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... Read More
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.
Individual volume controls let you isolate each P-90.
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This guitar is AMAZING for the price! My brother just got it yesterday and I never thought epiphone would make such a nice guitar. This guitar has a thick warm tone on clean,...Read complete review
This guitar is AMAZING for the price! My brother just got it yesterday and I never thought epiphone would make such a nice guitar. This guitar has a thick warm tone on clean, great for blues. But when distorted, it can play from classic rock to punk. For me, this guitar looks really nice, but it's not comfortable to hold on the lap (remember this is my opinion). I have a gibson SG and that feels way better. But, the sound that comes from this guitar is ALOT better than my SG. Sadly, after playing this guitar, my SG sounds thin and whimpy...but it's all in those P-90s! I think I'm going to have to modify my guitar to put in P-90's or at least Duncan P-rails cuz the sound it produces is what I'd LOVE to have. Now as for the bigsby...If you move it just a little bit, the whole guitar would get out of tune. I'd recommend a roller bridge and trem-nut and possibly locking tuners if it continues to get out of tune. But all in all, this guitar is worth the money!
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Good with reservations
Quality: I've played this guitar for 2 years without any "problems." Appearance: It is a beautiful looking guitar in the Gibson ES-335 image Value: For $500 you can't beat...Read complete review
Quality: I've played this guitar for 2 years without any "problems." Appearance: It is a beautiful looking guitar in the Gibson ES-335 image Value: For $500 you can't beat the value for what you get. Sound: For a Chinese made guitar Epi has kept a very "Gibson" sound. I am impressed with the electronics on this guitar. Finish: The finish and craftsmanship on this guitar are near perfect. Feel: If you like a narrow neck then this is the one for you. Smooth feel for a rosewood. You may want to adjust it though. Features: The gold hardware and the Bigsby give the axe a very "pro" look to it. I see used Bigsbys on eBay for $300 !! Dislike: Epi has chose to have this great instrument made in China. I wrote a letter of complaint to the CEO. America needs to employ Americans. Epi "used to."
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While looking for another Epi Semi-Hollow, which my GC didn't have in stock, I found this guitar on sale. First that struck me about this guitar was it's subtly toned looks. The finish was amazing, and the golden Bigsby just drew me in. When I toyed around with it on an amp the first thing I noticed was the complicated pickups. There were 3 volume controls and one tone, and if you left the middle tone on it would sort of dominate the other two. At first this was somewhat discouraging, but I found that the neck and bridge pickups by themselves and with each other really appealed to me. Seriously: if you play with this guitar, turn off the middle pickup and enjoy the other two! It is definitely NOT the brightest guitar, but running through my Mustang III has done worlds to bring out the best in this guitar. It has a very nice growl to it, loads of low to mid end kick. On the bridge pickup with the tone at ten is the brightest setting, which I've hear nightmare stories about them having poor workmanship, so I think I must have struck gold in finding one with no mistakes as far as I can tell. There were no cracks, chips, imperfections, nada. The finish is amazing, the neck is thick but comfortable with plenty of finger room. The Bigsby holds its tune pretty well once the strings are broken in, and it's become somewhat of an addiction for me to use this. The biggest turnoffs to this guitar for many players are the weight (this sucker packs some pounds) and the pickup system. But under the right setting, the richness of this guitar's tone can't be missed. It is a very reliable guitar and, at the very least for cynics, is a marvelous bit of wall-candy in wind red. It's just about to become some album art in my bands EP, and I dared not record a single song on it without this guitar!
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.
I ordered the gold finish because you don't see very many people weilding a gold top riviera. The picture doesn't do this guitar any justice so I was very surprised. The three p90s can get somewhat aggressive sounds out of the bridge pickup and also nice jazz tones from the neck pickup and if you throw in the middle pickup it sounds even better. Its not the best guitar for rock stuff but it does alright. I've had this guitar for about 8 months and so far it still sounds and looks amazing, with the exception of a few scratches that were my fault. This guitar is very bulky and a little on the heavy side but all semi-hollows are like that.the neck is awesome, nice and smooth, and the frets were not sharp at all. Bottom line: this is an awesome guitar for all music genres (except metal).
