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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Big bang for the $

Ok. It's not a Gibson ES335 style guitar. However I would put this up against the Gibson Studio and dollar for dollar, this is a bargain. Mine was shipped on a Mon morning and I had it by Thurs before noon. The Sweetwater packing was great and the guitar was in tune except for the open A(a little flat)but no big deal. The cherry finish is awesome and the guitar feels and plays great. The Grover tuners keep the guitar in tune and the pickups provide enough output for my needs. I primarily play bass but wanted to learn some lead. This is a best buy for the money. My sales rep Joel Helton was very helpful with my purchase and made a follow up call to see if everything was ok. I'll continue to buy from Sweetwater.
Music background: Played semi professional in a group. Currently for pleasure

Unbelievable Quality

I was ambivalent on purchasing this guitar. I usually stick to brand names like Gibson or Fender. After receiving this guitar and checking out the action, intonation, and electronics I was simply amazed at the level of workmanship put into this guitar. If you are thinking of buying an ES-335 you should try this guitar out. The tone is just awesome. The quality of construction is superb. For this price point you will not find another guitar that matches the quality of workmanship put into this guitar. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I own two Gibson's, Fenders, Jacksons, and a Charvel. This guitar has more than met my expectations. I would have gladly paid over $1000 for this axe. When I plug it into my Marshal DSL stack it almost plays itself. I was concerned about excessive feedback seeing that it was a semi hollow body. It was not an issue at all. The tone is sweet. Suitable for blues, classic rock, and especially the tones that Alvin Lee gets from his ES-335. If you are on the fence due to the low price, take the leap. It does everything I was looking for.
Music background: Profesional musician

Update of my previous review from 9/24

I received the Dot Studio on Thurs 9/24. When I wrote my 1st review I had only played the guitar for about 1 hr. Since then I can't put it down. I play through a Behringer GTX 60(not a tube amp) but I'm happy with the overall sound. I primarily play bass, but wanted to learn to play some lead riffs. This is a no frills guitar, but the electronics really make it sound like an ES335. The finish is of high quality and the guitar plays great. Sweetwater's 55 point evaluation and setup on my guitar was spot on. After shipping all I had to do was tune the A(a little flat)but all other strings were spot on. You can pay 4-5X or more for a 335 Gibson but I'd put this up against their entry level 335 anytime. My sales rep Joel Helton was helpful in my buying decision. Give him a call.
Music background: Semi profissional/currently casual playing

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

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