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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody 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. 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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Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar

  • 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 111 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (67)

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    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (31)
  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (24)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), 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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(4 of 4 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.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Gold Tuning Keys

By Silas

from Henfersonville, TN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Cheap tuning keys
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

      Epiphone claims that the gold tuners are Wilkinson but the gold flaked and wore off my 2011 in a couple of years. None of the gold on the Bigsby or pickups has worn off.
      Every Wilkinson tuner that I've ever seen had "Wilkinson" stamped on it.
      Epiphone will not replace as that is "normal wear".

       
      5.0

      Chet Atkins Sounds

      By mojokiss

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        "A" string would not intonate. Changed the bridge to rolling. Good now. Chet sounds. Best to use thumb pick and travis picking styles. Best wishes to all the players out there.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Nice guitar, useless electronics...

        By Duane Kramer

        from The West Coast of America

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        I'm experienced with Epiphones and have been pleased. I had a G400, and a '56 Goldtop LP with P90s. After breaking in and repeatedly setting them up, they're dialed in and both sing. Good deals. I also have a couple of much nicer guitars that I inherited and gig/record with, so I know the difference. I therefore generally trusted Epi and ordered the P93 online, thinking that if the P90s were even related to the ones in the LP, I'd have a fun beast of a 3-pickup guitar. Well, it is indeed a very nice guitar, except for the electronics. Finish, hardware and construction are great, but sound isn't. These pickups don't even sound remotely like the ones in my Epi Goldtop. To me, they don't even sound like P90s. They are INSANELY high output-- the loudest in any guitar I've ever played-- and therefore have no dynamics. They just sound metallic, nasal and compressed. Some soft, jangly chords kind of work alright, if a bit thin-sounding, but I cannot express emotion with these pickups. If I go from sensitive fingerpicking to digging in and screaming, it just goes from flat and compressed clean to over-the-top compressed fuzz, with nothing in between, no matter how hard I've tried to dial it in. It just always sounds loud and insensitive. Same with the pots: they're cheap, and they're linear. Volume goes straight from dead at 0-3, to impotent and lifeless from 3-7, up to ridiculous, compressed loudness from 7 or 8 up. And that's it. Tone control is "almost there" at 10, and basically kills all tone at once from 8 down, and kills volume. All the electronics in this guitar are very insensitive to all subtlety. That said, I still like this guitar. It's well made and beautiful, and I'm gonna have some fun modifying it. Maybe 3 different kinds of aftermarket pickups? Teisco pickups? Who knows... I think this is actually a very good project-guitar platform. But the stock electronics are, for an expressive working musician, pretty much useless. Still a pretty good deal.

         
        5.0

        Triple Treat like Three scoops of sherbet

        By Ed C. in NC

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

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

          Here's the thing and it's the main thing >>> there are three P90's on this guitar. THEY ARE P90's not Humbuckers. You will find yourself tone chasing if you are not familiar with using P90 pickups (at least two of them), and even if you are a P90 user - you will also find yourself twisting knobs on you AMP. There were a few nits about the guitar when I received it, because I believe there was an oops and I was possibly sent a demo guitar - and all my nits are centric to what would be reasonable to think was caused by previous careless use. Musicians Friend made good on compensating me for what I told them about. Most of my immediate concerns when it arrived were about the neck and strings. Craftsmanship is good to very good, tone, sustain very good, depth of voice changes - good, these particular P90's quickly turn to mud almost totally bypassing find a sweet baritone timber and tone, but it can be dialed in. With that said, this is not a guitar that you would use for a wide variety of sounds in a live performance - best keep this one in the studio, or play rhythm with it, flip the switch to get with the bridge pup alone and you could throw in some licks.

           
          3.0

          Good Guitar poor pickups

          By Marshall Advovate

          from Charleston SC

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          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

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

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A beautifull semi-hollow guitar all around

            By Andrejs

            from undisclosed

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Too good to be true

                By Not impressed

                from Iowa

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • School Bands

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

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

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

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

                  Not impressed- but amazed they would resell this guitar

                   
                  5.0

                  Exceptional guitar, do not hesitate to buy one!

                  By Joe

                  from Bangor, Maine

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

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

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

                     
                    4.0

                    Bought this one used

                    By Wrenchound

                    from Memphis

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

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

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

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