NGD....again. Epi Riviera, Royal Tan

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That's killer. I've always wanted one of those. I've had a few Casinos, but I bet those mini humbuckers sound great in that body style.
 

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Beautiful. Semi-hollows and hollowbodies are guitars I really enjoy. l have an Epi ES-339 that is just killer.

It has the only humbuckers I have owned that are really good split too.

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@Wallaby ..... DO NOT PURCHASE. I MEAN IT. it's a slippery slope guitar. It plays and sounds so good, and looks so good, that it'll make you want more guitars.

All kidding aside, I'm as happy with it today as I was originally, if not moreso. I know it's a bit of a fad/period thing/etc., but between the Rivolta Regata and the Riviera, I'm having a semi-solid moment and loving them.

I've found myself looking at Epiphone Valensi P94s, as I've always loved that look and the mix of a semi-solid and P90s (P94s technically) is something I don't have. But they're pricey!
 

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Thanks for the warning, it sounds like a terrible predicament, I would hate that....

dum-de-dum... ( checks bank balance for no particular reason... )
 

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Just to grease your skids--I'll say this again. I've never honestly been big on the quality of MIC Epiphones. Les Pauls, Dots, any of them. I played some Dots that were unbelievable duds. They just felt pretty cheap, which they were.

I have a 2001 Peerless (Korea) Casino by Epiphone, and it feels way different. Much better, far more alive. Just a much better guitar than any MIC Epiphone I had played.

But this new Riviera is really fantastic. It feels great, the finish is great, it looks killer, sounds great, frets are great. It's a fantastic guitar, and it feels every bit as good as others costing more.

I really enjoy it, and clearly the quality at the newer Gibson-owned factory in Qing Dao (not sure on spelling) is way better than older MIC Epis. Highly recommended, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
 

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Just to grease your skids--I'll say this again. I've never honestly been big on the quality of MIC Epiphones. Les Pauls, Dots, any of them. I played some Dots that were unbelievable duds. They just felt pretty cheap, which they were.

I have a 2001 Peerless (Korea) Casino by Epiphone, and it feels way different. Much better, far more alive. Just a much better guitar than any MIC Epiphone I had played.

But this new Riviera is really fantastic. It feels great, the finish is great, it looks killer, sounds great, frets are great. It's a fantastic guitar, and it feels every bit as good as others costing more.

I really enjoy it, and clearly the quality at the newer Gibson-owned factory in Qing Dao (not sure on spelling) is way better than older MIC Epis. Highly recommended, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
I had the Qingdao built Sheraton. It was a really nice playing guitar, super low buzz free action if you wanted it that low. Guitar itself is nice, is put together nice, plays nice. The Sheraton has a TUSQ nut and the Probuckers were definitely usable vs past Epi's I've played/owned. The usual issues though: cheap pots, cheap switches.

The Sheraton was an incredible player but had neck dive so bad it was non-gigworthy. The switch also failed after a few attempts at gigging. $200+parts for the tech to Americanize the wiring and a Bigsby to fix the neck dive was more than I thought it was worth although sometimes I think maybe I should've just bit the bullet because the neck was incredible and insanely low buzz free action was noteworthy. Five piece maple-walnut-maple-walnut-maple on the Sheraton is just a superior neck to my other semi's IME. Stable to the point it's not a concern. My slim taper Gibson needs regular adjustments with season change.

Glad you are enjoying yours. I would say if it needs upgrades later just go for it because the guitar itself is a great instrument. There is an Epi factory tour on youtube that shows the machine they press the bodies for the semi hollow and hollow guitars. It's definitely a high tech operation and sold me on their semi hollows. I just don't care for chinese electronics. Best.
 

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COOL!
Actually I kinda like the black knobs combining with the black pickup surrounds.
 

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Just to grease your skids--I'll say this again. I've never honestly been big on the quality of MIC Epiphones. Les Pauls, Dots, any of them. I played some Dots that were unbelievable duds. They just felt pretty cheap, which they were.

I have a 2001 Peerless (Korea) Casino by Epiphone, and it feels way different. Much better, far more alive. Just a much better guitar than any MIC Epiphone I had played.

But this new Riviera is really fantastic. It feels great, the finish is great, it looks killer, sounds great, frets are great. It's a fantastic guitar, and it feels every bit as good as others costing more.

I really enjoy it, and clearly the quality at the newer Gibson-owned factory in Qing Dao (not sure on spelling) is way better than older MIC Epis. Highly recommended, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Me too, a lot of duds I've tried. But I had a Peerless ...98? Sheraton that was killer also, heavy as heck though! Vine of life headstock, quad binding, Gibson label, Real abalone neck inserts... sat forever on CL. Paid $350 with hard case.:
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I actually owned an Emperor at some point in the early-to-mid-90's and it basically an inert substance. Good-looking but dead as a door nail as they say.

I also had an LP Deluxe, in the late 80's, and as I recall the pickups were not to my liking.

I've never had an Epiphone or mini-humbuckers since.

Maybe it's time to forgive and forget...
 

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Very, very cool. My Epi Sorrento with the minihums was a really great sounding and looking guitar. How is upper fret access and overall comfort on that? Does it have the extra-skinny neck that some of those have?
 

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Just to grease your skids--I'll say this again. I've never honestly been big on the quality of MIC Epiphones. Les Pauls, Dots, any of them. I played some Dots that were unbelievable duds. They just felt pretty cheap, which they were.

I felt the same. Pretty leery of the MIC stuff for a long time. What changed my mind on MIC was two guitars:

- Epiphone Sorrento '62 RI
- Eastman T64V/T

I once owned the P90 variant of Sorrento made by Peerless in the 90s. Also owned 3 MIK casinos over the years, all by Peerless. And one Elitist casino. One of the Peerless-made casinos was an excellent guitar. The others good but not great.

By contrast, the MIC Epi Sorrento is outstanding. Thanks in part to the wonderful Gibson minihums. But it's not just the p/us. This guitar is well made, high quality. Sounds amazing, and with a pro setup, plays that way too.

Same exact deal with the Eastman T64V/T. It's not a perfect instrument. (neck radius compounds, but in the wrong direction!) That aside, the T64 is a big step better than any casino I've owned/played, whether MIC, MIJ or MIK. Believe it or don't, it's better than the vintage ES-330 I had for awhile.

MIC has come a long way, and fast.
 

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Me too, a lot of duds I've tried. But I had a Peerless ...98? Sheraton that was killer also, heavy as heck though! Vine of life headstock, quad binding, Gibson label, Real abalone neck inserts... sat forever on CL. Paid $350 with hard case.:
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Yeah around 2006-2007 I had a Sheraton exactly like that, and it played really great. Like super smooth. The pickups were absolutely trash however, and rather than mod it I decided to let it go. Really nice guitar though. The Korean Epiphone stuff has just always been, to my fingers and ear, much better than the Chinese stuff. But this new Riviera changes that big-time, it's on par with the best Epiphones I've ever played.
 




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