Dot Review

manufacturer: Epiphone date: 03/09/2016 category: Electric Guitars
Epiphone: Dot
The Dot is well made. Its medium-sized frets are lightly polished and well shaped, the neck joint is clean, the hardware robust, and the finish is flawless. Weight is a moderate 7.5 lbs.
 Sound: 8.9
 Overall Impression: 9.3
 Reliability & Durability: 9.5
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.5
 Features: 8.7
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overall: 10
Dot Reviewed by: williamsanders, on october 13, 2007
8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 567

Purchased from: Muziek & Visie Antwerp

Features: 2002 Korean made (Un Sung) Cherry Red dot. 22 Medium frets, pressed into a rosewood fretboard with dot markers (hey, what's in a name). Neck is made out of mahogany, the body is made of (laminated) maple, with a nice grain! Neck has the '60s profile, much shallower than the fat '50-ies model. The finish is a High Gloss Cherry-red. The guitar is designed after the Gibson es335, so it's a semihollow one. Standard Gibson features, like a 24.75" scale length, 2 vol & 2 tones, 3way Switch and two alnico humbuckers. TOM-bridge and stopbar tailpiece. My guitar features Gotoh "Epiphone signature" tuners. I received my guitar with a Epiphone case and strap, strings, picks, cloth. Even a Gibson t*shirt! // 10

Sound: I play mainly blues & classic rock, and together with the Epiphone G400 "SG", this is the ideal combination for playing everything between the Elvis, over Big Brother & The Holding Company, to The Doords, Led Zeppelin. I run the dot thru a Fender Blues Deville, and the tubes are doing the guitar justice. On the neck pickup, you het the nice soft & warm bluessound, while the bridge pickup gives you a nasty twang. Both pickups delivers you the sound, ideal for strumming. The guitar isn't at all noisy, although it isn't shielded. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: Guitar was set up perfectly, though I recommend to change the strings to GFX flatwounds. Nothing to say on this one, the guitar was build to stand for years (if you would handle it with care). The woodwork was done properly, as wel as the hardware. The chrome won't come off. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It's a Epiphone, sure it would withstand liveplaying, but you'll have to be carefull, because the body sides are very thin, and can be damaged quickly when you drop your guitar (hollowbody's don't bounce like a Telecaster). The finish is "Bullet proof", I can't get a scar in it, but the wood dents very fast. // 10

Overall Impression: Like I said, mainly blues & classic rock, and it's a very good match fot those styles. Also, it's a classic design, it looks really nice! I've been playing over 8 years now, and this is the best Epiphone I've put my hands on. I would guard it, so it won't get stolen, but if so, I'm gonna buy another one, but with the '60s profile. // 10

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overall: 8
Dot Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 03, 2008
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 230

Purchased from: Andertones

Features: Made in China year 2007, 22 medium jumbo frets. solid Vintage sunburst top. an Alder body and mahogany neck with ebony fretbord, I was suprised as well, it may well be rosewood.A ajustable tune-o-matic bridge. pickups are Epiphone standards. comes with grover tuners. the body woods are exquisite for a guitar of this price and the tuners are on par with anything on a Gibson. I was very impressed. // 8

Sound: This guitar is easily more veritle than a Strat becuse of it's semiacoustic body. You can easily get away with playing acouslticaly and although it's obviously not as loud as a full on dreadnought it is fair.The problems start with the pickups they have a very averge sound quality and depspite the price they are the same pickups Epiphone use in most of their Standard les pauls, and a decent squire sounds so much better than this. havind said that they are versitle you can easily acheve woman tone for some soulfull blues and they can handle most of the gain you can throw at them and so they are aceptable for metal. I play most early metal and rock and it handels it fine but I'm not blown away. // 6

Action, Fit & Finish: THe action was absymall from the facotry however I got a free setup from andertons and when I had it returned it was brilliant. the guitar can have differnt wood paterns you just need to look for it. mine has a small wood knot I chose becuse I liked the imperfection but is ver sublte and you can choose a flawles wood. The lacquer finish was very looks the part and is very handsome. // 7

Reliability & Durability: this guitar has stood up to much Live playing and is now my main guitar. This guitar feels like it's built like a brick bog house despite being hollow. and will take lots of beating before you see a scratch. this guitar fell like it's ready for a journey of long useage which is amazing considering the price. // 10

Overall Impression: THis is the most satisfying guitar I have ever owned dispite the problems I have listed this thing feels like it's a solid big round fat noise machine that is very easy to improve. all this thin woulld need is replacemnt pickups and then it would become the ultimate axe as the main problem is those cheep Epiphone pickups which for the reputation Epiphone has is unacetpable.when playing away you fel that massive rear end in your waist and you think. 'I am playing someting special'. this guitar has attitude and guts and for that I love it. Easily better than a standerd les paul becuse of it's majesty. Gives a great fat sound. I would love for it to have better pickups, then it would be a unsung hero. // 9

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overall: 9.8
Dot Reviewed by: JayLacelle, on march 02, 2009
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: C$ 425

