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|Period||1990s — present|
|Body||Maple (laminated) or Mahogany|
|Neck||Maple (Epiphone website reports mahogany neck)|
|Pickup(s)||2 Humbuckers (2 Alnico Classic)|
|Sunburst, Cherry, Ebony, Natural,(2011: Pelham Blue - Limited Edition) |
The Epiphone Dot is an archtop electric guitar manufactured by Epiphone since the 1990s. It is a cheaper alternative to the Gibson ES-335. In addition to the standard Dot, other models have been available such as the Dot Studio and Dot Deluxe that feature a variety of hardware and finishes.
Construction and sound
Thanks to the semi-hollow body and the Alnico Humbucker pickups the Dot achieves a warm and clear tone. Its construction offers a lot of sustain as well, which makes it capable of being a singing lead guitar. The solid wood block that runs down the middle of the guitar helps prevent feedback, but the guitar will generally generate feedback more easily than a solid-body guitar.
There is a first generation Dot (approx. from the original to 2001 or 2002) with a maple neck, and the name Gibson inscribed on the truss rod cover. The present Dot has a mahogany neck and the name Dot is inscribed instead of the name Gibson.
The Dot is based on the Gibson ES-335 or ES-355. Many musicians cannot afford these expensive Gibson models, so the Dot is a cheaper alternative semi-hollowbody.
In late 2011, Epiphone issued a limited edition run of Dot models in Pelham Blue with the Epiphone "Limited Edition/Custom Shop" circular logo on the lower rear portion of the headstock.
- "Epiphone Dot". Epiphone.com. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
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