Need Epiphone Riviera- natural finish


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06-22-2006, 05:06 PM
I've looked all over the place for a riviera with a natural finish, but i can't seem to find one anywhere! Any help with where i could find one, like a website or something would be much appreciated.

Harris Y
06-22-2006, 07:27 PM
This is kind of irrelevant, but I'm guessing you want one because you're a Nick Valensi fan? I see the Strokes avatar, so it's an assumption.

They're hard to find. Especially with Humbuckers. I ended up buying a Casino instead. Look on eBay for Rivieras. How much are you willing to spend? You can just get his signature Riviera if you're willing to spend over $1000.

06-23-2006, 09:44 PM
well here is my suggestion. I have this:

AND NO SHE ISN'T FOR SALE. But I got it off ebay for $400ish including shipping. It is a 92 I think ( I can't remember). You could get one of these and strip it and clear coat it for pretty cheap. And you'd have a Riviera in blonde. If not, keep it red, it sounds just as good. I LOVE this guitar.

Oh, and consider putting a 490R/498T combo pickup on it.

I formerly owned two casinos, and while they are fun guitars, and much lighter, they sound NOTHING like the Riviera.

06-23-2006, 09:59 PM
Yeah, they sell Nick Valensi Rivieras. It's not easy to find a Riviera under $1000 unless you go the ebay route.

Harris Y
06-23-2006, 10:22 PM
lieutfunaki has another one Nick uses, except Nick has the Frequensator tailpiece and Gibson p94's instead of the Bigsby and humbuckers. There's a decent amount of cherry Rivieras with mini-hb's on eBay.

06-24-2006, 03:40 PM
Why not just buy a Riviera, and then sand it down, then put a clear coat finish on it, and bam, you've got a natural Riviera.

06-24-2006, 03:50 PM
Personally I think the Epi mini hb's are aweful, but RHCP agrees with me on this one. Get a red riviera and have it stripped of its finish.

06-25-2006, 05:52 AM
I havent seen many natural Rivieras.

I have an epi sheraton II for sale (link in sig)

06-25-2006, 06:42 AM

06-25-2006, 06:56 AM
^ :haha ^

06-27-2006, 12:15 PM
I'll be selling a Jorma Kaukonen Riviera in the near future if you are interested...but it will be red and with gold hardware.

11-30-2006, 04:13 AM
i just ordered a riviera stuck with a red one, i live in australia and you cant buy nicks signature series here, im going to eventually put p-94's in it...........................i wanted a natural or antique natural on it o but i doeant exist, i mean everything exists but on all my time ive spent trying to find a perfect one, all i can find is a normal riv with p-94's in it

11-30-2006, 09:25 AM
^Do what I said before, sand down the finish, then apply a clear coat of laquer to it and you've got one.

11-30-2006, 07:43 PM
I have a 1970's epi riviera in Red with humbuckers and trapazoid inlays. Only made a couple of years. Let me know, I may part with her.