#1
So I have looking at the Gibson es 335 over the Epiphone Dot for a while anyone out there who has bought either of them wanna give their input?
#2
It's basically MIM strat versus MIA strat. Your looking at generally better construction and better materials on the Gibson. Not saying the Dot is gonna be a bad axe, because it definitely plays and sounds fantastic. However the Gibson is most likely going to play and sound a little better. Try them out and if you think the Gibson's qualities justify the extra expense get it, if not just go with the Dot cuz it's still a great instrument.
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#3
Personally I'd take the Epi over the Gibby if it's between the Dot vs. 335.


Although if you can save up to a Gibson 359 it's going to be a better instrument.
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#4
I played a couple of Dots when I was looking for my guitar. I didn't care for them at all, but that may have had a lot to do with the way they were set up. Even accounting for that I decided I wouldn't buy one.

I ended up with an Ibanez AS93, which I love. I've played a few other Ibanez guitars and they're generally very good. They have a selection, though I don't really know what the difference is.
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If you can afford a Gibson ES series then I don't know why you're looking at the Epiphones at all, unless you've found a pre-1970 Epiphone or it's one of the Elitist models which were discontinued a few years ago. The Epiphone Elitists are about on par with standard Gibsons. A vintage Epiphone should be incredibly but they rarely turn up in good condition and they're extremely valuable, costing many times more than any new Gibson. The regular Epiphones don't hold a candle to the Gibsons, standard or Custom Shop.

But if you really are that clueless that you have to ask which is better out of a Gibson worth a couple of grand or an Epiphone that's barely worth a few hundred then you probably shouldn't be spending that sort of money on a Gibson in the first place.
#6
As I've always said in this debate... the Gibson almost invariably sounds better, but as to whether it sounds $10,000 better is up to you. The difference in feel, however, is day and night.
#8
Epi sherraton 2 its a dot except it sounds,looks, and feels alot nicer
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#9
If you going epiphone go with the Elitist Casino.
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#10
Whats the difference? About $3100.
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If you can afford a Gibson ES series then I don't know why you're looking at the Epiphones at all, unless you've found a pre-1970 Epiphone or it's one of the Elitist models which were discontinued a few years ago. The Epiphone Elitists are about on par with standard Gibsons. A vintage Epiphone should be incredibly but they rarely turn up in good condition and they're extremely valuable, costing many times more than any new Gibson. The regular Epiphones don't hold a candle to the Gibsons, standard or Custom Shop.

But if you really are that clueless that you have to ask which is better out of a Gibson worth a couple of grand or an Epiphone that's barely worth a few hundred then you probably shouldn't be spending that sort of money on a Gibson in the first place.


Im saving money for the gibson anyway i just wanted to hear what people had to say about either. Yes obviously the gibson is better but Epiphone has never let me down.
#12
I'd like to say on it's own merit, the epiphone dot is an excellent guitar in itself.
I enjoy the feel of the guitar very much, very comfortable to play in my hands.

I haven't tried the Gibson 335, but it's pretty much a given it'll sound better if you're comparing the two.
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As I've always said in this debate... the Gibson almost invariably sounds better, but as to whether it sounds $10,000 better is up to you. The difference in feel, however, is day and night.

this, pretty much.

the sound is subjective, but you should be able to feel a big step up in quality the moment you pick up an ES-335, before you've even started to play it.
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