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1965 Epiphone Rivoli Short Scale.Dakota Red nitro refinish.

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Instagator, Aug 25, 2012.


  1. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Hey everyone.
    Here's one of my "save"projects.It's a 65' Epi Rivoli.
    When I got it it was a basket case.Here's what it looks like now.
    P5260002.
    P5260003.
    P5260005.
    P5260010.
    P5250032.
    P5250027.
    P5250019.
    P5250012.
    P5250013.
    P5250011. P5250004.
    P5250007.

    Looks pretty but she went under the knife for a major face lift.

    The neck was bowed when I got it.The truss rod was stripped and had to be replaced.After I steamed the fretboard off I found rotted wood that was under the fretboard.The neck was planed down and new mohogany was installed.
    I removed the "baritone boost"switch and filled in that hole as well as two other extras before refinishing.The boost was not functional when I got it.
    All of the hardware and pickup is original.The bridge had a section hogged out on the G string.That was repaired but not rechromed.
    Pots were replaced with CTS 250's and an 047 oil in paper cap
    The neck was reset after all new frets were installed, leveled.crowned and polished.Abalone dots were also installed.
    She sports nylon tapewounds for extra thud.
    Paint and primer is ReRanch nitro Dakota Red..clearcoat is McFaddens..She's not dead on perfect but I'm happy with the results.

    So If you are with me so far,how about some before pictures just so you know what we are looking at.

    PA310023-1.
    PA310025-1.
    PA310027-1.
    PC290007.
    PC290003.
    P1120005-1.
    P1180004-1.
    P1190002.
    P12600052.
    P12600022.
    P13100102.
    P2030017.
    P2080023.
    P5250013.
    P2170011.
    P2200018.
    P2240025.
    P2250027.
    P3080004.
    P12600032.



    Well there it is.Comes with a non Original TKL case.If you are really interested I could do some really detailed pics.It currently has gold Gibson speed knobs on it.

    The only trades that I'm looking for is a Gibson RD Artist..plus cash to even things up.This Bass is not for everyone but it is looking for a home.I put it up on my local Craigs List as well.

    I'm asking $1000.00 shipped to the lower 48 states...
    Thanks for taking the time to look.

    Cheers.Gator.

    Price Drop to $950 shipped CONUS...I was able to pick up an RD Artist over the weekend....
     
  2. Holy crud! Great restorstion, she looks fantastic!
     
  3. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Yeah, that is a great restoration. Really nice job. How far are you from Baltimore?

    I'd love to check it out.
     
  4. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    One of the best documented restores I have ever seem. Great work. Is the bass for sale?
     
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  5. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Yes.
     
  6. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    1 hour from Baltimore..I could use a deep fried hard crab..lol
    Cheers.
     
  7. EduardoK

    EduardoK

    Jun 28, 2004
    Excellent job! She's stunning!
    I suppose these sound very similar to a Gibson EB-2, am I right? Please elaborate...
     
  8. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Yes they are like the EB2..They were made in Kalamazoo along with the Gibsons.
    The Epiphone stock number is EB232.
    With nylon tapewounds this one delivers a low upright bass thud...just what I wanted for this project.Great for a blues band...not so much for Motley Crue..:)
    Cheers,Gator.
     
  9. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Baltimore
    Gator, PM me, let's meet up. I'd love to check this out and talk to you about other restos.
     
  10. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Ill send my phone number after work today.Thanks
    Cheers,Gator
     
  11. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Holiday Bump
    I think a Tequila Sunrise goes with this Bass..Cheers.
    Gator.
    P5260022.
     
  12. That is a beautiful resto and I don't normally care for red basses or guitars. Very fairly priced as it's basically a brand new '65. Awesome.
     
  13. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Thanks TW...I've been watching them go for twice what I'm asking on ebay..however that is in untouched condition.
    Cheers.
     
  14. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Price Drop to $950 shipped and insured to the CONUS..
    A real classic.
    Cheers.
     
  15. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Weekend bump...
    Cheers.
     
  16. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    That. Is. So. Cool.
     
  17. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    Thanks Phil.. it was worth the time and effort to save this one.
    Full of thud..lol
    Cheers.
     
  18. Instagator

    Instagator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    I will entertain a further price drop for a local pickup.
    Cheers.
     
  19. My fav bass in classifieds @ the moment bump.
     
  20. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Love it...on the fence about it without knowing how it really sounds...clips?
     

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