Epiphone Sheraton E212TN Model Arch Top Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1964), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 176830, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck, original grey hard shell case.
The Sheraton was Epiphone’s top of the line thinline semi-hollow guitar in the 1960’s; the model was equivalent to the Gibson ES 355TD but built in much smaller numbers. The main differences were the Epiphone’s use of the proprietary mini-humbucking pickups and use of the somewhat more elaborate traditional Epiphone inlay patterns. The rosewood fingerboard has five-ply binding and the inlay is the split pearl block with “V” abalone centerpiece, in the 1940’s Emperor style. The thin elongated headstock is triple-bound with the “tree of life” pattern in pearl used on top-line Epiphones since the mid-‘30’s. The top is bound in 6-ply and the back is 3-ply, the tortoise celluloid pickguard is 5-ply bound. Hardware is gold plated including the original Grover rotomatics and the knobs are the typical “capped’ gold 1960’s Gibson style. The rather costly (over $500.00) Sheraton was made in fairly limited numbers in the early ‘60’s, and the optional (and more expensive) blonde finish makes this a rather rare guitar. With a rather wide and fairly flat-feeling neck this is a very comfortable player. This particular Sheraton is equipped with a natural (not gold plated) Bigsby B-3 instead of the gold B-6 one would normally expect; we at first assumed this to be a period addition but there are no other screwholes present beneath the tailpiece anchor and this appears to be a factory fitting. All other hardware is original as well, making this a well-gigged but unaltered guitar complete with the original HSC.
Overall length is 43 in. (109.2 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). Some average overall playwear, one large “sweat mark” on the lower bass bout where the original owners arm obviously rested for many a long night’s gig. This guitar came up from Texas and has likely spent many an hot evening playing the blues or country circuit. A well played but well cared for and spectacular sounding guitar. Overall Very Good + Condition.