Purchased from: Steves Music

Features: This guitar is semi-hollow body, I got the cherry coloured model. It has 22 frets with a laminated top. The neck is Mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. It has groover tuners and all the hardware is chrome. It has 2 stock Epiphone passive humbuckers (same as most Epiphone les pauls, etc.) Each pickup has a tone and volume control. The guitar had a tunomatic bridge as a 3-way pickup selector Switch. Only thing included with this guitar is an alan key and a small 1/4 inch cable. // 10

Sound: I play every kind of music imaginable, from classical to blues to punk rock to metal. I play through a Vox valvotronix 30 watt amp or my Laney 212, along with assorted effects. This guitar is the MOST VERSATILE guitar on the market. Gives amazing cleans and nice bluesy overdrives. When you crank up the gain the beautiful tone is still dominent. Personally I keep the tone knobs fully open because the pickups have a pretty balanced natural EQ. The pickups have no noise at all. The best thing about this guitar is the infanite sustain. The semi-hollow body design causes the pickups to continue to "pick up" the sound even after the strings have stopped vibrating. Imagine the exact tone of a les paul with more sustain. That about sums up the sound of this wonderful guitar. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar was set up almost perfectly right from the factory. The only flaw was the A string had some fret rattle. At first I thought the action was too low, but it turned out the string was slightly damaged. I put in some new D'Addario regular light strings and the problem was completely fixed. No fret rattle at all anymore. No other problems at all. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This guitar is structured pretty solid for a semi-hollow body. I would definetely gig with this guitar. Pretty hard to scratch this baby. Unless you jump on the hollow "wings" of the body, this guitar is built to last probably longer then the player. If you plan to travel a lot with this guitar then I would suggest a hard case or a high end padded gig bag. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall this is the best guitar I have ever played. I imagine the Gibson 335 (what the Dot is modelled after) is slightly better, but IS NOT worth the extra $2500 unless you have the money to spare. I haven't even thought of upgrading this guitar because everything it has now is perfect. This guitar is as beautiful to look at as it is to play, and the tone counldn't get any better. // 10

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overall: 9
Dot Reviewed by: willwelsh816, on august 03, 2009
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 399.99

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: This is my first real guitar. I've been playing on a Jay Acoustic for about 3 years, and when I got this guitar, I found out how good I acually was. The Dot I got was made in 2009, in May. It was made in Korea (like all Epiphone dots). It has 22(count 'em) frets. There was nothing wrong with them. It has a Laminated maple top. The neck is mahogany and the fretboard is made of rosewood. It has a 335-style body, and it is very classy looking. It has a darkish-red(cherry) finish, with cream body binding. The bridge is a Tune-O-Matic and it has Passive electronics. There are two volume, two tone, and a 3-way selector, just like a Gibson 335. There are two Alnico Classic humbuckers(stock), that sound very nice. They are double vacuum waxed and have Enamel-coated wire in them. The tuners hold tune just fine, only if you string it the "correct" way. For an extra $170, my Dot came with a case and a handful of picks. // 8

Sound: It suits my music style very well. I play Chicago, Delta, and Western-style blues. I occasionally play some Chuck Berry and Wes Montgomery. I'm using it with an Epiphone Valve Junior Half Stack with no effects. It is not noisy at all(what are humbuckers for?). It has a very nice, full sound to it. By the way, I fingerpick, so the sound is very mellow, and cool when I do that. When I tried to use a pick, the sound was noticably brighter. I'm not good with picks, so I stay with my fingers. This guitar can handle anything that you'd throw at a Gibson with 57' Classics in it. Blues, Jazz, Country, name it. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: My Dot was set up perfectly from the factory, the pickups were all in line, the action was nice and low(although that makes it nearly impossible to do any slide), and the neck was straight as an arrow. The finish is flawless, and there are no knots in the wood at all. Although my only complaint is that, charactaristically, the "E" fell right off as I pulled off the plastic coverings of the pickups and scratchplate. I restuck it on the case. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This guitar will definately withstand live playing, and everything looks long-lasting. The wood at the F-holes is about as thick as an Ipod Nano. I will depend on it, but I cannot trust any guitar without a backup, as strings don't last forever. Very good for it's reliability & Durability. // 10

Overall Impression: A good summary of the style I play is fingerstyle blues, and This is a perfect match. I've been playing for 4 years now, and I have a beloved (now slide guitar) Jay Jr Acoustic, that I modded a Strat pickup into. I wish I had asked for some polish or something similar before taking this home, and there are fingerprints on it, and I don't like that. I hate that I didn't get this a year ago, and I love that I got it this year. My favorite feature is being able to Switch pickups. // 10

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overall: 9.4
Dot Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 02, 2009
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: C$ 450

Purchased from: John Bellone's

Features: 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. // 9

Sound: 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 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. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: 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. // 9

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 9

Overall Impression: 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 and on til grade 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 I fixed on a cream pickguard to match the trim. Yet again though that's quite changeable. // 10

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overall: 9.6
Dot Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 05, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 250

