I was always drawn to the archtop electrics. The true Gibson's were just too pricey for a relative novice. Also looked at the Ibanez Artstar and the Epiphone Dot and Casino. Played about with a Gretsch Tennesee Rose (and fell in love) but also too pricey for me. When I saw the Jorma on Ebay for $439 I had to jump. The upgraded pickups address a common complaint with the standard Riviera. If it were lost or stolen I would be PO'ed. Then I'd do my best to replace. Yeah, yeah, I know it's not a real Gibson 335, but my little peabrain can live with a nearly $2k difference in price. Damn near looks identical as well.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $439.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ebay (music store in WI)
Pickups: 2 '57 Classic humbuckers
Hardware: Gold w/Bigsby Vibrotone
Nut Width: 1.68"
Set Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard
Laminated maple body with binding on the neck and body
Laminated maple top in a beautiful cherry finish with white binding and black pickguard.
2 Volume & 2 Tone controls (one for each pickup), & three pickup combinations (upper, lower, or both).
Much lower action than my AJ-15. Quite pleased with the variety of sound variations between pickups and tone settings from clean,clear blues to a nasty edge, if need be. Seemed to set up well right out of the box. No flaws noted.
I play thru a small Marshall amp straight-up and at times thru a Behringer V-amp and the wide range of tonal possibilities that exist with it. Unfortunately my Marshall does not have an effects loop so I'm relagated to personal enjoyment of thw V-amp for now. I hope to delve into home recording in the near future.
So far, so good. The pickup selector switch seems to be the only "cheesy" aspect. A bit noisy when switching between pickup configurations. I suppose It'd be fairly inexpensive to replace if need be.