A few years ago, I had a Chinese made Epiphone Dot which - for the price - was a very good guitar. Pickups weren't great, though, so I swapped them out for some Seymour Duncan Phat Cats. However, I eventually sold it as the sound was just a little too thin and the build felt a bit flimsy - resigning myself to the fact that I'd have to wait until I could afford a proper ES335 before my GAS for a semi-acoustic would be sated! However, after a recent success selling a Tele for a profit, I picked up this beauty on eBay: It's a 2001 Korean made Epi Dot and it was a bit of a punt but first impressions are that it's much more solidly built than my old Chinese one - feels heavier even - and sounds 'fuller' too, even with the stock pickups which I don't feel the need to change as they sound great. It also appears to have a mahogany neck? It's still not as good as my Gibson LP but if feels much closer and for some songs I actually prefer it to my R8! Not having the Chinese Dot to hand for a direct comparison, I could just be unfairly remembering it poorly. Does anyone know if there were fundamental differences in the woods, build technique or electronics when these guitars were built in Korea vs the current version built in China? Or is it just a case of I got lucky and landed a particular good one?!