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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 51 reviews )
 28 reviews55 %
 16 reviews31 %
 4 reviews8 %
 1 user review2 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
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drkorey's review"Great Economic Rocker!!"

Epiphone The Dot
2002 Korean made Cherry Red dot. 22 Medium frets, pressed into a rosewood fretboard with dot markers. Neck is made out of mahogany, the body is made of (laminated) maple. Neck has the thinner '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. Guitar came with an Epiphone case and strap.


Access to the upper frets is somewhat hindered by the neck joint and cramped/small lower horn cutaway. It is not too bad, but not the easiest I've played on.
I found the guitar to have a nice even weight - not too heavy and it also has a pretty good balance.
It is easy to get a variety of nice sounds with the two humbuckers anr 3-way switch.
The body is the biggest I've ever played on and it takes a little to get used to, especially sitting down


I used this guitar with a solidstate Marshall 3100 series amp and stock Marshall cab for a two week fly in set of shows with my old classic rock cover band.
I was looking to get and did get the classic rock sounds from rock to pop like: the Police, ZZ Top, Steppenwolf and VH - it covered a lot of ground nicely!
It really did not have a sound that I did not like and did an excellent job with the classic rock songs we did.


This was a great guitar to use and fit the bill nicely for what I needed it to do.
The thing I liked least was the upper fret access and the bigger body - but it was not hard to work around those issues.
I liked the overall playability and the classic rock tones it got the best - and it looked cool too!
I borrowed this guitar for two weeks, from the other guitar player, who bought it used for $450. I used his because I didn't want to fly with my expensive guitars. I think it was a nice guitar for the price.
I would have no problems using the guitar again but have so many in my collection that I would not buy it for myself, I just don't need it.
I have owned many guitars and had a number of years where I would buy, try and flip, which enabled me to have many guitars around to try out.
This is a nice guitar for the price.

tjon901's review"Budget 335"

Epiphone The Dot
The Epiphone Dot is Gibsons budget version of their famous semi-hollow guitar. This guitar is made overseas unlike the Gibson model so it is much cheaper but everything is made to pretty much the same specs with slightly lower quality hardware. The shape is pretty much exactly the same. Gibson came up with the Semi-Hollow design to combine the advantages of a solid body guitar with the advantages of a hollowbody. You get the great resonance of a hollowbody with the versatility and ability to play at volume of a solidbody. Hollowbody guitars when played loudly or with any gain will have a lot of feedback because the guitar body will start picking up the sound from the amp and causing it to vibrate ontop of its own resonance. With the Epiphone dot you get a partial hollowbody by having a solid piece of maple running down the center of the body dividing the hollow cavity into two. The dot comes with a maple body with a set maple neck. It has a 22 fret rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. It has dual Epiphone humbuckers with a volume and tone control each and a 3 way switch.


The large Gibson Semi-hollow shape means the guitar is not the most comfortable to play. It fits a bit awkwardly around your body. There are new Vox semi-hollow guitars that arch around and contour towards your body. These guitar have a flat shape and you may find yourself reaching around the body a bit. They are a pretty slim neck they arent like 50s Gibson necks. The fretwork can be hit or miss but it is nothing a good setup cant fix. The upper fret access is slightly better than that of a Les Paul just because of the shape but it is not like a shred guitar or neck through guitar.


Because of the design it is quite difficult to swap out electronics on a semi-hollow guitar. This means unless you know a really good luthier you are pretty much stuck with the stock pickups. The Epiphone pickups are the weakest part of the guitar. The semi-hollow construction gives the guitar a ton of natural tone and resonannce and it just needs a set of nice pickups to really bring out the tone amplified. The Gibson version of this guitar comes with Classic 57 pickups which are some of the best pickups Gibson makes in house but that guitar is also thousands of dollars more expensive. The natural tone of the guitar helps out the weak pickups so you should be able to get by with most whatever you play on this guitar.


This guitar is good for some one who isnt looking for a primary semi-hollow guitar. This could be a good backup guitar or first semi-hollow guitar to see if you like the sound. I would recommend the Vox 77 semi-hollow guitar over this if you are looking for a mid level semi-hollow guitar that isnt as expensive as a Gibson. If you are just getting into the semi-hollow scene this guitar is great for that.

MGR/Jeff's review"Epiphone DOT"

Epiphone The Dot
$365 - guitar center

Nice fit and finish; classic looks for the price.

Pick-ups are below average.

Good to excellent.

