Question by Luis S: Is the epiphone sheraton II a good guitar for me (instead of an epi casino)?
Hi, I live in Mexico city and I’ve been looking for an “epiphone casino” for some time, of course without any succes, as it’s kind of difficult to find those kind of instruments here, I really want an electric guitar and I’ve found an epiphone sheraton II, which looks very much like the casino (both are semi hollowbodied guitars), reading some reviews on the internet I’ve found the sheraton is a much better guitar than the casino, but I’ve always loved the casino “beatle” sound, and I don’t know if I will get such sound with the sheraton, also, I read the sheraton is highly used to play jazz, which I don’t really want to do, before doing anything I would like to receive an advice of someone who knows about these kind of guitars, so, what do you think, should I buy the sheraton or should I wait till I find the way to get a casino?
Answer by cconsaul
I have not played either, but that is exactly what I would recommend that you do anyway. Go to a place that has each guitar, wrap your fingers around it and figure out which one you can’t live without.
From what I can see online, the price is just about the same (9) unless you want a left handed model. According to About.com, the Casino is currently manufactured in Korea, but according to Epinions, both guitars are manufactured in the U.S.A. The main difference that would concern me is that the Casino features single coil pickups and the Sheraton sports Humbuckers. That goes back to the type of sound you are looking for. You are going to get more “bite” with the Casino, but more hum as well. The Casino is supposedly a little lighter than the Sheraton, but the Sheraton is decked out with pretties. If you are a fan of the Beatles, you are going to want the Casino, especially if you are going for that sound. From the scant bit of research I have done, I would prefer the Sheraton. It is the closest in design and electronics to my Gibson, although you are going to want to wrap your hands around a few before you pick one up because the quality of the pickups is reported to be sporadic, especially the neck pickup. Hope this helps.