Epiphone Emperor and Sheraton
Epiphone 1962 catalogue page 3
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Epiphone 1962 full line catalogue, page 3. Details of the Epiphone Emperor (E112T); 'Epiphone's finest guitar and proudest achievement' and Sheraton (E212T); 'a superb professional guitar'. Clearly they were very fine guitars; mother of pearl/abalone fingerboard inlays (a triangle of abalone within each mother-of-pearl block), tree-of-life floral pearl headstock inlay and gold plated hardware throughout. They are simply not done justice by the black and white images shown here.
Both models were available in Shaded (shown) or Natural finishes, at a premium. The Sheraton was additionally available in Cherry as of this year (though it is unclear how many were produced in Cherry prior to 1967 (see shipping stats.). The Tremotone vibrola (shown) is also optional at this point, the previous catalogue from late 1960/61 only lists a Tremotone version, the Frequensator tailpiece only being offered from 1961.
These Epiphones were made (in very small numbers - particularly the Emperor) at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo MI, throughout the 1960s. Just 66 Emperors and 689 Sheratons left the Kalamazoo plant between 1959 and 1969.
1962 list prices for these models were: Emperor $825 (Shaded) / $850 (Natural); Sheraton $515 (shaded) / $525 (Natural); Sheraton (with vibrato) $565 (shaded) / $580 (Natural).