This is a vintage 100% all original 1966 Epiphone Riviera ES360-12 vintage electric guitar. This 100% original example, serial number 809255, is Epiphone’s equivalent to a Gibson ES335-12, however, it features mini-humbucking pickups, as opposed to the more common traditional size humbuckers. This beautiful example includes the original, and also quite rare, smooth gray tolex hard case.
Essentially a Gibson ES-335, this Riviera’s semi-hollow maple body construction features a solid maple block. Though post-’65 necks typically have a 1 9/16″ nut width, this guitar has a slightly wider neck to accommodate for the extra strings. The neck is perfectly straight, and the original frets display expected light playing wear on the first five frets. Both pickups sound incredible: with more clarity and a more robust tone than a P-90, yet with a more refined clarity than larger traditional humbucking pickups, the mini-humbuckers combined with the solid block create a fantastic long-sustaining bark, which is completely unattainable with an Epi Casino or Gibson ES-330, and substantially different from it’s ES335-12 counterpart.
The guitar is very light, and weighs 7 pounds and 14 ounces. The white binding has attractively yellowed to a rich cream color. Perfect for collectors and players alike, this is a fantastically functional instrument and a great investment opportunity.
As mentioned above, also included is the original hard shell case, which is in correspondingly excellent all original and perfectly functional condition.