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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. Case sold separately.

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 
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
Body material: Laminated
Top wood: Laminated Maple
Body wood: Laminated Maple
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: C standard
Neck wood: Mahogany
Joint: Set-in
Scale length: 24.75"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Parallelogram
Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SSS
Neck: Dogear P-90
Middle: Dogear P-90
Bridge: Dogear P-90
Brand: Epiphone
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, volume 3, master tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Bigsby
Tuning machines: Wilkinson
Color: Gold
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Pickups
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: None
Country of origin: China

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

(based on 114 reviews)

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    (23)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (33)
  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

  • Flat sound (5)
  • Poor pick up (5)
  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (26)
  • Practicing (25)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (6), Professional musician (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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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Clean it, Tune it, Enjoy it!

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

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.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works as Advertised

By MannyInNewYork

from New York

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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 Semi-Hollowbody 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.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

great after whipping it into shape

By nessguitar

from hampton, va

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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 Semi-Hollowbody 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.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar. Go play one and then try and set it down, you'll just keep playing it...

By Krist Novoselic, Roadie for the Melvins

from Lawrence, KS

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I like all the features on the guitar, i.e., finish, the great play-ability of the neck (suits my finger-length) just fine. The sound is incredible and you can play without amplification and it still sounds good. The tremolo bar can get in the way of the volume/tone knobs but this isn't to big of a problem. I also like the fact it is hand-crafted. I realize Epiphone's seem to be 2nd fiddle to Gibson, but I'd take this anyday over a Gibson and still have several thousand dollars left over to boot.
You know, there are so many different guitars in the world and when you look at various models, most all seem to be highly rated by the purchasers and that can only be a good thing as it would make one think the people that make guitars are trying to do the best they can. Now for my thoughts on the Riviera. I originally went looking for a guitar that didn't resemble the body of a strat or a Les Paul. If you think about it, that can be difficult to do unless you go for the BC Rich look and that's not my style, not that there's anything wrong with that. After going down the row of guitars I happened upon this guitar and not being a hollow-body guitar player, I thought what the heck and played it. I ended up playing it for about 1.5 hours as I couldn't put it down. The ends of my fingers were black from the strings and smelled like metal and I knew then it was a great session. I kept saying to myself, this is stupid, I don't play hollow-body guitars. I'm not sure but maybe there are a lot of people who have similar length fingers and if so, this neck fits my finger-length most wonderfully. I had a Paul Allender SE and not just that model but I really can't play a PRS neck that is touted as being of the "wide-thin" variety, they're way too wide for my fingers and aren't fun at all to play. However, it's a hoot to play the Riviera and having 3 P90's on one guitar is just plain whacky. I even did some Trower Bridge of Sigh's riffs through the Orange Tiny Terror amp and it sounded great. I'm not sure about other folks mentions of the middle pick up staying on all the time. Since each of the (3) pick-ups have a volume control, you can turn the volume completely up or down on any of the pick-ups. I'm using an 18 year old Marshall Valvestate 8240 and it sounds wonderful to me through that amp, especially using the stereo chorous mode. The guitar though being hollow-body is still formidable in weight but not bad to carry at all. I haven't yet used the tremolo bar to a great degree. When I have used it, the guitar does stay in tune for the most part. Intonation seems very good and I haven't yet changed the strings out from new. The Epiphone site has a PDF of an excel file stating string gauges for this model are: 010-046.
The finish is amazing I have the wine-red color and the sticker inside of the guitar mentions being hand-crafted. As other's have indicated, not sure how Epiphone does it for the price. The neck finish is ultra-smooth and the I even like the gold'ish/brass plating of the various parts. I'm not into buying a guitar and then changing all the pots and pick-ups and I like what's on this model. The volume/tone controls are noiseless and fell very solid. And, I would think the folks at Epiphone might know a little something about what might sound good when they choose to put a brand or type of pick up on a guitar.
This guitar is an unbelievable value. Especially since it is hand-crafted as opposed to the more factory-like setting that the other Epiphone's are made in. Not that it is a bad thing, it's just nice to know however many people it took, they were assigned to create your guitar and did a wonderful job. I have a 2007 lower-end Gibson Les Paul Studio and the neck on the LP isn't as nice (fun to play) as the Epiphone neck is.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classy Guitar

