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Epi Dot owners...

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cam.man67, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. cam.man67

    cam.man67 Member

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    Thinking about getting a Dot to add some PAF semi-hollow tones into the Arsenal.:) I'm looking at one, close by, that's about a year old, and shows some very minor swirl marks for $295. How good is that on price? I've read that the Dots (but maybe not the Dot Studios?) use full size pots...is that true? If so, how's the sweep on the volume knobs? Finally, let's talk weoght...how heavy are we talkin'?
     
  2. Multicellular

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    Hey I have a Dot.

    Mine has normal pots. How is the sweep. I don't know, I've never noticed any of them being different, just do it by ear. Weight...I don't know. I'm strong as ****, feels like a baby bird to me.

    I'm no help am i? lol

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  3. TheoDog

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    Epi Dots tend to have full sided Alpha pots. The sweep is dependent on the specific component. I have had a DOT studio and 2 standard DOTs and some lots have been fine and some have been essentially on/off. Simple upgrade to nice CTS.
    Lightweight compared to any solid body guitar.
    $295 is a fine deal, would be a no brainer if it included a case.
     
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    I have a Korean-made Dot that I bought brand new several years ago. I have upgraded the pickups in mine, but saw no need to change the pots. The stock pots are full size, and really pretty good. Mine has good sweep, and I use my volume pots all the time. My Dot is fairly heavy to be honest, but no worse than any ES-335 I've played. But I would not consider it a light weight guitar. If you want light weight, get a Casino. As far as price, I would say the $300 is fair for a nice stock Dot. Possibly a little more with a hard case, or upgraded pickups. Even one that's been banged around will fetch at least $200. Dots are really great bang-for-the-buck guitars. The stock pickups aren't horrible, but if you can upgrade, you will really hear the guitar come alive.
     
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    ant_riv Supporting Member

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    I also have a Korean-made Dot.

    I love the guitar. I don't use it with the band now, and if I did I think I would change the pups. Otherwise, it is an excellent guitar!
     
  6. straightblues

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    I searched for a Dot for a long time. I played at ton. Most of them were decent. Then I found a great one. I paid $350 for it used about a year ago. It is one of the best guitars I have ever owned. I swapped the pickups out for OX4 pickups that cost more than I paid for the guitar. They are amazing. I also switched out all the wiring. The stock stuff is ok, not great. The guitar is probably between 9 and 10 pounds. Not super heavy but not light. With the pickup swap, I would put this particular Dot up against any ES type guitar, it is that good.
     
  7. Tone_Terrific

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    I had one. The pots were fine.
    The pups were only ok.
    I installed Seth Loves into one for somebody else. Those helped!
    Note: not all Dots are the same. Nope.
    And I mean different width and thickness and sound and necks.
    Also the cutaways are too small to allow medium sized hands to access the higher frets freely.
    Try b4 you buy.
     
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    The Dots I've played over the years have varied a lot. Some were quite uninspiring. Others were very nice. Pickups, pots are replaceable, and many people do so.

    On the other hand, the recent Epi ES 335 Pro's are consistently wonderful. Great pickups, fit and finish, and playability. The pots still need replacing though. Mine is a real keeper.
     
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    I have a Cherry Dot from 2012 that I put Seth Lovers in. I think it sounds great, but it's all I know in that style of guitar.

    I should add that I also have an MIC Epiphone Casino that I quite like!
     
  10. cam.man67

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    Thanks for the replies, everybody...very helpful.:) just another question: anybody that's had a Dot and a Studio, how do they compare in terms of build, sound, etc. not too concerned about the pickups as I have a set I'll probably be putting in regardless of what I get.
     
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    is it just me or is the Dot Studio missing dots?
     
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    Disagree; I had a Gibson ES-335 that was around 7.5 pounds. Also had a Korean-made Epi DOT that was fairly light. If you use a lightweight center block the guitar can be far lighter than 8.
     
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    LOVE my dot! Did not love the pickups. Tore both of them out and put a BG Pure 90 in the bridge. I love the P90 bite!
     
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    Have owned a couple of Dots.

    Really great guitars for the $. As others have said, a pup change is the typical first move. I put Gibby 57s in the last one I had and TI flats.
     

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