Written on: 27/01/2011 by Captain Crisps (1 review written)
This is a great guitar failed by cheap hardware. Once you strip it out and re-fit with quality it is a wonderful instrument.
I bought mine in about 1998 thinking I was getting a Casino, would you believe. At that stage I was only a so-so guitarist but it was obvious, even to me, it had much more to give.
* Cheap pickups which lack response, particularly at the bass end
* It constantly goes out of tune
* Open strings sound dull
* The electrics feel sturdy as cobwebs
Unaltered, the Sheraton II can only rely on great playability, excellent build quality and catwalk looks. Which isn't too bad, I suppose.
Since then the following changes have been made:
* Gibson pickups (P-94 at neck and Burstbucker #3 at Bridge)
* Schaller M6 machine heads
* CTS pots with quality toggle switch, jack input and wiring
* Fossil ivory nut (I read bone would be fine, but I felt flash)
Not cheap. Particularly as I had a luthier perform the work, which is advisable.
The result is a guitar which exceeds all expectations, and easily a match for a Gibson 335. This is particularly pleasing as - even with the extra cash for upgrades - the Gibson would be twice as expensive.
I have read reviews complaining of the hardware. I would add that should you wish to take this on, it would be the most rewarding upgrade project you could hope for.