NGD--Rivolta Regata Acero Glow: She's arrived

superbadj

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She's here!

Lovely, lovely rocker of a guitar. I really like what Rivolta's doing with their lineup.

This is my 2nd Rivolta, I have a Combinata that survived the worst shipping experience ever. That is also a great rock guitar, twin P90s, all black, styling a mix of retro Ric/Gretsch vibes but feels unique just the same.

This Regata obviously has that 335/Starcaster offshoot feel, but is also unapologetically its own thing. I think Dennis Fano does a green job at designing guitars that borrow ideas from elsewhere without feeling like a knockoff at all.

I have a Starcaster (Squier Starcaster body, Fender Starcaster neck, MojoTone WRHB pickups) that I've quite enjoyed for a while now, but for some reason I kept looking around at 335-type semi-hollows w/more traditional PAF style pickups. I've always been a Fender/Gretsch guy, and had a Sheraton at one point that was a beautiful, wonderful player..but the pickups were absolute trash--total mud.

It soured me on the PAF style. But I love so many bands that play PAFs--Alabama Shakes (Heath Fogg's Sheraton), Wilco (Jeff Tweedy's SGs) and I love those guitar sounds. But in my hands a PAF always has sounded muddy.

But that was before my AC15 found a home here. And before this thing. Together they sound really, really good. I'm not at all (obviously) a PAF expert but these "Brevetto" pickups sound really solid to my ear. And I kinda love the simpler control layout compared to the normal Gibson-style 4-knob setup.

So far...she's a winner. I'm excited!

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Balances great in a strap and on a leg—I mean it’ll just set however you position it.

It’s semi-hollow so not a feather like a Casino would be. But it’s fairly light. The center mahogany block is weight relieved.

I’ll weigh it soon enough. Just haven’t had time yet.
 

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I'm really having a moment here. I.....like PAF-style humbuckers?

WHAT? This goes against the grain of the past....like 18-20 years since I dove deeper into guitars. I've been a tele guy since I got my first electric in 1989 or so. I only had that one Epi Sheraton II with the muddiest crappiest buckers ever.

This one really just feels, plays and sounds great through my AC15 (had this amp since 2010 or 2011).

WHAT IS HAPPENING?
 

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For anyone curious, love this thing still. It really plays amazing--I sent the crew at Rivolta a note saying they did a great job on the setup. Really nice feeling guitar. Action is low, plays really easy, even if you bang on it.
 

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She's here!

Lovely, lovely rocker of a guitar. I really like what Rivolta's doing with their lineup.

This is my 2nd Rivolta, I have a Combinata that survived the worst shipping experience ever. That is also a great rock guitar, twin P90s, all black, styling a mix of retro Ric/Gretsch vibes but feels unique just the same.

This Regata obviously has that 335/Starcaster offshoot feel, but is also unapologetically its own thing. I think Dennis Fano does a green job at designing guitars that borrow ideas from elsewhere without feeling like a knockoff at all.

I have a Starcaster (Squier Starcaster body, Fender Starcaster neck, MojoTone WRHB pickups) that I've quite enjoyed for a while now, but for some reason I kept looking around at 335-type semi-hollows w/more traditional PAF style pickups. I've always been a Fender/Gretsch guy, and had a Sheraton at one point that was a beautiful, wonderful player..but the pickups were absolute trash--total mud.

It soured me on the PAF style. But I love so many bands that play PAFs--Alabama Shakes (Heath Fogg's Sheraton), Wilco (Jeff Tweedy's SGs) and I love those guitar sounds. But in my hands a PAF always has sounded muddy.

But that was before my AC15 found a home here. And before this thing. Together they sound really, really good. I'm not at all (obviously) a PAF expert but these "Brevetto" pickups sound really solid to my ear. And I kinda love the simpler control layout compared to the normal Gibson-style 4-knob setup.

So far...she's a winner. I'm excited!

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Interesting that you already have a Starcaster--that's the first thing I thought of when I saw this. My Squier CV Starcaster is a really nice instrument, but kind of wish I got the natural finish model like this one instead of the 'burst. Enjoy the new guitar.
 




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