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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar Wine Red 

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Overview
  • Body Wood: Laminated Maple
  • Top wood: Laminated Maple
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $832.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $333.00
  • Your Price:
    $49900

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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 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (9)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15), Novice (4)

    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.

    Reviewed by 94 customers

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Elliott Mazur

    from Kennett Square,PA

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    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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        5.0

        Don't judge until you play it

        By Duke

        from Asheboro,NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        I was a little worried about buying a used guitar,but as it turns out I couldn't have made a better purchase. This guitar is the best I have ever picked up,The action on this guitar is great,just put your finger there with a little pressure. It was in tune at the 12th fret just as if it was an open note at the nut.It has a sound that would please anyone no matter what style of music you play.It also stays in tune while you play,I play gospel music in a group and we played for 90 min and didn't have to tune up,got it out the next morning and it was still in tune. I don't think there is anyway you could go wrong with this guitar. I love playing it I can't seem to put it down.All of this right out of the box,the only thing I changed was the strings I put Fender Flat Wounds on.And the price is right.(If someone don't like this guitar I'll eat my pick)

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        5.0

        electric guitar

        By bubzie

        from Homer City, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Nothing Wrong With Anythi

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        like the guitar very much

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        4.0

        Love this guitar

        By DMT

        from Anchorage, AK

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Value For Money

        Cons

        • Slightly Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar:

        A great value-for-money Semihollow guitar, visually beautiful, great tone.

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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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great player

            By wmill

            from Louisville, KY.

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            Ask me a question

            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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            Ask me a question

            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

            About Me Experienced

            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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