Purchased from: eBay private seller

Features: I have 2 Epiphone Dots... I bought a 2002 Korean made Ebony Dot last October for about $240, and I liked it so much I bought another Dot in November... #2 is a 2010 Chinese version. They are different guitars. The Korean guitars - I think they were made by Samick - it all maple and has a very good smooth and comfortable neck. It has stock Epi pickups. The Chinese Dots are made with mahogany necks and maple bodies. Mine is a Natural and has Gibson HB pickups from a Les Paul - the 490 series - in it. Tuners are standard Grovers on both, TOM bridges and standard fine quality hardware. // 9

Sound: I play a lot of blues and the standard Epi pickups are GREAT for blues and jazz sounds. They are very full and smooth sounding, and get better after I set them up exactly as I wanted with a simple screwdriver. I set up the neck pup first, because I use that for solos most. Then I adjust the bridge pup to match the output, tailor the individual sounds by setting the pole pieces to get the sound best to my ears. The Chinese Dot is a real rock n roll guitar with the Gibson pups and the neck is slightly different, but also very fast and a great player. The Dots are ALL really under rated guitars because they are not expensive... But they are the best bargain out there. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: I can't speak to this because I got them both used. But adjustments are very easy to make. I had NO problems with either except the newer one had a loose jack nut. I ALWAYS check all the screws, etc. On every guitar I buy, new or used and fix what needs fixing. I did adjust the truss rod and bridge on both guitars because I play light gauge strings and I set the intonation and string height a little high because of how I play... a lot of bends. There were NO problems with either guitar... I did buy a hard case for one of them because they are too good to be in a bag. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I don't play live any more, but I did for almost 20 years. I have NO problem playing either or both of these Dots live... They are very rugged and simple, and I would not expect any problems with either of them. I played in bar bands from 1963 till 1980, as well as a few recording sessions. I NEVER carried a backup. // 10

Overall Impression: Blues, jazzy blues, rock n roll and starting to play jazz. These Dots are near perfect for all of those and you can easily overdrive them to sound really distorted. They are very simple guitars with humbuckers... You can do anything with them that you can with any other HB guitar. Playing since 1962. Love my Dots... I may even get another. // 10

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overall: 9.2
Dot Reviewed by: Pini-Glock, on march 09, 2016
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 339

Purchased from: Dirk Witte Music Store

Features: My Epiphone Dot was made in 2014 (in Indonesia), contains 22 frets (made of rosewood) with of course Dot inlays. The neck has a '60-ies profile, made of mahogany. I chose for the beautiful cherry gloss finish and must say that the sunburst version also looks beautiful. The top is laminated maple. The body style is designed after the famous Gibson ES-335 and I love the fact that it's semi-hollow.

The bridge style of the guitar is Tune-O-Matic, but I've seen versions where the bridge is attached to the bottom of the guitar (most likely for a Bigsby or whammy bar). I also like this guitar because the fact that it contains two tone knobs and two volume knobs, making the three way a switch make a lot of difference! You can make a dark sound or just very bright by just playing with these four knobs. The pickups are amazing, these are Alnico classics (which are standard for an Epiphone), these can even be replaced with Gibson Classic '57s is desired, because this guitar is worth it. The tuners are Grovers, which always have been my favourites, a friend of mine owns an Epiphone Les Paul, with the classic tuners (which are mostly on the official ES-335) and compared to these tuners mine never detune, when I travel with it (in a rockbag) all I need to do is a quarter at most.

I bought this guitar plain, without anything, but what do you want for € 339? One thing I don't like about the guitar is the fact that the Epiphone logo fell off after a few days, although it just a piece of plastic it makes your guitar look like it's manufactured too fast. // 9

Sound: I used to have multiple Stratocasters, this because they are made for a lot of styles, but I never thought it made my music "my" music. So I watched a few of my guitar heroes (including Peter Hayes (which plays a Gibson ES-335) and was sold due the fact it looks fantastic and sounds so. I sold my other electrics to make room for this guitar and never had ANY regret, this guitar fits "my" style perfectly. I mostly play own songs on the lead channel of this guitar (bridge pickup) and play songs like "Hotel California," "Love Burns," "Bohemian Like You" and I notice that (on these kind of songs) my guitar sounds harder (and better) then my friend his Fender Mustang (1965). My amp at home is a Marshall 5210 (1985) with a footswitch for the boost and clean channel, it really sounds great in my opinion. I used to have a cheap Fender amp and I compared the sounds which are a world of difference (maybe because of the reverb). The pedals I use make this guitar sound even better; Boss TU-3, Ibanez Tubescreamer Mini, Boss OS-2, MXR Carbon Copy (delay with modulation), Electro Harmonix Holy Grail (reverb) and a Boss RC-3 (loop station). The problem with most semi-hollows and distortion drived pedals make the amp give noisy, although I haven't tried another distortion pedal. The Carbon Copy and Holy Grail make this guitar and this setting fantastic for solo's and riffs, I can only say I really love this guitar. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: When I bought this guitar, it was already at a low action, makes it perfect for barré, this guitar also works perfectly for other tunings. But because of the low action the guitar doesn't work that well for slides (buzzes the frets), at Dirk Witte they offer to change the action for you in one year after purchase, they even made it lower and better for my playstyle. The pickups are great, they are nice but the front pickup seems a little loose, I don't know if this is the problem with all Dots. There is just one thing which is really annoying, the jack input is loose and you can turn it but after a while it's loose again. The guitar looks stunning but if you take a good look at the painting inside the F holes you notice it's sloppy, this doesn't annoy me that much but at a real Gibson ES-335 this would never happen. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I have played live with this guitar and it's really fantastic, I never take a spare guitar with me even if it can break down. I trust this guitar with my life, just a reason to take another one is because it's heavy and if you play like 3 hours you feel it in your back. The hardware on the guitar is great, the Alnico's sound fantastic, but if I need to replace them I would put in Gibson '57s Classics because, yeah their Gibsons. The strap buttons are big, this makes it hard to put a strap on it, which is great because it won't fall off that fast, I always put on strapblocks by Fender, just in case. The cherry finish is great and I'm sure that it will stay on it forever. // 10

