Epiphone Dot is a semi-hollow archtop, which echoes the shape,
style and sound of the original Gibson Es-335 at a fraction
of the price.
the less this does not mean “The Dot” lacks in quality or
features. I own several high-end guitars and this one caught
my eye as well built, with attention to detail and a superb
finish to include the flamed maple top and binding.
name as is obvious comes from the lack of the usual mother
of pearl (or pearloid) inlays. Dot markers more frequently
found on solid body guitars replace these. The neck is set
into the body in the usual Epiphone / Gibson tradition and
sports an unbound rosewood fingerboard, which although chunky
feels comfortable with a semi-gloss painted finish.
a short scale guitar, blues style bends are easier, and the
stop tailpieces allows comfortable right-hand palm muting
the electronics department the instrument has installed into
it’s central block two “Designed by Gibson” humbucking pickups,
plus the usual 2 volume and 2 tone controls found in Epiphone
/ Gibson instruments. Being the deluxe model all hardware
is finished in gold.
Being a hollow body the instrument is resonant and quite
loud even before it is plugged in giving one a good idea of
its acoustic and tonal properties. Plugged in the bridge pickup
has a nice treble edge, whilst the neck pickup is warm and
vibrant with a Jazz style quality to it that makes you want
to play in octaves! Both pickups together blend these sounds
into a warm, slightly edgy tone suitable for rhythm playing.
direct to the amp it has it’s own tonal characteristics, using
different effects and amp modelling brings out the character
of the guitar and patches on my multi-effects pedal that use
older amps such as “AC30” and “Tweed” bring out the flavour
of this instrument even more so.
value for money guitar, which can easily fool many into thinking
you, spent a small fortune on an instrument.
Ernest H Slade