By terrygh

from Kansas

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Pros

  • Beautiful Looks
  • Expert Craftmanship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Love the P90's
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

This guitar surpasses any 335 model I've ever owned or played by leaps and, bounds! Classy looker, Great playing, Superb sound, all the features you could ever want. I had a Gibson 330 back in the sixties with the chrome dog ear P90's but, I really wans't aware of what I had. I was soo excited to get a 335 style guitar that I didn't care what kind of pickups it had. I played that instrument for several years and, finally sold it after I got married, didn't figure I'd be giging anymore. Mistake! Over the last several years humbuckers was all I was playing besides the single coils in my Fender's. For awhile I had been noticing and, hearing a lot about the trend to P90's so I started reading and, watching videos related to them. I then realized what I had back in the 60's but, I couldn't recall what I heard back then. I got my hands on a Wildkat with the P90's and, then I heard what everyone was talking about! Bought it on the spot. Then the Riviera caught my eye with three P90's and, this intriguied my interest even more especially with the pickup combination that could be had. Got my hands on one of these and, also bought it on the spot. This guitar is absolutely beautiful and, has to be seen in person to fully get the picture. Wine red color, All Gold hardware, Bigsby vibrato which by the way has no tuning problems, 3 P90's with a unique tonal setup on the guitar. I could go on but, I think you get the picture. Highly satisfied with this guitar and, the Wilkat too.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money.

By Timothy Andrews

from NYS

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Bone nut $10.00, gold plated roller bridge $22.00, oversized strap buttons $6.99, sand, oil and polish the fretboard 1hr, new strings $7.00. The neck is a tad beefier than I'm used to but I've grown to love it. The headstock, neck and body are finished beautifully. The Bigsby is solid and the 3 P90's, 3 way switch, 3 Volume 1 tone configuration offers many different tonal possibilities, all cool and distinct. As far as I'm concerned this was a great deal right out of the box but with a little work and a few bucks I now have a guitar that I will play proudly anywhere.
I'm a longtime P90, 335 style, Bigsby fan so this guitar was perfect for me. Especially with 3 P90's. The tonal possibilities are nearly endless with this 3 way switch, 3 Vol. 1 Tone configuration. The neck is a little beefier than I'm used to but I've grown to love it. The headstock is gorgious with MOP inlays that reflect rich colors in the light. The body and neck fit and finish are very nice on mine.
The words "Custom Shop" seem to be thrown around liberally these days. The binding at heal of the fretboard near the neck pickup looked like it was cut with a small chainsaw so I masked it off and sanded it smooth and polished it. I couldn't get the low E string intonated correctly until I hand cut a bone relacement nut and replaced the stock bridge with a roller bridge, now it's perfect. I also sanded the fretboard between the frets, with the grain, using 1500 then 2000 grit sandpaper then oiled and polished it. That is more of a personal preference I guess.
As far as I 'm concerned you won't find a better deal for five hundred bucks if the features are what you are looking for.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

EPIPHONE RIVIERA CUSTOM P93 LIMITED EDITION is a very nice guitar-required set-up adjustment

By barry mattes

from Chicago, Miami and L.A.