Overall Impression: I mostly play rock, indie and pop songs and it works fantastic, you can play with the tone and volume knobs and it makes it the best of both worlds, I would recommend you to go the shop and find it out yourself. I've been playing like 4 years and got this guitar a year, after a year I still have no regrets and I don't understand why people would pay like 5 times more for a real Gibson, this guitar is amazing and does deserve some credits for that. If it gets stolen I would go to Dirk Witte and order the exact same one with cherry flavour, I love this guitar and would never sell it because I see it as my first real guitar (Squier Stratocaster aren't my thing sorry!).

I compared this guitar with a few others; Epiphone Casino, Epiphone Sheraton II (beautiful headstock) and a Hagstrom Viking, these were all like 100 euros more expensive and didn't really sound better in my opinion. I love this guitar! :D I'm really a fan of old semi hollows (Vox Cheetah, Fender Coronado, Fender Starcaster and of course the Gibson ES-335), but I don't want to pay over 2000 euros to have one.  Try this guitar and you won't have any regrets! :D // 9

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overall: 8
Dot Reviewed by: guitar351, on november 25, 2008
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Price paid: $ 250

Purchased from: CRP music and recording

Features: it was made in '97, idk where it was made, I think it was usa, maybe korea.There are 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard. I have the cherry finish and it looks amazing when polished, finger prints show easily.It is a double cutaway, semi hollow, witch means there is a maple block running down the center.Tune-O-matic Standard, and passive electronics.2 volume, 2tone, 3 way selector. the tuners are good, but needs better. // 7

Sound: It suits some of my music style, like jazz, blues, classic rock and some lightly distorted things. I am running it through a Vox DA5, until I get a bigger amp. It has a nice, full clean tone, but gets noisy at heavy distortion. There is a lot of tonal variety, and is great for jazz bands and such. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: I didn't get it from the factory, so it was set up perfectly.Everything was great, exept for a few small chips, but what can you expect when you buy from a friend? I had to replace the pickup selector, but that was a cheap fix. the wood is great, everyone commenting on how hot it looks. The tuners re good, but locking would always help. This guitar, being pretty old, sat in my room un- air conditioned, and apperently, the wax pot melted, easy fix by my friends at CRP. // 7

Reliability & Durability: This guitar will stand Live playing, and has been to a few gigs with me. The hardware is all solid and will keep on goin for years to come. I would deffinetly gig with a backup, not because of the guitar, buut because I need a different guitar for heavier things. I have staplocks on it, but the factory ones were great. The finish is also good, but would wear off after 20 years of playing, if you still have the guitar. // 9

Overall Impression: I play anything from jazz to blues and metal. it's a great match for the softer spectrum, but not good material for heavier. I have been playing for 4 years, and I own a Yamaha acoustic, my Dot, soon to be another guitar for x- mas; P. If it were lost/stolen, I would get another, but it's pretty hard to lose, seeing as it's almost as big as my acoustic. I just wish it had more frets, but ts a Gibson copy, so what can I expect? Buy it and you wont regret it. Thanks. // 9

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overall: 9
Dot Reviewed by: BurnzyRock, on january 19, 2009
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Price paid: C$ 649

Purchased from: franks music centre

Features: This particular guitar was made in china, with 22 frets, and a red transparent finish. It has 2 volume dials and 2 toner dials, for the 3-way selector. It has non-locking tuners, and has 2 pickups, though I can't tell the brand. It came with a hardshell case, and the guitar has still held up. // 9

Sound: I myself play lots of genres of music, and this guitar sounds well in all categories. I use it with a Line 6 Spider III 75 amp, with no added affects. It has almost no distortion, with a full sound, although you can't make many different kinds of sound. and, to make it noisy, you have to have the right amp. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: This guitars action-perfect. The wood is solid and fine, the pickups are perfectly aligned, and the guitar seems to have been perfectly set up at the factory. The controls are solid, and easy to use. When I bought the guitar, I also bought a bottle of guitar cleaner, and that stuff keeps the guitars Shine like new. // 10

