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Epiphone Riviera
1962-1963 Epiphone Riviera Headstock
Epiphone Riviera
1964-1969 Epiphone Riviera Headstock
Epiphone Riviera
Modern Epiphone Riviera Headstock

The Epiphone Riviera is a semi-acoustic, semi-hollow bodied guitar shaped similarly to a Gibson ES-335. The Riviera has a long history and was originally produced in the USA in from 1962 until 1969. The Riviera has also been produced in Japan by Matsumoku in the early 1980s and as part of the Elitist Series in the early 2000s. Epiphone Elitist models were made in Japan by Terada to an exceptionally high quality level for only a few years between 2001-2006. Currently the Riviera is made in Asia and is a budget alternative to Gibson guitars. The Riviera remains a popular reissue and limited edition guitar with original examples highly prized by players and collectors alike.


Though the Riviera and all its variations were introduced under the ownership of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, Epiphone is the exclusive manufacturer. The Riviera comes from a wide stable of Epiphone semi-acoustics, such as the Dot, Sheraton and Casino.



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Models


Riviera

Epiphone Riviera
1962-1963 Epiphone Riviera
Epiphone Riviera
1964-1969 Epiphone Riviera
  • Model E-360TD
  • 1962-1969
  • Mini-humbucking pickups
  • Semi-hollow body with solid maple center block
  • Bound top and back
  • Single bound fingerboard
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Oval headstoack inlay
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with bone inserts
  • Frequensator tailpiece
  • White composite celluloid pickguard
  • Nickel hardware
  • Reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 16" body width

Headstock:

  • Open-book 1962-1963
  • Traditional 1964-1969

Colors:

  • Royal Tan
  • Sunburst
  • Cherry



Riviera 12-String

Epiphone Riviera 12-String
Epiphone Riviera 12-String
Epiphone Riviera 12-String
1968 Epiphone Riviera 12-String
  • Model E-360TD-12
  • 1965-1969
  • Mini-humbucking pickups
  • Semi-hollow body with solid maple center block
  • Bound top and back
  • Single bound fingerboard
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Oval headstoack inlay
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with bone inserts
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • White composite celluloid pickguard
  • Nickel hardware
  • Reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 16" body width

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Sunburst



Riviera (Matsumoku, Japan JDM)

Epiphone Riviera
1975-1979 Epiphone Riviera (JDM)
Epiphone Riviera
1975-1979 Epiphone Riviera (JDM)
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 1975-1979
  • Two covered MMK-61 high-output humbucker pickups
  • Laminated maple body
  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram inlays
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • Elongated headstock with no inlay
  • 1-ply body & neck binding
  • Unbound raised pickguard with small "E" emblem
  • 3-screw black truss rod cover with white "E" emblem
  • Tune-o-matic style bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Chrome hardware
  • Black witch-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Japan oval blue label in f-hole

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst



Riviera (Matsumoku, Japan)

Epiphone Matsumoku Riviera
1980-1981 Epiphone Matsumoku Riviera
Epiphone Matsumoku Riviera
1982-1984 Epiphone Matsumoku Riviera
  • Worldwide Distribution
  • 1980-1984

Body:

  • Laminated Maple top, back & sides
  • Semi-hollow body design
  • 1 ply Cream binding
  • No internal kerfling between top/back and sides
  • 3 ply pickguard with printed black E logo
  • Rectangular tan label inside body below upper f-hole
  • 16" body width
  • 1.75" body depth

Neck:

  • Three piece maple with volute
  • Set neck joins at 19th fret
  • 1.75" (incl binding) 1.68" (excl binding)
  • 24.75 scale length

Fingerboard:

  • Rosewood with parallelogram inlays
  • 1 ply cream binding over fret ends
  • 14" Radius
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 3 screw, single-ply white truss cover with black "E" emblem

Pickups:

  • MMK-61 humbucker pickups
  • 2 Volume, 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup selector switch

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Epiphone mini schaller style tuners with small buttons
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with 50mm spacing
  • Frequensator tailpiece 1980-1981
  • Stopbar tailpiece 1981-1984

Colors:

