Riviera E360-TDC Guitars

1965 Epiphone Riviera E360-TDC

Color: Sparkling Burgundy Metallic, Rating: 9.25, $7,500.00 (ID# 02046)
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A Near Mint 1965 Custom Color Epiphone Riviera


1965 Epiphone Riviera E360-TDC


This all original, custom color Epiphone Riviera guitar weighs just 8.00 lbs. Single-bound,  sixteen-inch wide, one and three-quarter inch thick laminated maple body with a maple central block. One-piece mahogany neck with a nut width of just under 1 5/8 inches, a standard Gibson 24 3/4 scale length and a medium profile. Black-faced 'long' headstock with inlaid pearl "Epiphone" script logo and pearl vertical 'cloud' inlay. Two-layer, black over white plastic truss-rod cover with  stylized "E" logo, secured by two screws. Serial number "360383" stamped in blind on back of headstock. Individual Kluson Deluxe 'double-line' tuners with oval metal buttons. Rosewood fretboard with 22 original jumbo frets and single-parallelogram pearl inlays. Two mini-humbucking pickups with outputs of 6.70k and 6.65k, each with a black rectangular label on the underside with "Patent No. / 2,737,842" in gold. Four layer, white over black plastic pickguard with silver and black Epiphone "E." Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch. Black plastic ribbed-side conical-shape "Witch Hat" control knobs. Gibson Tune-O-Matic (retainer) bridge with metal saddles and Epiphone 'Frequensator' tailpiece. Inside the bass 'f' hole is the pale-blue rectangular Epiphone, Kalamazoo label with 'style' "E-360 TD C" and serial number "360383" stamped in black. The 'custom-color' sparkling burgundy metallic finish is bright, fresh and unfaded. There are two very small surface marks on the treble-side back of the neck just by the sixteenth fret. The original jumbo frets show very little sign of wear and this fifty-three year old guitar plays and sounds just as it should. We are pleased to give this fine instrument a strong (9.25) near mint rating. Housed in the original Gibson four-latch, black shaped hardshell case with orange plush lining (9.25). This is the finest custom color Epiphone Riviera that we have ever seen.

Introduced in 1962, the Riviera was Epiphone's equivalent of the Gibson ES-335 and had the same maple central block. According to Epiphone's records, the Burgundy Mist finish was only offered from 1966 to 1967, yet this guitar is clearly a 1965 model, and therefore must be one of the very first to receive this spectacular color treatment. Riviera's were used by many many great players, including Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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