Epiphone Dot - Cherry

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Back, and Sides, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Cherry
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Big Semi-hollowbody Tone at a Cool Price!

Take command of the stage with fat, semi-hollowbody guitar tones with Epiphone's Dot guitar. Designed after the famous ES-335 Dot, this guitar offers up killer blues, rock, jazz, and country tones. Maple top, sides, and back coupled with a solid mahogany center block deliver fat tones while minimizing potential feedback. A set of Alnico Classic and Alnico Classic Plus humbuckers offer you vintage-vibed tones that are perfect for any style of music. Capture that classic semi-hollowbody tone with the Epiphone Dot electric guitar. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer and get yours today!

Epiphone Dot Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Quality construction delivers top-notch playability
  • Distinct semi-hollowbody tone
  • Epiphone's years of Dot experience
Quality construction delivers top-notch playability

Epiphone's Dot sports a full-sized laminated maple body, modeled after Gibson's famous ES-335, with a solid mahogany center block for maximum tone and sustain. At Sweetwater, we know that when you're looking for semi-hollowbody tones, nothing but a Semi-hollowbody will do. The mahogany neck feature's Epiphone's SlimTaper "D" profile shape for a faster, modern feel. And the rosewood fingerboard has a 12" radius, a great radius for both lead and rhythm playing.

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. 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 with the Epiphone Dot's Alnico Classic pickups. Voiced to get the perfect vintage tone, these pickups deliver all the warmth, punch, and bite you want and need from a semi-hollowbody guitar.

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 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 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Affordable re-creation of the classic ES-335 Dot guitar from the late '50s
  • Maple top, back, and sides coupled with a solid mahogany tone block create amazing sustain and tone
  • Exceptionally warm and resonant tone, courtesy of the semi-hollow design
  • Alnico Classic humbucking pickups can deliver a wide range of vintage-vibed tones
  • SlimTaper "D" neck profile is extremely comfortable and easy to play
The Epiphone Dot semi-hollowbody electric guitar gives you the fat tones and amazing playability you've been looking for!

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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 Maple
Top Material Laminated Maple
Color Cherry
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape SlimTaper D
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dot
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.68"
Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone Tune-o-matic, Stopbar
Tuners Grover 18:1 Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Alnico Classic Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Alnico Classic Plus Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way switch
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number ETDTCHCH1

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Best Man-sized guitar for the money!

As a musician I always look for the best value for my dollar. I have a great job, but I can't spend all of my earnings on expensive equipment. Especially when there is so much great equipment to buy! Epiphone Dot allows me to have a variety of setups and guitars without invoking "don't you already have 3 guitars" from my spouse.In addition to the price point, the quality is top notch! American made axes cost a lot. Because we have a very high cost of living - God bless America - when Americans work, they demand high pay. Asian made products tend to run far less because their cost of living is dramatically lower than ours. But that does not mean the quality is diminished. Not in the least. The Dot is a quality build. All the parts that count from the neck, frets, body, and finish are all high quality. It's a great guitar and anyone who trashes it because it is not American made is just dead wrong.Now the hardware is a different story. I generally love the Grover tuners. They get to stay. And the pots and switch are good quality as well. But on my guitars, the first thing that goes is the tail, bridge, and pickups. I prefer TonePros and Humbucker-sized P90s. The stock pickups have no life. The swap is super easy. Oh and I usually replace the pickup rings and knob with cream.So take a modest priced guitar, add $600 to it and like magic, you have a pro-spec guitar. I should also say here that my setups are frequently traded to my friends for their expensive, American axes...Be good!
Music background: Live and studio player for 30 years
5/5

Great, Basic Semi-hollow

I bought it to upgrade and have had it for 3 years. My main guitar is a Clapton Strat. It covers 80% of what I do (blues, roots and boogie). But I needed something for 5 or 6 songs per night to cover B.B., Freddie, early Clapton type tones. Couldn't justify the price of the Gibson 335 for this. Besides, several new ones I played needed work right off the bat. Any guitar I buy gets a new nut right away - solves most or all tuning problems. This Dot was no exception-really needed it. The Dot does exactly what I wanted - gets the semi-hollow humbucker tone I was looking for, great tone and sustain, nice chubby neck - very well done. After upgrading wiring and pickups it's even better. I have about $750 in it total. I might be a little happier with a Gibson 335 but could have 2 or 3 more upgraded Dots for the same price. In fact, I recently bought another Dot to use for slide in open D tuning. Sounds great!
Music background: Working pro for over 40 years
5/5