  • Antique Sunburst
  • Wine Red

Model Info Contributed by jonnyg



Riviera Reissue

Epiphone Riviera
Epiphone Riviera with Mini-humbuckers
Epiphone Riviera
Epiphone Riviera with Humbuckers
  • Model ETRI
  • 1994-2010
  • Laminated maple body & top
  • Semi-hollow construction
  • Set mahognay neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Crown inlay on headstock
  • Body & neck binding
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Optional Vibrotone tremolo
  • Chrome hardware
  • Reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Pickups:

  • Humbuckers 1994-1998
  • Mini-humbuckers 1999-2010

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Natural
  • Vintage sunburst
  • Gold Sparkle
  • Turqoise
  • Metallic Black



Riviera 12-String Reissue

Epiphone Riviera
Epiphone Riviera with Mini-humbuckers
  • Model ETR2
  • 1997-2000
  • Laminated maple body & top
  • Semi-hollow construction
  • Set mahognay neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Crown inlay on headstock
  • Body & neck binding
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with trapeze tailpiece
  • Chrome hardware
  • Reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.875" nut width

Pickups:

  • Humbuckers 1997-1998
  • Mini-humbuckers 1999-2000



Riviera Limited Edition Cherry

Epiphone Riviera Limited Edition Europe
Epiphone Riviera Limited Edition Europe
  • 2011
  • European Domestic Market only
  • Two NY mini-humbucker pickups
  • Semi-hollow, laminated maple body with solid center block
  • Bound top, back & neck
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Historical oval headstock inlay
  • Limited Edition logo on the back of the headstock
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with frequensator tailpice
  • Chrome hardware
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Scale 24.75"
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Cherry Gloss finish



Jorma Kaukonen Riviera Deluxe

Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Riviera Deluxe
Epiphone Jorma Kaukonen Riviera Deluxe
  • 2000-2005
  • Classic Alnico-V pickups
  • Laminated Maple Body and Top
  • Set Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Body & neck binding
  • Grover tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75” Scale
  • 1.68” nut width
  • Cherry finish

Tremolo:

  • Vibratone tailpiece 2000-2002
  • Licensed Bigsby tremolo 2003-2005



Riviera Custom P93

Epiphone Riviera Custom P93
Epiphone Riviera Custom P93
  • Three Alnico-V P-90 pickups
  • Laminated maple top with hand-scalloped bracing and sound post
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • 1-ply body & neck binding
  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "D" profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with Bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece
  • Black pickguard
  • 14:1 ratio Wilkinson tuners
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • 3 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale length
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

Hardware:

  • Gold with black pickguard - Cherry finish
  • Nickel with cream pickguard - Gold Top finish



Riviera P93 Royale

Epiphone Riviera Royale
Epiphone Riviera P93 Royale
Epiphone Riviera Royale
Epiphone Riviera P93 Royale
  • 2011-Current
  • Three Alnico-V P-90 pickups
  • Laminated maple top
  • Mahogany center block
  • Hand-scalloped bracing and sound post
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • 1-ply gold body & neck binding
  • Set mahogany neck with SlimTaper "C" profile
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with Bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece
  • 14:1 ratio wilkinson tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • Gold pickguard
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • 3 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale length
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Pearl white finish

See Also: Royale Series



Riviera P93 Black Royale

Epiphone Black Royale
Epiphone Riviera Black Royale
Epiphone Black Royale
Epiphone Riviera Black Royale
  • 2012-Current
  • P-90 R & T Single Coil pickups
  • Semi-Hollow body construction
  • Laminated Maple Body & Sides
  • 1-ply Silver-Sparkle binding on body (top&back) & neck
  • Set mahogany neck with 60's SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid parallelogram inlays
  • 22 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • Sloped Dovewing headstock with pearloid pineapple inlay
  • LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with Bigsby Tremolo
  • Vintage style tuners with small metal buttons
  • Nickel hardware
  • 3 Vol. 1 Master Tone controls
  • TopHat knobs with metal inserts
  • 3-way switch
  • 24,75" scale lenth
  • 1,68" nut width
  • Black Pearl finish

See Also: Black Royale Series



Nick Valensi Riviera P-94

Epiphone Nick Valensi Riviera P-94
Epiphone Nick Valensi Riviera P-94
  • 2007-2011
  • Gibson P94T & P94R pickups
  • Laminated maple top, back & sides
  • Set Mahogany neck with SLimTaper "D" profile
  • Single-ply body & neck binding
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • White truss rod cover with "Valensi" inscription
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Elevated 3-ply pickguard with "E" emblem
  • Nickel hardware
  • 16:1 ratio Grover die-cast tuners
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Antique Natural finish



