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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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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)

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SPECIFICATIONS

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
 
4.4

(based on 101 reviews)

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    (7)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (13)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (5)

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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2.0

Bummer! Sound doesn't match looks!

By Geno

from Michigan

About Me Experienced

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

By Rafe27

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

    By gtreve

    from quebec,canada

    About Me Experienced

    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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A warm sunset on the soul's horizon.

      By Tegs

      from Eugene, OR

      About Me Experienced

      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!!!

      By Blkeddie

      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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      3.0

      OK For Its Price

      By Fuzzy John

      from Howell, NJ

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Might Be Too Big
      • Poor Quality In Places

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

      In general I was disappointed when I took this guitar out of the box. The finish was spotted. It looked as if there was a very thin protective film over it. It took a god cleaning to get rid of all those spots. I didn't see any signs that this guitar was used though. There are still 2 issues with the finish. The area between the neck pickup and the neck itself seems that they didn't put too much effort into the finish as the rest of the body. It is a space about 1/4 inch wide so it is not very easy too see though, and you might need some extra light. On the backside where the base of the neck meets the body there is a small area on the edge where the lacquer was not properly buffed... it looks cloudy.
      I have a problem with the pickguard rubbing against the pickups. Any light presses on the pickguard make sounds that are sent to the amp and are pretty loud. Without taking measurements I cannot tell if the pickguard was poorly cut or the pickups were not installed properly. I guess that a file and some sandpaper could take care of this.
      It looks like the Bigsby is not installed in the proper position. The low E string passes under the roller before the bridge almost at the end. This appears to be a cosmetic issue, not visible unless you look at the strings as they pass under tat roller. In contrast the high E string has plenty of space to the end of the roller.
      The factory strings were just fed thru the tuner pegs without any locking loops. The tuning did not survive any bends or vibrato use.
      I put new strings on (GHS 10-46 Boomers). What a paint to restring. I guess this is due to the Bigsby design. Passing the strings under the roller before the bridge runs a risk of scratching the finish with the bare string ends. It seems that the tuner peg are short.I could barely get 2 turns on the low E and A strings under the peg hole. I would have liked to get another turn. Heavier strings may not even get that.
      Out of the box, with the new strings in tune the neck relief was OK. The action though was high... at least 6/64 on the low E and slightly less on the high E. With this high action all strings were sharp at the 12th fret.
      I lowered the action until I started to get fret buzz then I raised it just a bit. Now the low E at just under 4/64 and the high E just under 3/64. The intonation of the low E, A and D strings is almost OK. The saddles need just a little move back towards the Bigsby. However the intonation on the G, B and high E is still sharp. The G and maybe even the B do not have enough room to move back so I will have to turn them around, not quite a trivial task.
      The switch lever feels a bit sloppy with some side to side movement.
      The knobs appear to be properly installed, with no wobble when turning. At least for now I do not get any scratches thru my amp as I turn the pots.
      The output jack seems a bit stiff mostly when I remove the cable. More effort to remove the cable than on my Strat. I hope that I will not end up ripping the jack out of the guitar one day.
      After putting on the new strings and doing the setup things have improved. As I mentioned, I still have to turn around the G and B saddles for proper intonation.
      The sound is good, mainly when using 2 pickups so that the hum gets cancelled. When using only a pickup at the time, in a home environment, the hum is barely noticeable. But it doesn't take much increase in volume to hear it.
      The body is big. If you don't know what an ES335 size is you can't tell how big the body is from pictures or from most specs. The size of the body gets in the way of the belly and it is not very comfortable playing it while sitting.
      At this point I am on the fence about returning this guitar. If I decide to keep it I will have to shave the pickguard edges where they rub against the pickups and replace the knobs with something that looks better on this guitar. And then maybe a set of gold plated pickup covers. But that is a big "IF".

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      5.0

      DreamGuitar

      By Don

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Impress Fellow Musicians
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

      I have waited all my life to own the perfect electric guitar such as this.
      My Epiphone rates in craftsmanship and sound as my Martin rates in acoustic circles, Top Notch!

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      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Elliott Mazur

      from Kennett Square,PA

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Looks great on stage

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        The first time I played one of these guitars was at the Guitar Center in San Antonio, Texas, and was blown away by the quality of this piece of gear. Highly recommend this item to anyone who plays jazz, blues, or even classic rock.

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        5.0

        AMAZING GUITAR

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        p90 pick ups sound KILLER, the look is just like the pic, some of the parts look kind of cheap, like the pick switch the bottons, and the pick guard but they work fine, and anyways thats just minor stuff that always cant get changed, overall amazing guitar

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        5.0

        Wow.

        By Anthony

        from Stevenson Al

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this one used but in level 1 mint condition. I am very impressed with the sound and ease of playability. This Guitar feels good and is lighter than the solid bodies I am used to playing. A little more difficult on higher fretted cords than a Les Paul style but that is just a matter of getting a feel for a new guitar. The Harmonics on this one are on 19, 12, 7, 5 and 2. 5 and 2 are not as sharp as 19 and 12. 7 is standard. This is a beautiful body style, a real eye catcher. Slide action is easy, and the way the neck is rounded creates less fatigue on my fret hand. What a great guitar. Thanks Musicians Friend for sending me a great guitar.

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