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- Guitarnoise Denizen
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I would be more inclined to go with an Ibanez or a used Aria, Washburn, or Yamaha from the eighties back when they were being made in Japan.
Personally, I'd go with one of the Artcore models.
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I played a Yamaha SA2200 a while back, which had a chunky neck, just like the Dot, but the rest was really on a par with a Gibson Es335 (at more than twice the price I might add - Yamaha <â‚¬1100, Gibson >â‚¬2200). The finishing on the Yamaha was immaculate, frets burnished like I've seen on no other guitar. I could probably get used to the Yamaha neck, but not the Epi fretboard.
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Hollowbodies can do a lot of different styles, the resonant bass in my Artcore is the defining aspect, so for that neck pickup, jazz, blues, latin, all sorts of rhythm playing. The tone will very rarely disagree too greatly with a song, but if you need a crisp, lead sound, the bridge pickup is also just as useful. Very great guitar. I do wonder about the labor used to make it though...
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I haven't experienced a Ibanez so cannot comment - but do not understand the comments earlier from other members, not my experience at all. Epiphone Dot hoghly recommended..
The the Dot is a good guitar, but the competition is fierce at this price point. The Ibanez Artcores are hard to beat for quality versus $$. I had to pick up some parts this weekend and stopped to check out the Artcores and compare them to Gibsons. Qualitywise they really do well, though there is a difference between nitro and poly finishes -- the poly that Ibanez uses is easier to apply. And the Gibsons do sound better acoustically (if that matters). But the Gibbies cost 6 to 10 time the Artcores.
(BTW, the guitars I really liked were the Gibson L5 and PRS McCarty Hollow. Man, that PRS was a dream. Some of the Gretches where cool too.)