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Epiphone Rivoli
1959 Epiphone Rivoli Headstock with banjo-style tuners - Front & Back

"Epi's first electric bass, the Rivoli, debuted in 1959, and it was the equivlent of the Gibson EB-2, a semi-hollowbody archtop modeled after the Gibson ES-335 and Epiphone Sheraton."
(Walter Carter. Epiphone The Complete History, p.68.)

"The New York-based Epiphone company was bought by Gibson in 1957. One of the first so-called 'Gibson Epiphone' products was the Rivoli Bass of 1959, virtually identical to Gibson's EB-2. At first it was offered in natural or sunburst, later in cherry, and a two-pickup version was issued in 1970...The Rivoli proved especially popular with 1960s British bassists such as The Animals' Chas Chandler."
(Tony Bacon and Barry Moorhouse, The Bass Book, p. 19)


The EA-260 replaced the Rivoli in 1970.


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Models


Rivoli

Epiphone Rivoli
1959 Epiphone Rivoli
Epiphone Rivoli 1966
1966 Epiphone Rivoli
Epiphone Rivoli 1967
1967 Epiphone Rivoli II
  • Model EB231/232 & EBV232
  • 1959-1970
  • Maple back, top & sides
  • One-piece mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Bass boost mini-toggle switch
  • 30.5" scale
  • 1.65" nut width

Pickups:

  • One single-coil 1959
  • One humbucker 1960-1970
  • Two humbuckers 1960-1970

Tuners:

  • Banjo-style gearless tuners 1959-1961
  • Standard open-back tuners 1962-1970

Bridge:

  • Bar bridge 1959
  • Bar bridge with mute 1960-1970

Colors:

  • Sunburst
  • Natural
  • Cherry



Rivoli Reissue

Epiphone Rivoli 1998
Epiphone Rivoli Reissue
  • 1993-1999
  • 1 Sidewinder pickup in the neck position
  • Semi-hollow maple laminated body
  • Laminated maple top
  • Set maple neck
  • Body binding
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Open-back vintage style tuners
  • 3-point bridge
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Bass boost mini-toggle switch
  • 30.5" scale
  • 1.65" nut width

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Ebony
  • Natural
  • Vintage Cherry Sunburst



Rivoli Reissue (Japan)

Epiphone EB-2 Rivoli
Epiphone Rivoli EB-2
Epiphone EB-2 Rivoli
Epiphone Rivoli EB-2
  • Model EB-2
  • 1990's
  • Epiphone japan EB pickup in the neck position
  • Maple semi hollow body
  • Maple or Birdseye Maple veneer top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Raised black guard
  • 3-point bridge
  • Nickel hardware
  • Black witch-hat knobs
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Bass boost button

Colors:

  • Cherry
  • Vintage Sunburst




Rivoli II

Epiphone Rivoli II
Epiphone Rivoli II
Epiphone Rivoli II
Epiphone Rivoli II
  • 1998-2002
  • 1 Sidewinder / 1 mini humbucker pickups
  • Semi-hollow maple body
  • Laminated maple top
  • Set maple neck
  • Body binding
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Open-back vintage style tuners
  • 3-point bridge
  • Black reflector knobs
  • 2 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Bass boost mini-toggle switch
  • 30.5" scale
  • 1.65" nut width

Colors:

  • Natural
  • Vintage Sunburst



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