This is a very nice Epiphone Riviera Reissue built in Korea in 1996. The original Rivieras were built in Kalamazoo USA from 1962 to 1970 when Gibson sent Epi production to Japan. It reappeared briefly in 1982 and came back for good in the early ’90s when production moved to Korea.
For a detailed background on the original USA built Rivieras, see our listing of this one from 1968 – https://www.premierguitars.com.au/product/vintage-epiphone-riviera-usa-1968/
Select spruce top
Laminated maple back and sides
Set maple neck
20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
Black headstock with flowerpot inlay
Engraved e truss rod cover
White pickguard with e logo
Two mini humbucker pickups
Four knobs (two volume, two tone)
This particular Riviera reissue presents in very good condition. It has full size humbucking pickups which give this guitar a wider girth in the tone department than its vintage Epi predecessors – very similar to a Gibson 335.
It has a top quality Gotoh bridge (original is in the case), and a Switchcraft toggle switch. These modifications were carried out by Sydney guitar tech Clyde Watkins who also gave this guitar an excellent overall setup. Its original white truss rod cover is in the case as well.
This Epi Riviera Reissue plays great – a nice slim C profile neck features 22 medium frets in good condition with little wear showing. It is super playable, with a slim taper neck and original medium frets in excellent condition.
Like the original Rivieras, the nut is a little narrower than its Gibson cousins at 1 9/16” which may suit a player with smaller or slender fingers.
Weighs in at 8.3 lbs
This is a fine reissue of an original Epiphone classic. It is well made with no structural or cosmetic issues, and at a price that is a little easier on the pocket than its earlier USA made cousins.
Comes in its Epiphone hard shell case in good condition.