I looked at the Joe Pass Ephiphone and at Gibson ES-335. The Gibby was way out of my price range and the Joe Pass was a thick-bodied hollow body electric.
Price: $275.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Instrumental Music of Santa Barbara
This was labeled the "Studio Dot". It has one volume, one tone, and one switch. It differed from the "Dot" that had two volume controls and two tone controls.
The body style is double cutaway,... the "Dot" had a pick-guard.
When I tried the "Dot", I felt a little uncomfortable playing with the pickguard but did not realize why until I played the "Studio Dot" and found it easier to position my right hand off of the body with my little finger.
The action is really, really nice. Fast and responsive with no difficult areas. I like it better than my Ibanez solid body SA for jazz, blues or R&B type stuff.
I tried it through a bassy keyboard amp and through my little Kustom guitar amp.
I can see using this for country guitar, jazz jobs, blues bashes, and some rockin.
This is a workingpersons guitar, professional yet personal. I have never had a guitar that has the strap lock on the back instead of the side. I think I like it. Also, the "Dot" had its jack on the front face of the guitar body. My "Studio Dot" has it on the side. I think I prefer that.
For the price you can't find a guitar that comes close to the range of styles and tone you can get from it. Not what you would want for doing Slipknot covers. But if you like a lot of deep tone it goes great with blues jazz classic rock. Can even handle the Dual Rectifier model on my amp with some feedback.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $460.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center - Tampa
Standard Epi semi-hollow body, has same pick-up and switch layout as Epi Lp.
Plays very good, haven't had any problems. The store didn't do a set-up so you'll have to that out of the box.
I play through a Line 6 spiderII 212 and it sounds awesome. The tone blows me away, sounds great but doesn't have an affinity for high levels distortion as you would guess from a semi-hollow body.
Seems to be handling the day to bump and grind well.
I've never played a "real" 335, but for the money, this is a great guitar. I traded 2 beat-up ole' small amps for it, but was priced $349.00. I've gigged and hit the jam sessions with it. My Strat feels neglected now.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $0.00 old amps
Where Obtained: Used/Swap Shop
Korean made 335 clone, H-H Natural dark, red finish.
Original owner replaced tuners with grovers
Had to raise the action a bit to loose some minor buzzing.
Feels like I'm playin' air guitar compared to my finger eatin' Strats.
When I play this thang thru a cranked, brown-tolex, feels like it's gonna take off and fly around the room. Humms, vibrates, I can feel it breath, moving the air in and out of the f-holes. Talk about substain and workin' the feedback. When you hit a resonant note, it will last as long as you do.
Seems a bit more fragile than my solid-bodies, but I'm not concerned about scuffin' it up a bit.
If this guitar was stolen . id find the guy that did it and beat him with it
Model Year: 2004
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
I thought i was getting a piece of junki wanted the gibson es335 but i cant come up with 2000.00 so i orderd this dot epi. i was very imperests at the way it looked when i got it. the sound is top of the line. alnico pickups. grover tuners
Fater neck then my ibanez but still is comfortable
This guitar was made in korea. the finish is beautiful (natural). great guitar.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Russo's Music
The features are already listed in other reviews, no need to give them again.
Does everything i want it to do. no complaints.
I play everything from punk to blues, and this guitar works great for it all. it is much more versatile than some beleive. the feedback gets annoying, but i explain that in the next section. go on, read and find out, it's right in durability. scroll down and you'll see. you really want to look at it, but you are still reading this column, cause it still has words. you can see where this column ends, and you know that this rant won't go on for much longer. okay. go on to durability.
I haven't had any problems with it except that the input jack is always loose, but that is easily fixed. also, if you are playing distorted, the feedback gets to be a problem. to fix it, though, all you have to do is turn down the volume on your guitar, then turn it up on your amp.
This is an excellent guitar for the money. It has a great sound, and looks great. The fit and finish is excellent. It came set up and all I needed to do was to tune it, and it played like an old friend. I love it.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $395.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123
This is a semihollow body 6 string electric. It has 2 humbucker pickups. There are 2 tone and 2 volume controls. Maple body and neck with a rosewood fretboard. It also has a natural finish.
This is a very playable guitat. The action is low and the neck is fast. It plays as well as any of my guitars.
The sound is warm and mellow.
I just got this guitar, but I would guess that it is going to stand up to play.
A lot of guitar for the money! I would definately buy again. The only thing for me is the cheap pickups Epiphone uses, but this seems common for most if not all guitar makers. My Strat stock pickups are simply awefull! Much worse than Epi's.
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: eBay
This is a Dot Deluxe Limited Edition. Made in Korea. Maple neck and body. Standard volume and tone control. Epiphone tuners and pickups. Nice action. Straight neck. Nice natural finish. Sealed Epiphone tuners. Gold hardware.
I adjusted the action lower, and replaced the plastic nut with ivory. Very nice to play! The neck with rosewood fingerboard feels very nice and solid. A lot better than my Strat. I love playing this guitar!
I play through a Crate GFX 212. I play mostly blues/rock, everything from Chuck Berry to 3 Doors Down. Very versatile guitar. Distortion is a little muddy and notes easily get lost, but I think that the guitar was made for more of a warm classical clean rock sound. Vintage humbucker tone, not heavy distortion. Overall the sound is great, but could be better with better pickups. I'm putting in Schaller Golden 50's. These were highly recommended by numerous Dot players.
