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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.

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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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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

No Cons

Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Price vs. Performance & Features

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,...Read complete review

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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Nice, but serious problem

First let me say that I am not a particularly good player. I "play with guitars" more than I play them. Nonetheless, I own about a dozen, and I...Read complete review

First let me say that I am not a particularly good player. I "play with guitars" more than I play them. Nonetheless, I own about a dozen, and I am a pretty good luthier, if not a great guitarist. First the Good. This guitar is basically what it says it is. It is a stripped down DOT. The big compromises are the finish (worn finishes are basically paint without a heavy topcoat) The binding is simulated with paint. There are only two controls, one tone and one volume. That being said the guitar sounds good. It has a nice woody tone and the pickups are pretty good. (although I am not a pickup snob - I can make almost any pickup sound good) They are fairly vintage-like uncovered humbuckers. I don't expect much from the fretwork on any guitar in this price range but it actually isn't too bad on this guitar. Only minor leveling was required. All in all were it not for the bad news (see below) this guitar would be exactly what it claims to be - a stripped down, plain as rain, basic Dot that sounds good.Now the BAD NEWS. The bridge is misplaced on this guitar. It needs to be moved back an 1/8 of an inch or so. You cannot get the intonation right with the bridge placed where it is, at least with normal gauge strings, modest action, etc. The low E string and A string just are too "short." I admit I am fussy about intonation. I set it with a crystal controlled strobe tuner and may expect more than most people. That being said, I stand by my opinion. The bridge is misplaced.I am in the process of moving the bridge on mine and expect it will be a nice player when I am done. I think I will also put a better finish on it at the same time.I don't know what is up at Epiphone, but these otherwise quality guitars have a serious defect.

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(10 of 57 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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Price vs. Performance & Features

By Greg Lawrence

from Appalachia America

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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)

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Teacher's Perspective

By Teachaman1979

from Lancaster, PA

Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

As a teacher of guitar students for over 10 years, I have seen a lot of beginner instruments. Most of the time you get what you pay for, at least in my experience.However, this instrument seems to be an exception. A student of mine got one as their first electric after playing acoustic for a year, and asked me what I thought. He brought it over, and after the lesson left it with me for a setup job. The setup was a breeze, as everything was fairly well done to begin with.-Tuners are very stable given the price-point of the guitar.-Jack, switch, and pots are also decent. Perhaps the jack will need replaced, but this is a cheap fix for most techs or teachers.-Pickups are OK. Good for overdriven rock or distortion, not as good for clean country or twang sounds. I played it through a Fender Hot Rod Deville, a Line 6 Spider II 2x12, a Vox AC30TB, and a Line 6 Flextone 3.-Neck is set well, solid joint, good construction, nice body and acoustic tone, very nice resonance and it moves air well when amplified.So, all told, for students it comes highly recommended. My only caveats are as follows:-Pickups are a hair on the dirty side for my taste.-Neck is very chunky and thick. I like it like that, but small handed or shred style players will likely suffer a bit here.For a gigger, I still recommend this highly. Swap the pups for a set of Duncan Alnico Pro IIs or better yet, a Gibson Classic in the Neck and a Classic Plus in the bridge. I did this with one that I bought from MF, and also put on Sperzel tuners, and it is now my number 1 axe, over my Fender Tele and Strat. It ended up like a Gibson ES335, only about 1500 less after the mods.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good quality guitar for the money

By bluesmanwithastrat

from Marceline, MO

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Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

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.

(4 of 6 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 :)

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Restocked DOT guitar review

By Brucebarham

from Miami

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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

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    After a year--Review #2

    By Ted the Cryogenic Man

    from Concord, NC

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    Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    I reviewed this when I first bought it last year and thought I would update after playing it a year. Yes, the nut on the plug-in will come loose. Get a 1/2" socket and get over it. Yes it has single controls-that shows in the picture. Pickups are good and sound is full and rich [like my other red dot]. Those who complain about incorrect intonation don't have sense enough to look at the at the most user friendly and advanced bridge design in the industry. Adjust it. Most of my friends think it cost 5X what it did. It stays in tune unless the barometer goes crazy like it does every spring. I am recommending this to a new student who has the bug bad. After playing it once, he is ready--but I always caution them not to dump 2 weeks pay on a high end inst. until they know they are going to stick with it. This one can be owned for what I consider a reasonable price. I miss having fretboard markers, but found some stick-on gold stars [like they put on your papers in first grade] and inserted them with tweezers for markers. Using them in different colors helps my students know where they are on the neck. You folks out there that complain about workmanship and loose knobs on an instrument in this price range need to get a few tools and ask Grandpa to show you how to use them. I love this guitar and would challenge anybody to find more sound and playability for the price. Wouldn't trade it for a speckled bird dog [pick of the litter]. Grow up and get one--then adjust it and play he** out of it. I'm done now.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!!!!

    By Cody Scrivens

    from LA

    Comments about Epiphone Dot Studio Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    GET THIS GUITAR! You wont regret it!
    Such a great guitar! Simple controls but it sounds great!! The tone knob and the volume knob work well and I really like the sounds that the switch produces.
    For its price it is very well built!! No problems whatsoever!!
    An amazing guitar with great sound and east playability! Especially once you consider the price!

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By Michael Kitchen

    from KS

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    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.

    (3 of 4 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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