#1
Hello there,

I am a fairly newbie guitarist, and am looking for a guitar that looks and sounds like a Gibson ES-335 (which is one of my favorite guitars) but doesn't cost nearly as much. I'm in highschool and can only muster about 500$ or so tops for a new guitar. I have found two guitars that look like a good fit, but I'd like to get someone else's opinion on them.....

There is the dot http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Dot-Electric-Guitar?sku=518250&src=3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26044253 or the Riviera Limited Edition P93 http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-Riviera-Custom-P93-Electric-Guitar?sku=516284

I know the dot/Es-335 have Humbuckers and the Riviera has P90s which both sound a bit different, but is there a large difference there? Also, I'm wondering because the dot is so much cheaper if it has a much cheaper construction than the Riviera, or if your just paying for the fact that the Riviera is "limited edition"? And if I did get a dot, would it be a good idea to invest some money later and upgrade the pickups?

Thanks!
Last edited by NotVeryCharming at Jun 17, 2010,
#2
the reviews on the second link look pretty awful, think its due to the three pickups, some guitars can pull off the 3 humbuckers/sopebox pickups, and some just make a mess with it. i Have heard great things about the Dots though. only thing about the Dot that i'd consider is upgrading the input jack's nut with a locking washer sense my Artcore(another great simihollow guitar), was prone to having the input fall into the body which was a sucker to fix...and they are pretty much equally priced...or they were at one point etc.
#3
the dot is a great guitar. there isn't much wrong with it actually. pickups aren't the best (obviously, look at the guitar's price), but that doesn't mean they sound bad. i like them quite a bit. epiphone has the best hollow/semihollow body guitars under $1200 in my opinion. they're just damn great guitars, and considering the price, they cant be beat.

you've made a good choice my friend!
#6
i have a friend who owns the dot. i enjoy it it alot even though i dont usually play semi-hollows
#7
Try a used Sheraton or Sheraton II. They're like the dot only all around better, and they're muc h sexier. Used, you should be able to grab one for no more than $450.

That said, the Dot is a great guitar, and if you want one, go for it. I'd go for a Studio since they're cheaper, but if looks matter to you it might not be the best choice.
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#8
Bought my brother an Epi Dot, and it's a great playing guitar. I'm not too fond of the pickups, but they're not anything horrible. Otherwise, though, the action's low, the sustain is pretty decent, and it's a gorgeous looking guitar. I'd recommend that, or an Artcore.