20 Most Recent Epiphone Elitist Sheraton Electric Guitar Questions & Answers

If the pickup in the guitar suddenly stops working - then most likely there is a solder connection that has come loose. If you can get a small dental mirror, you may be able to look through the F-Hole on the guitar and spot the loose wire. The tricky part with a Sheraton is the way the hollowbody is constructed doesn't allow you to work on the electronics as easily as say a Fender Strat.

The only way to fix this would be to carefully remove the electronics and re-solder the bad connection. You should only do this if you are very comfortable with soldering.

Since the bridge pickup fails, yet the neck pickup works, you can eliminate about 1/2 of the problem. You can start by examining the wires that come off of the bridge pickup and follow them to the next connection point. You can also test wire continuity if you have a multi-meter to hook up to the wire - to check that the actual wire is not broken in the middle. (Broken wires on the inside of the guitar would be rare - more likely it will be an obvious solder joint that has come loose.)

If you have a local mom and pop music shop nearby - you may be able to take your guitar in for a free diagnostic - but that depends on the shop.

Good luck! Hope my information has helped you figure out a path to get it working again!

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Nov 17, 2011

That is near fatal... you might find a Luthier that could repair it. I have repaired three broken neck instruments myself, an acoustic bass, acoustic hollow body, and a banjo... it is NOT fun and requires great care. The strains on the neck from string tension cause a lot of force that tries to re-break the neck.

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Mar 16, 2011

Can you remove the pickups and get your hands inside? Since wires are soldered to the jack and connected to the controls etc, you may have to remove all of the electronics.

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Jan 19, 2011

Either take it to a guitar shop for setup or search YouTube for guitar setup... some excellent videos there of just how to do it !!!

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Dec 28, 2010

My guess is up is neck, middle is both and down is bridge pickups. That's the way it used to be.

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Oct 18, 2010

This will help for starters:http://www.epiphone.com/images/EpiOwnrsManul.pdf This site has good info in the discussion:http://www.thefret.net/showthread.php?t=4728 There's info here too:http://epi.p3net.net/bbs/index.php.

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Nov 30, 2009

Pickup height on electric guitars is an oft debated subject. It's more about personal preference, ..BUT there is a bit of science involved , and here is some real simple "String Theory" for electric guitars. Your pickups are magnets essentially, with little winds of copper wire - this is how a transducer (pickup) picks..up (hence PICKUP) the sound of the strings. Strings are steel , most brands have Steel wrap around a Nickle core, ..it is ALL attracted to magnetics. You've played with magnets before , right? What happens when you put a magnet close to metal? It...PULLS it , right? Now , here's the deal about THAT , for guitars. The closer you get a vibrating string to the pickups , the more signal the string will produce , BUT if you get TOO close, the pickup will start pulling on the string too much (remember..magnetics) and that will reduce the amount of sustain on a string(s), and may even hamper actual tuning depending how strong the pickups are. Of course there is the "Duh" factor - having your pickups so high that your strings actually rub them as you play , ...don't do THAT! Best advice: Keep the pickups about mid-way. Not high enough to cause any noticeable problems, but not too low to sink them below the pickup rings (the plastic rectangulars that surround the pickups.

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Nov 02, 2009


It sounds to me like you have a machine head that needs to be replaced. That is the only possible thing left, and it has certainly happened to me before. I have been playing and building guitars for about 25 years now as a serious hobbiest. So I'm not just shooting in the dark about this. The fix is inexpensive and an easy replacement. Your string gauge is not the problem.

Hope this helps.

Epiphone Elitist... | Answered on Jul 09, 2009

The controls should be setup in pairs (as long as the electronics haven't been modified. The two closest to the pickups are the volumes and the other two are the tone controls. The top knob set should be your neck pickup and the bottom set is for the bridge.

Schematics and wiring diagram for the typical les paul (sheraton) controls:

Good luck!

Epiphone Music | Answered 6 hours ago

Sounds like perhaps a Les Paul Special II, but more detail is needed to say for sure. There was a lot of variation in their Les Paul models. Posting a photo of both sides and the headstock is best.

-Has the guitar any binding, and what colour?
-Is the back of the guitar white or all black?
-Exactly what is on the front of the headstock, 'Epiphone', the 4-diamond logo, anything else?

Epiphone Music | Answered 6 hours ago

Approx 1965. Cant determine value without model #

Epiphone Music | Answered 2 days ago

Possible manual from manufacturer web site found using https://www.google.com

May be a different model than yours.


Epiphone Music | Answered on Aug 13, 2019

Request the wiring diagram directly from Epiphone.

Epiphone Music | Answered on Jul 10, 2019

The Epiphone serial number decoder, I use, supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Vintage numbers from 1932 to 1970 are supported. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported. The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. This Module has been updated to work with the newer serial number formats. Looks like your Epiphone is Japanese. Try a guitar dealership or contact Epiphone for advice.

Epiphone Music | Answered on Jan 29, 2019

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