Gonna try an Epiphone Riviera 1967

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Hello guys. I can't wait. In the next days I'm gonna have the chance to try out a Epiphone Riviera from the 60s. It should be a 1967, to be precise.
The guitar has certainly seen better days.
It has been refinished (one of the ugliest burst I have ever seen) after a huge crack on the top, going from the "lower" f to the jack.
One inlay may have fallen out, and it was glued back poorly.
Frets are pretty much done, it will need a refret to make it giggable once again.
I think the strap pin has broken, because there is a metal stud where the tailpiece is mounted.
There isn't the original frequensator, it has a standard tailpiece.
2 holes were filled with maple on the top.

I honestly can't even begin to wonder what has happened to this 50 years old guitar.

I'll string it up as soon as I get the screws for the tailpiece, and hope for the best.
It has the original PAF sticker mini humbucker, Gibson ABR1 bridge.
I just felt in love with this guitar the first time I took a look at it.
Being able to play it is incredible, I can't imagine how I could feel if I was to buy it.

Here are some pics!







 

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I think the one pluged hole was the original bridge location. Looks to me like that bridge is parallel to the pickup and was set up left handed for some of its life. Even the notches in the saddles show a lefty set up.
 

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I think the one pluged hole was the original bridge location. Looks to me like that bridge is parallel to the pickup and was set up left handed for some of its life. Even the notches in the saddles show a lefty set up.
The hole near the pick guard might have been where the bridge used to be, but the other hole is way too far to be a bridge hole!


And about the saddles, I took down the bridge to see what it was and didn't care to put it back the correct way..
 
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For a short time, I played a 1966 Casino...you are gonna LOVE that Riv, even as it is now. Hope the price is right...
 

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I think you'll love her. They were made in Kalamazoo. I ordered mine from Epi in 65(66?). I wish I had kept it.
For a while I had P90's installed, but most people seem to love the mini PAF's.
Nice find...enjoy.
 

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You can typically find a 60's Riviera for Gibson ES 335 Custom Shop prices. One with issues should be in line with or even less than the standard ES.
 

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That burst! lol

I'd love to see that restored to it's former glory. Bet it sounds great.
 

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That burst! lol

I'd love to see that restored to it's former glory. Bet it sounds great.
Yeah I'd love to see it in its original glory, the iced tea burst was beautiful.
I also don't have the frequensator, I have only a "normal" archtop stopbar.

So I finally tried it, yesterday evening.

The neck is incredibly comfortable, it has a very narrow fingerboard which is perfect for me, and it is a 60 slim.
It has some electronic problems, the pots are noisy in certain points.
As far as the sound, I was expecting something "more". Don't get me wrong, it plays really really good, I think it's the best sounding guitar I tried, but having never tried real PAFs before I was expecting something like Heaven's gate to open, I don't know lol
Especially the bridge pickup, isn't quite as powerful as the neck one.
The neck one, on the other hand, is really precise on the low strings, which is what I'm looking in a neck pickup sound, as I strum a lot in my band's songs and having a muddy neck is unbearable.

But I love it. The whole mojo, the guitar has suffered a lot, when they refinished it they didn't even scrape the binding in certain points, it has the crack on the board I mentioned before, and all the other stuff... I don't know what happened, but it's awesome.


The owner wants to bring it for evaluation in some shops in my area. I'll see for how much I can get it after that.

 

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