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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 laminated maple. A set mahogany C-shaped neck provides... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
Specifications
  • Pickup switching
    Up: neck-middle
    Center: neck-middle-bridge
    Donw: middle-bridge
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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (34)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (6)
  • Flat sound (5)
  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (8), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wow...

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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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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4.0

Sweet axe, but no Quality checks? No Roller bridge? Wow.

By Johnnyboy Cheeseskin

from SLC, utah

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Loose electronics, please tighten before shippin

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

When I got this, the pots were way loose and the knobs were impossible to get off. I thought I was going to break the guitar trying to get the knobs off. Don't put the knobs on too tightly if you're not going to quality check the whole guitar. It makes me wonder what else they missed at the inspection. This thing also does not stay in tune at all. I'm incredibly surprised they didn't include a roller bridge. It's a nice guitar though, overall. after you get a new bridge and tuning keys.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointing workmanship

By Brad

from Massachussets

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

The hex nut that holds the connector to the cable came loose. The connector fell in to the guitar body. It cannot be retrieved without bringing back to Guitar Center. Extremely disappointed. Barely two months old. Bought new.

 
4.0

Worth the price. if its your flavor

By Adam

from NE ohio

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands

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

Fit and finish is excellent except for some fret buzz that could not be adjusted out during
set up. So the action is set higher than a neck without fret issues. Not bad just not ideal.
lm a humbucker guy and I do not care for P90 pick up (not the guitars fault).
I always wanted a bigsby but in this application its marginal. You can get a nice shimmer sound but it pulls strings out of tune. Roller bridge may help.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeded very high expectations

By Greg M

from Austin Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful Appearance
  • Excellent Crftsmenship
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyplace I Want To Play
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    So you can judge my opinion, I've been a garage band musician since 1963, primarily a decent bass player. That being said, I love this guitar. To start with, I bought the wine red finish with the gold hardware and cream colored binding. It is absolutely beautiful, like a piece of fine furniture. When I was testing it out at the store when I picked it up, it turned every head as they walked by. There is not one significant flaw or blemish. The only insignificant flaw is the Epiphone emblem on the pick guard is half way toward falling off (if it can do that without leaving a mark on the pick guard, that may improve the overall appearance). Every edge is smooth and even, including the bindings, and there are no fret rattles anywhere on the neck.

    I am very pleased with the sounds this guitar produces, and the most pleasant surprise is at the pick-up tone and volume settings I want to give me a warm mellow George Benson like sound, the AC hum completely disappears. I don't know if I should be thanking Epiphone or Zach, the technician at the South Austin Guitar Center store for this.

    I did my homework before ordering this. I've looked at many different makes and models before deciding on which guitar I wanted to get. I read lots of reviews, and when it came to this particular model, I took the reviews to heart that discussed the difficulty of keeping in tune with the vibrato tailpiece. After reading all the recommendations on the Bigsby web page I ordered the guitar and elected to have it delivered to the store. Then I went into the store and ordered the Schaller Da Vinci locking tuners, a Schaller roller bridge (both available in gold finish), and a low friction nut. These were going to be installed before I picked up the instrument.

    I asked "do everything you would do if Joe Pass came in and wanted the guitar set up perfectly". That is what I got. This is an exceptional guitar for any price.

     
    5.0

    Simply put, a GREAT Guitar.

    By Carlos

    from Katy, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      Yup it is that good. I am a novice. I started learning when I was a teen ager and that was multiple Presidents ago. I put it down due to life as they say. Well I am older and wanted to commit to it finally. I went into my local GC in Katy, TX when I saw that it had FINALLY come to a store near me, had been watching online for it for months. I spoke to a gentleman named Gary at that GC in Katy. The man KNOWS his stuff and is GREAT at customer service. He helped with this guitar and I was blown away at the sound this thing produced. It is comfortable to play and the action was nice out of the box. The look of the Guitar was also amazing. The Wine Red with the gold hardware just gave the instrument a classy look. Would have loved if the headstock was also bound but that is just me.There are a couple of things that I am looking to change. The tuners for one, a Bigsby can go out of tune and I have found that out first hand so I am looking at a minimum getting a TUSQ Nut from GC to help and then locking tuners. It isn't something that happens all the time but I have noticed it from time to time. I won't take anything off of it because I mod EVERYTHING I own that I can. The wife won't let me mod the car, the kid or the dog. Still as a Novice this is a GREAT guitar, great finish, REALLY versatile though I don't recommend it for Metal. It is, simply put a GREAT guitar.

       
      1.0

      Epiphone Cheap Tuners

      By Austin

      from Hendersonville

      About Me Professional Musician

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

      Epiphone tuners are substandard.
      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".

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Substandard tuners

      By Austin

      from Hendersovillle

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Cheap tuners
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

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

          Epiphone tuners are substandard.
          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".

          (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

                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.

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