For the price, I am pretty impressed with my particular guitar's set-up and sound/quality. Yes one or more of your knobs may be a bit crooked, and the input jack should be treated with instrument glue (a 30 second process), but the result of this model is a guitar that sounds like anything twice it's price. Great retro sound from the Alnico P-90's, works well with fuzz and has a great clean sound, the Bigsby is fantastic. Comfortable neck, sounds great unplugged or amp'd up. No fret buzz on mine, no dead spots, nice set-up by the American employees. That said, I strongly recommend trying out one in person first, there are lemons out there, find a good one or have GC set it up and glue the input jack for you, this model is so worth it. Finally, the P-90's are not very "bright," and stay on the low end, but, I get no feedback or noise from them at all, they are QUALITY pick-ups. Very nice clean sound and a great retro-fuzz and overdrive tone. The sound is very warm and smooth, which works great for me as a compliment to my Les Paul. Really impressed with this one, it's a lot of fun to play, and is definitely "gig and recording worthy."
It has impressive sound, the neck is very comfortable, perfect for rock and its variants, I have an SG and it's amazing the difference in sound between the two, widely recommended for the community! Definitely 5 Stars!!!
I have been playing guitar for about a year and a half and have had this guitar for about a month or so now and I tell you it is amazing.Great for playing blues,classic rock, and even pop and down and drop tunings. The Bigsby just makes the guitar even better.You can play an entire song using it and it will barely come out of tune.I got the gold one and bought it used so it came with a case and without a pick guard,but it actually looks better in my opinion without one. Plus looks more like Dave Grohls' guitar from the Foo Fighters without it. And of course I am a Foo Fighters fan. So to sum it up Amazing guitar for the money. So hope this review helps.
It took me a while to decide on this guitar. It was either the Riviera or the Sheraton II, but in the end it was the Bigsby that sold me. I'm a sucker for sustain, what can I say. The P-90 pickups are extremely powerful, so I hardly have to turn up the volume on my amp at all. The selector switch is a bit of tricky of business because no matter what position it's in you will always get the center pick-up. It's volume nob is the only thing that will shut off the center pick-up. The quality of the craftsmanship is exquisite. I've had this baby almost 3 months now and it hardly ever has to be tuned. Mind you I have long practice sessions,so I check daily. Also, the original strings are not bad either especially I pick this up as a floor model. Though I'll be changing to some flat wound 11-47 Jazz strings. It has sustain you can feel and good action across the fret board. Just amazing playability. No scratches yet, TG! Beautiful Wine Red finish you wouldn't know that it's not lacquer. I have to say I expected the machine heads to be in better condition. But that makes no difference seeing as I'm gonna change those out for some Schaller "Da Vinci" tuners, regardless. The guitar is pretty light weight for it's size. And the neck fits well into my small hands. I just can't stop loving the fact the natural acoustics are much louder than I ever expected. Sometimes I don't even need my amp which is nice at night when I don't want to wake anybody. All in all it's a best buy and a must have. If you see one get it you won't be disappointed.
This guitar has the most unique sound that i have heard in a very long time,the Three Epiphone dogear classic P90 pickups with Alnico? V magnets and the B-70 licensed Bigsby? vibrato and LockTone? Tune-o-matic bridge really make the difference besides tthat is a very light guitar not heavy at all and has a killer look inspired by the 60s so its a very GOOD DEAL! You could use it if you like to play rock orjazz or maybe funk! But for me is design to play BLUES because of the clean and epic sound of the p93 pickups so i recommend it a 100% Good luck and i hope you like it as much as i did so thanks Guitar center and thanks Gibson for making me happy
This Epiphone really pleases me. I love the P-90s on the body. They create a perfect tone for jazz. The finish on mine looks so professional. This is my top recording guitar. However, I did have a little tuning problem at first. I just tightened the Grovers a tad. Ever since I ordered this, I fell in love. The price really pleases me as well as the quality. Thanks Epiphone!
Pros- Have had this guitar for a while and have had no problems with quality and playability. I love the jazzy tones it produces and it looks great. I like the versatility of the pick-up switches and can get alot of variations of tone. But Cons--The only reasons I give it a 4 star is it seems to have a rattle on the mid strings that cannot be pinpointed but is probably the tremelo. As long as I turn up the amp I can't hear it, one thing I did't notice when buying it was that changing the strings is a rather stupid design with little pegs that the circle of the string fits are at a bad angle and falls off the pegs to easily then loops over and under the tremelo which is alot harder and shouldn't be, So if you don't need quick string replacement its livable.
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