Reliability & Durability: The guitars finish is very thick, and seems to last. The strap buttons are very solid and perfectly sized. The hardware lasts, and it will withstand Live playing. I myself would bring a backup, although that's just me. I have dropped it once, the finish held up, and the guitar sounded and looked exactly the same afterward. // 9

Overall Impression: When I was guitar shopping, I had to choose an Epiphone G-400 (SG), an Epiphone Les Paul, and this guitar. I chose this guitar because the Les Paul was quite a bit heavier, and the SG was just not my type. If this guitar was stolen, I would definitely buy this guitar again. Although, maybe in black. // 9

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overall: 7.4
Dot Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 05, 2011
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Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Ebay

Features: Made in Korea, Semi Hollow Body, Transparent Red. Double cutaway. 3 Way Switch etc...Light, and comfortable to play. Deffinatley not a Gibson USA 335, But it Holds its Own. This is the Only Epiphone I own. Had it over 10 years, Still has original pups and Hardware. Sounds good and plays good. Its deffinatley not a Custom Shop guitar, but for the price its a great guitar No complaints, ITs not a Gibson but the build quality is pretty good on this one. // 7

Sound: I play Old 1980's HardcorePunk Rock, Thrash, Oi! and some Rock'A'Billy. I have alot of Highend guitars and this one deffinatley holds its own.Sounds good in all my amps. I use No effects with it. Plugged straight in. Has a Full Variety of tones. Very Versatile for what I play. I've owned ALOT of Guitars. This is a Cheap one and still one of my favorites. Sounds great Distorted or clean. It can be noisy but its a Semi Hollow Body with Gibson USA pups Its to be expected. // 7

Action, Fit & Finish: Nice action for a cheap guitar. I haveit set up with the Action low and fast.I bought mine used, but it was still in very good condition when I got it. Stays in tune and takes a beating. The finish is nice for a Cheap guitar, Fret is smooth. Stays in tune. Hardware seems to be decent. I've had this for 10 years at least, and had no problems at all with it. // 7

Reliability & Durability: I've used this playing out ALOT. It stays in tune. Hardware has no problems keeping up with me. Replaced the strap buttons with strap locks. I can depend on this without a back up. I play really hard and aggressive. This thing keeps up and takes a hell of a beating. Always does great and never lets me down. // 8

Overall Impression: Over all this is one of my favorite guitars. Only Epiphone I've owned but I like it. I have or have had Gibson USA's, Fender USA's. Gretsch's, Rickenbackers, Vintage Fenders, Vintage Peaveys etc... It keeps up with them all as far as Playabiity goes. Stays in tune, Sounds good out of the Box with a few minor adjustments and really takes a beating. I keep this one around because its comfortable to play. If it were any nicer I wouldn't feel comfortable taking it to Live Hardcore Punk shows. Cheap enough to not care if it gets a ding, Nice enough to be the first one I grab when going to a gig. // 8

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overall: 9
Dot Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 24, 2011
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Price paid: $ 430

Purchased from: Local Guitar Shop

Features: Mine is a 2010 model made in China with the Standard 22 frets, Maple Top, Body and Neck, and Rosewood Fingerboard. It has a beautiful cherry finish that never fades. It has 2 tone selectors, 2 volume selectors, and a three-way pickup selector switch. Oh, and the Grover tuners are freaking amazing. // 9

Sound: I play Blues, Rock, Jazz, and a little country and it has a great tone for Blues, Jazz, and Country, and a pretty good tone for rock. This guitar is extremely versatile and great for pretty much everything, However I got a little annoyed by the lack of output from the pickups and I put some Gibson pickups in recently (Btw if you replace the pickups this guitar has 99% the sound of a Gibson ES-335). The natural sound of the guitar is great overall and the stock pickups are fine unless you're going to be playing studio gigs or at a professional level. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar was set up decently at the factory but it had some problems with intonation so I brought it back to the music shop to get it set up (something I do for all my guitars). They did it for me for free and now it is absolutely perfect. There were absolutely no flaws in anything besides the set-up on the guitar. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This guitar withstands live playing during even extended live playing and is extremely solid. I use this all the time for live gigs and I've never to go to my backup unless I break a string. The guitar's finish is like a tank, I've bumped this guitar into all sorts of stuff but it has never broken through to the wood. // 10

Overall Impression: This guitar is perfect for Blues, Jazz, Country, and Rock, and pretty good for hard rock. I actually preferred this over my Gibson LP once I replaced the pickups. If anything ever happens to this guitar I would definitely buy it again, I think it was the best guitar for the price I've ever had. Oh, and I've been playing guitar for 10 years. // 9

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Dot Reviewed by: squierstratdave, on june 27, 2011
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Price paid: £ 300

Purchased from: eBay

Features: I believe my Dot was made in 2008 and was made in China. The guitar has a maple body and a mahogany neck, mine has the cherry red finish and everything about it is standard, including the Epiphone USA pickups, The Grover tuners are worth mentioning, I've done 3 gigs on seperate nights in the space of 2 weeks and didn't tune it for any of them, this guitar nearly always stays in tune. The Hard Case was included in 300 price. // 9

