NGD: Epiphone Dot

Strigidae

I like owls.
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At summer NAMM 2018 Epiphone announced their own version of the fantastic Aquamarine colour Gibson used on one of the 2018 ES-335s but now on the Dot. When looking at ES-335s, initially I wanted to go for said Gibson but I've since then realized that by the time I'll be able to afford one, the Aquamarine will long since have gone out of production (it already has since it didn't return with the '19 range). So while I keep saving up for a more expensive guitar (got three models in mind) I thought I'd go for the Epiphone version so I have some version of that colour.

The last couple of days I noticed some stores slashing the prices of this "limited edition" (should probably say limited time) Dot so I figured it would disappear after the next summer NAMM or earlier. At the new price I decided to not put it on hold any longer and ordered it online. I did try it out beforehand just to be sure I'd get along with the toothpick neck entry level guitars get these days. It was very similar to the 60's D slim taper neck of my Explorer so I thought it would be fine. Anyway, here's the Epiphone Dot Deluxe Aquamarine in a few angles and variations of light:













Of course, it's not the Gibson. It's a somewhat poorly matched veneer with a vaguely similar version of the original colour but I still really like the look. I did a setup as well as changed the strings to a set of Elixir Optiweb that I had never tried before and it just feels fantastic to play. Definitely enough to cure my G.A.S. for the ES-335 on my way to afford one. :D

Edit:
Had some fun doing a poor demo of it:
 
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Strigidae

I like owls.
#4
That colour looks amazing!!
The poorly matched veneer is a shame but like you say the look is great. for an ES-335 replacement I'd absolutely go for it.
Yeah, I've been lucky in the past with the veneer/grain lottery so i was kind of prepared for this one. I thought the flame would be underwhelming and on one half only so I got pleasantly surprised when the bottom half looked as good as it did, I think that's why I'm not really bothered by it; It is what it is. :D
 

bad alice

Easily distracted and...OHLOOKAGUITAR!!!
#10
God, that’s lush!
What a beautiful guitar and, as ever, some top notch photography too.
Delighted for you @Strigidae
And owning a semi hollow/hollow body is such a fantastic addition to any collection...
HNEDD!
:)
 
#11
God, that’s lush!
What a beautiful guitar and, as ever, some top notch photography too.
Delighted for you @Strigidae
And owning a semi hollow/hollow body is such a fantastic addition to any collection...
HNEDD!
:)
Thank you! One of the best things about getting new guitars in the spring/summer is to be able to shoot them outside in natural light, will never get tired of it. :D With the little experience I have of semi hollow/hollow bodies I'd sign on to that statement; I might not play any different with one but it feels like a completely different thing, great inspirational tool. :cloud9:
 

bad alice

Easily distracted and...OHLOOKAGUITAR!!!
#12
Thank you! One of the best things about getting new guitars in the spring/summer is to be able to shoot them outside in natural light, will never get tired of it. :D With the little experience I have of semi hollow/hollow bodies I'd sign on to that statement; I might not play any different with one but it feels like a completely different thing, great inspirational tool. :cloud9:
I completely agree!
And I feel exactly the same way about my Casino.
One of my main reasons for wanting to own a variety of different model guitars is precisely this
When I get stuck for ideas for a song on one guitar picking up a completely different feeling one is often a really efficient way to find new inspiration...
:)
 
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