I've owned a Sheraton II reissue since 06. This particular set of Sheratons had the necks and bodies made in Japan at the Matsomuku (sp?) factory, and then sent them to the Gibson factory in the US for finishing and electronics. It has the Gibson mini humbuckers, and has a distinct sound from full sized humbuckers, brighter and with more low end definition. The low end is almost as full as the regular HBs. I also had a piezo pickup equipped bridge installed, giving it a crispy acoustic presence that I can roll in as wanted. Since I play clean most of the time, the mini humbuckers have become my favorite pickups.