Nick Valensi Elitist Riviera P-94

Epiphone Nick Valensi Elitist Riviera P-94
Epiphone Nick Valensi Elitist Riviera P-94
Epiphone Nick Valensi Elitist Riviera P-94
Epiphone Nick Valensi Elitist Riviera P-94 Headstock
  • 2006
  • Gibson P94T & P94R pickups
  • 5-ply maple top, back & sides
  • 1-piece Set Mahogany neck
  • unbound f-holes
  • 1-ply body & neck binding
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Black truss rod cover with "Nick Valensi P-94" engraving
  • Traditional headstock with no inlay
  • Elite or Elitist logo on back of headstock
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • 2-ply pickguard with foil "E" emblem
  • Nickel hardware
  • Bone nut
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.625" nut width
  • 16" body width
  • 1.75" body depth

Colors:

  • Antique Natural
  • Vintage Sunburst

Source: http://www2.epiphone.com/elitist/nick.htm

See also: Archtop Signature Models, Elitist Archtops



Elitist Riviera

Epiphone Elitist Riviera-6
Epiphone Elitist Riviera-6
Epiphone Elitist Riviera-12
Epiphone Elitist Riviera-12
Epiphone Elitist Riviera-12
Epiphone Elitist Riviera-12 Headstock
  • Model ELRI/ELR12
  • 60NYR & 60NYT USA Mini-humbuckers
  • 5-ply maple top, back & sides
  • Unbound f-holes
  • Single-ply body & neck binding
  • 1-piece set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Traditional headstock with oval inlay
  • Elite or Elitist logo on back of headstock
  • 2-ply white truss rod cover with "Elitist" engraving
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • 3-ply white pickguard with foil "E" emblem
  • Grover tuners
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • Nickel hardware
  • Bone nut
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75" scale
  • 16" body width
  • 1.75" body depth

Tailpiece:

  • Frequensator 6-String
  • Trapeze 12-String

Nut Width:

  • 1.625" 6-String
  • 1.68" 12-String

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst

Source: http://www2.epiphone.com/elitist/riviera.htm

See also: Elitist Archtops



Nashville USA Collection Riviera

Epiphone Riviera
1993 USA Epiphone Riviera
  • 1993-1994
  • Made in Nashville, USA
  • Limited run of 250 guitars
  • Built to exact specifications of original Riviera

Body:

  • Semi-hollow body construction
  • Laminated maple body & top
  • Solid maple center block
  • Single bound body
  • Unbound F-holes
  • Nitrocellulose finish

Neck:

  • 1-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with parallelogram inlays
  • Pearl oval inlay on headstock
  • Engrqaved "E" logo on truss rod cover
  • Single-bound neck
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Electronics:

  • Epiphone designed mini-humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch

Hardware:

  • Tune-o-matic bridge with frequensator tailpiece
  • Raised toirtoise pickguard with raised "E" emblem
  • Chrome hardware
  • Gold reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Natural



Riviera II

Epiphone Riviera II
Epiphone Riviera II
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2009-Current
  • Humbucker pickups
  • Laminated Maple Body and top
  • Set Maple Neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Split Parallelogram inlays
  • Body and neck binding
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75” Scale
  • 1.625” Nut

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Metallic Light Blue



Noel Gallagher Supernova

Epiphone Noel Gallagher Supernova
Epiphone Noel Gallagher Supernova
Epiphone Noel Gallagher Supernova
Epiphone Noel Gallagher Supernova
Epiphone Noel Gallagher Union Jack
Epiphone Noel Gallagher Union Jack
  • 1997-2005
  • Alnico Classic HB & Alnico Hot HB pickups
  • Laminated Maple top
  • laminated maple back & sides
  • Single-ply body and neck binding
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Split Parallelogram inlays
  • Deco pearl oval inlay on headstock
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Screen printed "Supernova" on pearloid truss rod cover
  • Pearloid raised pickguard with "E" emblem
  • Noel Gallagher signature on pickguard
  • Black reflector knobs
  • Chrome hardware
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • 24.75” Scale
  • 1.62” Nut

Colors:

  • Union Jack
  • Manchester City Blue
  • Cherry Red
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Ebony




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