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  1. Here is the info page for the Dot on the Epiphone site: http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Archtop/Dot.aspx I've owned a Dot. I liked the neck and it had some volume unplugged as well as a good sound through my amp. It's a very respectable & affordable ES335 style guitar IMHO. Was there something specific you're wanting to learn about it?
  2. A good strap is a good upgrade As for adding coil splitting you would probably have to change the pickups. I would try a guitar that has coil splitting first to see if you like the effect. I have two guitars with that feature and never use it.
  3. I like the look of the Explorer and also the RD which has been announced. Unfortunately it's not clear when they will become available.
  4. I like the look of the Explorer. By the way, does anyone know about how long it takes for Epiphone to bring new guitars to market after they are announced? They announced a couple of new Lee Malia Custom Artisan models (Explorer and RD) months ago and they're still not available.
  5. The Epiphone ES335 Pro guitars are still available from AMS (American Music Supply) and Musician's Friend https://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-EPI-ET3P-EBNH3-LIST http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-limited-edition-es-335-pro-electric-guitar I prefer the ES335 over the Sheraton because the ES335 has nickel hardware which I believe ages better than the Sheraton's gold hardware. Also the Sheraton doesn't have fret markers past the 15th fret; that's a strange omission IMHO and (for me) makes playing on the upper frets more difficult. The Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers sound fine to me and there's a coil split option which some people might like. The ES335 is also more affordable.
  6. Regarding the Epi ES 335 Pro folks might be interested to know that Guitar Center has the Ebony and Natural finishes on sale at the moment for $349. After some calling around I was able to find one in Ebony yesterday. Even if you can't find one in stock at GC you may be able to get a price match from one of the other online retailers, such as Musicians Friend.
  7. Yes, the design of the SG makes it easy to play all the way up to the 22nd fret. It's not nearly so easy to play past the 16th fret on an LP. Of course some people, for instance Joe Bonamassa, play exceptionally well at the top of the LP fretboard so we know it can be done . You just have to decide whether or not it's worth the extra work for the look and the tone. As for the neck dive here's a discussion about moving the strap button to the end of the top horn. http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/showthread.php?219449-Moving-the-strap-button-on-an-SG
  8. Perhaps the marketing people are not being precise, but more importantly is it a feature that the OP cares about? I have a dual-humbucking PRS guitar with the coil split option and I never use it because I don't feel that it adds anything. It's possible that coil splitting/tapping can be implemented effectively to produce useful tones, but I haven't heard it yet on the "off the shelf" guitars I've played. That said it doesn't hurt to have it, but I wouldn't factor it in to a buying decision. Edit: Here's a discussion of splitting Vs tapping:
  9. Yes, these are nice guitars. I like the vintage tuners, inlays and binding. Don't know about the Custom Shop label. Someone else may be able to speak to that. HNGD!
  10. The Sheraton has ProBucker pickups and the ES 335 Pro has Classic Pro pickups. I don't know how much difference there is between them. The two guitars also have different neck profiles so you might want to play them to check that out. As for trim the Sheraton comes with gold hardware which looks great, but doesn't seem to hold up as well over time compared with the chrome hardware. Also Sheratons for some reason don't have neck inlays past the 15th fret. That can be remedied with a couple of decals, but it seems like an odd omission to me.
  11. I agree it's an important part of the "look". I wonder though why the frequensator was used in the first place since the Riviera is semi-hollow and doesn't need a tailpiece that attaches at the end of the body?
  12. Yeah, I feel this gets forgotten sometimes in these discussions about gear Regarding the OP's question he wasn't clear about what he meant; Did he mean would the Epi play or sound as good, and/or did he mean be worth as much for resale? We don't know. There's an Eric Clapton video on Youtube where he was asked about guitars and I smiled when he basically said (I paraphrase) "We just looked for ones with straight necks". I don't remember him saying anything about electronics or wood or tuners or bridges. He just played them and made them sound good. Of course if we all took that approach there would be a lot less to talk about and the retail market would be in the tank LOL
  13. By the way I'd like to change the pickguard and the tuners on my Coupe eventually. I fancy a black or tortoise shell guard and keystone (maybe green) tuners. Does anyone know a good source for these? Regarding the tuners in particular I'd like to try to find a "drop in" replacement to avoid drilling and hole-filling. I'm thinking that 339 parts might work, but haven't found much online so far. TIA
  14. Unplugged the Coupe has a lot more volume/resonance compared to the 339 (which has the center block). Can't say how they differ plugged in.
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