Very nice guitar for the money. A bargain relative to a comparable Gibson es-333 or es-335. Probably lacks tone for anyone other than a novice.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/ulleses X06/26/2004

MGR/ulleses X's review"Epiphone DOT"

Epiphone The Dot
I paid $450 at Old Boise Guitar.

i like the guitar a lot very much

much is what ilike i dont unlike anything about this instrument type

it is rather very good

i paid $450 for this guitar at old boise guitar i like the guitar a lot very much much is what ilike i don't unlike anything about this instrument type

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/BlueMarine's review"Epiphone ES-335 DOT"

Epiphone The Dot
I got this guitar for $440 with a nice Epiphone hardshell case at MARS in Maryland while on a business trip. I bought this guitar because I was looking for hollow body electric that I could play acoustically and I really liked the tone of this axe.

I really like the color, it's the all natural finish. I also like the sound of t his guitar, it goes from pure blues to jazz with little or no adjustments on the tone controls. I also like the how the guitar feels when I play it. I'm used to playing Strats and Les Pauls, but this one fits right in the middle of the two.

The pickup switch is really cheap and the second day that I had it, it quit working. I managed to get it working again by sticking my finger in the sound hole and moving the wires around. It comes with .9 gauge strings which I managed to break within the first 20 minutes of playing. A second set of .9's lasted two days before breaking again.

The overall quality is pretty good. I looked hard for flaws in the workmanship but could not find anything of note. The jack was loose, but a pair of pliers fixed that problem. As I have already stated, the toggle switch is a joke and it's getting replaced along with the nut.

I would purchase another one if something happened to this one. For the price, you just can't go wrong. A few of my friends have one and they just love them. I'm a big B.B. King fan and I always wanted a guitar like his, so this is the one, it may not be a real Gibson ES-335, but it works for me.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Brian H.02/14/2002

MGR/Brian H.'s review"Epiphone ES-335 Dot"

Epiphone The Dot
I decided to purchase a dot because, A) I'd just gotten a promotion and dammit, I deserved a gift to myself, B) I'd never had a guitar with humbuckers, C) Noel Gallaher can't go wrong.

So I went to a local shop in norther VA. I test drove a dot and it felt and sounded good and my dot came in a week later fresh from the packaging. It was $400 and $70 for a hard case.

The other electric guitar that I have is a Mexican Fender Strat. This guitar has served me well, but the Dot offers a much different sound.

The Strat is very twangy and has somewhat of a thin sound. This is fine for a more "pop" sound. But if you want a sound with more meat to it, the Dot is great.

To be honest, in the five months I've had my Dot, I've all but stop playing my Strat. The dot just kicks a little more ass. It also handles mellower sounds well too. It's all around a very practical, pleasant sounding guitar.

There are only a couple of minor drawbacks. The dot can become kind of heavy on the shoulders. So playing with it for 3 hours straight can be tiring.

The nut came off of my dot. I guess the glue dried and it just came off. It's no big deal because when you string it, the strings hold the nut in place.

And the machine heads are loose, but that is common with Epiphones. Bear in mind, this isn't a $2000 instrument.

Overall, I give the Epiphone Dot a 4. A good look, good construction, and most importantly, a good sound for the amount of money.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

sbastien6229's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone The Dot
Made in China.
Two humbuckers - Bridge tune-o-matic like Gibson - 22 boxes.
Two volumes and two tones - 3-way switch.
Good violin without big flaw.
The varnish "vintage sunburst" is a success, but it is a bit thick at the handle.


The handle is quite round a bit big for small hands like mine (but we made it even easier chord positions with the thumb on the low E string)).
Access to acute rest easy. Proper weight balance.
The frets deserve a little polishing on the edge for comfort.
Its powerful sound with good sustain.


I play mostly jazz. But I also addresses other styles: pop, rock to funk and blues.
Dot is comfortable everywhere except for large distos or it quickly becomes rough (on the other hand it is not helped by my amp Vox AD30VT).
We feel that even when the electronics are the weak link in this guitar and it deserves a better microphone set.


