Dot review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (641 votes)
Epiphone: Dot
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Price paid: C$ 450

Purchased from: John Bellone's

Sound — 10
This guitar is perfect for the type of music I play. I play mainly 60's and 70's influenced rock and progressive rock and some blues, and this guitar is perfect. I play lots of Rush and this guitar is a warhorse if you're aiming for an Alex Lifeson-esque sound. I run it through a Vox Valvetronix (which runs through a Marshall 4X12 cabinet) and it seems to be a very dynamic combo. When put together with my Boss CE-20 and the rest of the toys...wow. The clean sound is very crisp and mesmerizing with a beautiful warmth, and through the gain channels this guitar has that unique stinging bite and undertone growl that the Gibson 335's have. There is also that trademark semi-hollowbody feedback squeal that would probably attract dogs from across town, use at your own risk! This guitar can be used for nearly everything: blues, funk, progressive rock, classic rock...however hevy metal might be challenging, but running through the right equipment it could probably work.

Overall Impression — 10
I play lots of old classic rock and prog rock (Rush, King Crimson, The Who, Cream etc.) and this guitar is perfect for those styles. I've been playing a few years now (first guitar was in grade 6...off and on til grade 12...now i'm almost 20. Put it together...probably 7 years, but only 2 1/2 years seriously)and I'm fortunate to own a lot of other fun and exciting guitars and accessories, but this one is by far one of my true gems. If someone stole this guitar, I'd never be the same (I'd probably perform some not so legal acts to whoever stole it and end up in prison). I'd buy another for sure, but I'm very sentimental towards the one I have right now. I love The Feeling of picking it up, I love the weighting of it, I love the thickness of the neck...I guess I love just about evrything about it. I had been considering a Fender Stratocaster but settled with the Dot because I felt it was a better guitar for MUCH less money. One thing though is that I wish they came with tremolo bars on them, like a 355 does, but still, it's not hard to put one on yourself. Also, the black pickguard on the black guitar with the 'e' didn't quite cut it for me...so I fixed on a cream pickguard to match the trim. Yet again though that's quite changeable.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar withstands and will withstand more Live playing. I suggest though, if you like to exercise a bit on stage, that you purchase some locking straps. After all, semi-hollowbodies are larger instruments and some care should be put into making sure they don't slip out of a regular leather strap. The hardware will do fine (one thing I might change over time is the nut, because ever since I attached the Bigsby it has been falling out of tune a little easier) and the current specs will work for years. I would always take a back-up, that's just how I am, but I fully rely on this baby anyway. Oh, and the finish is quite strong, so far after over a year of owning it and playing it ALL the time there hasn't been one fade or anything.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This guitar was assembled to par, as far as I have seen. The only thing I had to bring it in for was to get it professionally set-up, and I had to lower the action. However, I usually do that with all of my guitars. After a few months of playing though, the input jack fell into the body and I didn't have the proper tools to get it out...but the repair guy Who had the right tools fixed it right in front of me for free. I don't hold any grudges for that, and I still think that it was one beautifully made guitar.

Features — 9
I believe mine is a 2007, and it was made in China. This guitar has 22 frets, the high ones being very easily reachable due to the cut-out style. I purchased mine in Ebony with the cream trim, and the finish is quite satin-like and reflective. It could be a mirror. It features a tune-o-matic bridge, and I had to buy the case separately. It has controls for each pick-up (two tones, two volumes) and the selector Switch is three-way and is well attached (one of the only guitars I own where the Switch head doesn't unscrew itself everytime I hit it...not a big deal but rather convenient). I attached a Bigsby B7 to mine and it functions beautifully, even though it's just minor vibrato (I wish you could buy 335's with one like you could a Gibson 355...Varitone Switch would be genius as well). The guitar has all of the features you would expect for a Standard semi-hollowbody guitar.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

    mathman51
    to be honest, i hate trying to compare the "lesser" product to the " beloved" one. If John Lennon walked into my house grabbed my dot and played it it would sound like John Lennon. Where I'm going with this is that a good player can take any guitar and make it sound like something you want to have. Its in the fingers. save money on the guitar end and spend more on the lesson end
    amazingrace4u
    got mine used for $250. still sooo in love with it after over half a year. here's a video of me playing it:
    hope this makes you fall in love with the sound!
    demondays7
    samisabig1 wrote: give me 3000 'bucks' and id by the epiphone dot, spend the rest on gigs and alcohol
    YES! LOVE THE IDEA!
    demondays7
    can the dot play punk? i am a fan of blink, fall out boy, as well as the more classic stuff like zepplin, and thin lizzy, I know the classics loved the les paul but i don't have the cash, but the pop punk are fans of strats and SG's do you think the dot can get it done?
    RadioBear100
    quote]Vrstone87 wrote: There is no way this is a 10, it's an epiphone. Aside from that this review sounds like a manufacturer wrote the review. [/quote] Hate the people who say "squiers and epiphones can't be 5-stars guitars, only fenders and Gibsons can be". Actually the epiphones are getting really good. I've played several epiphones and they are surprisingly good, especially the epiphone custom that guitar has the sound of a real Gibson. There are a lot of musicians in my town that use epiphones instead of Gibsons because its not worth the extra money
    RadioBear100
    Vrstone87 wrote: There is no way this is a 10, it's a epiphone. Aside from that this review sounds like a manufacturer wrote the review.
    Hate the people who say "squiers and epiphones can't be 5-stars guitars, only fenders and Gibsons can be". Actually the epiphones are getting really good. I've played several epiphones and they are surprisingly good, especially the epiphone custom that guitar has the sound of a real Gibson. There are a lot of musicians in my town that use epiphones instead of Gibsons because its not worth the extra money.
    serialjoe1
    maybe its just me, but it seems that people who play epiphones and gibsons seem to be a lot rude-er than people who play fenders and squiers
    Dyn101
    Vrstone87 wrote: There is no way this is a 10, it's a epiphone. Aside from that this review sounds like a manufacturer wrote the review.
    why not a 10? just the name aint a good enough reason to drop points
    hendrix2010
    if you buy a gibson, you are paying for the name and a slightly better sound. buy an epiphone instead
    hardrox
    live4ever2008 wrote: What's better.. one of these or a Fender Standard Telecaster? I would say this because it doesn't buzz at the heavier stuff. Single coil pickups (like the tele has)are rather noisy when you add some gain to it. The hum bucker gets it's name because it stops hum, so that's why people who play metal, punk (etc) usually use hum buckers. So this would probably be better. I play a number of styles; classic rock, soul, punk, blues and ska, what would you recommend???
    ATX
    Epiphones are just fine. I saw Jimmie Vaughan destroy with one on jazz a few weeks ago in Austin. So does h have bad taste or just like crappy guitars?
    mrmoonray
    irishstang_87 wrote: JayLacelle wrote: Vrstone87 wrote: There is no way this is a 10, it's a epiphone. Aside from that this review sounds like a manufacturer wrote the review. Have you played one? You can't judge a guitar that you have never fealt in your hands before. It is a dream guitar. Agreed. Bought one today, you can't tell by playing it that it's not a thousand dollar guitar.
    mrmoonray
    I bought a DOT and found the set up was, like any "off the shelf guitar" poor at best. I had a luthier put on a graphite nut, polish the frets and adjust the pups and now it plays and sounds great. Check You Tube for a head to head comparison of a Gibson 335 and a Dot. No difference in sound...