I think I will play everything I got until it literally falls apart. I inherited all of it!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: My Dad
Of course this guitar is extremely special to me. It is in almost mint condition and even though I am just a beginner...it sounds pretty sweet...although my fingers sometimes mar that sweet sound. It is great to have such a wonderful piece of American instrument history.
OK...so I have these little hands that I am trying to train to be able to reach all the strings...its not really helpful with that.
I have an Ibanez Multi Effects UE-305...I inherited that also from my Dad..though I have not used it..I am still learning...hell I have no idea how to plug the thing in...yet. I have a Vox AC 50 Small Box something or other amp set up. That too is from my Dad...its old but it looks good...and it meant alot to my Dad. I also have a Marshall amp too...and some other things. My Dad was a musician for many ,many years. I have not used hardly any of this stuff.....yet. I will rate it all excellent...even though I do not know...but hey my Dad did not collect junk.
Believe it or not the Old Vox looks and works great! So does all the rest of the stuff....I am waiting for the day that I have to worry about it being durable enough to let me play live..like for people!
I chose it for the trem and the colour. I wasn't even looking for a guitar the day I bought it. It shouted my name from off the wall where it hung....... I fell in love with the hideousness of the colour straight away (everyone will hate it, I thought). I'd asked the guys in the shop to get me a Fender Jazzmaster in but when one arrive it was 1400 quid. Er.....way too much.
Where Obtained: Academy of Sound, Nottm UK
Although the guys in the shop said it was second-hand, it looks and feels brand new. Mines a turquoise model with a Bigsby type trem. When I checked out the Epiphone site I can't find a Riviera with a trem, but mine has one and says Riviera as clear as a bell inside!!!! The description above doesn't mention the trem either, but it definitely has one. I wanted that kinda Neil Young wobble-thang rather than a superstrat divebomb puke diver.
The neck is good for a cheap guitar; not as 'friendly' as a Gibson or many other 'quality' guitars, but it does the job. So far I've found slight tuning problems when using the trem lots - only slight tho' (I remember some really expensive trems f---ing up all the time!). I can play anything on it that I can on my other guitars, so I guess its OK playability wise.
Cos of the hollow body, it whistles when the amp is on loadsadistortion settings. This is to be expected tho, and is not a fault of the guitar - more a fault in my taste having the distortion up so high with a guitar built to be more subtle.
I was surprised how much it raged when I first plugged it in. Real RHAAAAAARGH.
The main problem with it is the trem and the tuning. Its worse when there are other guitar players on the stage. When there's only a bassist you will find guitar tuning less problematic anyway, because of the register difference between the instruments. Tuning will still waver but it is less noticeable. 2 or 3 guitars onstage simultaneously and YIKES! It's easy to put back in tune tho with my experience, I don't think people even notice.