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Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar  

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The Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar builds on Epiphone's great tradition of archtops such as the legendary Sheraton and Emperor. Simp...Read More

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Big 335 vibe for a lot less bread.

The Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar builds on Epiphone's great tradition of archtops such as the legendary Sheraton and Emperor. Simplified controls and minimalist styling provide great functionality and elegant visual appeal while powerful Vintage Alnico V Plus pickups give it plenty of bite.

Drawing on the classic 335 vibe, with mahogany top, back, sides, and set neck, the Dot Studio guitar dishes out hot blues and rock when overdriven or thick jazz tones clean. The scale length is 24-3/4", with a nut width of 1-17/25". The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and string changing easier.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Laminated mahogany top, back, and sides
  • Set maple neck
  • Semi-hollow construction
  • Vintage Alnico V plus pickups
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Scale length - 24-3/4"

A great guitar with a vintage vibe. Order now.

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EpiphoneDot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 234 reviews)

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    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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        • Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very good quality guitar for the money

      I love the price. With a quick setup, the guitar hold tune, and the intonation is great. I highly suggest setting it up with the player present, as the players finger pressure...Read complete review

      I love the price. With a quick setup, the guitar hold tune, and the intonation is great. I highly suggest setting it up with the player present, as the players finger pressure does greatly affect intonation. The sound, features, for the price make this guitar a keeper in my book.

      If I had to be anal about anything I don't like about this guitar: The fact that it is NOT made in the USA. I'll never understand how something can be shipped across an ocean, and sell cheaper than something made in the U.S.
      I've been playing guitar for 36 years now. Found this guitar in a yard sale for $100. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one. I've played several high end guitars, and am mainly a Fender Fan. I own several Stratocasters, a '54 Model and an Eric Clapton Model (1998). To me, that sound is hard to beat. However, there has always been the love of the archtop style guitars. After all, anyone who listens to Chuck Berry, or is a fan of BB King, will find the archtop models are what they preferred. For years I used an EKO guitar (similar to a Gibson ES-175, but Italion made and cheap). Great sound.

      So when I came across this guitar, for $100 decided to give it a try. It has 2nd stamped on the headstock, which means it had been repaired at the factory. No bigee. When I first played it through my '72 Twin Reverb, I loved it. Found they typical Ephiphone issue of poor tune. Yeah, it was in a front yard and I knew it would need some tweaking. So I set the bridge height and worked out the intonation. The fat frets, which I'm not used to, took some adjusting of my playing to keep intonation where it belonged. After figuring that out, I got this guitar in about as good of intonation as any guitar I've ever played. It hold tune, I use 10's.

      I now play it through a Fender Mustang III and every factory amp it sounds great through. I mainly use a model of my '72 Twin in her for recording.

      This guitar, stock, gives every sound I want from Blues and Jazz to outright rock (which I do not play much of). I'm mainly a blues guy. For some songs this is my go to guitar. If I could only have my Strat neck's on this guitar!

      I like the simplicity of only 2 knobs to jack with. Never understood the whole 4 knob system on other similar guitars, where I'd only use the one volume knob. The tone knob, I run like I do my strats. Wide open. So I never have an issue of anything being 'too dark'. Surpisingly, I did not have to adjust the pickups.

      Overall a great guitar. One that I'm not afraid to take out to a Jam session. If it walked away, I'm only out $100. When I take my Clapton out, I'm always carrying it to the head with me. Too many folks help 'em out the door anymore.

      So, this is a great guitar for the money. A good value, and for anyone who knows how and wishes to take the time to set it up to their liking (remember a proper set up requires the player to be present for, because the players finger pressure does affect the intonation) will find this guitar not only is fun to play, but sounds great for years to come.

