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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar  Wine Red 

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The warm, clear tone of the Riviera electric guitar makes it a perfect instrument for jazz, blues, or country. Its semi-hollow body is crafted of lam...Read More

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The warm, clear tone of the Riviera electric guitar makes it a perfect instrument for jazz, blues, or country. Its semi-hollow body is crafted of laminated maple. A set mahogany C-shaped neck provides sustain and playing comfort. The 3 Alnico V P-90s produce a fatter, warmer single-coil tone for extra sass while a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece delivers the twang that has been a favorite for decades.
Pickup switching
Up: neck-middle
Center: neck-middle-bridge
Down: middle-bridge
Individual volume controls let you isolate each P-90.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

A classic design, beautifully crafted.

FEATURES
  • Body Wood: Laminated Maple
  • Top wood: Laminated Maple
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: Glued In
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12"
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby
  • Pickups: 3 Alnico-V P-90 dog-ear single-coil
  • Controls: Bridge Volume, Middle Volume, Neck Volume , Master Tone
  • Pickup selector: 3-way Toggle
  • Tuners: Wilkinson 14:1
  • Hardware: Gold (wine red) or nickel (goldtop)

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Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar

  • Pickup switching
    Up: neck-middle
    Center: neck-middle-bridge
    Donw: middle-bridge
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 106 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (27)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Flat sound (4)
  • Poor pick up (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Jamming (19)
  • Recording (14)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Clean it, Tune it, Enjoy it!

I'm giving it an overall 10 simply because it has that rare combination of great looks, very good tone, and wonderful price. As noted, if you want something that will sound great for...Read complete review

I'm giving it an overall 10 simply because it has that rare combination of great looks, very good tone, and wonderful price. As noted, if you want something that will sound great for jazz and blues, especially anything like Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, or BB King, then this is the guitar to buy. I'm not a big country player, but I can sure see this one fitting into country really well, too. As for rock, I'd stick with this one for classic rock, especially with songs from the mid-60s through late 70s. As I noted, I cranked this baby up to play Takin' Care of Business and was shocked at how quickly I found the perfect sound (playing through a Spider amp at fairly clean settings). I have also been able to quickly emulate a lot of great Les Paul sounds with this guitar. I'll stay away from the Strat sound, but for that I have a Strat anyway. As it sits, with the group I play with I'll take my Strat and this guitar to 90% or more of the gigs, and I'll likely play this guitar for a good 50% of what we do. It has that much versatility and overall sound quality that I can use it for a lot of different songs and different sounds.
Everything I write is based on the fact that this is a cheaper guitar, and that's a very good thing. So let's start with features. The three P93 pickups are much better than I expected. This is my 3rd Epiphone semi-hollow body guitar, and so far it is clearly my favorite. The reason is the pickups. They give me so much more expression and tonal quality than my prior models (Dot and Sheraton II). Both prior models are good, but the addition of this 3rd pickup really seems to offer me more in the way of style choices. This is especially important since I wanted to make clear changes between styles of music I was playing. With the P93 options I can easily go from a late 70s era pulsing-rock (Taking Care of Business sounds better than on any other guitar I've every heard) to the warm tones of Jazz and Blues. Add to this the tremolo and overall good looks to see why this has quickly become one of my favorite guitars.

The neck design is my second favorite thing about this guitar. I've grown accustomed to the slightly wider neck of my Taylor acoustic, so finding a similar feel in an electric was important. Since I'm a bigger guy the wider neck also gives me a bit more room to move around the neck and still get quality tones. Again, the money issue is very important, and if I had the money to buy a really nice Gibson then I probably would. But given that I needed to stay affordable this is the perfect option for size, playability, and tone.

Finally, when it comes to features the overall look of the guitar is a big plus as well. I chose the Cherry finish and it is stunning. The offset of gold hardware and tailpiece make this that much better looking. The first day I took it to jam with some friends at a local watering hole and I had just about everyone commenting on how great the guitar looks. I also know that Epiphone guitars typically hold up pretty well to use, and I have do doubt this guitar will be the same.
Two things keep me from giving this guitar a 10 for quality. The first are the knobs. I don't know why, but most of the Rivieras that I've looked at had the same oddity on the knobs. They look okay, but they wobble. It's almost as if the plastic part is not fitted very well to the metal potentiometer underneath. Not quite lose, mind you, but just not on straight. It's almost as if the inside of the actual knob is routed 1/32nd of an inch too big for the shaft underneath; then it was glued in place by a 7th grade shop student.

The second thing is the dang "E" on the pickguard. That is one UGLY plastic add-on for such a beautiful guitar. My Sheraton had the same gawdy stick-on piece on the pick guard. Fortunately, you can easily remove the darn thing. The guitar looks 100% better with it off. It's not as if someone would not see the "E" on the cover for the truss bar on the headstock. That's fairly decently done. And it's not just the Epiphone trademark symbol tha makes it ugly. It is the actual stick-on that is used. It looks cheap and doesn't add anything to the guitar.