Sound: I bought this guitar because I didn't have enough money for the Sheraton II, because in my opinion its a better looking guitar, however sound wise I couldnt ask for a more versitile guitar, I've played it in blues bands and Indie rock bands and also done some Acoustic sets with it and have always been really happy with the tone. I use a Marshall MG100DFX I only have the reverb on and the gain turned up full on the clean channel, I also use a DigiTech digi delay to play music similar to U2 and the Editors and it handles it really well. I started off playing alot of Oasis stuff and I got a really similar tone with just adding distortion. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: I'll be honest the action was pretty poor when I got it brand new from the factory, I had to get it set up again and I've had problems with some frets buzzing ever since, saying this though I gig with it literally twice a week and it is completely playable, its just still not right for me. Other than the action there really isnt much more to say the finish is imaculate, really simple looking but a really pretty guitar. // 6

Reliability & Durability: Like I said I gig with it all the time and I love it, the strap buttons are safe, I thought when I got it and looked at it that I'd have problems keeping the finish intact but its been great the past 3 years. My only worry is, like a lot of the Epiphone archtops, the pickup selector somtimes just cuts out the sound when you change pickups, this can be embarrasing and I have to keeping flicking between the pickups untill it decides to come back to life, its only happened live twice but its still annoying. // 7

Overall Impression: I love this guitar, I learned to play on an Acoustic guitar and never felt comfortable with electrics but this guitar was great for the change over. Shame about the poor action when I bought it but if I got it properly set up again I'm sure it would be fine, I love the sound this guitar to me is a jack of all trades, you can play it safe, buy one, and play many different genres. I love the way it looks and sounds but that pickup selector does my head in and is always in the back of my mind playing live. To me it sounds just as good as the sheraton, but having said that, if it was stolen I would save up the extra money and buy a Sheraton, only because I think it looks slightly nicer. You can't go wrong soundwise with this guitar. // 8

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overall: 9.8
Dot Reviewed by: unregistered, on october 30, 2012
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Price paid: A$ 590

Purchased from: Musicians Pro Shop

Features: My Dot was purchased from Musician's Pro Shop in 2009, my Dot is no different from any other Epiphone Dot around. My dot has 22 frets in it's rosewood fingerboard and Mahogany neck, the body is laminated maple with a Vintage sunburst top. The tuners are Grover and the pickups are alnico. Overall its not a really 'frills' kinda guitar but it does it's job well and without defect. However the only things I will say is that the G-string (no innuendo intended) doesn't stay in tune as well as it should, and the cutaway doesn't accommodate long stretches at the highest frets, but apart from that it's a pretty solid guitar. // 9

Sound: Well I as a musician tend to play too many genres ranging from Jazz to Metal (the shred-y stuff) and even some Pop as well (yes Pop is a genre that can be played on the guitar). I hook up my Dot to a Boss GT-10 which then goes through my computer straight to the speakers or my headphones. What I will as about the Dot is that it is a great Vintage sounding guitar in that, it handles and can play the whole myriad of genres pre-dating metal wonderfully. The tone of the guitar is extremely warm and works well with most genres especially blues and fusion jazz. The one major down side to this type of guitar is that it really falters (in my personal opinion) when it encounters and 'hi-gain' setting. But the way I see it is that since this guitar was supposedly to be a tribute to the Vintage sights and sounds of yesteryear that is really a huge problem, plus if you really want something to shred you shouldn't really be looking for an Epiphone. Either way the sound is very good considering the price. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: When I got this guitar there were no flaws, maybe because it was already set up by the shop, either way my opinion is void. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I've been playing this guitar for a couple of years now, and I really see no reason why I wouldn't be playing this guitar for many years to come. // 10

Overall Impression: If you guys want to buy a starter guitar I would seriously recommend you take a look at the Dot, it's warm, playable and most of all a quality instrument for an affordable price. I love my Epiphone Dot to bits so much so that I will at some point buy a Gibson Dot to play live with just to ensure that I will be as B.B. King once said "...Play this thing to the day I die".

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Dot Reviewed by: shannonbrickn, on july 02, 2014
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Price paid: A$ 400

Features: 2009 Chinese Dot. If you're reading this review then you're probably aware they are a double cut semi hollow body electric. Don't mistake this for meaning semi acoustic - it isn't. The hollow wings add to the tone and resonance when plugged in - acoustically this isn't much louder than an unplugged solid body. Purchased new, sight unseen. Everything out of the box was standard and while looking good in ebony, it needed some setup work to sound good too. Finish was impeccable. No accessories included (unless you count a couple of Epiphone plectrums as accessories) and no case. $100 at the LGS sorted the case out though. Pickups are both Epiphone humbuckers.

