Epiphone Riviera Pick Up Replacement

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  1. Brian hammond

    Brian hammond Member

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    hi everyone,looking to replace the humbucker pickups in my 95 Epiphone Riviera.I love the neck and feel of that guitar but feel it's lacking in the electronics/ pickips dept.. I don't play metal but I am looking for a pickup that can be warm ,definined, and handle a little dirty work w some overdrive. Appreciate any info from ur experience about it and upgrading my Riviera in general. thanks !
     
  2. tommygunn1986

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    You could always do what Nick Valensi did and put P94s in there.
     
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  3. Brian hammond

    Brian hammond Member

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    that guitar is exactly like mine ,down to the trapeze bridge. I will Def look into the P94 s , thanks !
     
  4. doublescale1

    doublescale1 CS336 w/Fralin P92's Gold Supporting Member

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    Note that the P94 is a true single coil pickup, a P90 in HB size housing - you may, or may not want to deal with the 60cycle hum. Lindy Fralin makes a great P92, HB size, noise cancelling and the attributes of a P90 are there - I put a set of those in a Gibson CS366, it's warm, very articulate. Clean it is just a sweet sounding voice, top to bottom, in any switch position, and can scream with the best of them when paired with OD. Good Hunting.
     
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  5. Brian hammond

    Brian hammond Member

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    Thanks !yeah, I read up on them and am interested, I will read up on the option u have used too. I'm not quite sold with going completely away from " true humbuckers" tho.
     
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    doublescale1 CS336 w/Fralin P92's Gold Supporting Member

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    If true Humbuckers are a consideration then look at the low-output PAF voiced models out there, and there are many - Dimarzio is getting a lot of love for their latest real-PAF voiced pickups, the usual Seymout ?Duncan suspects: Antiquities, Seth Lovers, '59's, I also have a set of Gibson 57classics (classic neck, classic+ in the bridge) that I put in my Rivera Sheraton II back in 94 - still going strong, very articulate and musically very versatile. you have PAF versions from Fralin, Loller, Jim Wagner, Peter Florence, too many to remember off hand - Let us know where you land.
     
  7. Brian hammond

    Brian hammond Member

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    thank you for all the suggestions, I will let you know what I decide and get in touch when it's a done deal...
     
  8. stilwel

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    In my avatar you'll see a '95 Riviera with Gibson P94's, which are a great choice if you want P90 tone in a HB package. You'll have to deal with some hum, but it's not a big deal.

    I currently have a set of Gibson Classic '57/'57+ in it. Both good options depending on what it is you're looking for. I can recommend both wholeheartedly.

    Here it is with the ‘57 Classics:
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    Here's a better view of the P94's:
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  9. Brian hammond

    Brian hammond Member

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    looks beauriful sir ! talk to me some about those 57 s ... I'm looking for a warm ,fat overdrive response as well as clean articulation. I have P90 s in a ASAT tele and love that sound but am looking for a little more out of my Riviera. all thoughts welcomed !
     
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    I really like the '57 Classics a lot. They handle both overdriven and clean tones really well. I'm going for more 90's British sounds (The Verve, Oasis, The Cult).

    Here's a quick video clip of this guitar with a mildly overdriven tone and some delay and reverb.

     
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  11. cesargbg

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    A big bump but I’m in exactly the same situation.

    I’ve owned for some months a MIK 95 Epiphone Riviera (even in the same VCSB finish) and I want to upgrade electronics and PUs. It was really gigged with so it needs some love in those departments. I’m really undecided as to what pickups are the best. I’m torn between P94s and 57 Classics.

    I want to put the most versatile pu option of the 2. I’m a fan of the strokes but I don’t want to be “limited” to that sound if I go the p94s route. I

    @stilwel In your opinion, which one is more suited to cover more rock ground? I play from slightly overdriven sound like Interpol to a more distorted sound as in QOTSA. At the moment I am more inclined to the 57s.

    Lastly, how much improvement were the 57s over the stock ones?
     
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    Sorry for the late reply to this. I prefer the 57 Classics over both for rock tones. There’s nothing wrong with the stock pickups, but the 57s have more going on tonally. They work really well in a semi-hollow.
     
  13. 70' s Tone

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    Yes!!! I agree. :)
    Love the tone of the P94s.
    Here's mine.
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    Thanks for the reply. I actually went with the 57/57+ and can't be happier. It's like they were made for the Riviera, as I feel it is now in another level, with so much versatility because of the brightness of the 57+ and the warmth of the 57 on the neck.

    [​IMG]

    Buying a Casino helped in my decision as they come with P90s. Casinos are really well made even though it is chinese and I constantly heard a lot of mixed reviews about quality control in China.

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  15. Foxmeister

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    Hi,

    I've a mid 90's Epiphone Riviera MiK by Peerless and I'm looking to replace the electronics.

    The issue is that it has mini-humbuckers and it seems that the dimensions of the ones currently installed don't see to match any 3rd party pickups that I can find.

    Can anyone help with some suggestions?

    Pics attached, as I may have got it completely wrong! :)

    Thanks,

    Dave

     
  16. Foxmeister

    Foxmeister Supporting Member

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    Ok, I've come to the conclusion that my Riviera doesn't have mini-humbuckers at all - I'm certain that I'd read this somewhere, but I'm pretty certain that these are just regular humbuckers!
     
  17. cesargbg

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    Sorry for the late response @Foxmeister but yeah, standard humbuckers are 6.6x3.5 cm or 1.37x2.62 inches
     
  18. cesargbg

    cesargbg Member

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    Also, Rivieras were made with humbuckers from 1994 to 1999, and the with mini.humbuckers from 1999 to 2010.
     
  19. gillman royce

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    Been down that road recently and concluded that potted pickups like the Gibson 57 Classic are not for me - not airy nor open enough, lacks the articulation I found in Antiquities and in Manlius 59LT and Fat Diane's - all resting comfortably in Epi 335 & 345 guitars. If you want that bell like tone clarity and warmth, check out the 59LT especially.
     

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