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I definitely suggest purchasing this guitar, as long as you are capable of making the adjustments I listed in the first section above, or are willing to pay a relatively small amount to have them done for you. Without making these adjustments, you will probably be disappointed in the sound quality and playability. The guitar will still look nice though.
This is a great looking guitar- in the long line of Gibson/Epiphone hollow/semi-hollow body models. It had nice styling and the all gold hardware made it appear to be a much more expensive guitar. At the price I paid, the Bigsby trem would have accounted for nearly 1/3 of the price of this brand new guitar. The inclusion of 3 P-90 pick-ups also is a nice touch, however, it would have been a bit more useful if they had wired the guitar a bit differently. Basically, the bridge and middle pick-ups are wired together and cannot be separated at any time in any way. I decided to install a push/pull pot on the control for the bridge/middle pick-up volume, and split them,much as you would a humbucker with coil splitting capabilities. It was an easy fix, but if you are not familiar with wiring up controls, I would suggest allowing a technician to do it for you. This made the guitar much more versatile tone-wise.
When I took this guitar out of the cardboard box it came in, it needed to have the action lowered, a truss rod adjustment, intonation adjustment, and the height of the pole screws on each pickup properly set. That all took me a little over an hour and a half, including installation of new strings. I collect and rebuild guitars, so I am certain I work much faster than the average individual, but much more important than speed is accuracy-correctly completing the job. If you do these things, you will have a great playing guitar that will perform well for a great many years. I have over 130 guitars in my collection, and whenever I add one, the above listed steps are the minimum I do for my newly acquired model. It seems that when guitars come to the store from the factory, they always require a complete setup, even when they claim they were setup by American hands at Gibson U.S.A. This guitar could be a bit louder but the stock P-90's perform well enough, and if I really want more volume, there are plenty of controls on whatever amp or effects devices I decide to use. This guitar is really an excellent value for the price. It works well for rock and blues-I would not suggest it for jazz or metal. I really like my new acquisition.
This guitar is well-made with nice-quality parts-the finish is especially nice for an inexpensive model and the inclusion of gold hardware makes this guitar stand out from the pack at this price. To have a gold Bigsby is almost unheard of at this price point.
Looking at this guitar, I would have thought it cost nearly twice what it did. Gibson is really becoming competitive with their Epiphone line, as Fender is raising prices and cutting quality.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

How To Fix Your Riviera Knobs..

By Budda Magoo

from Virginia

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Sloppy Knob Fit

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody 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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor Quality

By Larry

from Jackson, Michigan

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    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

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      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Musicians Friend was great as always, I was very unhappy with the quality of the guitar. I own 6 Epiphone guitars and for the money they all are one of the best values on the market, until now. The P93 pickups were more than 1/4 inch from the body with no spacers,the sound was muted and uneven. The looks are great from a distance butdoes not meet the quality of the Epiphone Les Paul Custom, J200, Hummingbird, Les Paul Studio or the Sheridan 2. Thanks for the refund.

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custome P93 Electric Guitar

      By Bobba

      from Reno, Nevada

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      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I have owned this guitar for just over a month and have gigged with 4 times already. The rest of the guys in my bands just love to play it also. This guitar will be a permenant additition to my play list.......
      Very nice neck, sturdy and a little heavy, I like that. Grover gold tone tuners are a nice feature. Just love the gold Bigsby it is very high quality. The body and top is laminated maple, very high quality and it shine perfectly, no scratches on this Polyurethane finished baby. The 3 pickups are excellent, 3 Alnico-V P-90 dog-ear single coil, just love the sound and when you combine that with the Three volume controls one for each pick up and the master tone control let alone the 3-way toggle switch, I can come up with thousands of variations. Although it could be improved with a six way toggle switch. The C shape neck is my favorite and the one on this Epi P93 is perfect. The locktone bridge - tune-o-matic is exeptional as close as you can get to the ones on my Gibson's.
      th. When you play this..there is no doubt you got a guitar in your hands. I agree with the other posts about the pickup....while out of the box you wont be disappointed. But if you are a good player and want super clear sustain then replace the pickups. I bought it with the intent of replacing the pickups immediately. Out of box the action is slightly too high, but the parts are there to lower it on your own and get a better feel. When I opened it I was amazed. I bought the gold model color. It has alot of sparkling gold flakes in the clear coat which I couldnt tell from the picture online...it looks amazing and very nice. Im always glad to strap it on. This guitar is heavier than it looks. Get a bass guitar strap. Great purchase..Im very happy with it..and so is the rest of my band.
      The finish on this guitar is perfect in every way. I just love it, it is amazing I have the wine-red color. Most of us can find flaws in more expensive guitars, swirls and maybe a scratch or two. Not on this Epi baby, it is perfect in every detail. Just can not believe that I could get a guitar of this quality for the price I paid. A very happy camper am I. The neck is very smooth and perfect. I like it just the way it was set up. There is a note that says "This guitar has been professionaly set up by a U.S.A. Expert." I believe that, I have used my micrometer on it the next is perfectly straight. Used my turner and made sure that fret 5-10-12 were as perfect as possible. The strings are not the best but I will not change them for a few months because the sound great. I am overly impressed with the quality of this Chinese guitar and will not hesitate to buy another Epiphone.
      Price wise, I thing I got a steel. The quality and playability of a 2 thousand dollar guitar for less that a forth of the cost. Just Love it.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW - What a Guitar!

