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
"The main guitar I've played for the last four years is an Epiphone Sheraton II. It was a birthday gift from my extended family so it has some of that good mojo going for it. I used it on the Posies Blood/Candy tour along with an Epiphone Dot as backup and an Epiphone J-160 that I played on a couple of songs on stage and did all radio and television unplugged type of things with. The Sheraton has done me right and it even ended up on Brendan's last record too, on the song, "I'll Never Tell"."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.
If you can't afford a Gibson 335 then an Epiphone Dot is a good alternative for a fraction of the cost. The build quality is good with decent finishing. You can upgrade them with new wiring and Gibson pups to improve an already good sound. I have a Korean made Dot which receive favourable reviews but equally the Chinese Dots seem to get good reviews too. I've been impressed with my Epiphone Dot overall and would recommend them.
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