1966 Epiphone E360 TDC Riviera Patent Number Humbuckers + HSC
Here is a 1966 Epiphone Riviera with all the desirable 1964 characteristics like the wide nut (43mm) and all nickel plated hardware.
For those who do not know this model, it is basically a semi hollow Epiphone, very close to the Gibson ES-335 .
This guitar is interesting on many counts. This guitar left the factory as a special order 12 string example, fitted with Patent Number humbuckers as opposed to the mini humbuckers that were standard. The guitar ended up with Yuki McClure of Player Grade Vintage in a state that isn't quite clear though the state of the finish does indicate that the guitar had been well played over the years. He then modified the guitar to be 6 strings. This was done by cutting down the headstock and redrilling. He then used the original inlay for the facia. He also moved the stoptail that had been put in the wrong place. The Custom Made plate is covering this up. The guitar was also fitted with a bigsby at some stage.
Aside from the modifications this guitar looks great. The way the cherry finish has faded and worn gives the guitar a great look.
The refinish has thankfully been kept to the headstock so the neck still has its original finish. It also doesn’t seem to have been refretted. And the fretboard is in good condition.
The bridge is a modern reproduction and the tailpiece is a repro too.
The plastics are correct and are in good shape.
Electrically everything looks correct.
This guitar comes with a correct grey Epiphone hardshell case.
This is a well balanced instrument with a confident, rootsy acoustic tone. The neck is comfortable and familiar with easy access to the upper frets. The Patent number pickups add that classic punch, bite and warmth, arguably the last of Gibson’s classic humbucking pickups .
If you’re looking for something a little different then look no further…
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