Since its inception in the ‘60s, the Riviera has retained its classic ES, semi-hollow body design, but seen sporting many different pickups, such as humbuckers, mini-humbuckers and P-90s. It has also been used in many different genres, gracing the hands of Otis Rush, Lou Reed (Velvet Underground), and Nick Valensi (The Strokes).
The most recent iteration of the Riviera, the Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 shows off the guitar to its full capacity, both musically and aesthetically, with three “Dogear” Alnico-V P-90 pickups, a Bigsby B70 tremolo, and a beautiful wine red finish with gold hardware.
The body of the Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar is made from premium-laminated maple with a mahogany centre block. The guitar’s neck is constructed from mahogany and sports a 24.75” scale length and is carved to the popular SlimTaper “D” profile. Atop this is a rosewood fingerboard, measuring 1.68” at the nut, with 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid parallelogram inlays. A period-correct ‘60s Epiphone logo adorns the headstock.
Giving voice to its beautiful body are three Epiphone Dog-ear classic P-90 pickups with Alnico V magnets. Finite control is available with a volume knob per pickup, a master tone control and a two-way pickup selector switch. The selector switch allows you to alternate between the neck and bridge, while the middle can be blended in as much or as little as you want with its volume control knob.
The hardware fitted on the Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar is definitely worth a mention as it comes supplied with a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby B70 tremolo and premium 14:1 ratio Wilkinson machine heads. In addition all hardware is completed in a gold finish.
The Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 electric guitar is a remarkable model with many professional-grade appointments that make it incredibly reliable, both in the way it plays and the tones it produces. Whether you’re an amateur or a touring professional, this wonderful model would make a welcome addition to any guitarist’s collection.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar Top Material Mahogany Body Material Maple Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration SSS Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile SlimTaper “D” No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Pearloid Parallelogram Tailpiece Locking Tune-o-matic/Bigsby B70 Active/Passive Passive Tuners Wilkinson Controls 3-Individual Volume controls for each pickup, 1-Master Tone Control Finish Wine Red EAN 0711106225678
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