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  • Body Wood: Laminated Maple
  • Top wood: Laminated Maple
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
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A classic design, beautifully crafted.

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.

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)

Play a classic. Order today.

 

Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Pickup switching
  • Up: neck-middle
  • Center: neck-middle-bridge
  • Donw: middle-bridge
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EpiphoneLimited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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    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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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By zmckinn

    from LittleRock

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        Can't stop looking at it

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        5.0

        Great player

        By wmill

        from Louisville, KY.

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        Plays great and it has a very unique set of P90 pickups that give a cross selection of sounds that are often hard to create. You wan't want to put it down once you get started.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        TONE MONSTER

        By Ben

        from Japan

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        Pros

        • Bigsby
        • Fat P90's
        • Sustain for days
        • Tone

        Cons

        • Not For Metal
        • Required Setup

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Classic Rock
        • Fusion
        • Jazz
        • Light Grunge

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        Very solid guitar. Highly recommended. Classic sound and sounds great though classic tube amps. Really nails an early AC/DC sound but can also a Chet Atkins vibe. The trem is awesome and does not put the guitar out of tune (NOTE: I installed a roller bridge. Stock results may differ.)

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great for the money

        By guitar collector

        from illinois

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

          beautiful guitar, sounds really good, especially for the money. pleasantly surprised.

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          (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works as Advertised

          By Manny

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poorly Cut Nut
          • Tarnished Tuners

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

          I really like the guitar. Here's why - it's beautiful, everything works as advertised - pickups are fine as is (for those that need "better pups" go ahead and replace them). All controls were fitted correctly, everything was tight and intonation was fine. Strings were set up a bit high for me but that was simply a matter of lowering the bridge. I was recording directly into my PC - no problems with noise. Love the bigsby.
          The only issues I found are these - 1) the nut was poorly made - the D string is a bit higher than it should be. I will try to correct that myself - if I botch the job I will take to someone to replace the nut and 2) the tuning machines looked older than the rest of the hardware - a bit tarnished.
          It was surprisingly heavy - not that this is problem, just something I hadn't expected.
          It's a welcome addition to my Fenders and it reminds me a bit of my long gone Gibson ES330 (which I simply could not afford to buy).
          I would buy this again for sure. Once the nut is sorted out it could become my favorite guitar.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Epiphone Riviera

          By cowboy ken jr

          from Cordova,TN.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

            I got the wine red Riviera.Very good looking with the full rich sound I was looking for in an electric guitar.The action was a bit high for my taste,but an easy fix by just lowering the bridge via the adjustment screws.The volume and tone adjustments work well and are very predictable and precise without being too sensitive.All around great guitar
            for any kind of music.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            How To Fix Your Riviera Knobs..

            By Budda Magoo

            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Sloppy Knob Fit

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

            Here's a quick fix if your Riviera knobs are loose and woobly like mine were. Simply get yourself a used or cheap volume or tone pot with 8 splines per side of the slot, tear it apart to get just the shank out of it. Using a long handled pair of pliers, heat the very tip of it on a stove eye set to high. Insert it into the knob socket quickly with the knob laying on a hard surface. You may need to wooble the shaft slightly to get it out of the socket. If the shank gets stuck just hold the back end of it on the side of the stove eye until you can rock the knob back off of it. Be care not to melt the knob! I did this to my 4 knobs and all of them now fit like a charm. 3 out of the 4 actually made a popping noise when they seated home on the control stems, and are still removable.

            The Riviera is an awesome guitar, the neck is a little thicker than what I'm used to on my Epi LP, but I still think it's a great deal and a good buy! And like all Epiphones (with the exception of the new probuckers), great guitars with mediocre pickups just begging to be replaced.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Got it yesterday, better than expected

            By JJC2

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Knobs Not Straight
            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

            Finally got my total sound set-up complete.
            Classical Acoustic - Check! Ibanez
            Strat - Check! Custom made with DiMarzio Area pickups
            Humbucker - Check! PRS 24
            P90's & Hollow body - CHECK!!! Epiphone Riviera

            The tonal differences are just amazing, and the way the guitar sings through my Peavey Clasic 30 (EL84's) is fabulous, the sustain is to die for.

            One little blemish on the first fret rosewood (more like a pencil stripe mark), probably will come off with cleaner and lemon oil.

            I have played for 40 years now, and boy did I not know what I was missing here.

            Every guitar has it's niche, but this sounds good from Jazz to Beatles to Classic rock. (As a tribute to Alvin Lee, played some Going Home last night :) )

            If you're thinking about it. STOP! Get it, you won't regret it one bit. There is some noise when you turn the volume down on the center, or chosen pickup, but nothing major. What I love is playing with all pickup's on and blending them each in to taste...... LOVE IT!!!

            Thanks Epiphone!
            PS. Took the E-sticker of the pick guard 12 seconds after removing the plastic...... Brrrrr....

            PPS. The volume and tone knobs are not on straight. But I agree with the guy on the video on the epiphone site, they should be black with gold anyway, since everything else is that way too. I'll switch them out :)

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Service

            By Erik 63

            from West Wales, UK.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

              What a great service. I could not get this particular model/colour in the UK so I was a bit anxious ordering a guitar unseen from the US. I should not have worried. The service was excellent and the guitar was better than described!! I would most definitely deal with you again. Thanks!!

              Comment on this review

              (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              great after whipping it into shape

              By nessguitar

              from hampton, va

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Beautiful wood
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Poor intonation
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

              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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