Epiphone's DOT Studio brings new looks, new functionality and new affordability to Epi's wide array of semi-hollowbody electric guitars. Bold new finish colors, ranging from hot Tomato to cool Ice Blue, give the new model its own distinctive flair, and the simplified electronics - just a single tone and single volume control - make for easier sound management.

"The DOT takes on a completely new identity with the Epiphone DOT Studio," said company president Jim "Epi" Rosenberg. "To many players, the Studio's cooler finishes and more efficient electronics make it an upgraded DOT, yet the Studio is even more affordable."

The trademark DOT design, named for the pearl dot fingerboard markers on early models, was invented by Gibson in 1958 to meld traditional features of hollowbody electrics with the performance of a solidbody. The thinbody, double-cutaway style was adopted by such legendary Epiphones of the 1960s as the Riviera and Sheraton. The DOT style reached a broad new audience when the Epiphone DOT debuted in 1996, and Epi's new DOT Studio expands on the DOT's ever-growing appeal.

The Epiphone DOT Studio features black or white body binding, black hardware, no fingerboard inlay, die-cast machine heads and open-coil Alnico-V humbucking pickups (with a HOT pickup in bridge position). It is available in Alpine White, Black, Lemon, Tomato, Ice Blue and Dolphin Gray finish. MSRP: $499

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