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Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Riviera Deluxe Archtop Electric Guitar

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The Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Riviera Deluxe Archtop Electric Guitar with dual Classic 57 humbuckers is a joy to play in every way. The Jorma employs E...Click To Read More About This Product

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A big-toned box sweetly suited to blues, jazz, and roots music!

The Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Riviera Deluxe Archtop Electric Guitar with dual Classic 57 humbuckers is a joy to play in every way. The Jorma employs Epiphone's toneful 57 Classic Alnico V pickups, tweaked via the standard 2-volume/2-tone knobs with 3-way toggle. Plug the Jorma into your tube amp, crank the gain a little, add a taste of reverb, engage the bridge pickup, roll the tone off slightly, and get ready to be impressed! Built with a laminated, bound maple top, body, and neck, Bigsby trem, Vibrotone tailpiece, gold hardware, and inlaid dots.

  • Classic Alnico V pickups
  • 2-volume/2-tone knobs with 3-way toggle
  • Laminated, bound maple top, body, and neck
  • Vibrotone tailpiece
  • Bigsby temolo
  • Gold hardware
  • Inlaid dots

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Great guitar for the money.

By Jack Bakelaar

from Midland Park, NJ

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Have played many archtops... this one comes as close as you can to a Gibson.


Smoother than my Strat

By Extremus 1

from Lakeland, Florida

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The Epi plays well and seems smoother than my Fender Strat. I really like the sound of the humbuckers. It is easy to play right out of the box with little adjustment. The only problem is the stick-on E logo on the pick guard fell off within the first ten minutes I had it out of the box. Epiphone should upgrade the stick-on emblem.The guitar is great for the price and you won't be disappointed if you buy it.


Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Guitar

By Neck Shredder

from San Diego

Wow! Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Riviera, bright red and beautiful.I just left Repair Zone in San Diego, guitar shop and they had this guitar. I thought I would try it and wow! The action and sound was incredible? Hot Tuna was right!


best you can get.

By FatOldSun

from Seattle, WA

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i have been playing for some years now and this is by far my favourite guitar. i've compared it to gibson es-335s and les paul customs and they dont even come close. its great for the old stuff, much like an alvin lee custom and just an all around amazing guitar.


Kaukonen hot tuna !

By gr8guns!-StjYa

from Gray, TN

Smooth Playing, dot neck, Bigsby whammy, Mini humbuckers, and harmonics all over the neck. She was good to go right out of the box, except for the third fret kept rising out of the neck. I sent her back, and QUICK repair and return was the fix. I also learned that a Bigsby stlye tremolo needs a well lubed nut. I did have some issues with the whammy until my local luthier set me straight as to lubing the nut. This is a fine guitar for the money, but be aware you may have to tweak the truss, and intonate this guitar for it to be a killer. After I got mine settled in, it is a great guitar. At this price, it is a bargain.


Absolutely incredible sound!

By Dave-c_cVV

from Metuchen, NJ

Not only does this guitar look absolutely beautiful, it sounds incredible. In my opinion, it's better than a Gibson ES-335.


Bruce McIntyre

By Bruce MacIntyre

from Dallas TX

Look no further than the Epiphone J.K. Riviera Deluxe if you desire a great Gibson ES guitar. After a tip from a friend I searched high and low, and finally located one in Hollywood and should have bought it on the spot (I didn't want to chance it as checked baggage on my flight). The next one I located and played was in K.C. I demoed it through a Joe Satriani head and knew I was hooked. I now play it regularly through a Fender '67 Pro Reverb (among others) and the JK Riviera is just awesome. This isn't a cheap "copy"... the woods are correct (hey guys admit Gibson ES's are plywood)as are the parts. Gibson '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus (on the 2004 model) along with Grover tuners and an authorized Bigsby. The tone does NOT get better if you spend more for the Gibson name on your Headstock (I used to play an early 60's Gibson ES335). Like some songs, some guitars are simply great... The Epi J.K. Riviera Deluxe is one of the "greats". Please understand I have numerous other high end guitars and this one fits right in... without any hesitation. My advice is BUY IT NOW before someone at Gibson reads this and discontinues Epi's limited production of J.K.'s. By the way, Jorma, if you happen to read this, thanks for making some great music memories and also for twisting Gibson/Epiphone's arm to make your Signature ES. I'd still be stuck in my rut playing Strats/Pauls/PRS's, et al, if I had not checked out Jorma's signature Axe out of curiosity as I had not played a truly Great Gibson ES335/345 in years.


Really Impressed

By Padronman62

from SI, New York

This is my first hollow body guitar. I have a Les Paul Custom and Fender Strat. The neck is so fast and the action is awesome. I don't play as much as I use to, but this guitar makes me want to pick it up and play every day. For the price it is a steal. It sounds, feels and plays as well as my Gibson Les Paul. And it's a real looker, too!

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