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Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar, Wine Red

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  • Uses 3 Epiphone Dogear Alnico-V P-90 pickups
  • Designed with ES-style body
  • Features Bigsby B70 tremelo
  • Stunning gold hardware
  • Produces punch and great tone
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 46 x 21 x 4 inches ; 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 29.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001IAHN92
  • Item model number: ETR3WRGB3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,347 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 16, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Guitar

Modeled After One of the Most Enduring Classics

The Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 is modeled after one of Epiphone's most enduring classics, the Riviera. First introduced in the early '60s, the Epiphone Riviera's semi-hollow design has been a favorite of players from all genres and generations including blues great Otis Rush, Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, and The Strokes' Nick Valensi, who have all found that the Riviera's legendary ES-body shape could produce great tones with any pickup variation. Over the years, the Riviera has been seen with humbuckers, mini-humbuckers, and P-90s. But now the Custom P-93 has the rare distinction of giving players a new sound and a new distinctive look.

Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Guitar
Made of premium laminated maple with a mahogany center block. View larger

Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Guitar
Controls include 3 individual Volume pots (for each pickup) and 1 Master Tone.
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Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Guitar
Premium Wilkinson machine heads for superior tuning stability. View larger

The Riviera Custom P-93 uses 3 Epiphone "Dogear" Alnico-V P-90 pickups for a punch that leaves all other three-single coil pickup guitars in the dust. And when matched with the bell-like tones of the ES-style body, a Bigsby B70 tremelo, plus a stunning Wine Red finish with gold hardware, the Riviera Custom P93 truly becomes of our era's great instruments.

Semi-Hollow Design, Solid Craftsmanship

The Riviera Custom P-93 is constructed of premium laminated maple with a mahogany center block and a hand-fitted, glued-in mahogany 24.75" scale neck with a SlimTaper "D" profile and 22 medium jumbo frets with a 1.68" nut for great string spacing and intonation. Other details include a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid parallelogram inlays, quality electronic parts including full-size 1" 500K Ohm potentiometers, Epiphone's all-metal pickup selector switch, a '60s era Epiphone logo on the headstock, and a heavy-duty output jack.

Ground Breaking Electronics

The Riviera Custom P93's fabulous semi-hollowbody sound is voiced by three Epiphone "Dogear" classic P-90 pickups with Alnico V magnets. Controls include 3 individual Volume pots (for each pickup) and 1 Master Tone. The all-metal toggle works as it would with a 2-pickup guitar with the rhythm position activating the neck pickup and the lead toggle position activating the bridge pickup. The middle pickup can be used in any position by adjusting its volume control.

Stunning Colors

The Riviera Custom P93 comes in Wine Red with gold hardware that extends to the premium 14:1 ratio Wilkinson machine heads which provide superior tuning stability and accuracy. Also included as standard equipment on the Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 is Epiphone's exclusive LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge plus a legendary Bigsby B70 tremelo.

About Epiphone

Epiphone is one of American's oldest and most revered instrument makers and since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music. The name evokes both history and the spirit of invention. Epiphone has been an audible presence in every great musical era from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s. From swing-era archtops through post-war pop, jazz, R&B, and early rock n' roll. From the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash. And now, in the 21st century, new Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch pots, the Shadow NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic preamp have brought the historic name to a new generation.

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Riviera Custom P93 at a Glance
  • New Epiphone ES-style design
  • Three P-90 pickups
  • Gold hardware and Bigsby B70 tailpiece
  • Mahogany Slim Taper D profile neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with pearloid parallelogram inlays
Epiphone Riviera Custom P93 Guitar

Product Description

The warm, clear tone of the Riviera electric guitar makes it a perfect instrument for jazz, blues, or country. Its semi-hollow body is crafted of laminated maple. A set mahogany C-shaped neck provides sustain and playing comfort. The 3 Alnico V P-90s produce a fatter, warmer single-coil tone for extra sass while a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece delivers the twang that has been a favorite for decades.Pickup switchingUp: neck-middleCenter: neck-middle-bridgeDown: middle-bridgeIndividual volume controls let you isolate each P-90.Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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Beautifully made, quality materials and GOOD electronics.
M. Schmidt
The tone/volume knobs on the guitar provide great options, the pickups are actually very good for an Epiphone.
Hamster Army
This guitar definitely gives the player the look and feel of a much more expensive instrument.
Kim K.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gunny on July 30, 2010
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Before I purchased this instrument, I read a lot of reviews. Some good, some not so good. Biggest complaint was that the instrument was not assembled well and had lose parts when it arrived. Some other complaints was about the action. Blues requires heavier strings, higher action, and wider frets. This instrument is a SUPER GREAT Blues, Jazz, & Country guitar for the money!

