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Epiphone Rivoli

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gcordez, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. gcordez


    Jul 14, 2008
    Anybody know much about these? Are they any good? I know they were popular back in the 60's, who plays them now?

    Ive been offered a 1964 one with its original case for a good price and am trying to find out about 'em.

    Any advice would be greatly appriciated...
  2. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I've got an original 60s Gibson EB-2(and a 90s reissue Rivoli too), it's the same bass as an Epi Rivoli, and I can tell you they have two distinct tones, one is VERY bassy, and the other is all mids, listen to The Animals' "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" to hear this tone.
    Modern day users include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
    They're great basses IMO.
  3. I have a reissue Rivoli. EXTREMELY comfortable neck, in my opinion. But the stock pickup was crap, nothing like an original vintage "mudbucker". My Rivoli now resides partially gutted in a dark corner of my house. I am hoping to find some kind of 6-string bridge that will fit on the 3-post bridge mounts so I can have it turned into an EB-6.
  4. Fly Guitars

    Fly Guitars

    Dec 29, 2008
    The Epiphone Rivoli is a great bass, but not for everyone. It isn't a middle of the road sound. You should definately try before you buy, but even then, it can sound quite different in a small rehearsal room to a larger venue.

    You can flip them quite easily though, so as long as you don't overpay, you should just get it, try it for yourself, and then sell on if you don't like it. People always want them.
  5. Frettage


    May 30, 2009
    Louisville, CO

    Sorry, I don't have anything else to contribute.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    The Rivoli is an example of a bass with great style and a slightly different sound. if the price is right and the instrument is in good shape, play it and if you like it, buy it. Chances are you can re-sell if you decide to and make $ on the deal.

    Personally, I'd grab it and hold onto it. It's darn nice to have a bass that sounds different when you need one!
  7. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Check for neck/headstock cracks/repairs.
  8. 56p500w


    Sep 16, 2005
    I'm planning to sell an absolutely near perfect Rivoli NA on eBay later this week. Made in 1997, I think. Entire back of the body is birds' eye maple. Exquisite. Also have the original Epi bass case that came with it 13 years ago. It, too, is nearly perfect along with a bunch of case candy.

    Pls ping me here if anyone is really, really, really interested in purchasing the bass before it goes on eBay. No tire kickers, please. Thx.
  9. It's a Gibson EB-2 in disguise, just like the Epiphone Casino and the Gibson ES-330.

    Great quality instruments,.

    If that's the tone you are going for, then go for it! :bassist:

    You'll not be disapointed quality wise.

    Vintage Guitar Mag has a terrific article on the Epiphone Casino, and talks about the Epiphone/Gibson relationship. Take a look if you can. It just came out.
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