NGD: Epiphone 2020 Riviera - video added!

Jetlennon

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I have the same. Absolutely loving it. My bridge began to rattle after 3 weeks though. Changed it for a Gotoh and now its great. Enjoy your Riviera.
 

AprioriMark

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can you explain the tape thing? not familiar.
Similar to restringing a stock Bigsby, you put a piece of masking tape over the cup/slots with the ball ends once they're in the tailpiece (but before you've strung it to tension) so that they don't fall out. On the Frequensator, three strings at a time. It's a bit wonky, but worth it (in my opinion) for the sound/playability of the tailpiece.

-Mark
 

AprioriMark

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Any idea what parts of your bridge came loose? Thank you.
As a lifelong Frequensator fanboi, I will say that if the end caps are loose, they will rattle. Happened to me once, I tightened it, and never had the problem again. There aren't a lot of places on this tailpiece to cause issues, which (in my opinion) is why they work so well. Less bits to muffle the strings. In all honesty, a good simple tailpiece like one off an es125 also sounds great, but the differing string lengths for wound and unwound strings is pretty great.

-Mark
 

DrumBob

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Did we ever see an NGD on that one??? Pics??

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Since the admins changed the way you post photos, which worked perfectly, I can't figure out how to do it, so you'll have to look at the Epiphone website to view these guitars.
 

stilesg57

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Since the admins changed the way you post photos, which worked perfectly, I can't figure out how to do it, so you'll have to look at the Epiphone website to view these guitars.
Ha, agreed. Finally got an easy/consistent way to do it a couple months ago (Imgur) but still not quite as seemless/quick and I’m also wondering why the change.
 

spencer096

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Similar to restringing a stock Bigsby, you put a piece of masking tape over the cup/slots with the ball ends once they're in the tailpiece (but before you've strung it to tension) so that they don't fall out. On the Frequensator, three strings at a time. It's a bit wonky, but worth it (in my opinion) for the sound/playability of the tailpiece.

-Mark
awesome totally get it. Much appreciated.
 

Daka3

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Thank you! My good friend picked up the worn olive drab Casino earlier this week. He brought it over for me to check out, and it was a killer guitar. Right out of the box, no nothing. Played and sounded awesome. The worn finish might not be for everyone, but I liked it. Neck is kind of thin, but again, it felt really good. Lots of meaty sounds to be had, lots of power. And it's really inexpensive. Someone at Epiphone got on the ball with these things.
 

AprioriMark

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Thank you! My good friend picked up the worn olive drab Casino earlier this week. He brought it over for me to check out, and it was a killer guitar. Right out of the box, no nothing. Played and sounded awesome. The worn finish might not be for everyone, but I liked it. Neck is kind of thin, but again, it felt really good. Lots of meaty sounds to be had, lots of power. And it's really inexpensive. Someone at Epiphone got on the ball with these things.
I got both the Riviera and blue worn Casino, and they're both awesome, but the Casino pickups are not what I would consider acceptable. I ordered a set of Wildkat/Casino Lollar pickups that I think will make this one of the most "bang for the buck" guitars that I've got. Epiphone is killing it, for sure.

-Mark
 

Daka3

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I liked them! Thought they sounded exactly like good dog-ears should. Dynamic too, but hey - to each, and all that. Dynamite duo you picked up there.
 

Daka3

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Just a quick post-honeymoon necro update: The Riviera on the job.

This past weekend, I put my new Riviera through two rather demanding days of recording in the studio, first day an entire concert, recorded for streaming later, consisting of original tunes, very diverse in their genre associations (ranging from jazz, latin, blues and 60's rock) and tones, and the next few days, sessions for an upcoming album of more contemporary singer-songwriter material.

In other words: Everything but the kitchen sink. I brought the Riviera along, and I ended up using it exclusively. Everybody loved the tones, the engineer praised my sound and came out to see what kind of guitar I had brougt along. He couldnt believe it. A new, chinese budget guitar!

I felt really comfortable using the Riviera in a professional context, where the time schedule is tight, and everything has to be on point. Great playing comfort, and above all - really great and useable tones in this very diverse context. All in all: Go try one out.
 




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