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Anyone have any experience with this particular hollowbody guitar with these particular pickups?
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congrats :AOKWell, a couple of weeks ago I found a new Riviera w/minis in a store just south of Miami. It was on the clearance rack for $500. Picked it up, played it unplugged, then plugged in. The tone was actually quite nice through a Twin, and the neck felt really comfy. Playability was really good! I went back a week later and it was still there, so I brought my tweed Deluxe to demo it and it sounded even better. I put some $$$ down on it and have already bought a hard case for it off of Ebay. Pics to come when it comes home.
The Riviera I put on layaway seems to be a good one. And it's red! :AOKI had a nice Epi Riviera with minis in a beautiful sunburst finish for a while. I bought it from Ishibashi's used stock for $500. It was actually a really great guitar. It was my first experience with minis, and they were great both clean and dirty. I shouldnt have let that one go, but sold it in a moment of weakness. I'm sure that with many MIK Epi's there can be some inconsistencies, but they're definitely worth checking out.
It sounded really resonant and "woody" when I played it unplugged. And the tone really seemed to "jump out" when played plugged in, particularly on the bridge and middle settings. I may have to play with the neck pickup just a tad.thats actually better, the woods already going to have been aged for years without any wear and tear
I don't recall seeing a manufacture date on the sticker inside the body, but I wasn't exactly looking for it either. When I go back to make my next payment, I'll take a look.hmm i wonder how old it is. in 2005 i bought a strat of the wall w/ tags and plastic, but it loooked aged, the maple neck was tinted (new MIMs look almost white) and the price was lower than any other of the same model. when i brought it home and looked under the pickguard, it was dated 2000.
I'm curious about the mfg date as well. I'll have to copy the s/n next time I'm in the store.youd probably have to look up the SN. no biggie, but it might be fun to look into. My V is from 04 and in the manual it has the Riviera, but with full humbuckers. but i think that may have been the end cuz i know they havent been in production for several years, ive had my eye on them for a long time