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.