Some thoughts in the Epiphone Dot...
I bought a used Epi Dot recently, one of the last guitars sold-or at least delivered- by Daddy's Junky Music before they went into bankruptcy in October.
I got it on a "blowout" sale for $311, with a hard shell case (which I never got, Daddy's....)
Mine is the black (Ebony), turns out it's a 2002 and made in Korea. It is a superb guitar, and I'm not saying "for the money".
I LOVE the playability and the neck and the tones of this thing-it is very capable of playing any type of music I can play, from country and rock n roll through blues to almost-jazz...I'm sure you could play more stuff on it, but that's pretty much all I play. Its is relatively light compared to a LP, and the "big" body style is comfortable...and you can wear it low like a guitar slinger or however you want it-it is a comfortable guitar.
People say the Dot is "not as good" as a Gibson 335, but I think of it as a different guitar, a thing unto itself, and even if it really IS "not as good", it is about 1/10th the price, and it is damn close to a 335. The few 335's that I have played in the past are so very close to this Dot I would really not worry about the difference...the Gibsons may be a bit heavier and have s slightly different tone, but I think if you wanted to install Gibson pups, you could make the tone impossibly close. I'm more than happy with the tone of the Epi pups as they are.
I recommend anyone looking for a semi hollow body guitar to play a few Dots...maybe just play a few and see what they are all about and you will BECOME interested in them.
I'm already thinking about getting another one.
(DADDY'S. JUST SEND ME THE DAMN CASE AND I WILL DROP THE COMPLAINT!!!!!)
"There are a million ways to play guitar"...Les Paul