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Opinion on which 50th Anniversary Sheraton to Get


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Confirmed, at least for the 3 ones I own.

 

 

To me it looks pretty much like a 1965 Sheraton headstock. Here's an original from 1965:

 

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Yeah the AIUSA is very close to the Kalamazoo version. The "Elite/Elitist" version

is more like a "Blinged" up version, of the normal Epiphone "hour glass" type. Still

looks great! I was just kind of surprised, they didn't go back to the Kalamazoo version,

with the wider top bout, and somewhat rounder bookend, for the "Elite/Elitist" versions.

The Japanese are usually sticklers, for accuracy, that way...so, I wonder if Gibson made

that call, specifically? Just to keep the delineation, clearer? Who knows?

 

You might notice, too...that on my AIUSA, though the headstock and logo are nearly identical,

to the original you depicted, the "vine" is higher on my AIUSA headstock, than it's location,

on that particular original. I think they probably varied, a little, back then...but, it's

interesting.

 

Anyway, no biggie!! [biggrin]

 

CB

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Yeah the AIUSA is very close to the Kalamazoo version. The "Elite/Elitist" version

is more like a "Blinged" up version, of the normal Epiphone "hour glass" type. Still

looks great! I was just kind of surprised, they didn't go back to the Kalamazoo version,

with the wider top bout, and somewhat rounder bookend, for the "Elite/Elitist" versions.

FWIW, here's my theory on this:

 

The two AIUSA models had differently shaped headstocks (Hooker Sheraton, Lennon Casino).

When the Elitist line was developed, Terada decided to standardize the headstock shape for the Sheraton & Casino models, and settled on the shape of the already tooled AIUSA Casino (which looks similar on both Elitists).

 

It's also interesting to note that my AIUSA Sheraton has a Gibson style truss rod, while my Elitist Casino uses the typically Asian allen wrench for adjustments. I'm guessing the Elitist Sheraton also takes an allen wrench, so a few significant neck/headstock tweaks were made in the change from the AIUSA to Elitist Sheratons.

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I voted natural because that's the one I get - but I already have a cherry Riviera (see pic), so of course there's a logic:

 

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Yeah, that "Natural" version, is Awesome, too! "Decisions, decisions!!" [confused][biggrin]

 

CB

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How's the finish, on these, overall. The one I played (Vintage Burst) seemed nice and thin

(not the "encased in plastic" look, at all), overall. How about the Natural, and Cherry versions?

Too Glossy, or "just right?"

 

CB

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How's the finish, on these, overall. The one I played (Vintage Burst) seemed nice and thin

(not the "encased in plastic" look, at all), overall. How about the Natural, and Cherry versions?

Too Glossy, or "just right?"

 

CB

 

 

Not too glossy and thick, "just right" as you say.

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Since I am partial to natural wood colors, natural of course!

I just recieved mine yesterday and I am not dissapointed!

I am getting ready to set it up to my liking and then plug-n-play :)

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I just recieved mine yesterday and I am not dissapointed!

I am getting ready to set it up to my liking and then plug-n-play :)

 

You know the rules D.J., "newbie," or not! [flapper] Photos, or...IT DIDN'T HAPPEN![biggrin]

 

 

CB

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