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  1. 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. Hope that helps
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  3. Your Riviera is an '82. The first number is the year and the second and third give the month. 203**** = March 1982. I have an '83 model 305**** = May 1983. Mine differs from yours in that it has the white TRC and scratchplate and is completely stock except for the control knobs which I changed for gold bell type knobs. I kept the witch hat knobs 'just in case' but I have no intention of selling it. I bought mine new in 1983 as a backup for a mid sixties Gibson 335 I had at the time but found I actually preferred the sound of the Riviera which is why I've never even considered changing the pickups to anything that would, or could, have a more Gibson like tone. I also preferred the neck shape which was chunkier than the 335 I had. Condition is probably 8 to 9 which is pretty good given that I gigged it for fifteen years. A minor ding at the top of the neck and a bit of buckle rash is all. Even the frets have plenty of life left in them. The original case is pretty scuffed though. As I said previously, I've never even considered selling it so it hardly matters.
  4. And you do it very well. That tune of yours 'Then You' (is it yours?) has a really great feel to it. It's crying out for a great lyric.
  5. I'm not sure if the SST Studio is the same model that I have because I bought mine used from a pawn shop for £50.00 and there's nothing on it to identify the exact model. Mine is a 2003, has the Chet Atkins signature on it and the volume/tone knobs on the top shoulder so it could be the same. Hum is almost always an earthing issue. Take the plate off of the back and check the connections are tight and there are no broken cables. The mini jack socket on the pre amp board is for the pickup lead and the output cable is hard wired to the PCB. Also, take the output jack socket plate off and check that the socket connections are secure, clean and making good contact with the jack plug. There's a possibility that it could be a faulty pot. They are cheap and not difficult to replace if you're handy with a soldering iron. It's pretty obvious how to do it by just looking at it with the old pot in place. I doubt there's a wiring diagram for the pre amp. Unless you have the equipment to test the components and the skill to replace them it wouldn't be much use anyway. I have mine running passive and it wasn't that hard to do. I didn't bother wiring in the tone and volume controls so it was just a matter of wiring the pickup to the output jack. Frankly, the pre amp Epiphone fitted must have been the cheapest load of Chinese junk they could find. I think it sounds better, or at worst no different, without it but that's just my opinion.
  6. Looks like a mid 60s Crestwood Deluxe with the 'wrong' headstock and a varitone. Does nothing for me, particularly in white. I'm still waiting for the dog ear P90 Coronet that was rumoured to be in the pipeline as long ago as 2008. Given that the body and neck were identical to the '66 Wilshire reissue (a great guitar that I bought immediately) I'm surprised the Coronet never turned up. Epiphone released a picture of one but that was as far as it got.
  7. As you've mentioned Andertons I'm assuming that you're in the UK. If so, you should at least consider Iron Gear pickups. A pair will cost you half the price of the DiMarzio PUPs and Iron Gear are seriously good. I've used them in my Wilshire re-issue (Rolling Mill 2), a Mexican Classic 50's Strat (Pig Irons) and a Vintage (brand) LP type guitar (Blues Engines to replace the Wilkinson pickups fitted as standard) and in each case there has been a great and very noticeable improvement. Have a look here http://www.axetec.co.uk/guitar_parts_uk_043.htm The Dirty Torque/Blues Engine combo have Alnico V and IV magnets (respectively) each with 4 conductor wiring. With the right switching you can get all the cleans or dirtys you want. Choice of open coils or with covers is up to you. You'll even find wiring diagrams for the pickups on the site. One word of caution. I don't recommend their wiring kits. Most of the stuff is OK but I wasn't impressed with the Alpha pots.
  8. As there's absolutely no information for those tuners, even if I had the guitar in my hands it would be hard to say whether the screw holes will match up or what size hole you'd need for the shaft of the tuner. The UK price is shown at £29.88 and there's no way I'd pay almost £30.00 for them anyway.
  9. That 'style' of machine head is available in the UK for less than the equivalent of $17.00. They are 'budget' or 'economy' tuners. The problem is that the fixing holes are reversed, so new holes would need to be drilled anyway. Allparts in the UK is not that great (IMO) but I did look on their site and theirs also have the fixing holes reversed. I looked at the $40.00 ones on the Allparts USA site (I assume you're looking at the Gotoh tuners) and their fixings are the reverse of what you need as well.
  10. I got the control knobs from Rokas in Denmark Street but they've been gone for a good while now. You can get similar from Axesrus for £6.00 a set http://www.axesrus.co.uk/Gibson-Style-s/1941.htm They're the 'Top Hat' type. I would have probably been just as happy with the 'Bell' type, but I expect I bought what Rokas had in stock at the time. It was a long time ago.
  11. I've got one of those in Antique Sunburst. I bought it in 1983 as a backup for my ES335 and gigged with it for 20 years. The only 'mod' I ever did was to change the control knobs (kept the ugly 'witch hat' originals of course). I preferred it to the 335 so I eventually sold the Gibson to fund a Telecaster purchase and kept the Riviera. The Riviera wasn't 'better' than the Gibson, it just sounded different and I preferred the sound and the neck shape (other opinions are available). It hasn't had much use in the past ten years but the average £750.00 to £850.00 selling price wouldn't get me anything much, if any, better. I'd consider doing some sort of trade for an Epiphone Emperor of the same period ('83 - '85) but they seem rarer than the proverbial rocking horse ****.
  12. Agreed. And if you look very closely at the same point you'll see that the 'E' at the beginning of the Epiphone logo is of the style that (according to the Wiki page I linked to) only appeared on the Terada models between 1987 - 1994 together with the 'modern style' headstock. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd guess that it was a model made for the Japanese domestic market (JDM) and was never meant for export. But other than it's a Sheraton, who knows?
  13. Try this link http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/Sheraton All you need to know about Sheratons from 1961 to 2014. Frequensators, stop bars, mini hums, and full sized hums. It's had them all. The only thing it has in common with the Casino is the basic shape, although I always found the Sheraton 'horns' to be a bit more pointy There are also loads of old 60s Epiphone catalogues online.
  14. Mini humbuckers and ornate headstock. It's a Sheraton.
  15. The Les Paul has Grover tuners. The SG has Wilkinson tuners which are made by Jinho. I've used Jinho tuners and they are as good as any Klusons I've ever had on a guitar. There was a rumour a few years back that Jinho actually make the tuners for Grover. I've got some Wilkinson (Jinho/Grover type) tuners on a non Epi LP type guitar and some genuine Grovers on an acoustic. If there's a difference, I haven't found it yet. Point I'm making is, it's unfair on Epiphone to say their hardware isn't "top quality".
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