Purchased Model 300 € there is already a few years. I wanted to play on a semi hollow long. I sold my US strat and I was looking for a different kind of sound with a small budget.
I tried a lot of guitars in this kind ES335 budget (less than 400 €) and it's the DOT who eventually won. She did not have the best handle (too big at first), I did not feel super comfortable, but it had the best sound, there was no picture.
I'm thrilled with this guitar, it is enough for what I play (every day).
vincent palmer05/31/2014

vincent palmer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent design type ES 335"

Epiphone The Dot
Bought second hand guitar for 150 euros, I think it is a model made in China. In all cases, the guitar is very beautiful. The violin is remarkable. The handle is worthy of Ibanez, ie very comfortable. Incidentally, I did not know was able qu'Epiphone because, until now, semi hollow model of this brand that I tested had left me rather skeptical about this plan. The frets are well posed. the owner had dropped the action up like solid body, the gain in ease of playing interfered with the sound, so I raised the action to fully resonate checkout. In acoustics, the sounds are very convincing and typed jazz. Regarding the electronics is conventional with two humbucking jack plug, to the front table as potentiometers. The guitar is very beautiful, vintage sunburst is a success.


Sleeve, as previously written, is a model of comfort. Ergonomics is classic. The guitar is relatively bulky and heavy, but this is the model who wants it. The acoustic sound, once the action raised, is very good. The pickups are ok, nothing more. As it stands, they are still usable, they provide a typical vintage sound. It is clear that given the overall quality of the violin, a change of microphones (eg P100) can only be beneficial to a guitar that provides excellent feel for the game


I play rock'n'roll. I typed a game blues rock with this guitar is perfectly suited to my style.


I use it since yesterday. It's been two months since I want a semi-hollow body ES-type 335. I have owned an OSCAR SCHMIDT Delta King oe 30 (very good guitar bolt on neck that I recommend by the way) and after a typical Ibanez ES 339 AM 73 or 53 (it is no longer in the catalog it was also very successful) I try and china guitars of this type for some time. Ibanez AS 53, Epiphone 339 (model (beautiful violin sound a little dry!) very average), Epiphone DOT Studio (sound good but not very comfortable), YAMAHA SA 500 (a killer), Ibanez ASR 70 (very good with two P90) ... Until I came across the announcement of the Epiphone DOT. So for 150 euros, I'm at a stringed Ibanez or Yamaha, with better than Ibanez, but worse than the SA 500 pickups sold about 400 euros new. With this model Epiphone located at stringed Ibanez.

Philou37's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not age too badly ..."

Epiphone The Dot
It dates from 1995 and was much trimballée. I think at the time it was made in Korea.
The headstock is the most current, but is a true copy of Gibson.


I used a lot in the 90s. Much less in 2000, because the mechanics started to play tricks on me, and it required revision.
Upon purchase, I replaced the pickups with Seymour (59 + SH4).
The microphones were not really terrible origins.
The handle is quite fine and pleasant, the body not too heavy. It tends to pitch down in the standing position.
I stood out here one year, I reffrettée I changed the mechanics (SCHALLER) completely resolved.
I take pleasure to use.


Sound (with Seymour) is very versatile. Jazz, Rock, Blues ...
It has more sustain with his 15 years at the very beginning.
I'm a fan of Blues Rock, and it is a nice alternative to Telecaster / Stratocaster.
She keeps some very nice shine.


With 15 years of hindsight, I can say that the violin does not move. The hardware is not oxidized too. the defects are corrected departures; microphones, mechanical.
To date, I would look more towards a BB King or Sheraton, or certainly to a Nick Valensi already has good mechanical and good microphones.

Lannes25's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Epiphone The Dot
Hollow body electric guitar with internal beam, laminated maple body, set neck 22 frets, 2 humbuckers Epiphone, bridge + fixed tailpiece.

the body of the guitar is very successful: it throws esttiquement talking!
the mcaniques are fairly average quality


The handle is not great but it's going when members
contrary to what I read I have not found it so heavy that ca: ca I do not choqubr /> we get a good sound easy? yes and no depending on what you're looking


Ds branch and that it is starting to scrape away that we see all this guitar is made for the blues which succeeds not too bad I reonnaitre. on the other hand with respect to rock it my not satisfied at all I find the saturation drafts and I have not found that grain old rock that I expected to find. the bridge pickup produces a low, nasal, the neck pickup sound blur that you have in the mediums. is the postion intermdiaire which is interesting.
the sound is clear the road no more. I think for me it lacks a certain dynamism that guitar is almost the opposite of the casino is very Ractive but certainly not in the same price range.


To me this guitar is interresting for blues sounds to me even when quite positively surprised. Besides, I have not had the time, but this guitar is really explored in the field of blues I think we can really have a good surpise! For cot against the rock I really do not believe more is not very versatile.

Pros: the look! blues sound, the price
ngatifs points: saturation and crunch draft, versatility ...

To play the blues I would put 8.5/10
For other styles 4 / 10

Finally I would say that the report is still interesting qualitprix