NGD - Epiphone Riviera P93 Black Pearl Royale!!!

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  1. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Friend of Leo's

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    It's been a long while since I've bought a guitar, and even longer since I've scored an Epiphone.

    This is my very 1st 3-P90 semi-hollow guitar I've ever owned.

    I remember when these came out back in about 2012, and were offered in black like this one,red, and blue, and I always thought I'd like to audition one.

    I never got to when they were released, and I never seen any of these out in the wild for sale, until yesterday.

    I really like this guitar from what I heard when I auditioned it, making sure everything worked properly.

    It need a good cleaning and set up, so I took it to my tech and let him give the little TLC it needed.

    After reading the reviews on these guitars, I think this guitar offers a lot of really cool tones ,and is something I don't already have in my collection.

    Anyone else own one of these type of Epi's ?

    If so, what's your take on these Riviera's ?

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    Cool!
     
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    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    It looks very cool in black. Wondering, what is the weight? I was looking at getting one, but they tend to be heavy.

    I have others in the Riviera line (12 string and a six with mini-humbuckers) and they sit right over 8 lbs.
     
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    Triple cool!
     
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    I keep looking at wine red ones and I have yet to pull the trigger. Excellent guitars.
     
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    Congrats.

    Cool guitars, but I hate the switching scheme on 3-pickup Gibsons. What I want from the switch on a 3-pickup guitar is: N, M, B. That's it. Just like the original Strats (up to the late '70s). As for the knobs, I would want V/T/T/T.
     
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    I'm not really sure what it weighs, but it didn't seem too heavy for me.

    I picked it up and took it straight over to my guitar tech to get it cleaned up, intonated , and full check up on all pots and pickups.

    He needs the work, and I don't giving him the business.

    Once I get it back I'll get it weighed and report back.
     
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    Texsunburst59 Friend of Leo's

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    If I'm not mistaken, this has 3 volumes and 1 tone pot.

    I'm sure it's going to take me a bit to get used to, but I like that it offers something different in the way of blending and mixing the pickups that my other guitars don't.
     
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    Man, that's a nice guitar. :cool:
     
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    That's how a wine red one I tried a while back was wired. I feel like any guitar with 3 pickups and a typical 3-way toggle is going to be a compromise in that area.
     
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    Yea SSS, I agree with you.

    I'm really looking forward to all the tonal options I'll have available with all these pickups combinations. :D
     
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    Very nice...
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    That’s ridiculous. Who on earth needs a guitar with three P90s?!?

    I do. I need one. :(

    Very nice!
     
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    Nice! Congrats!
     
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    I kinda wanted one.... loving P90's. but So many of my guitars are 3 pickup already, I figured i should buy a 2 pickup guitar for tonal variations!
     
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    That's rock'n'roll!
     
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    Cool! I would want a fully hollow version of this. Congrats!
     
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    I took one on trade several years ago, wine red, after lusting after them since they were first put out. Great guitars, but I found I wasn't as big a fan as I thought I'd be, just couldn't bond with it. I ended up trading it for a D'Angelico Excel SS, which was a step up in value, and, with a few modifications, became a guitar I really like. Best of luck with yours, Epi makes great guitars for the money spent.
     
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    Sweet, hope you enjoy.

    Since I read your complete post, and you asked the question.

    I had 2 of those in the maroon/ gold motif.
    I never could fall in love with either one of them.

    First I bought was 2015 or 2014, everything about it was just wrong. Sounded horrible. Hated the body. Loved my DOT, never could figure that out.

    I am a triple caster owner and was able to get that guitar right so I figured I'd give the P93 another go. This was like 2017-2018, sent it back inside my 45 day trial period. Just couldn't bond with either of them, like what someone above said. Only took a $$$ hit on the first one.

    Lucky me.
     
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    I owned one in red and thought it was such a stunning guitar that it was an impulse buy.

    After the honeymoon passed, there were 2 issues for me that caused me to sell it off about a year later.

    1. It had a lot of neck dive. Wasn't a deal breaker as many hollow body / semi guitars suffer from such a thing, but still enought that it bothered me.
    2. I found that I didn't like having the center pickup...kept getting my pick hung up on it. That was a deal breaker for me, and why I sold it.
     
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