Non locking Gotoh tuners, tune-o-matic bridge (where is the "matic" part of these bridges?) standard 3 way toggle down by the 2 volume & 2 tone pots. It comes with a "D" shaped neck which is fairly chunky and maybe not for someone to use as their first electric guitar - it may be off putting. For a first timer in this price range get an Epi Les Paul or a Fender Squire anything. The 22 jumbo frets are nice and silky though and with the right setup & strings this guitar plays magnificently. // 8

Sound: I play a base of blues rock moving into jazz and funk. I thought this would be the perfect guitar for this and after a little work I was right. From factory the pickups were garbage. I believe they're the same pickup as used in the neck of the Epi Les Paul Std. Not the neck and bridge, just the neck and the same pup is used in each cavity. A bit cheap and dodgy but an easy fix. I run it through a fender stage amp and run Seymour Duncan pickups and 1950's wiring through various effects when needed. This setup has a warm but bright tone for the rhythm setting and phenomenal sustain on bridge with the tone wound back and a bright setting on the amp. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: Sounded ordinary out of the box. Muddy pickups and I just couldn't get it to play right. I have a Gibson ES-335 and this was purchased as a knockabout getting drunk while jamming guitar to save the Gibson from a potentially awful fate. To bring it closer to the Gibson I put on a Bigsby B7 tremolo and swapped out the pickups for a Seymour Duncan Jazz/JB combo. I also changed the wiring from "modern" to "'50s" style to brighten it up a little. After an hour or so resetting the neck, action and intonation I plugged in the guitar and almost wept. For well under $1000 I had a guitar that played and sounded better than my $3000 Gibson. The Epi is now my favourite for gigging and recording. The Gibson is just about a wall hanging now. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Tough? It's got a poly skin worthy if a Sherman tank. The overly long headstock concerns me but so far I haven't even scratched it. The hardware is Epi and Gotoh so you'll struggle to fault it, however I did chip the corner off the bass side of the nut by running some super heavy flat wound strings. With regular strings (Ernie Ball FTW) it's no issue - just cosmetic. It came with Epiphones lifetime warranty, although with the mods I've made I'm guessing that will only apply to the neck joint now, which is as solid as a rock. I use this at pub/bar gigs over my Gibson 7 days a week. I do use the gibbo, but most nights it stays in it's case behind the speakers. // 10

Overall Impression: As a factory guitar I would only rate this as a 6. The heavy neck took some time to bond with and it sounded s*** right out of the box. As a base for a brilliant guitar with very minor mods though I'd rate it a 10. The fit & finish of everything is excellent. I'll meet half way. I appreciate that not all people want to make their guitar their own through custom mods and if not, this guitar may not be for you. If you're new to playing buy a Les Paul - the heavy neck on this might put you off playing it for good. Taking that into account, along with how much I love the guitar post-mods, I'll rate it an 8. I really do love this guitar - almost as much as my daughter - but it took time and money to get it right. // 8

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Dot Reviewed by: shamu1, on september 23, 2014
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Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: I bought my Dot new, is a 2013 model, and it's in the cherry finish. This is, without a doubt, a meat and potatoes, no bullsh-t guitar - a journeyman working guitarist's guitar, for the kind of person who cares only about how well a guitar sounds and plays, not about having the most expensive brand-name axe. Collectors and guitar snobs should just move on and not bother reading the rest of this review (not that they're reading it anyway - this is a lowly Epiphone after all). Although the Dot is versatile and can sound good in any genre of music with just a few adjustments of the tone controls and your playing style, it delivers a big, fat, dark, no-frills woolly sound that sounds much more at home in a run-down Chicago blues club than at a Steve Vai concert. With the Dot, we're talking Jimmy Dawkins, not Joe Satriani.

All the hardware and electronics are pretty utilitarian, and they all work well. Tuners are good solid Grovers with the standard kidney buttons, and they hold the Dot in tune really well. The tailpiece and TOM bridge do their job well enough, with no annoying rattling and providing good note sustain, which is surprising for a semi-hollow body guitar. The electronics are surprisingly rather good, which is surprising to me since electronics have always been the one area where I've found Epi guitars to be consistently lacking; the tone controls actually provide an effective means of tone control, so you can actually hear a difference in tone when the knob is turned down, for example, from a 9 to a 7. Same goes for the volume pots, though I do wish the treble wouldn't drop so drastically when you turn down the volume on the guitar.

One of my favorite features of the Dot is the way it is able to perform brilliantly at high volume. Unlike most semi-hollow body guitars, the Dot does not produce feedback at high volume. In fact, I'm happy to say that the Dot, amazingly, sounds better the louder you crank up the volume, and this is even true on clean settings. On just about every semi-hollow guitar I've played, and certainly on every full hollow body one, the sound deteriorates drastically the louder you play; I get a harsh, booming bass overload that just flattens all the mid-to-high frequency tones, producing a dull, headache-inducing slog of a sound (I should note that I play mostly jazz, and therefore play without distortion). Not so with the Dot. As I crank up the volume, I find that the clarity between notes actually increases, producing a crisper, even clearer sound, without that awful bass overload. I own a Gibson Midtown Custom, which costs about four times the cost of the Dot, and I can't even play that thing past 3 on my amp without the bass overpowering everything and the whole sound just falling apart. In the case of the Dot you DON'T get what you pay for - you get MORE. // 9

Sound: There is nothing fancy about the sound of the Dot. This is one dark sounding guitar, and I'm not talking about a "muddy" sound either. We're talking about a huge, resonant, throaty, earthy bellow of a sound. It has what I consider a quintessential down home blues guitar sound. The stock pickups sound good, but not amazing; they somewhat lack the richness and depth of Gibson's 57 Classic pickups (which they put in the ES335, but they do have a certain raw, unpolished sound that is actually quite attractive in itself, and which the Gibson pickups do not have. I sometimes wish the stock pickups had a little more snap in their sound than they do, and the rawness of their sound means you have to really strike the strings gently when you want to play something like a jazz ballad.

