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

50 Years of the Flying V

Epiphone’s Korina Flying V 1958 was created to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of the original Gibson Flying V. The Flying V was originally issued in 1958 as part of a futuristic guitar line-up that included the Gibson Explorer and Moderne and is one of the most easily recognisable guitars ever made, thanks to its v-shaped body and pointed head. Despite being adopted by no less than Albert King and Lonnie Mack, the Flying V proved less than successful and was discontinued in 1959.

Click here to see a list of Epiphone Flying V guitars on Amazon.

Throughout the early sixties the V was adopted by players as diverse as Dave Davies and Jimi Hendrix and the resultant surge in popularity persuaded Gibson to re-issue the Flying V in 1967. The re-issued version had a funkier pickguard and replaced the original bridge and string-through tailpiece with the stopbar tailpiece used by Gibson on most of its other electric guitars. Some re-issued models also had a Vibrolo Maestro Tremelo arm.

There have also been a handful of signature versions of the Flying V, including Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack versions.

The Epiphone Korina Flying V 1958 has, like its namesake, a body made from Korina, a brand name for Limba, a wood with similar characteristics to mahogany but which is significantly lighter. The Epiphone has a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard and the string-through tailpiece featured on the original 1958 model. The pick-ups are Alnico Classic Humbuckers. It’s available in a natural Korina finish and an ebony finish.

The imuso.co.uk website reviewed the Epiphone Flying V and described it as ‘the kind of guitar that Birds of Prey would play if they had fingers. If you think you are cool and you haven’t got one of these, you were wrong about being cool. It’s that simple.’ Now, the reviewers idea of ‘cool’ and mine would appear to be somewhat different. But that doesn’t hide the fact thet the Korina Flying V 1958 is a fitting tribute to a great guitar.