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Epiphone 1964 John Lee Hooker Sheraton II

When Gibson’s creative point man and chief operating officer Ted McCarty shepherded the development of the original ES-335 semiacoustic electric guitar, I doubt he knew to what degree the versatile instrument would transform the world of possibilities available to blues, R&B, jazz and rock guitarists.

The John Lee Hooker Sheraton II essentially reprises aspects of the original Epiphone Sheraton and the Gibson ES-345 (a fancier take on McCarty’s ES-335), with some significant differences. Whereas today’s ES-335s employ traditional maple-basswood-maple laminate construction throughout, the Sheraton II employs a 5-ply maple-birch-maple-birch-maple back with a 3-ply spruce-maple-spruce top-the latter contributing a touch of sweetness and harmonic complexity while slightly softening the attack.

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