Early 1970's Epiphone Japan Riviera Semi Hollow (Matsumoku)
1970's Epiphone Riviera
This guitar has more stories to tell than J.K. Rowling. Made in Japan in conjunction with the Gibson Kalamazoo factory in the early 1970's, this Epiphone Riviera is an incredible example of a players vintage guitar. These early Japanese Epiphones are very uncommon, and the only comparable model i've seen available on Reverb in the last 12 months sold for just over $2500AUD in the UK, so they're very desirable instruments!
This model features the seldom seen split-parallelogram inlays like the 60's Gibson 335's and was only ever available to the Japanese domestic market. Tune-o-matic style bridge and tailpiece, 628mm scale length and weighs 3.8kg's.
This thing is in players condition, there's no doubt about that. The binding around the body is roached, although the neck binding and fret nibs are nearly perfect. Could be a pretty easy re-bind for a luthier, although with the neck being near perfect this isn't necessary. The guitar was also loaded with Guyatone Flanger at some stage and has some holes on the top taped over along with a cavity cut out of the back. The silver lining to this is that there's now great access to the electronics if they needed to be serviced or replaced.
It plays beautifully and regardless of the cosmetic condition it's been well loved by someone over the years. Hopefully it'll find a home with someone who appreciates it for the incredible guitar it is. Sold as-is.
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