Epi ES335 Dot

I have played many guitars in my day(I'm 46yo)however I love my Epiphone ES335 dot the best, It plays better than some of my more expensive guitars. I hear a lot of people make many hardware mods (pups, volume, tone pots etc. Why?) to these Epihones, I however like the sounds mine gives as per stock (I've not had cause to change any of my hardware, as it works fine, no defects etc.) I suppose it all boils down to what one expects thier guitar to sound like. Epiphones are not Gibsons, so why would I want it to sound like a Gibson, it however is not short of the Gibson ES335 sound by much. Many blogers have complained about loose bits and pieces , I have not found this to be the case with my Epi. It is priced well within the average guiarists budget. Had I had access to this quality guitar when I was younger it would have saved me a lot of hardship trying to raise the money for a Gibson ES 335 Dot. As far as I am concerned my Epi is my main tool of trade. Why would one spend thousands of dollars on a Gibson when you can own a Epi for less than half the cost of the afore mentioned. As i have mentioned, I have not modified my Epi Es335 dot, I like it the way it is, it plays beautiful through my JTM 45 Marshall amp. Also I have found the quality of the Epi to be just as good as the Gibson, if not better than some of the Gibson ES335 dots. I think the Americans are starting to "slip" a bit with thier product quality. My Epi can be sweet or it can be agressive, I can ballad on it or I can AC/DC on it, it's a very well finished instrument, AND it is considerably more cost effective. Mine is a blond not a cherry, I find the cherry to be too common, every one seems to own one! All in all a very nice guitar, no complaints here. Keep em com'in Epipone. Ready to play straight out of the box, not like some of my other more expensive guitars, just about all of my more expensive guitars, needed some set up work done on them, not the Epiphone, it was ready to rock and roll right from the start, well almost, I changed the srings to Gibson vintage. Why pay excesive amounts of money for a Gibson (just because it is made in yanky land?). I suspect there are those amungst us who like to stand up and say, hey look at me,I've got the real thing! Well a Epiphone is not a Gibson, so as far as i am concerned I've got the real thing, an Epiphone real thing, not a Gibson. If Epiphone ES335's were good enough for the Beatles, they sure are more than good enough for me. All this aside, as I have mentioned, I love my Epiphone, my wife is very jealous, she complains, you never hold me like yo hold that guitar!haha.
Music background: blues, rock,ballads,I've played in several bands, but mostly with my friends on a friday ight, over a few beers.
5/5

Worth more money than it's being sold for!

Looks like Epiphone isn't kidding around anymore when it comes to quality. I really think the DOT would do well in a blindfold test with the Gibson counterpart. I really love this guitar for its warmth, nice tone, and surprising flexibility. The only complaint is the "e" on the pickguard kept coming off so I eventually just took it off myself. All it needs now is a bigsby tremelo arm!
Music background: Video Game Music Composer/Solo Artist and Engineer
5/5

Best I've found all around!

I bought an Epiphonne Dot/Block (ES-335 with blocks instead of Dots) 9 years ago and this guitar has been my favorite of all I've had. I replace a Casino with this one. I loved the Casio, but it squealed and feedback too easily. I have had Tele's/ Strats/ ES-339, and others, but this one feels great in my arms and hands and I can do any tone from country to hard rock. It is the most balanced guitar I own. If I'm going to play for someone, this is the one I pick up. I have played this guitar hard and pulled on the neck to get sounds out and it still stays tuned and the action is smooth. If you don't own one, it is worth trying it out and seeing if you can get your sound. The pickups are strong on mine and the three-way switching makes useful and different tones to your liking.
Music background: 39 year player, song writer, was in band.
See also: Semi Hollows, Epiphone, Epiphone Semi-hollowbody Guitars