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Dot Deluxe Flametop Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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In 1958, Gibson's ES335 brought hollowbody tradition and solidbody performance together, and it's still one of the all-time classic electric guitar designs. Today, the Epiphone Dot Deluxe Electric Gui... Read More


In 1958, Gibson's ES335 brought hollowbody tradition and solidbody performance together, and it's still one of the all-time classic electric guitar designs. Today, the Epiphone Dot Deluxe Electric Guitar brings that same tradition to you at a price that won't break the bank.

This semi hollowbody electric is an extremely versatile guitar, sounding as good playing classic rock as it does jazz and blues. This Epiphone Dot Deluxe features a beautiful flame maple top, gold hardware, '57 Classic alnico-style pickups, a stop tailpiece and bonnet knobs. You'll think you're back in mid-century Memphis playin' with The King!

Low, comfortable action on a rosewood fretboard with 22 medium frets and a clean, set neck joint help you deliver your licks wrapped in a satin bow. 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup switch. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece and provide great sustain and tone, and make string changing easier.

  • Body: maple
  • Neck: set, maple
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Frets: 22 medium
  • Pickups: 2 '57 Classic Alnico humbuckers
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup switch
  • Hardware: gold
  • Scale: 24.75"
  • Nut: 1.68"
  • Inlay: dot
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar taipiece
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs.
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Don't let the price fool you. This guitar is incredible.

First off, the majority of these reviews complain about intonation and/or string height etc... Any guitar bought brand new should be set up and intonated immediately after purchasing; by someone who...Read complete review

First off, the majority of these reviews complain about intonation and/or string height etc... Any guitar bought brand new should be set up and intonated immediately after purchasing; by someone who knows the proper way to set up a guitar. With that said, this guitar looks and plays incredible. I bought the flame top today and the craftsmanship is there. The finish is beautiful and very well done. As far as electronics go, I plugged into various amps while demoing the guitar, and the tone is very flexible and the guitar's own natural tone shines through any amp you put it through. With a tiny bit of tweaking of the neck and bridge to fit my personal preferences, I was ready to go. I cannot tell the difference in playability between my guitar and my friend's $2000 Gibson 335. I highly reccomend this guitar to anyone who desires a semi-hollow body to add to their collection.


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it was good while it lasted and it didnt last too long.

I enjoy playing the blues i play it everyday i think its the best music and playing the blues on an epiphone sg wasn't satisfying so i needed an actual blues guitar so i saved...Read complete review

I enjoy playing the blues i play it everyday i think its the best music and playing the blues on an epiphone sg wasn't satisfying so i needed an actual blues guitar so i saved up some money went into guitarcenter and bought this guitar....then it all went wrong.... so far it was great i loved it then within the week the e fell off of the pickguard and the pick gaurd didnt look good. then within a certain amount of time about a couple of months the gold was wearing off and everything was turning silver so i thought to myself well its got that worn look and it looks okay i dont care i said. but then the worst started happening...its been over a year now since i have bought the guitar the frets are worn down and i have to spend money to replace them...people i dont recommend this guitar... although its the best epiphone ive played i recommend getting a gibson. ill soon be getting a gibson flying v soon and ive played it and its not at a bad price i highly recommend a gibson 335, a gibson sg, a gibson Lp, or a gibson flying v or a fender tele or strat if your interested in the blues and like playing it.

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By Jeff Demott _

from Burns ,Wyoming

I had one of these guitars and didnt like it because i could not get the intonation right. It also would not stay in tune. The selector switch was real noisey. I traded it in for a swingster (and love it). I found that I missed the sound of it . I used it on alot of recordings.so I thaught Iwould take a chance and get another one. I heard that some of these guitars are good and some are not so good. I found this to be the case! I ordered a new one from the guitar center in Ft. Collins Colorado(great bunch of guys) and could not be more pleased. The fit and finish are great, it stays in tune and sounds great. I've read some reviews about epiphones pickups not sounding very good, but these sound fine.I've been playing guitar for mor than 40 years, and have owned gibson, fender,martin,prs,taylor, you get my drift. this guitar is just as good as any of them. It's great the way epiphone has made such nice guitars at reasonable prices.It's a beautiful guitar to look at,but aren't they all!!!

