Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 is a rich and elegant guitar with double-cut design. This vintage semi-hollow brings unparalleled tone and material quality. It`s body is made of laminated maple back, sides and top panel. Top is slightly arched and carved with a pair of "f" holes. Elevated plastic pickguard is also installed on this one. It features the same creme binding as it`s found around the edges of the top panel. Cherry color scheme is the only one for this model. Gold-plated tune-o-matic bridge is backed by a Bigsby and trapezoid tailpiece, both plated in gold. Three active P-90s with "Dog Ear" casings are installed in the front. Set mahogany neck has C contour and it`s topped with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.
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I got this gorgeous sxe new from my local GC...put it on layaway as I am on a fixed income that doesn't allow major purchases such as a $500 guitar! Well, when I was making my third payment, the salesguy (after he told me for the fifth time that if I didn't grab this one that he was gonna get it next pay) informed me that the guitar was marked as a closeout, and the price had dropped from $499.99 to $350...happy f**kin' day for me! Needless to say, the electric bill didn't get paid that month, as I wanted to make sure they didn't change their mind seeing as I technically bought the guitar a month before it was marked down...so $220 out of my lean bank account later and I was walking out the door with a Riviera P-93 that didn't have a case (yes, I was THAT broke lol)! So, to the meat of this review...I am madly in love with my Riviera P-93, it is the smoothest sounding and feeling guitar I've ever played, bar none! The three P-90 pickups are loud, brash, and full, almost humbucker-like but with an overall chime to them that only a single coil could deliver. Having three of them makes for some VERY interesting sonic moments...the middle pickup is always live and controlled by its volume knob (its in the spot that would normally be the bridge pickup's tone control). When it's combined with either bridge or neck pickup, yo get a much meatier Strat "out of phase" tone. One their own, each pickup delivers exactly what you'd expect from Gibson type single coils. This all maple bodied guitar is rather heavy...I'm sure that has a lot to do with the fact that it's loaded with three huge chunks of Alnico II magnet as well as a Bigsby B-70 wangbar...but its weight makes this old rocker feel like I'm holding a substantial instrument. All the girth surely helps it sustain and sing in ways that normal semi hollow guitars shouldn't...very Les Paul like sustain! The neck mahogany is on the chunky side...just how I like them! This isn't a shred meister speed demon by any stretch of the imagination. It's better suited for long, slow, greasy sounding bends, watery warbles from the Bigsby, heartfelt arpeggiated mid 60s R&B chord runs and super sleazy blues leads. Still, I manage to move around quite nicely when the need for speed arises! The rosewood fretboard is nice, nothing to write home about, and the slanted block inlays add a touch of old school Gibson class. I really wish Epiphone would've set this beautiful axe up with an ebony fretboard though. Other than that minor b*tch, I have nothing but praise for this world class instrument! The only change I made to this nearly perfect guitar was the addition of a Wilkenson roller bridge, to facilitate smoother wangbar action and help it stay in tune better. I would advise this upgrade to anyone who has one of these guitars, it's $30 well spent. Definitely a five star effort from my favorite budget guitar brand!
Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93 4.32 out of 5 based on 69 ratings
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