#1
I have a Riviera I just purchased for around $300 off ebay. It's a 1997 model, with full-size humbuckers (not mini's). Assuming they're original. What kind of pickups are these? Anyone know? I assume they are a cheap epiphone version of a '57 classic?

Also, while I am at it, I would like to swap the pickups out, probably for a 49R / 498T combo, is Epiphone wiring fairly equivalent to Gibson, or should I plan on swapping the pots, wires and plug out too with the pickups?

Thanks!!!
Last edited by lieutfunaki at May 20, 2006,
#3
I love Rivieras, I've never seen one with full size humbuckers though, strange.
Pics would be nice too.

And what sort of sounds do you want to achieve with new pickups?
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#4
Here are some pics:


Glad to see someone else is an Oasis Fan!!!


I'm looking for something versatile...with a tip of the hat to Noel Gallagher's new ES-335. I had a Gibson Les Paul Special for about a week until I sold it. I bought it for that purpose...but it was still the dumbest thing I've ever done. It had the 490R/498t combo...and I LOVED the sound!!!!

The pickups on the Riviera are ok, but they aren't as clean as I'd prefer...running through the clean channel of my amp, they fuzz a little. Bugs me.

Either that or a 57 classic set...but those seem to run fairly expensive, and I'd lose some midrange right?

I'm more concerned that the wiring / pots will detract for the pickup, so if they are substandard in quality I want to replace them at the same time.

I play and record through a Marshall MG100HDFX halfstack.

Thanks.
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-Epiphone Riviera w/ Bigsby and Gibson 490r/498t combo
-Epiphone Es-333 Delonge Edition
-Fender Twin Reverb '65
#5
Quote by azn_guitarist25
what amp do you have and how much is your budget



Budget is whatever my Epiphone Casino sells for minus what I paid for it ;-)

I'll probably make 100 bucks on it or so...which should pay for some 490R/498t replacements.
-Epiphone Riviera w/ Bigsby and Gibson 490r/498t combo
-Epiphone Es-333 Delonge Edition
-Fender Twin Reverb '65
#6
Do you like your amp?

If you do, then keep it, don't listen to people that say the tone sucks. Personally I dont like it but if you do, then stay with it. And congrats on the guitar. This site has handwound pickups...awesome www.sdpickups.com
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#7
Quote by StratRat13
Do you like your amp?

If you do, then keep it, don't listen to people that say the tone sucks. Personally I dont like it but if you do, then stay with it. And congrats on the guitar. This site has handwound pickups...awesome www.sdpickups.com



I'm more wild about other amps, but this one serves the primary purpose of producing ENOUGH sound when I play live...although in my room it is a bit much. ;-) I'll get a tube amp someday.

Meanwhile, I have a SD hotrails in my Fender, and it is "alright" again lacks clarity...maybe it is the way I wired it...not sure.

This time around I'd kinda like to stick to Gibson OEM.

Do you have a pickup you recommend from SD?

Thanks for the input!
-Epiphone Riviera w/ Bigsby and Gibson 490r/498t combo
-Epiphone Es-333 Delonge Edition
-Fender Twin Reverb '65
#8
Quote by lieutfunaki
I'm more wild about other amps, but this one serves the primary purpose of producing ENOUGH sound when I play live...although in my room it is a bit much. ;-) I'll get a tube amp someday.

Meanwhile, I have a SD hotrails in my Fender, and it is "alright" again lacks clarity...maybe it is the way I wired it...not sure.

This time around I'd kinda like to stick to Gibson OEM.

Do you have a pickup you recommend from SD?

Thanks for the input!


Wait your talkin Seymour Duncans. These aren't Seymours, they are Stephen Davis. Read his bio in the link.
Love in technicolour, sprayed out on walls
Well I've been pounding at the pavement
'Til there's nothing at all
I got my cloak and dagger
In a bar room brawl
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Loves a winner to fall
#9
Quote by StratRat13
Wait your talkin Seymour Duncans. These aren't Seymours, they are Stephen Davis. Read his bio in the link.


I realized as soon as I posted that, that the URL was definitely not Seymour Duncan's. His pickups seemed a little pricey, and his info says:

1st- that he seeks to provide humbuckers for Les Pauls (solid bodies)

2nd- that he really doesn't like humbuckers.

I trust your opinion, but I'm not sure he trusts his opinion ;-)
-Epiphone Riviera w/ Bigsby and Gibson 490r/498t combo
-Epiphone Es-333 Delonge Edition
-Fender Twin Reverb '65
#10
That's a really, really gorgeous guitar, I was staring at the colour for about 5 mins then...

If you want more of a Noel sound, you could try looking at some classic '57s, although they're expensive, they might get you close to his ES355's sound as his and they're probably based on the pickups made around the same time.

But, if you liked the pickups you had before in your Gibson you sold, get them if they were what you wanted.
"Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care"

Fender Strat/Tokai LS80>few pedals>Orange Rocker 30
#11
Quote by R_H_C_P
That's a really, really gorgeous guitar, I was staring at the colour for about 5 mins then...

If you want more of a Noel sound, you could try looking at some classic '57s, although they're expensive, they might get you close to his ES355's sound as his and they're probably based on the pickups made around the same time.

But, if you liked the pickups you had before in your Gibson you sold, get them if they were what you wanted.



Thanks man, let me tell you, it looks a lot better now that it is clean ;-)

I know saying you want to sound like Noel Gallagher is like saying you like food for lunch...that guy has played more guitars... Most of the Gibson's / Epi's he's played seem to have '57 classics.

I'll either try to find some for something like reasonable, or get a 490R/498t set.
-Epiphone Riviera w/ Bigsby and Gibson 490r/498t combo
-Epiphone Es-333 Delonge Edition
-Fender Twin Reverb '65
#13
Quote by lieutfunaki
I realized as soon as I posted that, that the URL was definitely not Seymour Duncan's. His pickups seemed a little pricey, and his info says:

1st- that he seeks to provide humbuckers for Les Pauls (solid bodies)

2nd- that he really doesn't like humbuckers.

I trust your opinion, but I'm not sure he trusts his opinion ;-)


I emailed him about humbuckers when I had an Epi. He makes Custom sets for alot of guys. And if you read how he winds them in his own special way, it is really quite amazing.
Love in technicolour, sprayed out on walls
Well I've been pounding at the pavement
'Til there's nothing at all
I got my cloak and dagger
In a bar room brawl
See the local loves a fighter
Loves a winner to fall
#14
I just bought a Gibson Les Paul Studio to sell, so I suspect in a week or two I'll have money to spend on pickups.

I may contact SD, I really like supporting the little guy, and his work seems reputable.
-Epiphone Riviera w/ Bigsby and Gibson 490r/498t combo
-Epiphone Es-333 Delonge Edition
-Fender Twin Reverb '65