Epi Dot vs. Sheraton - build wise

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  1. IRG

    IRG Senior Member

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    I've been considering a Sheraton II for some time. But lately looking at the basic Dot as well. $200 difference in price (if ordering from Sweetwater).

    Obviously the Sheraton is a bit more ornate looking. But build wise, I'm not sure there's a difference, other than the Sheraton has a 3 piece neck - am I correct in assuming this might help reduce the neck from bowing?

    Also, I see MFriend has a 335 Pro model, that is $50 more, but has the updated probucker pickups in it, not sure if that's the only difference. Probably worth it for a few bucks more, and maybe not have to change the pickups.

    So, is the Sheraton worth it over the 335 Dot/Pro, or go with the Dot?

    I had been thinking of the 339Pro too, but I think I want the bigger size/traditional tone of the 335. Cheers.
     
  2. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I've owned the Sheridan and it was a great guitar that played nice and felt good.
     
  3. IRG

    IRG Senior Member

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    Never owned one, but I've picked up a couple of Sheratons at various GC's, and really did like the feel. Probably for the extra $200, the attention to detail on it is worth the upcharge over the Dot. I keep gassing for this model, I should just get it soon, lol.
     
  4. Victek

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    I played the 335 Pro and the Dot and eventually bought the Dot. I actually liked the feel of the neck on the Dot better. The 335 Pro has "coil splitting", block inlays and vintage tuners - none of those features were important to me and I couldn't hear a significant difference between the pickups either. I suggest playing them both locally so you can feel what they're like. You can't go wrong with either guitar though. Regarding the Sheraton I haven't played it and can't say how it compares to the Dot and 335 Pro. Hope that helps :)
     
  5. Bytor1958

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    I have a Cherry Dot. Love the tone. They didn't have the ES335 Pro out when I bought mine. If they did I'd have gotten a Pro. Never been into the fancy head stocks of the Sheraton.
     
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    I do like the Dot too, simpler looks. Ive always wanted the Cherry color one too, which doesn't come on the Sheraton. Cheaper as well. We'll see...
     
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    I think they can vary from guitar to guitar, gc is blowing out new sheratons in blonde for $419, I think it might be in store only. I was going to grab one but found a used es339 pro that I really liked.
     
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  10. old mark

    old mark Senior Member

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    I had 2 Dots, still have one of them...Had as '99 MIK Ebony beauty, very solid and a great player...then I found a 2010 Chinese Dot, Natural...it had a repaired neck crack, and was dirt cheap...and it has Gibson 490 pups, same as my LP Special...so I bough that one, too. Different feel from the Korean Dot, but not worse or better, just different. I found NO factory issues or faults with either one, and eventually sold the Korean ebony Dot to a friend for his daughter. I have played Gibson 335's and have handled several Sheritons made in various places and years. I think the Gibson 335 is a better guitar, but not $3000 better. The Sheri is a better looking guitar, but I don't think it's a better player. The Dot can be set up for ANY style, and it is a great, versatile and comfortable guitar to play.

    I have 3 Epi hollow & semi hollow body guitars- the 2010 Dot, a 2012 Epi Casino Elitist, and a 2013 Riviera P93 Custom - and ALL of them are first rate instruments.

    IMO, it all comes down to your personal preference...and I like the plain jane, simple Dot. I even took the PG off mine.

    Here it is...

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  11. kevinpaul

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    I have been looking for an Epiphone 335 and played near all models they make. I love the Dot, I am not buying a life time piece of furniture to pass on. I want a low price hollow body and the Dot fits the need. They all sound great, some a bit more pretty than the next. My Gibson 335 is just for recording, no more gigs or harms way for it.
     
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    Hi Old Mark, I agree with you. Most all new are Chinese made and pretty good. I need to keep the price down to a roar, the Dot does it all.
     
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  13. old mark

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    I would NEVER take one of my big money Gibsons - even my Elitist Casino to play in a bar.

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    That alone should be enough to go with the Dot.

    I think that you are correct that you are only paying for more ornamentation on the Sheraton.

    I own a 90's Sheraton. Great guitar, MIK. If I didn't already own it, I would buy a Dot. I would buy the base model in anticipation of doing a wiring harness and pickups if I really bonded with the guitar.

    I did pickups and a harness in my Sheraton and I would dare anyone to tell it from a Gibson 335 in a sound test.
     
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    I played a used Dot at GC a few weeks ago and loved it. The guitar was only $199. 00, I would have bought it but the bills form the holidays were coming in. They always have one I was told. I would love to find a made in Korea Dot.
     
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    I have a Dot and can EQ my Fender Mustang 1 amp and get it to sound like a Gibson. It's all stock too. Tone can come from the amp as much as the guitar.
     
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    I don't find all that much difference, at least not that I would hold off just waiting to find a Korean-made Dot. The newer - maybe the last 5 years or so - Chinese Epiphones are just SO good, IMO they are as good or better than the '90's MIK's.

    Save your money and find one that feels and sounds good to you and don't worry too much about where it came from...That might have been important at one time, but no more.


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  18. Southpaw 68

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    I love my Sheraton!
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    Unfortunately I don't have a Dot to compare it to.
     
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    Ditto. Mine is blonde. I like it so much I keep thinking maybe I should spend the bucks to get a Gibson. Then reality sets in. If "I like it so much," why look elsewhere? GAS is a hard thing to cure. :)
     
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    True enough. I think pickups are far less important in the modeling equation. I have a Mustang I, also, which I love for home practice and traveling.

    I would have left my Sheraton alone as it sounded "good enough" as is. But the stock harness was literally crumbling and repairing it was becoming a huge pain in the ass, so I cured that with a new "improved" one. :)

    And I took that opportunity to install a pair of 57 Classics at the same time. No regrets.
     
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