Other folks have noted a few problems, but so far I haven't. The quality is good enough that I was able to start playing some great music within minutes after unpacking. Take the time to clean the guitar, though. Use a good cleaner. There is a residue on the neck (and I assume other spots as well), so if you don't clean it you'll end up with dirty fingers really quickly. My guess is this residue is some type of moisture barrier for the packinging. Once

Tuning the guitar was quick and easy. The tuning heads allowed for precise tuning and the instrument stayed in tune for a surprisingly long time. I expected that it would fall out of tune quickly (new strings, new guitar, etc.), but it didn't. In fact, I only made minor modifications during the first hour or so of playing. Later, when I came back the next day, the guitar was still moderately well tuned. After a couple days the strings and neck were in place and it has maintained very good tune even with extended playing time.

I dumped the included chord right away and used my wireless system. There was no discernable noise or hiss, which a few others had complained about. The connections all seem sturdy, and the overall quality of the instrument is high enough that I think it will hold together well while on stage or when practicing. I can see getting many years of enjoyment from this instrument.
I'd rate this as "moderate" to "exceptional" in overall value. In part because the price is just so dang low. I've played $1500 Less Paul and Stratocasters that didn't feel or play as good as this instrument. The ONLY semi-hollow that I've played that I liked better was an ES335 Gibson, but the price was also much higher.

Among mid-price market guitars ($500 to $900 range), I'd say this is does exceptionally well. Compared to lower price (especially hollow body or semi-hollow body) guitars then this is surely an exceptional guitar. In fact, I'm not sure you can find a simarly priced guitar that will be better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great after whipping it into shape

im a luthier on the side and have experience building and repairing guitars so the minute i got this guitar out of the box i set it up just like i wanted it so be...Read complete review

im a luthier on the side and have experience building and repairing guitars so the minute i got this guitar out of the box i set it up just like i wanted it so be prepared to do the same. the truss rod needed to be tightened and action lowered but most importantly the intonation is terrible. the A string will not intonate at all with the bridge in the location it is, it is still about a quarter step flat at the 12th fret. hopefully when i put a roller bridge in it it will have more room to intonate it accurately.

im already planning on rewinding the pickups myself so i have some nice custom ones because the stock ones are very bland and muddy.

the bigsby is the only part that i really enjoy so far but without a roller bridge it still offers some tuning issues itself.

i also had a slight cosmetic flaw where the fretboard meets the top, some cracking in the laquer. also the pickup covers were not fitted right with the pickguard, by this i mean the pickguard prevented the covers from sitting flush as intended and required some adjusting.

i would definitely buy this guitar from a store so that you know what your paying for.

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3.0

Good Guitar poor pickups

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up

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    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

    When I saw this guitar in the store the pickups were installed incorrectly and actually touched the strings. They had spacers beneath them so I removed the pickups, sanded down the spacers to resize the heights and reinstalled. I love the way it plays, as it has a very solid 335 feel, but the tone is just so-so. I have been fighting the tone for a couple of years now, and have finally decided to replace the pickups with Gibson, Seymour Duncan, or some other P90's.
    The stock pickups have no pop, lack high end definition, and have a very muddy bottom. Plus when playing in pairs, i.e. bridge-middle and middle-neck, they do not get that expected phase difference you need to sweeten the tone. Like a Strat does. It's just not there. Even with my amps on overdrive they fail to drive and punch, lack clarity and just totally disappoint. To sum it up they just are not very good. I have other guitars with Gibson P90's and they sound so good I don't want to put them down once I start playing them. But the pickups in the P93 just cannot hold my interest for very long.
    However, overall the workmanship of the guitar is very good. The finish was flawless, joining excellent, and though the tuners are inexpensive Kluson knock-offs they stay in tune very well. I am an aggressive bender and I have not been able to pull the guitar out of tune. So, the guitar merits spending the cash to replace the pickups with Gibson, Seymour Duncans, or some other higher end equivalent pickup to bring out the tone.
    It looks cool, plays great, and just needs a little help with the tone. But it will be worth it.

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    4.0

    A beautifull semi-hollow guitar all around

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    from Minneapolis, MN

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Stunning Looks

    Cons

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        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this for I wanted a semi-hollow body guitar with p-90 tone for home recording and occasional performance. Greats looks and smooth playing. It needed a little setup attention, but doesn't any foreign made guitar coming out of a box? The tone is first rate and met all my expectations. The triple pickup setup and tone controls are unusual and need to be experimented with to get the best results. How it works: There are three independent volumes, one per pickup, plus one tone control. The three-way selector switches as on a two pickup guitar, with bridge, both, and neck pickups selected. The middle pickup is engaged only by its own independent volume control and can be added to any of the three selector positions. The middle pickup also has its coil reversed so dialing it up adds both mid-tone and hum-canceling in two of the three switch positions. The bridge and middle PU combo makes for a sweet and quiet clean tone. You can use the middle pickup alone only by turning the other two volume controls all the way down. So quirky it is, but there are nice sounds to be had. Its best feature is the stunning looks. The deep burgundy color and gold hardware is just beautiful.

