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Assuming you mean the Sheradon II Pro vs the ES 335 Pro, the biggest differences are the pickups and the trim. The binding is different (look at the F holes), fretboard inlays are different, headstock inlays are different, etc. If you don't care about the cosmetics, then listen to the two so that you are comfortable with the differences in pickups. Remember also that pickups can be changed - I found my Dot to be a fantastic guitar to play with lifeless pickups, so I changed to SD Jazz and JB and now love both the sound and the playability.

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I have had a Sheraton PRO II for a few years now, I have been really happy with it.

 

The pro bucker pickups in the Sheraton are definitely an upgrade. No need to consider swapping them IMO Compares nicely to my USA mad Gibby pickups.

 

the rest, as Jeff says, is mostly cosmetics.

 

#Worthit

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Major Differences..."Bling!" A Sheraton Pro, is the "top of the Epiphone thinline semi-hollow body line.

(The Sheraton Pro is to an Epiphone ES-335 Pro, what a Gibson ES 355 is to a Gibson 335! Same "basic" guitar,

with more cosmetic appointments.) And, of course, the much larger, clipped corner, headstock design, on the

Sheraton, vs the Standard, and smaller "sloped Dove wing" headstock, on the 335 Pro. All the "Pro" series have

improved pickups, if slightly different, between models, over the standard fare. The Sheraton Pro, seems

slightly heavier (to me), in weight, than the the ES-335 Pro, because of the extra appointments, and larger

headstock. The necks are different, as well. The ES-335 Pro, has a solid Mahogany neck. The Sheraton, has

a 5 piece Maple/Walnut laminated neck.

 

And, the ES-335 Pro, is "out of production!" Still seems to be some overstock, left/available, but

according to Epiphone, it's no longer being made. To bad, too...as it's a nice guitar!

 

 

Cheers,

 

CB

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Assuming you mean the Sheradon II Pro vs the ES 335 Pro, the biggest differences are the pickups and the trim. The binding is different (look at the F holes), fretboard inlays are different, headstock inlays are different, etc. If you don't care about the cosmetics, then listen to the two so that you are comfortable with the differences in pickups. Remember also that pickups can be changed - I found my Dot to be a fantastic guitar to play with lifeless pickups, so I changed to SD Jazz and JB and now love both the sound and the playability.

 

I did the same pickups but went a bit further. I swapped out to wiring from Jonesyblues.com with oil-filled caps, and coil splitting pots.

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What are the major differences between the ES335 and the Sheraton. The Sheraton costs quite a bit more but the specs and hardware look pretty similar.

I'm not sure about the current Sheraton (Pros), but my non-pro Sheraton II was made in Korea. That's generally a plus in my book. Sheraton's are, of course, prettier, as well. :P

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I haven't got a Sheraton but I have always fancied one.

 

There is one very major difference other posters haven't pointed out. A Sheraton was and remains an Epiphone guitar and never has been a "copy" of a Gibson.

 

For me that gives the Sheraton a genuine Epiphone lineage and "authenticity".

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I haven't got a Sheraton but I have always fancied one.

 

There is one very major difference other posters haven't pointed out. A Sheraton was and remains an Epiphone guitar and never has been a "copy" of a Gibson.

 

For me that gives the Sheraton a genuine Epiphone lineage and "authenticity".

 

 

Well, yes and no...the Casino was just Epi's version of the ES-330, the Riviera was equivalent,

to the ES-335, and the Sheraton was the Epi equivalent, to the ES-355. They were made at the

same plant, in Kalamazoo, right along side one another, with equal quality, and care. The only

major differences being, the headstock shapes (and the inlays and ornamentation) and in the case

of the Riviera, and Sheraton, mini-humbuckers were used, instead of the full sized humbuckers.

On the Sheraton, from '58 to '61 (approx.) single coil "New York" pickups were used, initially.

The change to Gibson "Mini-humbuckers" started in late '61 or early '62. The bodies were Gibson

designed after their ES-335. Full sized humbuckers weren't standard on Sheraton's, or Riviera's,

until production was moved to Asia, in 1970. There, the Sheraton headstock gained it's "clipped"

corners, that had been previously used, mostly, on the Epi "Jazz box" arch tops.

 

So, in that sense, they were Genuine Epiphone models, but still based on Gibson's designs.

 

 

CB

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I take your point about the equivalences Charlie but they are very different guitars and especially so in regard to the Sheraton and the original ES355. Sure enough much of the differences are cosmetic (although marked) but that is true of many guitars and variants.

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I take your point about the equivalences Charlie but they are very different guitars and especially so in regard to the Sheraton and the original ES355. Sure enough much of the differences are cosmetic (although marked) but that is true of many guitars and variants.

 

Well, I just think it's important, to realize the differences were mostly cosmetic, and/or use of mini-humbuckers, vs Full sized, on

the Gibson models. They were designed by the same folks, but the "tree of life" inlay, on the Sheraton, and the fingerboard inlays

were directly taken from the old Jazz box Epi's, made prior to Gibson's purchase of Epiphone. So. yes, they are their own models,

from that standpoint, but were based on Gibson ES models, of the time. No big deal, really. It's doesn't have to lessen Epiphone's

models, or devaluate them, in any way. Gibson, has done a good job, of doing that, when they sent them to Asia, instead of continuing

the line, here! But, it was a "business" decision, and at least allowed the Epiphone brand, to survive. And, I think they've really done a

good job, on getting the quality back up, in recent years. My only real "carp," now, is the little details, that they seem to ignore

that would make them truly authentic re-creations, of the original Kalamazoo models. I don't have a problem, really, with "where"

they're made, just wish they were truly accurate, in all production models. But, that's just Me! [tongue][biggrin]

 

 

CB

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The Sheraton is to me everything a semi should be, a bit more upscale than a Gibson 335, more like a 345 with bound "F" holes, and (to me) nicer FB inlays and pick guard without the varitone.

 

The rub is they can be had SO CHEAP used! I don't get it.

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The Epiphone ES335 Pro guitars are still available from AMS (American Music Supply) and Musician's Friend

 

https://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-EPI-ET3P-EBNH3-LIST

 

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-limited-edition-es-335-pro-electric-guitar

 

I prefer the ES335 over the Sheraton because the ES335 has nickel hardware which I believe ages better than the Sheraton's gold hardware. Also the Sheraton doesn't have fret markers past the 15th fret; that's a strange omission IMHO and (for me) makes playing on the upper frets more difficult. The Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers sound fine to me and there's a coil split option which some people might like. The ES335 is also more affordable.

 

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i recently purchased one of these es335 pro's in ice tea burst. Every time I grab this guitar I am impressed with it.. I absolutely love the neck and cannot believe the pickups sound as good as they do.

 

 

The Epiphone ES335 Pro guitars are still available from AMS (American Music Supply) and Musician's Friend

 

https://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-EPI-ET3P-EBNH3-LIST

 

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-limited-edition-es-335-pro-electric-guitar

 

I prefer the ES335 over the Sheraton because the ES335 has nickel hardware which I believe ages better than the Sheraton's gold hardware. Also the Sheraton doesn't have fret markers past the 15th fret; that's a strange omission IMHO and (for me) makes playing on the upper frets more difficult. The Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers sound fine to me and there's a coil split option which some people might like. The ES335 is also more affordable.

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