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Epiphone Riviera Electric Guitar

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The warm, clear tone of the Riviera makes it a perfect guitar for jazz, blues, or country. Its hollowbody is crafted of laminated maple. It features ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic design, beautifully crafted.

The warm, clear tone of the Riviera makes it a perfect guitar for jazz, blues, or country. Its hollowbody is crafted of laminated maple. It features 2 mini-humbuckers for vintage tone. Neck and body binding plus parallelogram fingerboard inlays give it an uptown look.

  • 2 "New York" mini-humbuckers
  • Chrome hardware
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1.62" nut width
  • Set neck joint
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Body and neck binding
  • Laminated maple body and top
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do not hesitate

By zip fan

from Ohio

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this Riviera approaches Elitist Epiphone quality... real mahogany neck, excellent fit, finish and fret work, no set-up required, decent balance and not a log. At the current price it is a no-brainer...worth double, no question.

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Great guitar

By larry-2OZIx

from SSI

I bought this guitar about a month ago since then I have been playing it all the time. Before this guitar I looked down on epiphone guitars cause I'm a gibson guy through and through but not anymore. the neck is just right for me, really thin, the action is extremly low and a dream to play. I'm really digging the sound clean and with distortion. (I've got a carvin half stack I play through)

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One of the best guitars for the money

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own a wide range of guitars, from cheap to professional quality, but all of them meant for playing (no museum pieces)and I must say that this is a really great guitar for the working musician. Many Epiphone models are greatly underrated, I am hoping for a faithful reissue of the crestwood (another unique epiphone). What I enjoy about the Rivieral is that it is a reissue of an original Epiphone model, not a gibson remake. The cherry finish is very attractive but with several cosmetic flaws. However, the somewhat peculiar inexpensiveness of the guitar overshadows these minor defects. More colour choices are something to be desired however. I considered a reverend or an eastwood (great inexpensive guitars, check them out), but the mini-humbuckers, which the picture incorrectly displays has having full-sized ones, are too unique to resist. The only things I might change are the nut and, less likely, the tuners and saddles. Otherwise, I believe this is practically the same body as the $200 more Casino's, but with different pickups. Great feel, solid wood construction, and a semi-hollowbody superior to the dots (or even the sheartons I have played), for an irresistable price. The epiphone 335 hardshell case fits nicely as well.

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Great guitar!!!!

By Zeewilly

from Massachusetts

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I absolutely love this guitar, which I prefer to play overdriven for classic 70s-80s rock. The mini-humbuckers give it a distinctive sound and feel like none other. It is comfortable, but a bit heavy -- not too good for bending strings, but great as a rhythm guitar or for simple leads. Snap one up today, dudes.


flatout great deal

By Jack Cade

from Rochester, MI

Ordered this guitar last week, arrived today.Nice. What a great deal.This is my first "arch-top" 335 type guitar. I wanted a semi-hollow body that I could still use for the 'classic rock' style I have been playing, but also for Blues and Jazz style that my playing is moving towards. All in a modest price (what if I hate it).The Riviera fits that bill better than any other guitar, I've found.Ok, so far I really love it, a few small flaws, but looks, sounds and plays great.


Pretty good semi-hollow

By tomi

from New Paltz, NY

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Not a 335, but close enough and at a good price.


very good

By blueskin

from Groveland, FL

I purchased this vintage cherry sunburst Riviera, and when you eyeball it with an 1967 original one than this Epiphone Riviera is apart from the vintage sunburst (Royal Tan???) that should be much lighter (Epiphone why don?t you make ?m in Royal Tan anymore) , a very well build close reproduction from the original, but when you play it there are some distinct differences. The guitar comes set-up with .009-.042 strings (my favorite) and has a fair action, the original has nearly the same feel on the neck but a slightly higher nut that makes the total action a lot lower and gives a much lighter feel on the strings. The Korean pickups are better wound and sealed than the originals I have, and because of that, they are considerably less prawn to feedback at high volumes. The fretwork is of good quality, but not to the standard at the original , I guess time and playwear has something to do with that as well. And a little dressing work will make a lot of difference. The bridge and the frequensator tailpiece are good reproductions, with the exception of cream coloured plastic bridge saddles on the original. The tuning key?s are good quality Kluson reproductions that actually have a better gear ratio for .009 strings than the originals. Overall this is an very good guitar, the price makes it even better.


Great guitar, but...

By Archtop

from The Netherlands

Lovely guitar, definitely! But the crappy electronics, tuners, pickups are not that good. The pickup switch broke after a few months and it's still crappy. I fitted some real kluson tuners on it, but still need to rewire everything and whack new pickups in it. Plus a bigsby, but that's just for my own pleasure!


Riviera 6-string

By starbaby

from Cincinnati, OH

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This is a classy, beauty. As with all Epi's, you'll upgrade the selector switch and maybe more hardware, but that's a given. A very good value!


Great guitar!

By whynotplayguy

from Mason, MI

Wow! Sweet looks, sweet tones... well worth the price!

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