NGD: 1986-88 "Epiphone by Gibson" Sheraton

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  1. masterbiltfan

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    Hey guys,

    I've been looking for this since a certain youtuber released his video about this guitar back in 2016, so its somewhat of a grail for me. I woke up today and started browsing the Guitar Center used section, which I usually do 2-3 times per week, and lo and behold this was staring right back; 40 miles away from my house. I bought it online without second thought, then jumped in my car and raced down there to pick it up. 80 miles later, here she is.. The 1986-88 Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton, in vintage sunburst.

    It appears to be in all original condition, with maybe a pot or two that has been replaced because the neck volume pot is really stiff and scratchy. All in all this purchase totally made my day. Cheers everyone!

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  2. RegularJim

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    Nice one! Congrats!
     
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  3. masterbiltfan

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    Thanks!! I bought a set of gold grovers/tonepros bridge+saddle, and looking for a set of PAF clones or Gibson 57 classics. CTS pots/switchcraft jacks, but I know I'd have to widen the holes, and I kinda want to avoid permanent mods
     
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    Congrats.
     
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    John Well-Known Member

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    Sweet, HNGD.
     
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    You can get metric shaft CTS pots eh...

    awesome guitar! Happy NGD!
     
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    Gotta say, my man Aleksandar from Wizz makes fantastic pickups super accurate PAF clones, but they’re pricey. If you’re on MLP, he might be able to swing you a deal. Hope you enjoy the new guitbox!
     
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    Nice guitar! Duncan '59s are great pickups also. My Sheraton will get them if i decide to change out the stockers.
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Congrats
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    Happy New '€ by G' day

    :applause::applause::applause:
     
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  11. masterbiltfan

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    I purchased a set of those before for a Les Paul I had and they were fantastic.. I might just do that again now that you reminded me :)
     
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    I am also considering these.. I found a set of gold ones for $200, about $150 less than going the Classic 57 route
     
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    Ahh I didn't know! I always just widened the holes when I converted Epis to CTS pots.. I'll definitely look into this!
     
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    They are great, i have a set in my Airline and one at the neck of a LPC copy i have.
     
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    I just broke down and bought the set.. $210 shipped new, so I couldn't pass it up. I'll be starting another build thread when all the parts get here
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Done carefully, I don't see swapping in a good set of U.S. made inch spec electronics as a criteria for devaluation. Of course I'm not a corksniffer, and this ain't a '59 Les Paul. Besides, you're already destroying any "originality" by desoldering the old pickups.

    Make the instrument that will inspire you to play it.
     
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    Yea that's true.. On the other hand, I did find these:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/CTS-Metric-500K-Split-Shaft-Audio-Taper-Potentiometer-Pot-Import-coarse-spline/111742064835?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

    And they appear to be same quality but metric spec.. So if I can get away with not having to remove material.. All the better eh?

    We'll see what they're like when they show up.. I have the proper tools to widen the holes if needed, and I've done it a bunch of times, but I prefer not to if possible
     
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    I wonder what the tolerance is on those. The 525K ones I buy from Art of Tone are ±5% (500-550K but in practice they're closer to ±5K actual - not percent - variance) but I've seen them vary as much as 20%. Which means your 500K pot might be between 400-600K measured.
     
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    Unknown.. They're highly rated, and I trust Philadelphia Luthier Tools, but I don't have the tools myself to test tolerance.. We'll see how they vary when they get here.. I've bought everything but caps.. I'm thinking about going with Sprague Orange Drop 0.022 caps
     
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