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MIJ Matsumoku Riviera question...

#1 User is offline   Mchome25 

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 03:08 PM

Do the early 80's MIJ Matsumoku Rivieras have binding over the ends of the frets like Gibsons? If so is it possible to get a pic of it? I just purchased one and I just want to confirm it's authentic (although I haven't heard of them being faked)

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:06 PM

Yes, the Japanese made Rivieras do have binding over the fret ends. If you've seen a Gibson done in the same way, that's what it looks like. I've attached a pic. It's a bit blurry but you can still see. It's of my own '83 Riviera which I bought new in 1983. As to whether that era/model has been faked or not, I couldn't say. They seem to sell for a good chunk of money these daysso it may be worth doing to someone somewhere. I haven't heard of any though.
If you want to put a date on yours there's a seven digit serial number. Reading from left to right, the first number is the year, the second two are the month, the remaining four are the production number. E.G. 3082016 would have been made in August 1983.

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