For blues, the Dot is perfect. For jazz, it sounds good, but some players might find the output of these stock pickups a bit too strong and the tone a little too assertive and crude. The strong note sustaining qualities of the Dot may also take some jazz players aback. Personally, I like the Dot's jazz sound, and it's mainly just a matter of my attacking the strings more gently than I would with a full hollow bodied archtop guitar. You don't want to flail away at the strings when you're playing jazz on the Dot. It would sound too overpowering and strident.

The Dot definitely needs amplification to be heard. The semi-hollow construction of the Dot is essentially useless when the guitar is unplugged, producing a cardboard-like, flat, weak-ass sound that is completely lacking in resonance. You may as well be playing a cheap solid body guitar when you play the Dot unplugged, as its semi hollow body contributes no acoustic richness at all without amplification. Plug the Dot in, however, and we're talking a whole different game. The sound literally explodes out of the amplifier, even on clean settings, and the resonance of the semi hollow body springs to life. In fact, when amplified the Dot almost sounds like a full hollow body guitar. The sound is huge, deep and warm. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: How well was the guitar set up at the factory? I don't even think that's a fair question, since few guitars don't need to be adjusted when you first buy them. Frankly, my Dot was set up like crap when I bought it; the bow in the neck was so severe I think the neck would have snapped if it weren't for the truss rod, and of course the strings were a mile above the fretboard. I do my own set ups, and I literally had to tighten the truss rod two full turns to get the neck straight. But come on, who the hell cares? I don't think it's asking too much of a buyer of a new guitar to have to adjust the truss rod, adjust the action, intonate the guitar, etc ... I don't see how you can fault Epiphone for this. My Dot set up great after I spent some time with it, and that's all that matters to me.

My Dot was flawless. The fret work was excellent, with smooth rounded edges, even height across all the frets, and no dead spots or sitar-like buzzes anywhere on the fretboard. The cherry finish is beautiful, and you can see the grain of the wood on the top and back through the finish, which adds some nice depth to the overall look of the guitar. Both the top and the back appear to be single pieces of wood, not multiple panels of wood glued together, which adds to the Dot's good looks.

One cannot adequately review the Dot without commenting about the neck. I've held baseball bats that have a slimmer profile than the neck on my Dot. It is a long, thick, chunky neck, which I love, but will definitely not be to everyone's tastes. It feels like a weapon. I have big hands, so the neck feels good in my hands. The Dot is a BIG GUITAR for sure, a real handful that makes you stretch out and make room for yourself when you play it. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I'm always careful with my semi hollow and hollow bodied guitars. I always feel like they're going to collapse like balsa wood if I'm not careful. Having said that, this Dot looks and feels like it could take a serious beating. I'm not saying I'd slam it into a concrete piling, but I think if I dropped on a hard floor, it wouldn't suffer a scratch and would probably even stay in tune (those Grover tuners are awesome). I'm assuming that the varnish on my Dot is that armor-like polyurethane coating that Epiphone uses on most of their guitars, which means it's practically bulletproof. I always take good care of my guitars, and I'm not a pro musician, so this Dot probably won't have many opportunities to take much of a beating. But based on my past substantial experience with owning and playing Epiphone guitars (I've owned about 20 of them), I'm going to assume that my Dot will give me many years of glitch-free enjoyment. I've never had an Epiphone fail me, and I don't expect this one to either. // 10

Overall Impression: The Dot represents incredible value. Except for having the "Gibson bug," I can't see why someone would spend $3000 on a Gibson ES335 when you can get a Dot for $350 and almost the same quality. I think every electric guitarist at some point in his life gets the Gibson bug - that overwhelming, persistent, "I gotta have a Gibson!" mindset that makes people drop thousands of dollars just to have a guitar with that Gibson logo. I went through that phase myself: I've owned about 12 or 13 Gibson Les Pauls and SGs, and you know what? I've sold all of them except one. Were they great guitars? Absolutely. But were they worth my money? Did they make me want to play guitar more? The answer is a flat no.

Is the Dot of the same quality as a Gibson ES335? No. But is the Gibson significantly better? Sorry, but the answer is also no. The Gibson has better pickups, and it's got that cool looking binding on the neck, which the Dot does not have. But is it $2,500 dollars better than a Dot? No way. For my purposes, the Dot more than satisfies me, and I continue to be blown away by its incredible value for my consumer dollar every time I play it. Would I turn down a Gibson 335 if it were offered to me? Of course not. But for me, a guitar like that is nothing more than a freaking museum piece that would end up sitting on a stand in my living room so I can look at it when I walk by. With the Dot as good as it is for such a low price, a Gibson335 to me is a waste of money. // 10

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