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.
"Five star all the way" Read More
"2004 Highway One Stratocaster" Read More
"Good guitar in experienced hands" Read More
"Fender Modern Player Jaguar" Read More
"Mmmm I love this guitar." Read More