Along with yesterday’s announcement by Epiphone of their new Blues Custom 30 tube amp comes word of another new piece of highly affordable equipment – the DOT Studio Hollowbody… yep, an ES-335 for the rest of us!
Like its famous predecessor, the classic Gibson ES-335, the DOT Studio is half way between a solid-body and a full hollowbody, and as such it is said to carry much of the same tone, sustain and feel as the original.
Among other things the DOT Studio features a pair of opencoil Alnico-V humbuckers, simplified controls (single volume & tone knobs,) 3-way pickup switching, black hardware, a 24 3/4-inch scale length, and four unique finishes: Worn Sunburst, Worn Cherry, Black, and Alpine White.
Ironically, the DOT Studio is devoid of the very thing that gave the ES-335 its “Dot” nickname – the fingerboard has no inlays at all.
According to Epiphone the DOT Studio will list at just $499.