar the other week and I can't believe I never noticed the hairline fracture on the neck of the guitar where it meets the headstock!!!! It's in both sides, I was ready to send it to the luthiers to be set up properly when I noticed the damage, contacted Andertons right away, who told me the guitar was checked before it left there warehouse, and that it could only have been done in transit, luckily they have a good stock, so they're sending me a new one out for Friday and taking the old one away, which I can't fault them for, just wish I would have noticed it sooner!!!!! Fingers crossed it's as good as this one without the damage!!!

 

Damn, these faults just keep appearing! Sorry to hear that Willsby! Not being from GB, I have never dealt with Anderton's, but I love their online videos. I learn a lot about gear from watching them. They were awarded the 2014 music store of the year this year. They look to keep their business well for customers. I just came from their site and they had 10 UJ's in stock, according to the site.

I hope you get a good one this time.

 

Thanks to them, I'm going to buy a Matrix VB 800 and NL12 cab. I called the USA shop on Sunday and got Andy Hunt, himself on the phone. After about 1/2 hour of speaking with him, he is going to give me a nice discount when I order.

 

I'm still going to look at the UJ's, but with all the problems I'm reading about, I may wait and see if a nice refurb will be offered at a reduced price.

 

I hope all of you, who received your UJ, are finding it working out well for you.

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burchester, you might have scored the last one...MF are posting next batch delivery 11/27

 

 

That seems to be common issue my 62/50 Sherry has them...there just in the finish but on a brand new guitar I'm glad they have another for you. Mines supposed to arrive tomorrow I'm pretty stoked!

 

 

I also had this same issue on the first 62 Sheraton I ordered. I sent it back and got a a replacement without the issue. It seems to be a very common issue on these new limited edition sheratons.

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Just got mine...Upon quick inspection it looks flawless!!! I'll post some pics once it aclimates from being in a cold UPS truck all day.

 

Exactly the same here!

 

I feel guilty four times over...

1) I didn't join this board until yesterday despite being active on numerous guitar forums (fora?).

2) I, too, have been awaiting the UJ model announcement and shipment but was keeping a lonely vigil, occasionally checking MF for availability

3) I didn't know about the sturm und drang so many like-minded individuals were experiencing here. On one hand I have empathy, on the other hand perhaps I'm lucky to have missed some of the agonizingly long wait.

4) Once MF listed them in stock I ordered and received blissfully unaware of their scarcity even after arriving at retailers

 

As it's a birthday present from the missus I must wait on tenterhooks for a day or two longer but that's a short wait compared to the production/shipment delays.

 

Ironically, after being underwhelmed by the Supernova (and put off anyway by the secondhand market prices :) )I had taken numerous steps to create my own, more authentic UJ model by searching for a Sheraton and contacting luthiers, guitar finishers, and guitar techs in case I wanted to upgrade the electronics. I'm an old hand (older than I'd like to admit) at setups, intonation, etc. but wanted to make sure the expertise was available if I pursued such a project. As with most everything in life, availability of skilled craftsmen and quality of work have a price tag. One quote was $600 for just the paint work! Mind you, it would have included UJ back and sides. Then I saw the same eBay listing apparently everyone else did as discussed/pictured upthread...that UK-based custom shop that did their own UJ model (along with a Weller-esque WHAM! Rickenbacker etc.) with the proper model, hardware, etc.

 

And so, I've run a parallel course to so many here - more than I would have imagined. I would be lying if I said the discussions of flaws in construction, paintwork etc. haven't given me pause, made worse by the fear of getting an instrument with such issues and possibly having to return it only to find it out of stock i.e. no replacement available. But the price is right and I'm not expecting a Custom Shop level of perfection plus. Still, the suspense of both viewing the instrument first-hand and of conducting an out-of-the-box inspection is great.

 

As a gigging musician I buy guitars to play them including this one which may rightly be treated as a bit of a show pony by some i.e. looked at but not used regularly.

 

I've got a couple of acoustic/electrics but until now my only semi-hollow guitar has been a Ric 360/12. A unique sound, of course, given the stringing arrangement, but I admit that I have dismissed the role/importance of the body resonance at times vis-a-vis solid-bodied guitars (including a VOS SG - fantastic instrument in its own right). Given my musical tastes (Beatles, Oasis, Teenage Fanclub etc.) it is a travesty that it took me this long to seek out a semi-hollow 6-string but once I started tinkering with Casinos and a few Gretsch models in the shops I was certainly convinced to pursue it. The truth is I had tried a Gibson ES-339 about 10 years ago and was blown away by its sound, playability and comfortable dimensions but was too pigheaded to consider a Gibson/Epiphone or a semi-hollow at the time, regarding them as dinosaur tools for BB King or Cream bluesers. If wisdom comes with age, it must tunnel through a mountain of ignorance and misconception, at least in my case :(

 

Enough confession...thanks again for being my unwitting support group and I'll report back with photos and additional boring detail :)

 

PS - I still may do my own John Squire Hofner paint-splatter project :)

 

PPS - I sold my Orange Rockerverb head and Avatar cab so right now I have a Vox combo and....a Vox combo. AC-15 (Greenback) and AC-30 (Blues). Both sound great and with some pedal help (OCD and/or Wampler Sovereign) I should be set :)

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Welcome Chilly Billy,Yup lots of sturm Und drang indeed,They way it looks so far, the better/best UJs are coming from MF.Funny you should mention that the UJ is, other than your Ric 360/12 your only other semi hollow body...same here, mine is a fire-glo...I also bought the UJ because I am a Brit-pop fan and mostly all the music I play/ gig is that, ska and Reggae.

