Epiphone Elitist 1966 Custom Riviera

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  1. RonM

    RonM Member

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    I'm very disappointed that Epiphone is still not making this guitar available in the U.S, since it doesn't seem to be mentioned at 2015 NAMM. I am considering ordering from Japan via Ebay. Has anyone had a good or bad experience ordering from Japan?
     
  2. omfg51

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    Typically, the elitist stuff is incredibly well made. Japanese guitars are actually pretty much on par with US made guitars these days.
     
  3. mad dog

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    Not sure how this new one differs from my Elitist Riviera, which is several years old. It's a superior guitar, hangs right in with my vintage ES-335, has great sound and playability. My concerns about ordering from Japan would have more to do with distance, cost, no ability to try the instrument. You're probably on safe ground as far as the instrument itself. I've never picked up an elitist epiphone that was not excellent.
    MD
     
  4. clone17

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    Anybody played one and knows the weight of the guitar?
     
  5. Carbohydrates

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    I've ordered from Japan before. The trick is finding a vendor willing to help, or just buy one used on Ebay. Expect to pay $110-$130 or so in shipping.
     
  6. Jayyj

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    I bought a JDM Casino from Ishibashi in Japan a few years back. Very easy transaction and it took less time to get from Japan to the UK than it did the Heathrow to Manchester leg.

    The Tereda made Epis really are great instruments.
     

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