Sonic Youth's [website](http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gtr120.html) provides this photo of the Epiphone Dot used by Lee Ranaldo, and states: "Used by Lee: 2006-2009 2006 -- F#F#AAEE (Shadow of a Doubt) 2009 -- F#F#AAEE (Shadow of a Doubt) NOTES: A replacement for Lee's old Epiphone Casino, which broke. Red body 2 pickups Black pickguard Rosewood fretboard 1 toggle switch 4 knobs Bigsby style tremolo"more
"I bought this cheap Epiphone Dot back in 1998, spray painted it all black in 2003 & it sat in a case until 2 days ago. Stripped the paint, cleaned it and gave it a set up. It was the guitar that got me in to hollowbodies. It still needs a few things but It's good to have it in working order again & the Classic 57 pickups still sound amazing!"more
I lucked out and found a lefty that had already been modded. With open-coiled Gibson pickups ('57 Classic, neck/498T, bridge), and a wrap-around Bigsby Vibrato tailpiece, this thing gives me the dynamic control, shapeable feedback, and overall versatility to play just about anything I want.
It's good for it's price range, pick ups give a warm fuzzy sound great for The Strokes' sounds. One complain is that the tone knob on the Bridge Pickup is a little loose but nothing else seems to be affected.
I love this guitar so much, it may not be a expensive model but I think its a players guitar, plues it stays in tune like a dream thanks to quality tuners...excellent!!
The semi-hollow tone is something I wanted to experiment with, and the dot was an affordable way to try it out. In use, I like the sound, but find the neck very slim and narrow to use. Also, from the placement of the neck in the body, the neck seems long; third fret too far away. Obviously these things can be got used to, but the greatest shortcoming for me is that my guitar is prone to feedback at rehearsal / gig volumes so it doesn't really get the playing time it probably deserves. Nice for a change though. Nicely made and attractive appearance.
I mostly play grunge and punk rock, but when I need to play blues or more classic rock, this is the guitar. My Dot cost around $400.00, and gives you the warm hollow body sound for an affordable price.
This guitar has now been my main go-to guitar for the last 2 months, and I love it! If you're searching for a good hollow-body guitar that's got a good sound, nice feel and got room to play, then this guitar is definitely something for you. I bought it after I joined my new band where we play a lot of rock/blues music. Before that I used to play on a Jim Root Signature Fender Telecaster, which had a little bit too big of a "crunch" for the sound we were aiming for, so I went out and looked through several Strats, Teles, and some other hollow bodies, like the Sheraton, but this one was the one that won my heart. And at that price I was sold!
So if you want a good hollow-body guitar at a decent price, then this is your baby!
I got this used dot as a guitar that I could take to school (when I was in high school years ago), and I needed something that was moderately priced and still sounded great. I got it home and was playing around with it and it sounded almost as good as my Les Paul, so, I decided to change the strings and when I got the strings off, I took out the pickups to see what they were, and whoever had it before me put a set of 57' Classics in it! This is by far the best sounding semi-hollowbody I've ever played (including Gibsons line). The neck is nice and fat like a vintage guitar should be. I have since then taken off the pick guard (I'm weird) and it shows how pretty the maple grain is on the top! I highly recommend this guitar for anyone who is looking to delve into hollowbody guitars.
I bought this guitar just because I wanted a bluesy looking one, and I´ve got to say I just fell in love with it. This guitar feels and looks great when you play it. It really has a great sound, kind of jazzy and bluesy, great to play along with others or to play some solos, even with a looper you could make great things because of it´s differents settings.
I can't fault this guitar apart from maybe having a weak neck, these guitars are great, mine is secondhand, i bought it for £120, what a bargain!! It does everything i want it to do and i think i will be hanging onto it for the rest of my life