My instrument arrived in great condition, no lose parts (been playing on it for a month now and nothing lose!) It sounds great (I play Blues) and looks terrific.

Unless you want to spend 2 or 3 thousand bucks for a good Blues, Jazz, or Country guitar, you can not go wrong with this fine $500 instrument. Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 Electric Guitar, Wine Red

Hope this helps,

Gunny
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Limfoma Mbweebwee on October 25, 2010
I've had my Riviera for several months. I didn't expect a whole lot. After all, it's a $500 Chinese guitar. But I felt like giving it a shot, since Chinese products are improving so much. I thought it would be a good cheap way to get to know ES335-type guitars with Bigsbys and single-coil pickups, but it turned out to be a great guitar, not just a learning experience.

I found a tiny imperfection on the headstock (I can't remember where), and there is a small amount of waviness in the finish in the areas where the fretboard joins the top of the guitar. You would have to be examining the guitar very closely to find these things. Other than that, the guitar seems perfect. It doesn't have the finesse of a high-end Japanese guitar, but I've seen plenty of old Gibsons that seemed less refined.

The action is flawless. I have some expensive guitars, but I keep coming back to this one. The neck is flat and straight, and it's fast and friendly. The intonation is good, even down by the nut. It never gives me any problems.

The pickups sound very good for blues, but they're not very bright. They are the weak point of the guitar. I wanted a clearer, hotter sound, so I'm putting Lollars on my guitar. It's worth it. I think the middle pickup is silly, but it doesn't seem to hurt the sound.

The tuners work fine, but they're small, and they don't have the nice feel of Gotohs or other expensive tuners.

The Bigsby works fine, and I haven't seen any problems with the plating. I have a real Bigsby on another guitar, and so far, I haven't noticed any quality difference. The bridge is very good, although the plating is wearing off. The retaining wire on the bridge causes some buzz; you may have to bend yours a little.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hamster Army on August 24, 2013
Very nice "replica" quality guitar, you can make it sound as good as you want it to out of the box. The tone/volume knobs on the guitar provide great options, the pickups are actually very good for an Epiphone. The Bigsby is very solid, but is quite "tight" and lacks a deep sweep in tone like vintage guitars...I suppose that can be adjusted.

I will not buy an Epiphone without trying it out first in a store, too many duds. This also enabled me to have the salesman use instrument glue on the infamous input jack nuts that fall into the bodies on these models (drilling issue, it has the same lack of quality drilling/inputs on the pots/knobs, but they work well, yet they are often not seated well and are awkwardly set).

The middle pickup and even the hollow body seem to be gimmicky, and serve little purpose (compare the unplugged sound to a vintage hollow body and there's no comparison).

That said it's so sharp and nice to look at, very comfortable to play, great action, nice, bright sound, and if you can play, you can make this thing sound sweet. It's a fun guitar that's "gig worthy," not just a cheap budget model (originally it was a $900+ series).

I pulled the Epiphone sticker off the pick guard and maybe some day will upgrade a pickup or two, and it could be an interesting project guitar for someone who likes the comfort, action, electronics and style of it. It reminds of the old late 60's Vox, Gretsch and Gibson hollow bodies with Bigsby's, my favorite style, it's a really good value and a real player, not just a show piece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smurfie on January 3, 2014
I could go on forever about this guitar, but I'll share the important parts. First of all, it's quality at its best. Not a flaw anywhere. The neck was my main worry. Was I going to be able to comfortably put my hands on the neck without a bulky, oversize feel? The answer is yes. The neck is thin enough and the string action comes already low for easy playability. The semi hollow body allows for play without an amplifier, but I have the Peavey Vypr III amp which gives this guitar such a great variety of sounds. There's a warm, rich sound that comes through the P90 pickups that allows to play softly in the background or you can flip the toggle switch and get a sound that has some bite to it. I'm playing mostly blues and country with it, and I only play for my own enjoyment. I'm not a working musician, I'm a retired working musician that played bass guitar for 30+ years and recently decided to learn the guitar for my own pleasure, and this guitar has made playing just that......a pleasure. If you're looking for a quality guitar for the right price, then look no further. This is it!!!
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