Epiphone Riviera Jorma Kaukonen

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Epiphone

Description Epiphones's Signature Series model of the Riviera (Epi's 335 clone). Upgraded Grover tuners, '57 Classic pickups, Vibratone tailpiece.
Posted By Harry L. Jones Jr. (10)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 2/25/2002, Harry L. Jones Jr. (10) posted:
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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)
Features:
Pickups: 2 '57 Classic humbuckers Hardware: Gold w/Bigsby Vibrotone Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Scale: 24.75" Nut Width: 1.68" Grover tuners 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). Korean-made.
Playability:
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.
Sound Quality:
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.
Durability:
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.