Not One, But Two Epiphone Semi-Hollow Bodies

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Epiphone Limited Dot Royale

In the immortal words of the band Hulk Big Knife.  “Hey.  I just got told this.”

Epiphone has released not one, but two semi-hollow body guitars to fulfill all of your smooth jazz needs.

Epiphone Limited Riviera Custom Royale P-93Epiphone Riviera Custom P-93 Royale

The first guitar is the Riviera Custom P-93 Royale.  Curiously Gibson has marketed it as a 50th anniversary reissue of the 61 Casino, which isn’t entirely accurate.

The Riviera was actually a separate model of its own released in 62, so it’s more of a 49th anniversary.  Not to mention the Casino was a hollow body and the Riviera, a semi-hollow.  Of course it’s easy to justify throwing one brand around when mentioning another as the Riviera and Casino have somewhat of a checkered past, the former being largely over shadowed by the latter.  Perhaps Gibson’s intention is to market it as a Casino reissue in the style of the Riviera.

Regardless of what it’s a reissue of it still has enough unique zing to stand up on its own two feet.  The build is very true to the Epiphone/Gibson style with a maple body and a mahogany center block with the mahogany set neck and a rosewood fretboard.  You get a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge with a B-70 Bigsby tremolo for all your tremoloing needs, and a set of Wilkinson tuners, but probably the most distinguishing feature would be the three P-90 Dogear single coil pickups housed in the body.  Though you only get a 3-way toggle switch to work between the bridge and neck pickups.  The middle pickup is toggle via a separate volume knob.

And for all of that it’s very reasonable priced at $549.  Not too shabby.


Epiphone Limited Dot Royale

Epiphone Dot Royale

Next up we’ve got the Dot Royale which is a new version of an Epiphone model based on Gibson’s more legendary model, the ES-335.  The Epiphone Dot doesn’t exactly have the riveting background that the Riviera has, but then only being around for 10+ years doesn’t leave a lot of elbow room for ups and downs.  Its advent came about the desire to offer a more affordable alternative to the ES-335 and overall it’s been favorably received.

The Dot is built of the same laminated maple with a mahogany center and a set mahogany neck with the rosewood fretboard.  You get the LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge, and a set of Grover tuners to accompany it, and locked and loaded are a pair of Alnico Classic humbuckers with all gold hardware.

As sexy as it is it can be yours for $449.


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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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