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Unlike the 'original' line of Sheraton guitars , which used the New Yorker style 'humbucker' pickups , the Sheraton II used the Gibson U. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has owned several Sheratons, including an early model featuring mini humbuckers and a frequensator with a customized Union Jack paint work.
Unlike any of the semi-hollowbodies in the Gibson line, the Sheraton's headstock featured Epiphone's traditional fancy vine (or "tree of life") inlay on its headstock, while its fretboard featured a block and triangle (or "V") inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone, as well as binding on the fretboard's surface, inset slightly from the outer edges.Sheraton production totals (data from 1961 to 1970 only): Cherry - 53 Cherry w/vibrato - 20 Natural - 59 Natural w/vibrato - 49 Sunburst - 243 Sunburst w/vibrato - 197 In 1970, production ceased in U. Mini-humbucking pickups were discontinued on the Sheraton, changing to standard full-sized humbuckers; serial numbering system changes.Body and headstock shapes began to evolve, as they will continue to do throughout the 1980s and into the 2000s, as production also shifted from Japan to Korea.It featured the same double rounded horns, and had similarly placed electronics.
The Sheraton was fitted with a set glued-in neck, in accordance with Gibson's standard practice.Cherry red finish introduced (this will remain the rarest Sheraton finish throughout Gibson's production period of the 1960s).