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Super bargain

By Ron Samek

from Federal Way Washington

What a sweet guitar. It looks like a much more pricier model with the flame top. And I'm still playing it the way it came, soon I will take it in for a proper setup, then it will be my daily player. I think the pickups it came with have the soft, jazzy type sound just the way I like, why spend hundreds more for a small improvement? It's not a Gibson, but should probably sell for more, so a great instrument for the money. If I somehow lost it, I would buy another for sure!

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5 Stars!!!

By Drew Kubinski

from Plainfield

This things got a beautiful tone that not even the Gibson ES-335 could match. Every thing about this guitar has lived up to what it said to do. I've owned it for a little more than a year now and the finish and the hardware hasn't faded a bit, even after heavy use almost every day. For me, the knobs and switch have all worked exactly the way they should, despite what other reviews are saying. It almost always stays perfectly in tune (Except in extreme weather).Only one minor issue which turned out to be no big deal; occasional the nut that holds the input jack in place comes loose but all that is required to fix it is for you to tighten it. This is a great guitar and i would recommend it to novices and pros alike.

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Great buy

By Richard D Hill Jr

from Mission Viejo, California

Picked this up last week from the Lake Forest Store. After the in-house tech ,Clay, worked his magic on her she was good to go. Ended up going back a few days later with a set of 57 Classics and Clay installed them for me. (Side note, if you live in the area and need work done, use this guy. He does great work and is one heck of a guy). After the new pickups were in I went home and plugged her into my 57 Champ. Now that is what a guitar should sound like! If you can't, or don't want to drop a couple of grand on a Gibson, do yourself a favor and get this guitar.

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Quality at an Affordable Price

By Bob Neuberger

from Woodbury , New Jersey

Well I finally brought one of these babies home today . I got the flame top simply because it was the one that they had at my local Guitar Center that I felt played the nicest . I have been wanting one of these for quite a while so that I don't have to take my similar vintage guitars to gigs anymore . I was expecting a bit of a let down with this guitar but not so. Comparing it to my 61 335 and my 66 Riviera it holds it's own nicely . Weight is almost the same . Finish and appointments are flawless. The neck is a wee tad wider than my Riviera but not enough to be a hinderance while playing. I expected to be disappointed with the pick ups but again not so . The Epi's twin Humbuckers provide an astonishingly wide range of tonal colors without a lot of amp tweeking. I'm kind of picky (no pun intended) when I am shopping for a guitar so I made quite a few trips to the Guitar Center to play this guitar through as many amps as they would allow to see what I could get out of it . My biggest worry was that they would sell it in between my trips. I found that regardless of the amp I used , the guitar was very manageable with it's response and tone menus. The feedback threshold was also quite high for those of you who like that high volume stuff . I played at a wide variety of volumes much to the annoyance of some folks at the store when things got really loud through a Marshall half stack. No matter what I used the Epi came through . The controls are nicely placed for easy access . I found the volume pots to have a nice roll off but I felt the tone pots were a little too abrupt for me . I may see into changing them to something of better quality in the future. The selector switch was fine as were the tuners and the bridge . The only thing I did when no one was looking was to whip out my Swiss Army knife and lower the action a bit . It will be getting a proper set up this week . The strings that came on it were .009s which are a bit too light for me so I will restring with .010s . I also noticed that it needed the intonation adjusted . Hopefully the set up will remedy this . I ended up playing this guitar for over an hour with each visit to the store . Each time it felt more comfortable in my hands . I really am liking this one . I played every kind of music I knew how to play from Jazz standards to Be Bop to Blues to Rock and even the little bit of dropped tuning that I knew . I played a few Classical pieces too . The instrument took it all in stride and responded to each style perfectly.(OK ...so Classical isn't played on an electric guitar ...so sue me !!) The folks at my local Guitar Center are to be commended for their patience with me . I am confident that this guitar will answer admirably at any gig I choose to use it on . The only things I can comment on negatively would be that the input jack nut was a little loose and that I really don't care for gold hardware that much as it wears too easily and then looks terrible. I wish they would offer the gold as an option rather than a standard feature . All in all I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a quality alternative to the more pricey Gibsons available . I don't intend to abuse it but if it got damaged or stolen I wouldn't be as upset as if it was one of my vintage jobs and at the same time I don't feel that I am sacrificing anything in the way of sound and playability by using this axe as a sub for them. Bravo Epiphone !!! Nice Job !! See you at the gig !!