      I have had this guitar, in black, for 5 and a half years now. Not sure it's actuall manufacture date. But it is a keeper. It makes my 9th guitar in my collection.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Restocked DOT guitar review

      the ZDOT is an ok guitar for my needs....however the item was a restock and musiciansfriend wasnt clear on WHY it was a restock..when it arrived I discovered it was because...Read complete review

      the ZDOT is an ok guitar for my needs....however the item was a restock and musiciansfriend wasnt clear on WHY it was a restock..when it arrived I discovered it was because of broken neck at the headstock at the nut, and none returnable item.....I would recommend a DOT for someone wanting to get into electric 6 and explore it in an inexpensive way as I am, but I wouldnt recommend buying restock merchandise at this dollar rate not knowing what you are going to get

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Price vs. Performance & Features

      By Greg Lawrence

      from USA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Smooth Fast Neck

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Risky Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Setting Up Correctly

      Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      Epiphone's cheaper cousin to the Gibson ES-335.

      I was lucky to get a "Factory Second" for half the price. I found places where the paint had runs, the binding never even scraped, and a defective stamp in the rear headstock.

      When you get this guitar you need to thoroughly inspect it for any defects or problems. Once you get a 'good one' set it up nice and it will become a favorite for what it does best.
      The quality control and massive production of these guitars makes it so the 'good ones' are really good and the 'bad ones" are really bad.

      Check all electronics, make sure the switches, jack and knobs are tight & work well. I remember my Volume knob was so loose it almost fell inside.
      Check the tuning keys for any bad alignment, rotation, tightness, etc.
      Plug in the guitar using a known good cable, repeatedly. Test using a known good amp.
      Check to make sure pickups are correctly seated and proper height.

      Once you set the neck and intonation up correctly this guitar plays like butter.
      Change the strings, set the action(height), even out the strings and set the intonation. If this sounds like gibberish then you can have a music store tech do it inexpensively, especially if you buy the strings from them.

      The Dot Studio has a fast neck that is not quite as wide as a Gibson ES-335 but same basic scale and body dimensions.

      If you are looking to find high quality electronics and fine appointments for this price may I ask "if you have missed your dosage of medicine?"

      This guitar is kind of 'weighty', a little heavier than expected.

      I play many high-end Gibson guitars and this great little Dot Studio sits always at the ready in my living room for when I want to learn some hard to finger jazz chord progressions and chordal melodies...and anything else.

      It plays extremely well & smooth. Quite a bit narrower than my Gibson necks. This would make a great guitar for a woman with smaller hands or a kid starting off.

      I cared enough to purchase a hard shell case for it, and most likely one day will replace the cheap 'Vintage Alnico V' pickups with quality Gibson '57 Classic & Classic Plus. At this point I could play it out professionally, but with stock pickups you have to play it for what IT does well.

      All my guitars are American Made except for two...both being Epiphone. (Dot Studio & USA Map)

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This guitar is a classic, fantastic!!

      By August

      from San Francisco

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I have owned 3 of these,it's a classic. as close to a 335 as you can get but with Epiphone own dot touch. Screaming tone with the humbuckers. full neck, attention to detail. The frets are a touch weak , but need to be broken in. The sustain is unreal, Alvin Lee played one as well as the Iconic Chuck Berry...I have one in the worn red...very vintage. I'm going to get sunburst to add as well. These are great guitars and get one before they are out of production.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Quite Pleased With This Instrument

      By TV4

      from Allentown, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Decent quality
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Pups surprisingly good
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • A few glue marks
      • Finish is underwhelming
      • Input jack comes loose
      • Neckbody joint rough
      • Not A Gibson

