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Hi, Everyone!

 

Just here to celebrate the purchase of my sixth Epiphone, fourth of the hollow family. I absolutely love Epiphone's hollow and semi-hollows. I already have Korean-made: Sheraton, Casino, and Broadway. The Riviera was born in the Peerless Plant and has the normal cherry finish. It will need a new pickguard, however. Anyone know where I can get one? I'm thinking of installing large P-90s in her, but I'll wait to see how she sounds stock first. I don't want too much sound overlap between the Casino/Sheraton/Riviera.

 

I will try and learn to post pictures in the next week or so. I'm old.

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Might want to wait on the pickguard until you decide on the pickups. What type are on the one you bought? Usually, when I think of a Riviera, I think of P90s (P93), but I'm remembering that not all have them. I would think that with a Casino already, P90s on the new one might be redundant. Maybe Filtertrons, or something different to fill out your arsenal? Congratulations on the new guitar.

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Thanks!

 

The Riviera comes equipped with standard-sized humbuckers--I imagine a variation of the 'classic' Alnico V's. I was thinking of installing either a Rebel P-90 or a more traditional humbucker. Most likely I'll go budget and try Tonerider or Guitar Fetish. If anyone's interested I had great luck with Heywood P90's from the Hoagland Brothers. Great quality set for $120 which really upgraded the sound on an Agile Goldtop.

 

The one thing that made me leery about the recommended pickguard supplier was their caveat that the guards only fit Kalamazoo-produced Epiphones pre-1970. Is this right? I should call them.

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I've had good luck with Pickguard Heaven. They've done 3 for me and all have fit well. I'm reworking the PUs on my Casino and had things not worked out with Vinrage Vibe (and they did work out very well), I was going to try the Heywoods. A friend has them and was very happy.

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