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It was time for a change. This Tele is nice, I'm not sure about the glossy neck, usually I would just lightly sand it but I might just swap it for a Jap 72 Custom instead.

 

Or get and SG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or supersonics Riv!

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This is hard.

Think of it in footballing terms. The Sheraton as Fernando Torres and the Tele as Andy Carroll. Might be the right decision in a couple of weeks. I did like the look of the Sheraton though.

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Hi,

Following on this thread, AS90 was terrific, he sent good pics, detailed answers throughout - and I saw this guitar here and on Ebay, a guitar I've always hanckered after, and now thanks to AS90, I'm the proud owner.

 

It goes well with my B C Rich Dagger, arch top with stop bar, ebony finger board, all in black - it's a guitar you love or loath - I love it, and not a goth,emo just wanted something a bit different, and ticks all those boxes.

 

I have a 1983 wine red Matsomuka Japanese Riviera with stop bar, and like Noel Gallagher loved it, it's very heavy and clumbersome - the neck on it feels like a baseball bat, everything has top be maxed to get the Oasis tones, but NG and Bonehead played them, and as I was 16 when Definitely Maybe came out - have wanted one, and went into guitars shops asking for a Riviera with stop bar - your mad, no one makes these, purchased a Supernova in 1998- disapointed with it, and within 6 months of my 30th birthday found this forum, and people like CB, Frenchie were really helpful, and advised me what to look for - eventually found one and bought it for my 30th - HNGD!!!!.

 

I also like Beatles, rock n roll - so bought a inspired by John Lennon Casino in 1965 specs - nice but the new addition is awesome - glad I held out. I had been after a 1990's Riviera with mini humbuckers, made in Korea - and missed out on 2, also nearly bought a 2008/9 Custom Shop Chineese one, from thomann for £350, but when this guitar of AS90's came up, I knew i'd try and buy it/do a deal and sdid a deal with a 1952 USA re-issue telecaster, haven't rely had the chance to play it, just lined up the arch tops, and compared them all.

 

The Elitist is fantastic - couldn't imagine a brand beginning with G--s-n to be better, but must be!!!!

 

I've been to the Gibson guitar factory in Memphis in 2006, and got some gr8 pics, the custom shop is amazing, especially as they were making a es-335 type guitar all black, spider web om rear and spiderman in the middle, all inlaid - gibson don't send inferior guitars out, and they had made 3/4 and the factory/customer weren't happy, it looked fantastic - tonally not so good, and everytime Gibson put an axe through the bodies, and then skip them - i guess we'd love that job!!!!

 

Thanks as90 once more, will post pics in due course.

 

Cool, atleast it found a home with a forum member. What was the difference in the Supernova and Matsumoku Riviera, tone or playability?

 

mgm

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Cool, atleast it found a home with a forum member. What was the difference in the Supernova and Matsumoku Riviera, tone or playability?

 

mgm

The Epiphone Riviera was made in Japan in 1983, different body shape slightly - the body was wider, the horns less pronounced. Full Abilene block fret markers, stop like the Gibson ES-335, and quite a chunky neck. Made from 1982-85/86 depends where you find info etc. In 1994 a band called Oasis came on the scene in England, and were using them. The song writer/lead guitarist Noel Gallagher played a wine red one, from 1994-96, and last seen on Don't Look Back In Anger Video. The rhythmn guitarist Bonehead -played a 2 tone sunburst version.

 

The Supernova came out in 97/1998 I think, about £600 first seen on 'Be Here Now' album booklet, made by epiphone custom shop for Noel, ES-345 inlays, thinner neck, toggle switch was on the horn and not in the usual position ie es, les paul guitars. Noel never played it live/even though it was his custom guitar.

 

When it came out was originally made in Manchester City blue (pale blue) similar to Pelham blue, then they made a union jack version, red, black, dark red etc, made in Korea.

 

NG played a 60's original epiphone sheraton with union jack paint job, as seen on AS90's avitar, and also a sunburst version in 1997.

block inlays, sunburst, gold hardware, mini humbuckers, sheraton headstock etc, then he ditched epiphones altogether, and palys Gibson ES-355's etc.

 

Hope this helps

 

John

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Cool, atleast it found a home with a forum member. What was the difference in the Supernova and Matsumoku Riviera, tone or playability?

 

mgm

The Epiphone Riviera was made in Japan in 1983, different body shape slightly - the body was wider, the horns less pronounced. Full Abilene block fret markers, stop like the Gibson ES-335, and quite a chunky neck. Made from 1982-85/86 depends where you find info etc. In 1994 a band called Oasis came on the scene in England, and were using them. The song writer/lead guitarist Noel Gallagher played a wine red one, from 1994-96, and last seen on Don't Look Back In Anger Video. The rhythmn guitarist Bonehead -played a 2 tone sunburst version.

 

The Supernova came out in 97/1998 I think, about £600 first seen on 'Be Here Now' album booklet, made by epiphone custom shop for Noel, ES-345 inlays, thinner neck, toggle switch was on the horn and not in the usual position ie es, les paul guitars. Noel never played it live/even though it was his custom guitar.

 

When it came out was originally made in Manchester City blue (pale blue) similar to Pelham blue, then they made a union jack version, red, black, dark red etc, made in Korea.

 

NG played a 60's original epiphone sheraton with union jack paint job, as seen on AS90's avitar, and also a sunburst version in 1997.

block inlays, sunburst, gold hardware, mini humbuckers, sheraton headstock etc, then he ditched epiphones altogether, and palys Gibson ES-355's etc.

 

Hope this helps

 

John

 

Thanks for the info John. I am a big Oasis fan myself, I was watching a live show from 09 and Noel's ES-355 just makes me drool! I own a Manchester Blue Supernova, and the finsh is gorgeuous but it seems to me atleast that it muffles the tone ( I don't know if the other finishes are more resonant or not? ). I hope to find a Matsumoku Riviera someday,but they are getting harder and harder to find. Thanks for taking time to reply.

 

mgm

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I've got an '84 matsumoko riviera too. It is my favourite guitar by a mile. Like a supernova said the neck is like a baseball bat (I've really grown to love it) and it weighs a ton . I put Gibson classic '57s in it and it sounds fantastc. I've also added a bigsby b7.

 

I too was very very interested in AS90's Sheraton but after thinking long and hard I couldn't part with my Riviera. A couple of times my finger was poised over the buy it now button!!!

 

I really wish epiphone would re-issue the riviera, preferably in the ice tea, or royal tan finish!

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Im getting along with the Tele quite well now, found the sweet spot on both pickups and got the action a touch lower. Not used to the glossy neck yet. Awesome guitar though.

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