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NGD: '09 Epi AIMM L.E. Riviera (Custom Shop)

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

A local shop near me had this Custom Shop Riviera as New Old Stock. It is an AIMM (Alliance of Independent Music Merchants) Limited Edition Riviera created by the Epiphone Custom Shop for AIMM '09. For nearly 3 years this sat in their back room new in the box, and it shows. Not a pick mark on it, brand spanking new! I was intrigued by the 2 mini-hums and they sounded excellent when I tested out the guitar! The pups are different enough that it they will make a nice compliment to my other Epi Archtops without over-duplication. Since I was able to get a great price on it, I took it home...

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:04 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:04 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:05 PM

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

The custom features such as the Frequensator Bridge, Mini-Hums and touches like the black knobs make this one of the most unique factory-custom Rivieras I've come across.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

HNGD!

I really don't see why these aren't a regular production model, I'm sure they wouldn't have any trouble selling them...
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:12 PM

Lucky find, congrats!
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:43 PM

fantastico !

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:59 PM

Fantastic! I wish the mini hums were standard issue on one of the more common semi-hollows.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:15 PM

View PostLSAR, on 13 March 2012 - 02:09 PM, said:

HNGD!

I really don't see why these aren't a regular production model, I'm sure they wouldn't have any trouble selling them...


I agree this is one feature cool Epi Riviera that I'd buy any day of the week!!

I see the specs are similar or even identical to this Vintage 1965 Riviera being sold by the Chicago Music Exchange for $5K

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:29 PM

View Postbrianh, on 13 March 2012 - 02:12 PM, said:

Lucky find, congrats!


Pure Luck! I went amp shopping and the ESP/LTD Bass I brought with me to trade towards a new amp was suddenly getting traded towards this Custom Riviera that was tucked away in the back of the store. It blows my mind that this guitar was still available brand new some 3+/- years later. They even allowed me to haggle down their price a bit + they gave me a fair trade price for my bass since it was in great condition and I had purchased it from them new just last year.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:35 PM

View Postmud guy, on 13 March 2012 - 02:59 PM, said:

Fantastic! I wish the mini hums were standard issue on one of the more common semi-hollows.


The uncommon sight of mini hums and the Frequensator Bridge together on a contemporary Riviera are what immediately grabbed my attention when I first saw it and screamed to me take it home! It was then I knew my amp shopping was done for the day...
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

Well, I'm off to play this for a while....
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:59 PM

What a stunningly beautiful Riv' . I want one now with a frequensator and mini's [drool]
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

Now THAT's a Riviera! Congratulations, on a great find!! [thumbup]

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:01 PM

View Postbigneil, on 13 March 2012 - 03:59 PM, said:

<br />What a stunningly beautiful Riv' . I want one now with a frequensator and mini's  <img src='http://forum.gibson.com/public/style_emoticons/default/msp_drool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='[drool]' /><br />
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Thanks Neil! I played it for about an hour and a half tonight through my AC15 and the mini hums are wonderful! The entire guitar is a delight to play. It's all cleaned off now and resting well in it's new home. I'll get a recording done of it in the near future to share with others here.
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