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price paid : £280, bargain!
this guitar is lovely, its great to play, sounds amazing - for a lot of styles too. Ok it may not be the best guitar around ut for the price I am VERY happy. The neck is very fast and it came set up straight out of the box.
Just because it says epiphone on it doesn't mean it isn't quality.
The body is semi-hollow and made from maple, mine is ebony with a lovely cream binding. Being a semi-hollow gives this guitar such a nice tone, and it is very light for an arch-top guitar!
The fretboard is rosewood with white pearloid dot inlays, the neck also has binding which is ebony. The frets are really wide so gives you lots of space for adding style in your notes.
Other hardware includes grover tuners, tune-o-matic stop tailed design bridge, two chrome covered humbuker pickups with alcino coil magnets (black plastic mounts), chrome strap buttons and a tone and volume knob for each pickup. The hardware that this guitar comes with is of a very good quality and i would be surprised if any of it ever let me down.
The only problem with this guitar is it has no back plate, and this was a massive problem when my jack connector became lose and fell inside the guitars body! I managed to get it out but it would be nice to have a back plate for easy access to the electronics of the guitar.
Overall this is a good guitar for any player, but please please always try out a guitar before you buy it as a lot of it comes down to personal taste.
I have my Gibson ES335 dot in cherry since 1982. What a glistening instrument! Very playable with very low action. I used a set of light gauge 10's and could play effortlessly for hours. AND, as an added bonus, the 335 is very light in weight as compared to a smaller bodied Les Paul custom which I also own. The pearloid inlaid marks the guitar out as the DOT, a befitting pat name for a lady friend? The 3-way selector switch on the top left of the body is conveniently located. The chrome humbuckers x 2 are height adjustable to meet with the most demanding player. The sound? suffice it to say depending on your amp. I play it through a Marshall 8080 valvestate combo. With all settings at neutral you could hear the DOT meow as you push the B string pass the G! yet clear as a bell you will ascertain the sustain. What a player! The semi-acoustic body gives impromptu access to heavenly sound with or without amplification. My friend, this is a hell of instrument for a small sum of investment. You should find it available in large or small retailers around £1600 (inclusing brown leatherette case), if you are prepared to look around and settle for 2nd hand beauties - unfortunately you could not find it much cheaper. Unless, of course those guitars that have been abused or poorly attended. A very worthwhile instrument and heirloom perhaps? I rate it 9.5 out of 10.