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere but heavy metal

      Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      Picked one of these up on [@] for [$] with OHSC, it was the worn natural model. I had been itching for a semi-hollow sound, and have been transfixed by the cherry gloss ES-335 since I saw Eric Johnson use it in the '96 G3 Tour. When I purchased this guitar, I wasn't ready to blow $2k on a Gibby, so an Epi had to tide me over.I was pretty pleased with the instrument. With new strings, some fretboard conditioner, and adjusted intonation, it was a surprising favorite of mine. After a few months, I replaced the stock Epi pups with Seymour Duncan 59's. Interestingly enough, I almost regretted it at first. The stock Epi pups were a bit hotter and louder. The 59's smoothed out the sound and the more I played, the more I preferred the SDs (especially after A/B-ing the sounds on recordings), but if I hadn't swapped the pups out ever, I would've been fine.No major problems with the tuners. The Dot didn't stay in tune as well as my American Strat with Sperzels and a graphite nut, but it was pretty darn reliable. The black hardware looked cool with the black painted binding offset by the natural wood color. The input jack came loose a few times during shows, until I had my bass player help me out and tighten it with pliers so it would stay.The painted binding looks cheap, the inside of the f-holes allow you to see the ply of the top and look cheap (they should be painted black like Gibson does on their 335's), there were 2 clear, dried glue spots on the body, and the neck/body joint was not perfectly smooth, you could feel the lip of the neck. The logo is painted on the headstock, cheap touch.I am selling this guitar because I bought a Gibson Custom 335 2 days ago. In A/B-ing them, the Gibson wins no-contest in everything. However, I will say that the Epi is a bit chimier, and lighter. Being that I paid $1,000's more for the Gibson, I would expect it to be better, but the Epi still is not a bad guitar at all and is surprisingly competent with or without the pups being replaced. And for less than $300 new, being 1/10th the price of a Gibson makes it a pretty tempting product. I have no problem selling this to a friend of mine as it is a good instrument...but I'll not regret getting rid of it when I'm jamming on my beautiful Gibson :)

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Restocked DOT guitar review

      By Brucebarham

      from Miami

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Buying blemished
        • Buying restocked

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        the ZDOT is an ok guitar for my needs....however the item was a restock and musiciansfriend wasnt clear on WHY it was a restock..when it arrived I discovered it was because of broken neck at the headstock at the nut, and none returnable item.....I would recommend a DOT for someone wanting to get into electric 6 and explore it in an inexpensive way as I am, but I wouldnt recommend buying restock merchandise at this dollar rate not knowing what you are going to get

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Value and Great Sound!

        By DingoPepper

        from Trinity, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Value and Performance

        Cons

        • Low Quality PotsSwitch
        • Not shielded

        Best Uses

        • Any Venue for me
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I have been playing for over 35 years; many genres, venues, and guitars. I got this instrument on a whim when they were [$] a few years ago and was amazed. After a few gigs with it, I sold my other guitar. I have since owned 3 Teles and an Ibanez SZR520 which I love), both great instruments, but nothing howls and sings like this thing when the semi-hollow body resonates. You really FEEL it and that can't be described. Sure this is true of other hollow and semi-hollows, but you won't get it at this price. I've owned it for about 5 years, gig reguarly, and everytime I gig with a different guitar I wish I had this one. I buy and trade guitars from time to time, but have never let this one get away and don't plan to. Forget the snobs, upgrade the hardware to chrome or nickel if you want more bling (I did). I also upgraded pickups, but found the stock pickups better than the upgrades. I may put a gloss coat on it for a little more stage presence, but as for the sound and playability; it's a great instrument. In fact, a couple of people I know have bought these after seeing/hearing mine onstage.

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        (9 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        How much are you prepared to spend on FIRE WOOD?

        By Albert Ford

        from Australia

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Do not waste your money on this thing. You can do much better for a fraction of the price. A Washurn Delta Blues is twice as good for half the price. Ibanez make a good semi-accoustic. I have been playing guitar for 42 years and own 28 musical instuments from guitar, violin to piano and percussion. I am a retired professional and have made a very good living from playing in bands and session work. I like to think that I know the difference between a "guitar" and a "real musical instrument". This is just a guitar. It does not and never will, qualify as a musical instument in my opinoin.

        Honestly ask yourself, how much are you prepared to spend on fire wood? I spent my money with Epiphone and I will never do it again.
        There really are no features to talk about. I can talk about the features that are missing though. No pick guard, the instrument is so unfinished, that a pick guard would go a long way to making it look like Epiphone at least had pride in the product. When I say "unfinished" basic electronics, matt finish and no body or neck binding. Now I know that these are the things that make it a "studio model", no frills. But no! No pick guard. Let's face it EPIPHONE, you are obviously targeting either beginner or intermiditate guitarists with this model but you have also omitted any markings on the fretboard. No dots! This is a very vital part of the guitar for beginners. Even as a well seasoned guitarist/musician (42 yrs playing in bands or session) I even find it off putting not to have markings on the fretboard.I know it is a "studio" model and bling has been kept to a minimum for affordability but c'mon. I have a Gibson LP studio and could not be more happy with it!!!!!! LOVE IT!
        It won't stay in tune, no matter what. Honestly. I can not even play one song. I check tuning after every song played, and it is out of tune. That effectively makes the guitar useless. Simply...You can't play it!