Holds tune well. Neck is consistant. Everything seems nice and tight. Well built. I would perform with this guitar without a backup. The tuners might not last as long as grovers or pings, but they're not bad.
This is an excellent guitar no matter the price. When you compare its tone to an ES335, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. If you set it up right, its playability is in the same league.
But if you compare price tags ... Ah, yes, there's the difference.
Price: $460.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mister Money, Casper, Wyoming
One fine guitar. Beautiful tone, generally excellent workmanship.
The intonation was pretty good out of the box, but with this clean tone, I had to make it perfect. And I did -- but I learned a lesson in the process.
The older EpiDots, which mine is, have a lousy bridge. The saddle screws go straight through the bridge. They cannot be lifted out by removing a wire, as the later (better) models can. To remove a saddle or the screw, you have to unscrew the saddle completely and slide the screw out of the bridge.
The problem arises in the unscrewing part.
The saddle screws are chrome-plated, but they're made of soft white metal. The heads on two screws sheared completely off as I was adjusting the intonation. And guess what -- finding a replacement screw is nigh-impossible. The threads are just too fine.
As a temporary solution, I found some nails that were about the same diameter as the screws. I cut them down to the right size and ground down the end a little so it would sit correctly in the bridge. Then a little dab of Elmer's glue -- no kidding -- to hold it in place, along with a dab by the saddle to keep it from sliding around and wrecking the intonation completely.
It works, but I'm in trouble if I need to adjust the intonation again (I don't plan on changing string gauges anytime soon, thankfully).
Replacing the bridge with the newer model isn't a practical solution, either. This particular bridge has bolts slightly farther apart than the standard tune-o-matic bridge, making replacement one hell of a big job.
Other than that annoying problem, the guitar is solid.
I like the action pretty low, but not so low that it compromises sustain on the 16-20th frets. I got what I wanted.
The neck is slightly wider than the Stratocasters I've played before, and that makes it easy for me to play with the high-E string a little more. And I have big hands, so everything's easier to reach. It feels like it was designed for my hands, actually. Can't beat that.
I currently play through a Roland Jazz Chorus 120 -- clean, clean, clean. My JC muddies up a little at higher volumes, and I don't use any pedals with this guitar. I'm mostly a blues player, but I'm constantly working on my jazz chops, and I love what this guitar sounds like through the JC. It's almost clarinet-clear, a great tone -- but I'm within a few weeks of getting a big ol' Fender tube amp to get some of the other hollow-body tones out of this guitar.
After I got the intonation set and tightened up the truss rod a quarter-turn, I haven't touched it. And it hasn't moved.
It stayed in shape pretty well during this past summer, which was humid. More problems with replacing the strings every two weeks than with the guitar.
As it warms up during gigs, it needs a little tuning between sets. But I've never had to touch the tuners while the amps were on.
I think this is a great guitar so far I've been playing for 4 months and find myself picking this one up more than my strat. I would defintely buy another in the same configuration. The only difference between Epi and Gibson on this model is the name.
Price: $429.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Made in Korea, 22 frets standard, 2 tone and 2 volume knobs 3 way toggle 2 humbuckers gold hardware cherry finish double cutaway this is a DOT CH deluxe
The neck is extremely fast excellent tone great sustain intonation perfect. It plays just a little slower than my Strat
Crate GFX65, Korg GFX-707 Crybaby Wah-Wah, I play rock classics, blues, folk etc. The sounds are terriffic full and warm
Yes, great for live extended playing, it's new yet
Model Year: 2000
Price: $449.99 (new)
Where Obtained: West Music, Coralville, Iowa
Wonderfully built guitar, that puts out a nice smooth warm tone out of my tube amp, and some nice gritty tones from my solid-state amp. It came with a natural finish, matched with the white binding its beautiful. 2 humbuckers, 2 volume knobs, 2 tones knobs. Sweet, sweet axe.
NO flaws, well built, solid neck joint, plays better then most of the guitars i've played before. Nice thin neck, a great trade off from my giant Strat V-neck.
Awesome tone! no matter what amp i plug into give me 30 secs, and i got a sweet tone!
Extremely solid, no flaws anywhere.
I was sold on the Dot the first time I played it. A great value.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $599.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Warehouse, Athens, GA
Cherry finish, semi-hollow body.
It came with a wound G (jazz strings). Very tight tension, acoustic-like feel.
Sounds as good as any 335 or Gretsch I have ever played. I'm into early rock....so it is a perfect fit. Combine the sound with the nice price tag and it is a winner.
Dot is pretty tough, too. No problems with wear on the finish. The only problem has been with the plastic pick-up switch cracking.
Epiphone guitars are so under rated and not often get the attention they deserve! Not all of us can afford a Gibson, but thank god for some of us on a budget, and those of us that appreciate a good sounding, well designed and put together guitar, we have the Epiphone option.
Price: $535.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
If you like the "DOT" but want a little deeper, warmer jazzier tone try a Zephyr Regent, a wonderful guitar in the Epiphone line that doesn't get much attention, glad I noticed it!!!
A nice smooth, easy playing neck and a very comfortable body.
A wonder warm and mellow jazz sound that can tweak out a great blues tune as well!
A handsome well designed and well made product, at a reasonable price!
I am not rich but still wanted a Gibson. This was the right choice for my budget.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $513.00 (new)
Where Obtained: American Musical Supply
This is the poor mans ES-335. The above price included a hardshell case!!
Feels very confortable to play esp. finger style.
When the tone knobs get turned down the sound tends to get muttled a little.
Almost one year in and still loving it.