I recently bought an Epiphone Dot, made at the Quingdao Plant. A very well made guitar, not only in regard to the price point, but in general - and a pleasure to play. I like the neck profile a lot.
What surprised me most were the pickups - they are actually pretty good. I used to have two gibson SG models in the past, one with the 490 R and T, the other with a Classic 57 (neck) and a Dirty Fingers (bridge). At that time I compared them both to an Korean 2002 Epi SG which belonged to a friend. And to be honest - I liked the guitar, but the pickups sounded muddy and liveless to me compared