Epiphone celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion and Epiphone’s long association with the royalty of British Rock and Roll with the Ltd. Edition “Union Jack” Sheraton Outfit in an Alpine White finish with the iconic “Union Jack” design. The Limited Edition “Union Jack” Sheraton Outfit comes with a 1960s style vintage hard case with a gray exterior and blue interior along with a Certificate of Authenticity, a guitar user’s manual, and more.
The modern Ltd. Ed “Union Jack” Sheraton Outfit shares all of the vintage Sheraton’s classic styling. The body and top are made of 5-layer laminated maple with Epiphone- designed “Union Jack” stripes are over a pristine Alpine White finish. The body has single layer Ivory binding on the top, back, and fingerboard and 3-layer ivory and black binding around the headstock.
The 24.75” scale neck has a 12” radius fingerboard with “Block and Triangle” inlays made from Pearloid and Abalone and has 22 medium jumbo frets with a 1.68” nut. Inside the upper f- hole, Epiphone has included a vintage styled blue rectangle label with serial number and model name, just as British rockers from the 60s would have found in in their Sheraton.
The “Union Jack’s” headstock is also inspired by the earliest Epiphone Sheratons with a Sloped Dovewing shape, a historic Epiphone “Vine” inlay in Pearloid, and the familiar “bullet” shaped black and white 2-layer truss rod cover. Machine Heads are Grover® Rotomatic with a super pro 18:1 tuning ratio.
The Ltd. Ed. “Union Jack” Sheraton Outfit is powered by the connoisseur’s favorite pickup, the Gibson USA Mini-Humbucker. For many discerning guitarists, the mini-humbucker hits the perfect spot. Fuller than a single coil but more detailed than a humbucker, mini-humbuckers offer a player tremendous range and focus with a distinctive low end and an articulate high end that can easily overdrive for blues or stay clean for pop.
The “Union Jack” Sheraton’s standard volume and tone controls are Tops Hats with metal inserts and are wired with CTS potentiometers. The Sheraton is also set off by gold hardware including the LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge, the ¼” Epiphone Heavy Duty non-rotating input jack, and the vintage touch of the Epiphone Frequensator™ tailpiece. The Frequensator™ can be seen on Epiphone instruments as far back as the mid 1930s and helps to give the Sheraton not only maximum sustain but also super accurate intonation.
Early Gibson Les Paul guitars had huge ‘tree-trunk’ necks, but beginning in 1959, the company began slimming the neck down to a more comfortable size. By 1960, this evolved into a design Gibson called the slim-taper neck. Varying in thickness only about a tenth of an inch from the first fret out to the twelfth and maintaining a precisely controlled width-to-thickness ratio, the “slim-taper” neck was meant to promote speed, while at the same time reduce player fatigue. For this reason, many players consider the 1960 “slim-taper” neck the most playable Les Paul neck ever made.