Epiphone ES-335 Dot Studio - Cherry

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Alnico Classic Humbucking Pickups - Gloss Cherry
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Vintage Semi-hollowbody Tone!

Get a guitar with soul at a great price, with the Epiphone Dot Studio semi-hollowbody electric guitar. It's based on the iconic ES-335, favored by legendary guitarists like Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, and Dave Grohl, just to name a few. For pennies on the dollar compared to an original ES-335, you can get the classic feel and tone of one of modern music's most-played guitars. With a mahogany body and neck, the Epiphone Dot Studio has singing sustain and warm, woody resonance that will inject some soul into any style of music you play. And with Alnico Classic humbucking pickups, you'll be ready to take your tube amp from clean to over the top at your whim with the Epiphone Dot Studio semi-hollowbody electric guitar.

Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The right tonewoods for the job
  • Distinct semi-hollowbody tone
  • Epiphone's years of Dot experience
The right tonewoods for the job

The Epiphone Dot Studio sports a laminated mahogany body and top, with a mahogany neck topped with a rosewood fretboard. It's a classic recipe for enhanced sustain, and rich bass note response. While the original ES-335s were made from laminated maple, Epiphone's choice of mahogany captures the warmth and depth that made these guitars so popular while keeping the Dot Studio at an affordable price.

Distinct semi-hollowbody tone

If you've ever listened to any rock or blues from the '60s, you've heard the classic tone you'll find in the Dot Studio. The phrase "bell-like" is most appropriate here, with notes that spring to life and then gently decay into a long sustain - perfect for leads and solos. While the tone can get bright and aggressive if you need it to, it's the warm and smooth overdriven tones that made its predecessor, the ES-335, such a popular guitar for blues and jazz styles. You'll get the same vintage vibe from the Epiphone Dot Studio.

Epiphone's years of Dot experience

Epiphone was already experienced in making semi-hollowbody electric guitars by the time the ES-335 became a hit in 1958-59. The Epiphone Riviera and Sheraton were two popular models at the time, and '50s originals still sell for a pretty penny. So while the Epiphone Dot Studio is incredibly affordable, it's still built with Epiphone's 50+ years of experience in creating semi-hollowbody guitars with incredible tone and amazing value.

Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Affordable re-creation of the classic ES-335 guitar from the late '50s
  • Color: Gloss Cherry
  • Mahogany body and top create amazing sustain
  • Exceptionally warm and resonant tone, courtesy of the semi-hollow design and the choice of mahogany
  • Alnico Classic humbucking pickups can deliver a wide range of tones
  • SlimTaper neck profile, widely regarded as one of the most comfortable guitar neck shapes available
The Epiphone Dot Studio semi-hollowbody electric guitar - vintage vibe at an amazing value!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Dot
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Mahogany
Top Material Laminated Mahogany
Color Cherry
Body Finish Gloss
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape SlimTaper "D" Profile
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.68"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-Matic Bridge, Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuners Grover 16:1 Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Alnico Classic Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, Master Tone
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number EDTSCHCH4

Customer Reviews

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Epiphone ES-335 Dot Studio

First, let me heap big praise on Sweetwater and my sales consultant, Kurt Cripe. The service I have encountered from both can only be described as exceptional. Now on to the guitar! I was just wanting to dip my toe into the semi-hollowbody waters by purchasing a base, working-man's model. What I received was WAY BEYOND that. Fit and finish was perfect as was the overall set-up. Intonation was spot on as well as string height which was low with no flat spots or buzzes. Somehow, it was even still in tune after shipping when I put it on a digital tuner! This has to be THE BEST bang-for-the-buck purchase I've ever made and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. When I plug into my Mesa, I uncontrollably grin...Nuff Said!

Incredible Value

I have two other Epiphone 335 type guitars besides this one: a 2004 black Dor Studio and a 2005 cherry Dot. All are fabulous, including my 2012 cherry gloss Dot Studio. I once owned a 1969 Gibson ES-335 - all of my Epis are better guitars. 335s have long been my favorite Gibson design, and my other Epis: 1275, G-400 and Les Paul Plus Top are also incredible guitars.
Music background: Professional Rock musician.

Beautiful Guitar

I didn't expect a lot for this price, but this guitar is built and set up flawlessly. Most other retailers are selling the old ones with a dull finish and black hardware, but this one is all about shine and chrome. It has wide black body binding. I truly don't think the body is mahogany. It has an open grain and is almost white if you look inside the f holes. The Epiphone site lists it as mahogany, but they also list the hardware as black. I'm no expert, but I think the body may be laminated maple and the neck and center block are mahogany. Whatever it's made of, it still has that twang. As a rusty guitarist who hasn't played for a while, I do miss the dots, but I ordered some decal dots until I get used to playing again. It does have the side dots. At this low price, I could afford the case which fits it perfectly. Sweetwater couldn't be better with the ordering process, the shipping time and the packaging. The padded box inside a bigger padded box made it pretty much damage proof. Thanks for a good deal and good service.
Music background: Hobbyist


This is a great guitar. I could have spent a few more bucks on a more feature laden semi-hollow body guitar, but I prefer the streamlined looks and simplified controls of the Dot Studio instead. I also like the fact that the output jack is on the side rather than the top. First off, the gloss cherry stained finish is just stunning - the pictures do not do this guitar justice. Next, the hardware all seems to be of good quality, the tuners,knobs, switch and jack all feel good. Even looking at the wiring through the f-hole, it looks like good quality stuff. The neck has a nice feel to it and I am VERY impressed with the sound of these pickups. They have a great clarity and warmth without sounding harsh on the top end or thin on the bottom. There is also a very nice balance between the two. I also found the tone pot to be very useful - It doesn't put a blanket over the tone like some others, it just rolls off the highs in a very musical way. My guitar has a couple small issues; the edges of the f-holes are brushed in black paint, and in one spot some of the paint got on the top and was clear coated right over. On a more expensive guitar, I might send it back as a blem, but this thing sounds so good I don't even care, and it's hardly noticeable unless you look close up. The other issue is that the nut is a little high at the G and B strings, so they fret ever so slightly sharp on the first couple frets. Not terrible, but I am a stickler for great intonation and tuning so I need to file the nut just a bit on those 2 strings. Beyond that, this is a guitar that looks, sounds and plays great and it is also very affordable. I'm very happy.
Music background: Songwriter, Producer, Musician

Unparalleled Quality

For a guitar that ships for $299 the quality is superb. The action and intonation were dead on. Once again with the assistance of my sales engineer Mark Chapman, delivery and quality were excellent.
Music background: Lead Guitarist
See also: Semi Hollows, Epiphone, Epiphone Semi-hollowbody Guitars