Epiphone Riviera P93 back on 8 May

The Epiphone Riviera P93, which was discontinued last year will be back in stores from 8 May.

If demand is anything like it was last year, however, it won’t be available for long, so better get those orders in now. The Riviera P93 has three ‘dog-ear’ single coil P-90 pick-ups and a Bigsby trem and tailpiece. The Bigsby, along with the polyurethane finish and gold hardware make this one good-looking guitar.

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The laminated maple body and top, glued-in mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and trapezoid inlays mean that the Riviera P93 sounds and plays wonderfully, too. The Tune-O-Matic bridge complements the Bigsby perfectly.

On the head there are Grover tuners and on the body, a 3-way pick-up selector and tone and volume controls for the neck and bridge pick-ups. The three P-90s give that extra crunch for rockabilly and blues, but the Riviera P93 is also very well-suited to jazz, and the Bigsby makes it perfect for country playing.

Reviews of last year’s Epiphone Riviera P93 were great. On Guitar Center, cguitarist929 said ‘This guitar is AMAZING for the price! My brother just got it yesterday and I never thought epiphone would make such a nice guitar. This guitar has a thick warm tone on clean, great for blues. But when distorted, it can play from classic rock to punk.’

And on the Musicians Friend, Sgtpeppere64 said ‘It’s got that woody tone that threatens to retire my Fender 72 deluxe, American Mahogany HSS,Variax 700 and Nashville Tele. I road tested it for days, on a Vox DA5 practice amp, and was mesmerized!! I don’t know how to describe the experience thru my Mesa Boogie!’

Shop for the Epiphone Riviera P93 on Amazon.

Epiphone Riviera P93

The Epiphone Riviera P93 is the latest version of the classic Epiphone semi-hollow body electric guitar to hit stores.

As its name suggests, the Riviera P93 features three ‘dog-ear’ single coil P-90 pick-ups. It also has a gorgeous Bigsby trem and tailpiece. The Bigsby, along with the polyurethane finish and gold hardware make this one good-looking guitar.

The Riviera P93 has a laminated maple body and top, glued-in mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and trapezoid inlays. The Tune-O-Matic bridge complements the Bigsby perfectly.

In addition the, head features Grover tuners and the body, a 3-way pick-up slector and tone and volume controls for the neck and bridge pick-ups.

While the P-90s give that extra crunch for rockabilly and blues, the Riviera P93 is also very well-suited to jazz, and the Bigsby makes it perfect for country playing.

Reviews so far seem to be very positive. Over on Guitar Center, cguitarist929 said ‘This guitar is AMAZING for the price! My brother just got it yesterday and I never thought epiphone would make such a nice guitar. This guitar has a thick warm tone on clean, great for blues. But when distorted, it can play from classic rock to punk.

And on the Musicians Friend, Sgtpeppere64 said ‘It’s got that woody tone that threatens to retire my Fender 72 deluxe,American Mahogany HSS,Variax 700 and Nashville Tele. I road tested it for days, on a Vox DA5 practice amp, and was mesmerized!! I don’t know how to describe the experience thru my Mesa Boogie!

You can buy the Epiphone Riviera P93 now at Amazon

Epiphone ES-175

The Epiphone ES-175 is a semi-hollow body electric guitar based on Gibson’s hugely popular ES-175. The Gibson ES-175 was originally launched in 1949 and became one of the most famous jazz guitars in history. It was the first Gibson to feature a Florentine cutaway, and was so named because it originally cost $175. Sixty years later it is still in production. It has been played by notable players such as Elvis’ guitarist Scotty Moore, and Steve Howe of Yes.

Check out the Epiphone ES-175 at Amazon.

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The original Gibson ES-175 had a single P-90 pick-up, but by 1957 featured two humbuckers. The Epiphone ES-175 is a replica of the Gibson model. It has a pair of Alnico Classic humbuckers, a maple body with maple laminate top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard with split parallelogram inlays.

There are volume and tone pots for each pick-up, a Tune-o-matic bridge and lovely trapeze tailpiece. The chrome hardware looks fantastic against the vintage sunburst finish.

Reviews from people who have taken the plunge and bought one are very positive. On epinions.com, buffoonery said “The Epiphone ES-175 delivers serious tone and value for the money. And, if you swap out the pickups, for a total of $750 or so you will own a very fine instrument.”

And on Harmony Central, Jay Ingle enthused, “I’ve been playing for 41 years, Rock, Country, Blues, Bluesgrass, and now Jazz for the last 12 years. I’ve had one guitar that actually played better, a 62? Les Paul Custom, this axe plays next best.”

The current average overall rating on Harmony Central, from 9 reviews, is 9.4 out of ten.

This isn’t the guitar to go for if you primarily play rock or metal, obviously. But if you’re into playing jazz, blues, country or rockabilly it could be your new favourite guitar.

Check out the Epiphone ES-175 at Amazon.

Epiphone Casino Ltd Edition with Bigsby

The Epiphone Casino Ltd Edition with Bigsby is a special custom version of this ubiquitous Epi. It was launched at Namm in early 2006 and shipped throughout that year. If you’re quick, and very lucky, you’ll still be able to pick one up from a dealer. If not, you’ll have to resort to second hand dealers or eBay. Or you could buy a regular Casino and fit a Bigsby yourself.

The addition of a Bigsby tremolo and tailpiece is perhaps the most popular modification of the Casino, and so it’s no surprise that Epiphone decided to ship a few with the Bigsby fitted. Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison had Bigsbys on their Casinos. And Paul McCartney played his at the Live 8 concert in 2005, which may explain the timing of this limited edition model.

Find an Epiphone Casino with a Bigsby on Amazon

The Epiphone Casino Ltd Edition with Bigsby itself is a vintage sunburst Casino with a Bigsby tremolo in place of the usual trapeze tailpiece. It has a laminated maple body top and mahogany body. The neck is mahogany and the rosewood fretboard has the Casino’s trademark parallelogram inlays.

Essential to the sound of the Casino are the two dog-ear P-90 pick-ups which each have a volume and tone control.

In short, it’s a stunning guitar which not only looks sensational but sounds incredible. The Bigsy tremolo is the cherry on top of the icing of a very lovely cake. Add to that the fact that even this limited edition version can still be found for less than $1000, and you have a very special guitar indeed.

See and hear the Epiphone Casino Ltd Edition with Bigsby in action in the video below.