I did a review of the UJ on the MF website...should be posted in a week or so.Good luck with you new guitar, Happy Birthday and enjoy.I have bonded very nicely with mine.

Peace, Luke

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It's arrived and found it's Dad.

 

Brilliant! The OCD completist in me would want both even if I didn't play both regularly i.e. I preferred one over the other.

 

Have to say the UJ walks it in the headstock department. I can appreciate the simplicity of the little holly emblem (or whatever it is) on my SG and the Supernova but, as with most things Epiphone, I was blind to how lovely that vine design is. I guess I've been so conditioned to the Gibson Mustache that I had reservations about the Epi headstock but now appreciate the ornate, more rounded design.

 

I hesitate to ask considering I've now got a UJ still in the shipping carton in the next room but how do they compare?

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At the risk of multiple posts (but attempting to restrict each post to a particular subtopic) and at the risk of heresy among UJ aficionados...

 

Didn't Noel's guitar have silver/nickel pickup covers with gold tailpiece/bridge?

 

Noel_Gallagher_014.jpg

 

I realize that the focus is on the flag design and the model/appointments/electronics and that not everyone is looking for a replica of THAT Maine Road guitar but I suppose I will stick my head above the parapet and ask. I'm also usually of the opinion that gold and silver hardware together on the same guitar - or the same person, for that matter - is not a good look. But again, I suppose it comes down to individual motivations to seek out this instrument. As his then-girlfriend obviously had the resources to customize Noel's guitar I've always wondered why the gold/silver combination was chosen (at worst) or allowed to remain (at best).

 

To give away the end of the film, if one wished to modify his instrument with the nickel pickup covers (a mere $10/ea from suppliers) is such a thing possible for a relatively experienced hand? In scanning some discussions of the mini humbuckers there are warnings about an inability to disassemble certain models but I think they referred to the Firebird pickups as opposed to the models used for the UJ which have the screws in the covers and thus may be swapped out.

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You know honestly I bought this guitar not as a Oasis fan but as a Sheraton fan. I love the neck and the headstock shape and it has the best factory set up of any guitar I've ever bought. So I am completely happy with it honestly wish Epiphone would have did other finish options but overall I'm very satisfied I bought it.

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At the risk of multiple posts (but attempting to restrict each post to a particular subtopic) and at the risk of heresy among UJ aficionados...

 

Didn't Noel's guitar have silver/nickel pickup covers with gold tailpiece/bridge?

 

Noel_Gallagher_014.jpg

 

I realize that the focus is on the flag design and the model/appointments/electronics and that not everyone is looking for a replica of THAT Maine Road guitar but I suppose I will stick my head above the parapet and ask. I'm also usually of the opinion that gold and silver hardware together on the same guitar - or the same person, for that matter - is not a good look. But again, I suppose it comes down to individual motivations to seek out this instrument. As his then-girlfriend obviously had the resources to customize Noel's guitar I've always wondered why the gold/silver combination was chosen (at worst) or allowed to remain (at best).

 

To give away the end of the film, if one wished to modify his instrument with the nickel pickup covers (a mere $10/ea from suppliers) is such a thing possible for a relatively experienced hand? In scanning some discussions of the mini humbuckers there are warnings about an inability to disassemble certain models but I think they referred to the Firebird pickups as opposed to the models used for the UJ which have the screws in the covers and thus may be swapped out.

 

I think its just the angle and lighting. hard to tell from that pic.

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I think its just the angle and lighting. hard to tell from that pic.

 

I agree and don't want to threadjack but here's one more that shows a fairly good contrast

 

I reckon I can buy some and try it myself :)!

 

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I agree and don't want to threadjack but here's one more that shows a fairly good contrast

 

I reckon I can buy some and try it myself :)!

 

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it's fairly common for the gold plating to wear over time also...

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At the risk of multiple posts (but attempting to restrict each post to a particular subtopic) and at the risk of heresy among UJ aficionados...

 

Didn't Noel's guitar have silver/nickel pickup covers with gold tailpiece/bridge?

 

Noel_Gallagher_014.jpg

 

I realize that the focus is on the flag design and the model/appointments/electronics and that not everyone is looking for a replica of THAT Maine Road guitar but I suppose I will stick my head above the parapet and ask. I'm also usually of the opinion that gold and silver hardware together on the same guitar - or the same person, for that matter - is not a good look. But again, I suppose it comes down to individual motivations to seek out this instrument. As his then-girlfriend obviously had the resources to customize Noel's guitar I've always wondered why the gold/silver combination was chosen (at worst) or allowed to remain (at best).

 

To give away the end of the film, if one wished to modify his instrument with the nickel pickup covers (a mere $10/ea from suppliers) is such a thing possible for a relatively experienced hand? In scanning some discussions of the mini humbuckers there are warnings about an inability to disassemble certain models but I think they referred to the Firebird pickups as opposed to the models used for the UJ which have the screws in the covers and thus may be swapped out.

 

I've seen the guitar up close at the British music experience, before it closed, they were gold at some point but had tarnished quite bad. I could see the gold quite bright over the edge of the pickups where they were obviously touched less.

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