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Epiphone Limited Edition Dot Black Royale Electric Guitar

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Ever since the Epiphone Dot was introduced over ten years ago, Epiphone's recreation of the venerable ES-335 "Dot" has been wowing guitar players all...Click To Read More About This Product

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An upgraded semi-hollowbody with classic 335 sound and impressive features.

Ever since the Epiphone Dot was introduced over ten years ago, Epiphone's recreation of the venerable ES-335 "Dot" has been wowing guitar players all over the world. Now, the Dot Black Royale gives the ES-335 Dot tradition a whole new makeover with a stunning Black Pearl finish, silver sparkle binding and nickel hardware totally unlike anything Epiphone has offered before.

Though Epiphone was long famous for its own original semi-hollowbody designs from the 1950s Kalamazoo, Michigan era, including the Riviera and Sheraton, the simple, classic ES-335 style was missing. The re-introduction of the Epiphone Dot, named in reference to its simple "dot" fingerboard inlays, now makes the legendary sustain and resonance of the 335 available to all guitarists without the vintage headaches or pricetag. Now with the Dot Royale, this legend has an all new look.

Semi-hollow Design, Solid Craftsmanship
The Dot Black Royale is constructed of premium laminated maple with a mahogany center block and a hand-fitted, glued-in mahogany neck. Other details include a rosewood fingerboard with traditional œDot inlay, quality electronic parts including full-size, 1 500K Ohm potentiometers, Epiphone's all-metal pickup selector switch, historic metal Epiphone name œbadge on the headstock, and a heavy-duty output jack. Its fabulous semi-hollowbody sound is voiced by a pair of real Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups. The black pearl finish and silver sparkle binding are complimented by a one-of-a-kind Epiphone pickguard.

Classic 335 Sound
The Dot Black Royale features two Alnico Classic humbuckers in the neck and bridge position. Alnico Classics have all the key ingredients found in Seth Lover's original PAF humbucker pickups from the late '50s and give players an infinite variety of tones from rock to jazz to country. Each pickup's volume and tone controls feature full 1 500K Ohm potentiometers for a lifetime of rocking.

Quality Epiphone Hardware
The Dot Black Royale includes Epiphone' exclusive LockTone locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece which yields even more sustain. And the Royale Dot also features nickel hardware including premium 16:1 ratio Grover machine heads for superior tuning stability and accuracy.

  • Laminated maple body
  • Laminated maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • 1960's Slimtaper neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid œdot inlays
  • 12 fingerboard radius
  • 24.75 scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Alnico Classic humbucker neck pickup
  • Alnico Classic Plus humbucker bridge pickup
  • 2-volume, 2-tone controls
  • Epiphone 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Locktone tune-o-matic stopbar tailpiece
  • Nickel hardware
  • Silver sparkle binding
  • Grover 16:1 machine heads

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Bleh. Swapped it for a standard Dot.

By psycho78

from Central CA

About Me Professional Musician


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


  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Dot Black Royale Electric Guitar:

It's a lovely guitar and plays nicely. Unfortunately, I found two problems that repelled me immediately: when you're holding the thing in your hands, the binding just looks like gold glitter thrown into some Elmer's glue. And even worse, the frets appear to be BRUSHED METAL. They're not even polished smooth and make a horrid "nails across the chalkboard" sound when you bend notes. It doesn't pick up too loudly through the amp, but you can just feel it through your hand as you play. Unplugged and at low amp volume, the noise during bending the strings is just unbearable. Extremely disappointing. No wonder it's a limited model. Otherwise, it seemed built well overall and sounded really nice. Impressive pickups. Felt good. But watch out, men. The overall LOOK of it comes off a lot more "girly" in person than in the pictures. It's a REALLY sparkly guitar. A bit TOO sparkly. The bottom line is, if you know what you're looking for in wanting a Dot as a pseudo-335, it's just as you'd imagine... but you may be happier going with the old reliable standard Dot instead of this one.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Classy, awesome.

By napalmbalm

from Olathe, KS

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics


  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Dot Black Royale Electric Guitar:

    Been playing the white version of the Royale for a year now, thought I'd leave a review. One of my dream guitars is a Gretsch White Falcon, and until they make an Asian-made version, I'll probably never have one. But I was immediately attracted to this, since my other main guitar is a black Epi Sheraton (with Gibson 57 Classic pickups and gold Bigsby), so thought this would be a sweet accompanying piece on stage.

    I love the orange Gretsch-like binding, the sparkly white (pearl) finish. Mine has a lovely lighter color of rosewood stripe through the fretboard. Fit and finish are flawless, and what sold me on this was the same thing that sold me on my Sheraton: when I strum a chord, I can FEEL the body vibrating against my leg and stomach...nice wood quality to transfer that.

    Neck is perfect, feels great. Gold Grover tuners are solid. The pickups are the one thing I want to replace sometime, as they don't sound very good. Kinda raw and snotty. Maybe a little P-90ish, fuzzy, furry.

    But for the price, this is a steal.


    Great semi-hollow, amazing price

    By sgblues

    from Halifax, NS

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    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Dot Black Royale Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar on a very very low sale price, and its the classic Epiphone Dot with a custom finish. The sparkled black is great, looks awesome. The binding is a glitter gold, way too glittery for my liking. Overall the finish on this guitar is very good, not perfect inside the F holes, but pretty good.
    Acoustically it sounds great, lots of natural sustain as you would expect in a semi-hollow body. The neck feels comfortable to play and it pretty much stays in tune, except for the G string, which tends to go out of tune pretty easily. Might be just a matter of sanding the bridge or nut slot slightly, haven't really bothered too much to look into it.
    The electronics are OK, and the pickups are pretty good. It can definitely benefit from an upgrade in the electronics/pups, and I might throw in a new wiring with coil taps and maybe a new set of pups, but the stock is not bad at all.
    The hardware is good, grover tuners.
    Overall an excellent purchase, beautiful guitar (except for the binding), and a steal for the price I paid.

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