Epiphone Riviera

Electric 12-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description Semi-hollow body with chrome VibraTone tailpiece, 2 Mini-Humbuckers, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, body and neck binding, and chrome hardware.
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Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (of 5)
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On 9/20/2006, Lois Ward (30) posted:
Overall Rating:
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
Features:
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.
Playability:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Durability:
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!
On 5/12/2001, Daz Smith (27) posted:
Overall Rating:
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.
Price: $350.00
Where Obtained: Academy of Sound, Nottm UK
Features:
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.
Playability:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Durability:
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.