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Nick Valensi p-94 Riviera

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Hello all!

 

I have been searching for a hollow or semi-hollow guitar and am stuck between the Epiphone Nick Valensi Riviera with p-94's and the Casino. Now, I have been able to find and play the Casinos and I really like what i hear and how it plays, but the intrigue of the p-94's in the similar body (because for the most part, i can see no difference between them aside from the pups and the frequensator tail piece) is a big draw for me towards the Riviera. I have tried researching the Riv. but have found a lot of conflicting specs on the web and was just looking for some outside input on this matter before making my final decision. Any help and opinions are welcome!

 

Thanks!

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Well, I guess you're getting an upgrade there, as the P94s are Gibson pickups. They are not, however, P90s and they don't sound the same. Close, but different.

 

I suppose that's about all I can add there.

 

EG

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Thanks Peter! and to you as well Elias.

 

Right there is something that I had been having a hard time deturmining about the Riv. Some sites said it was full hollow, some said semi, and I was getting confused. Now, What does that mean, a "deeper set neck"? advantages? disadvantages?

 

haha, and sorry if I barage you with questions, but I really want to know as much as I can before tossing down the cash.

 

Thanks

 

-Joe

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BEWARE!! Full hollow body means FEEDBACK when the gain is cranked up, a huge misconception when most people want a casino, id go with the P-94 semi will let you get dirty and not have any problems, orrrr I would go with the P93 Riviera...oh wait I got one!

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I have two non-Valensi Rivs - A Korean standard and a MIC P93, as well as an IBJL Casino. I've also got a P94 mounted in an LP Jr so know what they can sound like - it's a friggn' fantastic pickup. My long term plan is to get another P94 and move them both into the Std. Riv with a new wiring harness.

 

If I were chosing between the two I'd definitely go with the NV Riv. Semi-hollow means less feedback, and therefore more flexibility. Plus it's a far less common guitar. The necks are the same width, and they meet the body in the same place unless you get a IBJL or 1965 series Casino.

 

In any case they're both excellent choices, but the NVR has a slightly higher cool facter IMHO. I expect you will be knocked out by it.

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Thanks for the advice and info everyone! I think i'm going to stick with my gut feeling and go with the Nick Valensi Riv. I'll let you all know how it goes.

 

Thanks again!

-Joe

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Hello all!

 

I have been searching for a hollow or semi-hollow guitar and am stuck between the Epiphone Nick Valensi Riviera with p-94's and the Casino. Now' date=' I have been able to find and play the Casinos and I really like what i hear and how it plays, but the intrigue of the p-94's in the similar body (because for the most part, i can see no difference between them aside from the pups and the frequensator tail piece) is a big draw for me towards the Riviera. I have tried researching the Riv. but have found a lot of conflicting specs on the web and was just looking for some outside input on this matter before making my final decision. Any help and opinions are welcome!

 

Thanks![/quote']

 

The NV Riviera is a beautiful guitar. Mine has nice quilt in the top and back, and I love the P94s. Just to stimulate a bit of drool, here's a few pics:

 

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Sweet, n'est pas?

 

Cheers

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Yeah ive owned a Gibson les paul DC with p-90s and they hum like no other! All i can say is if you like a lot of overdrive or distortion then get the Reviera the p-94s can handle it alot better and a i owned a Gretsch 512 and it was kinda hard to control the feed back on stage. Thats my 2 cents hope it helps.

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That is quite the beautiful guitar, Harp! I am deffinately pleased with my decision, if just for that reason right there! Was this thing ready to go right out of the box? or did it require a bit of tweaking to get it up to snuff?

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