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        1.0

        Too good to be true

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        from Iowa

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          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • School Bands

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

          I took a chance on this guitar because of the price. It was a scratch and dent guitar that was described as having light playing wear.
          Upon receiving the guitar I inspected it and was very impressed with its overall look. I really could not see anything wrong with it scratches or otherwise. I felt a ridge in the neck towards the head stock and flipped it over to look and there were two parallel cracks going down and away from the headstock in the neck. I looked at the top front of the headstock there of course a chip in the finish. Don't know for sure but it looked like somebody let this guitar fall out its stand and cracked the neck in doing so. Don't know for sure either but it did look wear the cracks were some one had taken a very fine- 600 sand paper and tried sanding the cracks little bit.

          I plugged it in just to see how the p-90s sounded and in addition to the neck being cracked the pickups head been wired incorrectly. When using the volume/ tone controls 3 out of 4 could be used to independently control the bridge and middle pickup.

          I called musician friend the next day to get my return shipping info. The call took an hour mainly because I was on hold while they tried to find me an alternative. I will say this the person I talked to seemed to genuinely want to help but in the end their solution was to give me twenty five paperbacks towards another guitar. That's less than 10% off which I if I just wait for one of the 100 emails I get a week I can match or beat.

          Not impressed- but amazed they would resell this guitar

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          5.0

          Exceptional guitar, do not hesitate to buy one!

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          from Bangor, Maine

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

            After reading previous reviews about other instruments, not Epiphone in particular, I was concerned about the workmanship, but could not find one flaw. The setup was very playable considering the thousands of these instruments sold to people with varying preferences, they did a fine job finding a mid point from which to tweak to ones personal preference. Fun to play, great sound and very easy on the eyes!

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            4.0

            Bought this one used

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            from Memphis

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

              I bought this one used and was a little hesitant. but Lets be fair its a affordable or less guitar.
              I plugged it in and t was clear it had potential. I did change the tuners to the 335 tuners. That made a world of difference. Then I messed with the bridge. Got it where I wanted it. The configuration of the pickups took a little bit of getting used too. but I got her making those blues sounds. For me it is a great little guitar. I wouldn't even change the pick ups. If your thinking about buying one don't worry it will do you right. jus play it for a bit before you buy it. I am sure there are good ones and bad ones. that is why playing it first before you buy it is important. I would feel good on stage with this guitar.

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              2.0

              Bummer! Sound doesn't match looks!

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              from Michigan

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Neck Set Nicely
              • Nice finish

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Low Quality Electronics
              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

              I'm bummed!!! This is a pretty guitar and finish is nice, but the electronics are not very good. The volume controls had volume changes from 0-2, then 2-7, then7-10; the volume stayed constant in between the numbers. The tone control was probably worse; little to no change until about 7, then the same thru 10. I turned down the center pickup and switch back and forth from neck to bridge and there was very little change between the two. The pickups look like toys with the plastic covers (and basically are). Now the neck was set right in the middle of the specs for action and relief and felt pretty good. The finish was really nice. If I paid….less for this guitar, I would consider upgrading the electronics because I love the looks and the neck is good, but the sound is just not good enough to justify paying new guitar cost. Unfortunately, it's going back.

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              5.0

              P90 heaven! Beautiful guitar great price

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              from KY

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Love it
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

                I was given this by a good friend and love it! I have a Les Paul, Strat, and others but this has been what I grab for a year. Love the P90's. Mine is beautiful and well made. If you like it buy it! I would recommend getting a Stringsaver for the Bigsby. It makes changing strings a breeze. Take less than half the time to change now.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

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                from quebec,canada

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

                  very happy this buy

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                  5.0

                  A warm sunset on the soul's horizon.

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                  from Eugene, OR

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                  Pros

                  • Beautifully Constructed
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • GREAT sound
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Doesn't Hold Tune Long

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Show Stopper

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

                  Bought this for my girlfriend and she loves it. Not only does it look stunning but the sound is great. The strings are still new so the tune doesn't hold for long. But it's still really solid. You'll have to devote some time in testing out all the effects and adjustments.

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                  4.0

                  Great guitar!!!

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                  from Bronx, NY

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • Pus Are A Little Nosey

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

                  This is one beautiful instrument. Epiphone pulled out all the stops on this one. The guitar came in perfect condition, played it right out the box and the setup was decent. Played it through my Vox Pathfinder practice amp and was totally blown away by the sound and playability, and that was with the factory strings on it. After I changed the strings to Elixir 10 gauge I couldn't put 'er down! The pickups sit on top of the body so you can't adjust the pickup height, the Bigsby Tremolo works just fine. The thing to note is that there are three volume knobs and one tone knob. When the center pickup is on you tend to get a flat sound for the clean stuff, but when you roll it down or off you can get a cleaner tone for playing chords with the right blend of brightness for clarity. I was amazed how it sounded through my multi-effects processor. The pickups bring out some really nice tones without the unwanted feedback. After checking it out for almost a week I decided to keep it so I just ordered a nice shell case for it. This one is definitely a keeper. Do yourself a favor. This guitar is a must have for any player's collection, especially at this price!

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