Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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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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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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EpiphoneLimited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
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    • Experienced (4)

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

 

Substandard tuners

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...Read complete review

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".

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(101 of 111 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow...

By cguitarist929

from san Leandro, CA

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

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!

(52 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Mike Kreitzer

from Dayton, Ohio

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

Once again the Folks at Epiphone have proven themselves. This is the third Epi 335 series I've owned and it's one of the best. Right out of the box I was stunned. I thought I would have to get it adjusted but the set up was perfect. Deep rich color! Nice gold hardware. And of course it had that classic PAF tone. The tail piece gives a heavy solid feel to it. Yes it's true that once you use the tremelo you will go out of tune but I don't ever plan on using it. To me the gold Bigsby was the selling point. It's purely cosmetic and that's why I love the look. The only thing I want to do is change the tuning keys because they are too small for me. I actually thought about changing the pickups also but after playing with it a few hours I see no reason for it. I know it was made in China but we are going to have to face reality these days. Compared to a Gibson this is one perfect guitar to take out of the house for late night gigs. My hat goes off to the guys and gals at Epiphone again!.

(43 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing sale price and wonderful guitar!!!

By zach

from maryland

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

I love playing rock, blues and jazz on this babey!! It is perfect nothing is bad. I love the color and have fun with the gold whammy bar. It is big but a can can still get around the neck easily.

(33 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect....don't think twice about buying this - get it now!

By Jonathan

from Raleigh, NC - the City of Oaks

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

I'm not kidding when I say that I literally unpacked this guitar from the Epiphone box, plugged it in, and haven't even changed the strings yet. This guitar should easily be selling for three times the price. Grab one while you can. So many amazing tones through the p-90s. I play it through my tweed Peavey Classic 30 and man is it LOUD! The Bigsby is a nice touch. I like the how the added weight of it provides extra depth in the sound but doesn't unbalance the guitars weight. And overall the thing is amazingly light but doesn't feel like I'm going to break it. I've layed into it pretty well and it just feels "right"!! Don't think twice. Thinking of getting a Gibson - save yourself some heartache and cash and snatch one of these up while they're still around. Amazing.

(26 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome

By Gabe

from Portland Oregon

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

this guitar has a great feel, a warm tone, a stunning look, there really is nothing not to like. Epiphone makes great guitars at unbelievable prices. I have owned a Riviera for three years know and it still shocks me every time i pick it up how much money it cost. Great guitar, beginner or advanced.

(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful, Reliable Guitar.

By rokr mo 33

from Princeton, NJ

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

I have had this guitar for some time now and I am very satisfied with it. I perform live often with it and I have not had any problems or complaints. It stays in tune, and plays clear crisp notes with great sustain. AMAZING guitar fo the money!

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More Than Pleased

By Rick

from Saginaw, TX

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

I've been dedicated to playing Fender Strats for 35 years until I ran across an ad for the Epiphone Riviera. When I saw it I just had to go down and try one out. Needless to say I walked out the door with one in hand. CONS: I hated the strings that came on it from the factory I changed them out the 2nd day. I had a little fret rattle on the high end of the neck. It wasn't bad and only took the Tech about 10 minutes to fix the problem. The volume and tone control knobs are not as linear as most guitars but you can live with it. I have read the pots can be switched out but they are a very close fit and have to come out through the F-holes. PROS: Appearences is excellent, rave reviews from my peers when I play in public. Sound quality is superb. Neck is easy to play on although a little fatter than the Strat. Overall I find myself playing my Riviera more than I play my Strat. It's an awesome guitar for those wanting a 2nd guitar and a different sound

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It just rocks...

By Ty

from Tennessee

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

I've owned a Gibson Les Paul for two years but wanted to get a semi-hollow. Seeing Gibson's prices, the Riviera came to my eyes. I immediately ordered this with high hopes, and I do not regret it. This guitar is well worth it's price if not more. Whether it's BB King's melodic soloes or Malcolm Young's driving rhythms, the P-90s definately get the job done. I still can't believe it... And the absolute beauty of this guitar only complements it's power. I do have to say that it does have some intonation problems (but easily fixed) and the Bigsby doesn't hold tune very well, but this guitar is a definate MUST for the price.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth It

By Waldo

from Elmhurst, IL

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

This guitar can really pack a punch when used right. PROS: Superb sound. Bigsby doesn't trash your tuning as much as I worried it would as long as you are not going crazy. MId-weight and very comfortable both standing and sitting. Changing the action is a breeze and requires no tools. A 5-ish foot cable was included. The free case was a big help and money saver. CONS: The body's colour was a lot brighter and lacked the darker edges; solid red for me. The plastic pick guard seems really cheap. The neck is extremely touchy so you can't put much pull or push on it without noticeably bending the pitch. It doesn't hold the tuning as much as I hoped. The price seems very reasonable. Doesn't play above and beyond $1000 guitars but great for the price. I would advise stopping in at your nearest guitar vender and trying out similar products seeing its online only but I am glad I bought this guitar.

(15 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but lacks quality

By Mike

from Michigan

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

Looks wise this guitar kills, the Bigsby is an excellent touch also. Tonally this guitar isn't very good though. It lacks versatility because of the way the selector switch works. It also lacks a lot of treble so unless you want your sound to be really muddied, expect to play it on the bridge pickup all the time. My other complaint about this guitar is the workmanship. It's really fragile so it's definitely not a good gigging guitar. On the one that i owned, the jack kept falling inside the body and after this happened four times in two days and having to spend at least 30 minutes digging it out every time, i decided it wasn't worth it anymore and took it back. FINAL OPINION: Don't be tempted by the looks of this guitar, even though it's sort of low on the price scale as guitars go, it's not even worth what you'd be paying. Save $100 more and get something that'll satisfy and is built to last.

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