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I went by the local GC the other day and had the opportunity to play a Korean Sheraton II and a Chinese Casino, both in natural finish. I was a little surprised by the difference. I used to have a turquoise Korean casino in the mid 90's and I remembered a lot more life to the Casino than this one. It just sounded thin and lifeless. However, this was the first time I have played a Sheraton and I thought it was very nice. The sound was full and sparkling on a VOX AC15CC1. I guess I just prefer the humbucker sound (these were full size buckers). The Sheraton neck feels nice and the fit and finish was really well done. The Sheraton is a beautiful guitar. I may have to go back to a semi after all these years.

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I can't think of a single negative thing to say about the Sheraton. I wish that Epiphone would concentrate on making more Sheraton-type guitars and fewer freaky Twisted Sister kinds of models. Yes, I'm an old fart, but I have always thought of Gibson and Epiphone as "serious" instruments, and I guess that implies a bit of stodginess that doesn't fit well with heavy metal guitars. For heavy metal, I'll go to Dean.

 

Save up for that Sheraton. And get the Elitist.

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"Elitist" Sheri's are "The Bomb," for sure...but, even the Korean ones are "Fab!"

A close friend, and fellow musician has a "Samick" version (Black), and it's great!

I'm sure, if the Elitist is out of your budget, or you just prefer "full size humbuckers,"

to the "mini's." the Korean version will be just dandy! Some of the guys here, have

some really beautiful Sheratons!

I love Casino's, too...but for what they do...and NOT compared to, a Sheraton. Two

distinctly different guitars, with different voicings. So...if you like that tone, keep looking

around. There are good ones, out there...Chinese, or not. Elitist Casino's being the

best...unless you go "all out," and get the "Lennon" versions.

 

Cheers,

CB

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I remember my Red Peerless Casino as being better than either of my 2 MIKs. I did an A B C with my MIK burst which has stronger PUs than my natural with an Elitist and a Lennon some time back and found my MIK not too far off the Elitist. The Lennon was the best but a Casino is not my main guitar. I own them because of John and use them some at home and recording. I remember my red one being very like the Elitist going by memory.

 

My bandmate has a MIC natural and when he got it brought it to pratice and I brought my natural and there didn't seem any major difference plugged in. His seemed a bit lighter and the trapeeze was thinner guage steel with a bend where the nuts screw on top. Other than that the same.

 

I'm a HB guy and what works in our band situation is HBs for me. My bandmate plays his LP with P90s. I have tried my Casino and he has tried his but we have given up. For the stuff we do, just classic rock, the Casino just can't cut like a 335 or SG or a solid body. Clean it is ok but for that edge distortion like on "Jenny" or "Girl Like You" it just can't seem to cut through the rest of the band.

 

He has a Vox AC30 and I have my Fender stuff so we have tried them with both amps. They are nice guitars and do fill some void soundwise but for either of us they don't get much use. I don't even play my strat much or my Ric 350 in the band much either any more all HBs, Minis and my Valensi with the P94s.

 

I have always over looked the Sharis but I would pick the Shari too becuase the HBs just cover more stuff for me.

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I've had my Sherri for a few years now, and I probably use it more than any other guitar I have. I can't get over how great its neck feels. I've been thinking about re-doing the pickups, pots, switch and jack, but after lowering both PUs and getting a much clearer and mellower sound from each, I'm happy with her as-is.

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The Sheraton II is available in a leftie model. Every once in a while I'll see it and get a case of mild GAS, but at the same time I haven't been playing all of my guitars on a daily basis...so the feeling typically subsides.

 

I have not heard anything bad about these guitars in terms of reviews. Most Sheraton owners simply love these guitars...

 

(And as far as leftie owners go? Hmmm.....given the choice, would I have been better off with a Tony Iommi SG and one of these Sheratons vs. my 2 Les Pauls? It's hard to say.)

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G'Day to you too, Digger. I've been a member here for two or three years, and I've made a number of posts and posted several photos on this forum. But the forum seemed to have wiped out my membership status here about six months ago, and I had to re-register. I've got my Sherri, and my Valve Special I bought at the same time. I've also helped a buddy of mine purchase an Epi LP '56 Goldtop, then later helped him buy a Valve Junior head and cab. I'm also looking with interest at the new Valve Senior and VJ Hotrod amps that are on their way out.

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