      By Sunday Rocker

      from South Central Nebraska

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      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Playing this through my Fender Frontman 212R takes me back to 1969. Did I mention that I love this guitar? If you are a metal-head, forget it. If you love blues and vintage rock BUY IT! More features than a Casino (although it is not a true hollowbody like the Casino) and much less cost.
      I bought this guitar for a number of reasons. In the late 60's I had a Gibson ES330 (same as an Epi Casino), and I have regretted letting that go for the last 40 years. I love P-90 pickups in a hollowbody. That is why I bought this Epiphone Riviera P93. My 330 was a hollowbody and the resultant feedback was musical and easily controlled. I was somewhat disappointed to discover that this was a semi-hollowbody rather than the true hollowbody that I had (incorrectly) assumed that it was, especially since it has Casino-style fretboard inlays. That being said, the sound is everything I could have ever imagined - I don't care that it has a solid center block. I think I have discovered the long-sought-after holy grail of perfect tone!
      Pickguard is somewhat sloppily attached, with a tapered head screw in a non-countersunk hole for one thing. I think I'll probably lose the pickguard. The pickup mounts and spacing between pickups pole pieces and the strings is a little funky, but it seems to have no effect on the tone. Another reviewer said it seemed to be built out of spare parts and it kind of looks that way. Otherwise, it seems to be really well made - fit and finish of the body, neck, binding, etc. is very nice. The red finish and gold hardware is beautiful, the Kluson-style Wilkinson tuners are period-perfect, but smooth and accurate unlike the originals, and the gold Bigsby is a work of art as well as being a functional tailpiece. The neck is smooth the fretboard is narrow and easy to navigate, and the string action (after a bit of adjustment) is perfect for my hands.
      Value is incredible, especially when you consider that I bought it used from the Musician's Friend website. it was rated as only good condition - I can see no reason that it wasn't listed as perfect. MF is always very conservative in their ratings. I can find no signs of use at all. It shipped in the original box with all of the original materials, including the requisite el-cheapo Epiphone right angle cord and a truss-rod wrench. Only thing it didn't come with were the hang tags, which makes no difference to me whatsoever.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epiphone Riviera

      By cowboy ken jr

      from Cordova,TN.

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      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 Semi-Hollowbody 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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Service

        By Erik 63

        from West Wales, UK.

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody 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!!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Satisfied Customer

          By Harley Boyt

          from Longmont, Colorado out of tune

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy instrument
          • Uneven fit on pick-up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Some of the reviews I have read about Ephiphone guitars concerned me, but this one is beautiful. The finish is great, the electronics are good and the set-up was good (minor adjustments required.) My only complaint (observation) is that this is one heavy ax. Of course Gibson electrics are heavy and while that bothers some, it also makes for amazing sustain performance.

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Needs better pickups; the rest is good.

          By GrayMan

          from Clemson, SC

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          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Eye Candy
          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          It's a beautiful guitar. However, after years of different configurations in terms of strings, heights, and whatnot, I have deduced that the main problem with this guitar is that the pickups are just plain terrible. Absolutely the least inspiring things I have ever used. However, the neck is wonderful, the set-up in general is very nice and has so much potential. It has great tone potential for a guitar at this price, but you really don't want these pickups.

          It's a good deal but because most people probably don't have the money, time, or skill to change pickups, the pickups being so lifeless really get in the way of its potential.

          Here's a note...all of my musician friends, from the gospel people to the heavy metal freaks to the acoustic guys to the simple classic rock guys, and every one of my jazz friends, found this to be an uninspiring guitar in terms of sound. I talk about it specifically when it's plugged in because well, it's an electric guitar. Who plays electrics in concerts unplugged?

