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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Amazing Quality

For the money this is without a doubt my favorite guitar and I have owned over 40. Workmanship, sound and playability are all fantastic. Stock pickup is good but I tried a SD Pearly Gates in the bridge and it set this guitar in a completely different category. i miss inlays on the fretboard but not enough to keep me from giving this guitar 5 stars. Sweetwater service was also top notch, my Dot Studio was a replacement for a different model (and brand) that had fret buzz issues. The techs tested this guitar and called me with a report before sending it out. Their assessment was spot on and i couldn't be happier with my purchase and service.

This Guitar is BEAUTIFUL and sounds WONDERFUL

Long Story.. I ordered a Gibson Lucille to send to BB King and have signed. It's already in Las Vegas waiting for him to return from tour to sign it as he said he would. First, if you are considering purchasing a guitar from anyone else, DON'T DO IT. Sweetwater has gone above and beyond all expectations I had of shipping, quality, customer service and set up of BOTH guitars. Attention to detail is outstanding. Their personnel are the best in the business, period. They are friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Now about this guitar. I bought it to have something similar to my "Lucille" to play while it is away and didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. After reading the reviews, I made the purchase. First impression: GORGEOUS, FLAWLESS AND HIGH QUALITY. It looks like a 2 thousand dollar guitar. Then, I put a strap on and plugged it in and started playing "House of the Rising Sun". WOW, it was perfectly in tune and mellow. It has such a deep, rich sound with so much tone adjustment. I can not believe how good this guitar sounds. I am going to change the strings as I prefer a different feel and am brand loyal t a certain brand after trying everything. Other than that, this one is hard to top. I'm not so sure my Gibson Lucille is going to sound any better, but that's a good thing. Then I wont have to wear it out! If you have any doubts about purchasing this one, don't. Read the reviews and believe them, this is one fantastic guitar at ANY price. I firmly believe you would be hard pressed to find a nice guitar fro 5 times the price. It's my first Hollow Body and I love the tone it delivers. The action is low, frets are perfect, great sustain, neck is just the right size, stays in tune so well and even feels nice. It is not as heavy as I thought it would be. She's a big girl, but I like how it feels, looks and sounds. Thank you to My customer service Rep. Ryan Holquist and to Justin Dunbar for going so far beyond making the customer happy. If you only knew what lengths they went to to make everything right. Sweetwater is a fine company and puts the service in customer service, a rarity nowadays. You have a customer for life. I am already looking for a nice acoustic.
Music background: Hobbyist, Retired Disabled Veteran

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

Excellant guitar

The Epiphone Dot Studio is one of the best I've played in awhile, and the price is unbeatable. The finish is beautiful.
Music background: Hobbyist Musician


The dot is one of the best guitars I think I've ever bought, simple, nice tone, good action. We'll worth the money
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