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exactly what I expected

By william holloman

from crystal river, fl

I bought this guitar knowing what to expect, and I was not dissapointed. Once you set it up, it plays like you want it to. Very pleased!

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Dot Deluxe better than expected

By peter lee

from Folsom, CA

20 years ago, I choose the Gibson ES 175 instead of the ES335 since I was learning jazz. Now, after considering the cost of a 335 and playing over the years, seeing and trying the Epi dot deluxe, it was a no brainer. I could not justify spending $3 grand today. I bought it online from GC last month after testing them at my local GC. I was blown away with the fit and finish of the Epi, the quality of the workmanship was good. Having it QC in the USA either is a result of quality issues in the past or to reduce returns or bad press or all the above. Others have stated issues with set up, etc. I closely checked out for buzzing, loose connections, smoothness of tuners, pot connections, toggle switch, inside the box. All was tight and finished. My issues are minor. Since the neck is not bounded, it is a little hard to see the white fret dots in lower light situations, same for the volume and tone knobs, it is hard to see the numbers. The volume pots cut off at 1 to 2 vs the Gibson has a smoother volume roll off. The pick ups are hotter to, so as you roll up the volume, it kicks in, especially if you have it plugged through an effect pedal. Since this is still new, I am getting use to trying to dial in the tone I want for different styles. Overall, the guitar for the money and Gibson's warranty backing is as good as it gets without the real deal.

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By William Harrison

from Clinton, Indiana

I have been playing guitar for over 50 years and have had many different makes of guitars. That includes Gibson and Fender. In fact, I still have a strat and jazz bass from Fender; plus a Takamine acoustic. I have found the Epiphone Dot Deluxe to be a great sounding, easy playing guitar for its price. I use it around the house for personal playing time and find it does better with fingerstyle than many, more expensive guitars that I have played. I did have it professionally setup right after buying it and putting on DR MT10 strings on it. Those things just made it better sounding. If a person is wanting a guitar and does not have a lot of money to spend on one I would heartily reccomend the Epiphone Dot Deluxe.

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6 years and going strong!

By gary foster

from cleveland ohio

I bought mine 6 years ago and I love it, the first thing I did when I got it was to take out all the electronics on the guitar and replace them, I put in a matched set of duncan 59's cts pots 500 volume and 250 tone, orange drop caps, and a bone nut. I set it up with a nice low action, it plays like a dream, I can pull out any tone I want on this guitar! If your on a budget and want a good guitar this is the one.

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Sooooo Sweet! Incredible tone!


from Warwick, RI

Many years ago, I owned a Gibson 335 and I've regretted selling it ever since I let it go. I must say, I believe this Epiphone product to be every much as good a guitar as my previous '78 Gibson. The flame maple top is gorgeous and the gold hardware perfectly compliments the look of this guitar. The one modification that I made was to add a TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece. Something I prefer, though not necessary. The tone of this instrument is second to none. It sustains for what seems like forever. The volume and tone pots are top shelf with a very linear increase or decrease when being adjusted. I would have rated the craftsmanship 6 stars if it were allowed. I've been playing guitars and basses for 50 years and am very impressed and pleased with this purchase. Worth every penny!

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