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great go-to guitar

          By Gary Yokie

          from Houston, TX, USA

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          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Play great, sounds great
          Having cut my performing teeth on Strats and--mostly--Teles, I like a versatile but dependable sound coming from my guitars and amps. The trademark single-coil sound is a touchstone for me, but I also like access to the warmer tones. The three P90s on the Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar deliver a raw, trebly sounds as well as mellower, jazzier voicings if you dial them up and tweak them. I like running it through a tube amp as well as a modeler. Moreover, it is a wonderfully playable guitar. The neck is plenty fast, and grabbing it gives you a confident sturdy feel. The neck and fretboard are substantial. The Riviera also works well unplugged for practice.

          I bought the wine-colored version with the gold hardware. It's a classic look, even if the one I bought a a small imperfection on the binding near the lower f-hole. The major challenge is spacing the strings around the trem rod during a change (that wirks itself out after repeated playing if you get them too uneven at first).

          All in all, the LE Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar is a great deal. It should offer hours of playing satisfaction.
          It may not be for everyone, but it is definitely versatile.
          Good price for so many sounds and such playability.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar as you get to know it

          By Twik

          from Arkansas

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          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Overall this is a GREAT guitar for a sub the price range. Don't take my 9 ratings as a knock, in fact that is a huge compliment. Though I have had this guitar for only a few weeks and it still shares time with my others, it is gaining traction everyday as a great little rig! My style of play will likely never allow this guitar to become my main player but it also is already inspiring me to expand my horizons! Which, isn't that what we often apperciate the most from our new gear? I hate to pile on the Bigsby, but that is just icing on the cake that makes me love and appreciate this guitar! I am so impressed with the intonation and the "smooth" of the whole set up!
          For a guitar out of the box, this rig is good. Aesthetically it is one of the prettier guitars around. The Bigsby is Awesome!!! The ability to arrange the pickups is nearly endless. I will admit, however, the set up is a little confusing at first. All in all, you can't ask for many more features. As time progresses, I may want to tinker with the pickups and/or the electronics as a whole, but I have no complaints for the stock set up and features!
          The bigsby is GREAT feature that caused me to consider the P93. I am glad I did. Great tremelo system, easy to use! (aren't all? well... I have my issues with some)
          The quality is superb for the price range. Please note that I own everything from a low end hondo through a PRS custom 10 top and about 15 rigs in between. Out of the box, I will admit that I was very concerned. The fretboard felt cheap and almost plastic. I was very concerned.. I plugged it in to my Traynor all tube amp, and start playing... mostly on the lower frets, just trying to play with the tone and such. After maybe 30 minutes of playing, I noticed a major change in the feel. I proceeded to work the fret board top to bottom letting the oils from my fingers start to season the wood and work off any excess wax from the frets. It feels great now!!! This rig has now passed up one of my Epi Standard LP's, one of my Strats and a Sheriton II as a player in my collection. The jury is still out on the pups but, it must be noted, these are my first P-90 style pups I've owned. I don't dislike the tone, it is just different than what I am used to.
          FYI- I am running it through a YCV20WR and a YCV40WR- Pedals are mostly my mxr dyna comp, OCD overdrive and/or my Maxon 808.
          Absolutely an incredible value! I know that there are many creative ways that a manufacturer can cut costs. As a modest player of 30 years, I have spent plenty of time around many level of guitars, I can tell you that this guitar and Epiphone for that matter have exceeded my expectations for the money more often than not. I have paid twice as much for guitars and not been a drop more impressed with the overall package! It's a laminate top, guess what, I can't tell! And I definitely could not justify paying 2-3 times as much just to know that it is. For the Money, counting the Bigsby? Are you kidding me? Jump on this guitar right now!
          For comparison, my Sheraton II is sitting in it's case right now. A little different feel and tone, but I can't say better or worse. This guitar build is very comparable but ads the Bigsby.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A warm sunset on the soul's horizon.

          By Tegs

          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 Semi-Hollowbody 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.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          OK For Its Price

          By Fuzzy John

          from Howell, NJ

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          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 Semi-Hollowbody 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".

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great for the money

          By guitar collector

          from illinois

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          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 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

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

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