        It is not only the lack of the nice and important things that are required on a guitar that make this guitar a poor choice. I will admit that the finish is good. It seems that some effort has been put into making this guitar "worthy" of the Epiphone name as far as appearance goes. But sound is probably more important thatn anything else with a musical instrument. I am sorry to say that you will probably be dissapointed with the sounds you get from this guitar. DO NOT think that you will get that classic "Beatles" sound. Do not think that you will get that "Dave Grohl" sound or anything in between. This is a cheap guitar with a cheap sound. If price is an object and you are hoping to buy a brand name for a good price, then this is not the guitar for you. You ar just as well to buy the cheapest guitar you can find and it will compare to this.
        This is supposed to be a lower priced model of an Epiphone guitar. You could buy the cheapest guitar on the market for a 1/4 of the price and still have a guitar that is of the same, if not better quality than this one. Obviously aimed at beggineers or intermediate musicians, In my opinion, this would turn a beginner off playing guitar as it is so difficult to play.

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        it's a semi hollow, that's a bargain

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        This is my favorite guitar. Don't let the name fool you, it sounds just as good as the normal dot. It actually feels better than the dot, the non-finished neck is smooth and fast and it is a little lighter. This is good for blues, rock, punk, you name it.
        Awesome sound in and out of amp. Fast neck and easy playability. A little buzz in the neck, but not a huge problem.
        Good sound, good feel, lightweight, LOOKS AMAZING, tuners are...meh, easy control setup.
        It's a semi-hollow, for such a low price, it is absoulutely worth the money.

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        5.0

        You have to finish it your self

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I am very happy with it. A little hotter sound than I expected. A great guitar.
        I like it's simplicity. One set of knobs. As you turn down the treble it gets VERY MUDDY. So, I don't do that.
        I bought the Worn Natural. It looked like a piece of plywood with pickups on it. You have work on the finish yourself. It looked great after my luthier worked on with the steel wool and polish and all. But I was suprised at how rough it looked when I first got it.
        Great for the money. A super value.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dot Studio Rocks

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for that big guitar sound.
        The Epiphone Dot Studio has some really great pickups! I love the big guitar sound that I get from this thing! The Master Volume and Master Tone controls eliminate confusion. The neck is a little thicker than my Epi Les Paul but I like it. It seems to help reduce cramping and fatigue in my hand. The matte finish (worn brown) looks good and is very durable.
        I go 8 on this section for 2 reasons:
        #1 the "binding" is black paint, but it looks good.
        #2 the input jack does have a tendency to turn and come loose.
        Other than those 2 things the quality is excellent.
        For under $300 you'd be haed pressed to beat this guitar!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great value, solid player

        By James McConnell

        from Durham, NC

        Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Guitars in this price range are always a bit of a compromise of price/quality, but really isn't that true with every guitar? This one delivers much more quality for the price than many other guitars in the price range and is a great value.
        For a budget guitar this Dot punches above it's weight. The finish, while not perfect, is very good and it is a smooth player. The stripped down vol/tone control layout fits the overall utilitarian vibe and the hardware is....well .... that's where this guitar loses a few points in my book. The hardware is "adequate" but upon giving it a good setup I discovered that the bridge on mine made it impossible to perfectly intonate the guitar. It sounded fine, and played well, but little quirks like that drive me nuts.

        Speaking of nuts, the nut is also fine, but could stand a little TLC

        Still a solid player and a great basis for a a few hardware upgrades that can make this feel and sound like a much more expensive semi-hollow
        For hardware see above.

        The guitar feels solid and plays well. Very expressive tonality.

        I was surprised at the quality of the Alnico Classic pickups. Much better than I expected on such a budget minded guitar and capable of a whole range of tones from smooth blues to crunchy rock.
        For the price, this is a great buy.

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