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“I've had a Sheraton II in natural for a couple of...”

Written on: 11/03/2010

I've had a Sheraton II in natural for a couple of years, during which time it's been given some of the normal upgrades: bone nut, Seymour Pearly Gates + new push-pull pots. I've taken off all of the blingy gold hardware, adding a chrome stesbar trem and a set of chrome locking tuners. Having been a big teenage Alex Lifeson fan, an ES335 was always my dream guitar, but with my medium quality skills, I couldn't justify the costs. Even before the upgrades, this was a very nice instrument - well-made, with a good sound and low, even action that's the equal of the Gibsons I've played. Since I spent more than the original cost of the guitar on upgrades, it's now to my mind an absolutely superb instrument, and still way cheaper than an ES335 (about half including all the upgrades). The Pearlies give a pretty authentic PAF sound and it plays really smoothly. I'd never get back what I've paid for it, but I bought it to play, not to sell. If you're after an investment, or you've got money to burn, get a 335, by all means. If you want a great-sounding guitar that brings out the best in your playing, a Sherry + upgrades is an economical and satisfying option.

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