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  • Epi Sheraton Vs. Washburn HB35

    Hi,

    Recently, I was at our local guitar shop and I tried out an Epiphone Sheraton guitar and I felt it was pretty good (however, considering I'm a newbie to all of this, don't really know how much that helps). I liked the slimmer neck better than the fatter neck of the Peavey JF-1 I played.

    So along with the Sheraton, I'm also considering a Washburn HB-35. I've read great reviews about it on the harmony-central reviews. however, many of those were for the older sycamore top guitars. Has anyone picked up a recent one? And how are the sounds?

    In general, there are a few things that I'd like to know about how the two guitars compare as I'm going to go see about the Washburn at another dealer that's about 300 miles away and I don't want to drive that far if the Sheraton would be just as good. So the questions I have are:

    *How do the necks compare? (width wise basically; i.e. chunky vs. slim)
    *How do the stock pickups compare?
    *How do the newer models with the flamed maple sound?
    *What other alternatives would I have in the $400-$650 range?

    Thanks a bunch!
    Stvwndr219

  • #2
    i was deciding between the two guitars earlier this year, and i went with the sheraton. It to me was a far superior feeling guitar, it felt better than many of the gibson hollowbodies i tried the same day. I prefer the epiphone stock pickups although the washburn is good to. The decision comes down to preferences, try both out. The washburn has its toggle switch positioned differently which i actually prefer to the epiphone but in the end the epiphone feels like a much sturdier guitar.


    I would suggest trying them both out and deciding from there

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    • #3
      I think the Epiphone would be just as good if not better. No need to drive 300 miles.

      But I really like Epiphones.... and the Sheratons I've tried are awesome!
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      • #4
        Actually is not the price of the guitar or make, its what feels right in your hands.If your comfortable with one particular guitar then thats the one. Sometimes an over price name guitar can be a P.O.S. Just try as many guitars as you can invest the time and you will find the right one.If the one you pick that feels right is a cheap guitar you can always mod the electronics.
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        • #5
          Im planning to buy the Sheraton II at the end of the month, so here's what I think:

          -when I first played the Sheraton I thought it was too muddy, and I thought the Dot or the Casino were better, but I went again to another shop to play it and felt really nice.

          -try to play both the Epiphone and the Washburn in a shop with the same amp you have in your house, there you will know how it will sound the full equipment, and its the easiest way of deciding between two guitars, which one you like playing them.

          -I never played the Washburn though I heard its really a nice guitar, so if you want to pay a little less go for the Washburn and then change the pups or whatever you want to change.

          -Both are nice guitars so you really cant go wrong with one or another, if you have completely decided for one of them.

          good luck!

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          • #6
            The Washburn is probably the best out of the bunch of 335 copies in that price range. I'm a pretty big Epi supporter but this one is a no-brainer for me. The HB is a great guitar.
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            • #7
              Thanks for the replies guys!

              I was wondering if you could tell me how the neck felt comparing between the two models... i.e. thickness wise, and feel wise. As I said before, I've tried the Sheraton and the neck felt fast and thin, which is what I like. I only ask because the guy I was talking to about the Washburn says he'll have to order it for me to try it out. I'm not entirely sure what else he stocks in there but thanks for the tips.

              Also, is the pup swap hard to do? and for a decent swap, how much money am I looking at?

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              • #8
                Thanks for the replies guys!

                I was wondering if you could tell me how the neck felt comparing between the two models... i.e. thickness wise, and feel wise. As I said before, I've tried the Sheraton and the neck felt fast and thin, which is what I like. I only ask because the guy I was talking to about the Washburn says he'll have to order it for me to try it out. I'm not entirely sure what else he stocks in there but thanks for the tips.

                Also, is the pup swap hard to do? and for a decent swap, how much money am I looking at?

                Swap is a little more work with semis than solidbodies usually. I find most Epi HB's to not be very inspiring. I love their alnico P90 though. The stock HB35 pickups sound nice!
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                • #9
                  The HB35 is a great guitar but the neck is VERY chunky. If you prefer a thinner neck go with the Epi. But I think the Washburn is a better guitar and the stock pickups are quite nice.

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                  • #10
                    I don't know about the Washburn, probably a very good guitar. But I think the Sheraton II is the best guitar that Epiphone makes. I bought a Epiphone Lucille used and like it ok, but all of the Sheraton II's that I have tried out at guitar shops I like better. I will probably sell my Lucille one day, and likely replace it with a Sheraton II.

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                    • #11
                      Treborklow, so would the washburn neck be comparable to the neck of an epi dot or a Peavey JF-1? Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        I saw Epi 335 VS models at GC this past weekend for $299.
                        What a deal.

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                        • #13
                          I had the HB32...I sold it. It was a cheap guitar.....bottom line. It will never compare to something with quality.

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                          • #14
                            I saw Epi 335 VS models at GC this past weekend for $299.
                            What a deal.


                            What's an Epi 335 VS? Are you refering to the DOTs? Or the DOT Studios?
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                            • #15
                              I vote Sheraton II but I'm biased. The one I have is excellent and better than many of the 335's I've tried out.
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