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Hammond101
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May 9th, 2012 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm playing a Dot Deluxe w/Parsons Street A5 PUs from StuMac.

I bought it as interum piece until I replace the ES-137 that like a dummy I sold. I still want the 137 but might just keep the Dot too. PUs and a set up made it a wonderful playing/sounding guitar. Nice flamey top but I'm not fond of gold hardware.

picnic
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Jersey Shore

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May 9th, 2012 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought the cherry Dot last fall. Lots of upgrades made it a great player. Blond Dot channels Dave Edmunds and blueburst Ibanez channels Jimmy Buffett

my current ineup

Twangmeister
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Top dog in a litter of mutts
May 19th, 2012 09:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I located my previous '04 MIK Dot in a local music store. I had traded it toward another another guitar nearly five years earlier. It had ended up being bought by the manager of a local guitar store who is a skilled guitar repairman and undergone fret leveling and crowining.

I heard it played by others and it sounded and played great. Last week I compared it to its replacement--a '09 MIC Dot, which sounds good but has the bigger neck profile of the newer models.

After comparing them head to head I preferred the sound and neck profile of the '04 and the tweaked fretwork makes it a fantastic player.

So I made a trade and I've got my old Dot back.

Hcochoa
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Saugerties NY

I love me some me!!
May 26th, 2012 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool.

For some reason... and i am not sure on the dates and countries....

But the Epis made in the mid 2000s were made better.

Atleast better than the early Epis and the Epis made in the late 2000s.

Once Epi opened their own plant, I think the quality got better.



Tony F

Long Island

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May 26th, 2012 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's mine, I have a maple pick guard on order for it.

mine

garp
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Connecticut USA

Stompin' on the avenue by Radio City
Jun 16th, 2012 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just spent half an hour noodling on my ‘00 MIK Deluxe. It’s really an impressive instrument — probably moreso in the hands of a competent player.

“If it makes you happy, it can ’t be that bad.”
   — Sheryl Crow (1996)

ndngary
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US / Florida

Below Me
Dec 29th, 2012 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Picked up an Epi dot 335 off CL yesterday, $150.00 with Epi hard case. A red 1997 with two minnor issues that took 20 min.to fix (dirty input jack and a loose pot) Pups measure 8.1 and 8.5. I've had two other 335 copies, but this one is hands down a winner. I should've taken the pups out when I changed the strings, I just assumed they were stock, but man they sound so good im wondering now. I gotta shout I CAN FIND NO FAULT WITH THIS 97 RED EPI.

Twangmeister
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Dec 29th, 2012 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats!

Sometimes the stock pickups can sound pretty good if they are set up right.

My 2004 sounded so-so to me the first time around but after it belonged to a repairman friend of mine for a few years I heard a big improvement in the pickup tone, so I bought it back.

I was certain that he had dropped in a new set of pickups and change the pots and caps. But all he had done was adjust the height of the stock ones.

Seven months later it still sounds good to my ears.

CheapShoes
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Midwest USA

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Dec 30th, 2012 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

In 2012 I bought two new ones: a maple bodied blond Dot Worn Studio, and a special edition Dot EB ES355 w/Bigsby. Both at clearance at our local GC. The pups on the 355 are keepers, but the worn studio bridge pup is very honky and brittle in an ugly way that the tone knob can't cure. I have a SD blues '59 set that will go in shortly. The neck on the blond worn studio is very chunky - me likey. Interestingly that the wood makeup is the opposite to the dark worn studios (maple body + mahogany neck vs. mahogany body + maple neck).

swampyankee
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olde New England

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Jan 16th, 2013 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just to bring this thread a bit more up to date.
I gotta tell you, these Epi Dots are not worth much on the used market. I have a '90's dark tobacco 'burst Dot I picked up on eBay several years ago and due to life-changes, haven't played it much. I sold off some of my higher value gear a few years ago and even tried to sell off the Dot, but for what I was offered, it wasn't worth selling.

Not that I care to get rid of it either. I bought this one because the color was unique and I really love the look. I truly like the tone and feel of it, and even A/B'd it against a "real" ES335 with favorable results (maybe my ears aren't all that discerning). So I guess I'll just hang on to it and when the dust settles, I'll have a nice guitar to pull out when I'm looking for that dark, humbucker tone.

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Jan 16th, 2013 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Epi is having some success with their 339 line now which looks somewhat similiar to the Dot.

edited to add link...

339

(This message was last edited by fendrguitplayr at 12:34 PM, Jan 16th, 2013)

Twangmeister
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Hoarder of instruments
Jan 21st, 2013 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I gotta tell you, these Epi Dots are not worth much on the used market."

Around here they keep a pretty good used price--usually close to $300.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Jan 21st, 2013 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

So, what is the difference between an Epi Dot and an Epi 335?

budg
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ohio

Home of the Goodyear blimp
Jan 21st, 2013 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Epi 335 Pro has neck binding and push/pull knobs to split the coils. As well as block inlays. Epi Dot has no binding ,Dot inlays and normal wiring.

CheapShoes
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Midwest USA

Ride, shoot straight, speak the truth
Jan 21st, 2013 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased the above Spc Ed 355 ebony late last year off the floor at GC. It came as-is but I noticed on-line that it was "supposed" to come with a brown tortise pickguard & mounting hardware. Though, there are no holes in the guitar for mounting(?). I tried GC but gave up on the run around. So I could write Epiphone or just order one from one of our sponsors - but my question is this: do I need one? Black is beautiful and I don't miss spoiling it with a brown tortoise guard. Though maybe gold might match the hardware. Does the body really need guarding from the plectrum? Will I regret not having a guard later?



picnic
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Jersey Shore

I like guitars and amps
Jan 21st, 2013 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the guards. Left them on both of mine. Easy place to hold your pick

Hcochoa

Saugerties NY

I love me some me!!
May 7th, 2014 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

who is still representing?

picnic
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GSP/A1A

I like guitars and amps
May 7th, 2014 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I sold one, but still play the blonde with Duncan 59's, Sperzels, Gotoh's, and some other upgrades. Peegoo played it at a ClamFest and said it was dialed in to his liking.

I like channeling Buffett and Edmonds with it

Twangmeister
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Hoarder of instruments
May 7th, 2014 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

My red '04 gets play time.

And the blonde '09 that replaced 'Ol Red recently got a new home before I felt sentimental and bought it back.

Paul L
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New Jersey, USA

It looks just like a Telefunken U-47!
May 7th, 2014 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Considering a Dot, but I also like the Epi 339.

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