Epiphone / Riviera / 1965 / Sunburst / Guitar

Here is one of the best kept secrets of the vintage guitar world and is still a very much bargain buy. If ever you were looking for a vintage sleeper this this would be high on our recommendations…

This is a 1965 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 but with the longer, Epiphone headstock and Epiphone’s classic mini humbuckers.

This particular one was owned and loved by mostly one person who used it all his life in the UK (photos will be provided) and even wrote a song about it and there are a few YouTube videos of him playing it on-line.

It is all original aside from the switch which was broken beyond reasonable repair when we got it so we replaced this with a period correct Switchcraft 3 way, the old broken one will be included. The nickel hardware is in excellent condition, the original tailpiece has not broken and both pickups are working well with an excellent balance.

It is in very nice condition, it shows signs of being played but also very much loved and it is apparent that the previous owner took great care of this instrument. There are a few minor dings here and there but as you can see from the pics, nothing major at all. Even the frets are in good shape and it does not need a refret.

The original Royal Tan Epiphone finish is in great shape and totally original with no touch ups or repairs anywhere and all together this looks and sounds like a very cool package.

Basically, a 64 spec ES-335 with min humbuckers at a bargain price - what is not to like here…?

Instrument sold

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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