Assuming I want a semi-hollow body tone--- is there any reason that these things should be avoided? I found a great local deal on one, and these look nicer than the Epi Dots....

Also, I have yet to play one--- how are the necks? Upper fret access?

Thoughts? Opinions?
You should not buy one if you don't like the way it feels. That's pretty much the only thing I can think of. There's a lot of difference between Ibanez and Epiphone, so play one (can you play that one?) To see if you like it.
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Play one but I think it's a solid buy.
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i used to have one and its a great guitar, but hollow bodies are not my thing so i sold it. quality was better than epiphone though.
I've got an AS73 and it is bloody excellent. Most people who see and play it are quite astonished how good it is.

I think you get a lot of bang for your buck from the 73 and I'm sure you wouldn't regret it. I tried both the dot and the 73 and although both are pretty good I just preferred the 73.

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