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Personally, I've only played the Gibson version (but only for a few minutes). But out of my experience with it, it was a really cool guitar. It was a very nice and warm tone and when played acoustically it was pretty loud.


But if you're going to buy a Semi-Hollow Body, maybe the Dot would be the better choice (at least for now). Those are excellent guitars and you'll definitely get your money's worth out of it.

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I just bought one. I hope I like it.


The model just seemed to get my attention lately.

I’m surprised Epiphone has not stopped production on this model or have it a Limited Edition.

I wanted an ES-type guitar to replace the Gibson 335 I once had. The Studio-Dot's i've seen were all too heavy.

The std Epi Dot is ok. A Casino is more expensive and I’ve already got a Gibson P90 guitar.

The ES333 has edge binding on the neck.


I'm hoping I’ll like the guitar, my first racing-stripe guitar.

And a Big thing, the tone, I hope the Gibson pick-up sounds rocking.

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Although most of my electrics are two-pup HB designs, solid, semi and full-size hollow archtops, I also have three archtops with just one pup.


The single pup - depending on where it's mounted and controls - can do a pretty doggone good job of getting a tonal range, although there's no question it's not the same as the potential of two pups.


OTOH, most jazz guys tend to play just the neck pup anyway, even on two-pup boxes.


I played a single pup archtop for a cupla years with a country-rock trio in the '70s. Since I was never looking for a "telecaster" tone, it always seemed to do well enough for what I was doing. That ranged from CCR to Chuck Berry to Hank Williams to... generalized 50s and 60s "Country standards."


Again, it ain't gonna emulate a Tele.


I think actually that it's something of a different mind set more than anything. Some of the tone differences from the same guitar will come actually more from the player's technique since turning dials don't do the same as on a two-three pup machine.


I never felt limited by the guitar...



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I'd like it if the Pickup was in the rhythm position, or adding a pup, or moving it, and adding a trapozde tailpiece. I'm exploring my new modeling-amp to vary the sounds. Those amps have plenty of features.


Blue, you have a good point, and I do agree - a one pup guitar. I own other guitars, and prefer the using neck pickups most. Think of it this way, when your playing guitar, it's usually one tone per song, with some adjust, unless you got some dynamic song where your all over the place. Secondly, one great sounding pup (Gibson), may always be better than a 2 pups (Epi-Dot), just saying.


Question: Are three pickup guitars better, if all pups sounds bad? My old Gibson ES335 sounded great on the treble pickup alone, probably better than any other guitar I ever owned. I'm trying to get that experience back, by buying this guitar, to replace one I once owned.

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ES-333 TD Review,


I like it.

The white neck edge binding,

The clear wood on the back of the neck, smooth, silky feeling.

The Gibson Dirty-Fingers pickup is not distorted as it sounds.

You can get clean, clear, loud tones, with big low end, and high tones to the pup.

The volume control almost acts as a tone control on cleaner tones;

by rolling it down, it rolls off the highs.

That Gibson pickup makes the guitar.


Also I've been using the amp as the tone control, Peavey VIPII

I think it's an alternative to someone looking at an Epiphone Dot.

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