Epiphone has built a reputation through time as a manufacturer of high quality great sounding electric guitars. One of their most notable guitars has been – and still is – the Epiphone Dot Electric Guitar.
While the Epiphone Dot is essentially Epiphone’s version of the ES-335 “Dot”, there really aren’t many guitars currently out there that could bring you the renowned classic sound of an ES-335 with a reasonable price. Thus here is an in-depth review of the pros and cons of the Epiphone Dot Electric Guitar.
The classic semi hollow body Epiphone Dot features a good looking laminated maple body and a maple top, along with body binding. It also has a great slim tapered set mahagony neck on a 24-3/4″ scale, and a good rosewood fretboard with 22 frets. The Epiphone Dot also features a LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece.
The guitar also comes with really great Alnico Classic Dual humbuckers, and features a 3-way pickup selector, as well as 2 tone and 2 volume controls. The Epiphone Dot also comes with fine nickel hardware and good quality 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads.
At 8.2 lbs the Epiphone Dot isn’t the lightest of guitars, but also doesn’t weigh that much, while it is still heavier than the Epiphone Casino. It is still relatively easy to carry around and is pretty robust. It also typically comes in 4 different color finishes.
The Epiphone Dot comes with great tonal variety accompanied by warm, deep, rich and full sound thanks to its maple body and a pair of great Alnico Classic Dual humbuckers. It is also renowned for its nice sustain, partly thanks to the stopbar tailpiece and a LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge. The Alnico Classic Dual humbuckers together with 2 tone and 2 volume controls make for some tonal variety as well.
As is the case with semi hollow body guitars, the Epiphone Dot is however prone to some buzzing and feedback, while in the case of the Epiphone Dot the dual humbuckers eliminate it to a certain degree. All in all this is a really great electric guitar that delivers the fine ES-335 ”Dot” sound for a moderate price, making it a guitar of choice for genres like jazz, blues and various genres of rock.
As is the case with Epiphone instruments in general, the build quality of the Epiphone Dot is very solid to the point it could be called robust and it could really take a beating if needed. This makes the Epiphone Dot a good choice for a regular gigging instrument or for studio recordings. The guitar’s finish is also of a very high quality and one can know it is resistant to scratches and dents.
The Epiphone Dot sounds really great and has a reasonable price. It works for a variety of different genres and can be a great gigging instrument. This makes it a top choice amongh semi-hollowbody electric guitars.