I changed the original pickups with some Gibson '57, and I had a big surprise about how little was the sound change on this Sheraton. I've played a lot this guitar with a guy playing a genuine 1967 Gibson 335 dot. The 335 is lighter, and has a great feel. And a good smell. But on the same amp the two guitars, with the same settings, sounded identical for an external listener. So, the great difference isn't a matter of sound, but a matter of feel. You can play this Epiphone, or you can make love with a vintage Gibson 335.